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Campus Life at Rice

Rice’s residential college system forms the heart of campus life. The colleges are small communities where students live, dine and interact with faculty mentors. Each college is a self-supporting unit with its own government, budget, intramural teams and faculty advisers. Students are randomly assigned to one of our 11 coed colleges as freshman and remain affiliated with that college throughout their time at Rice.

Group of students in residential college

Residential Colleges

Clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

There are no exclusionary social clubs at Rice. All students are welcome and encouraged to participate in more than 200 student organizations, including performance, media, athletic, academic, religious, cultural and political groups. With this full range of extracurricular options, students can pursue existing passions or expand their horizons by trying something new.

Arts & Events

Outstanding cultural and educational events await you at Rice. Whether you're into theater or politics or you're a spectator or performer, we've got it.

The Shepherd School of Music presents numerous concerts each year, and the student-run Rice Players produce first-rate theatrical productions. The Rice Art Gallery, the nation's only university gallery dedicated to installation art, features free, eclectic exhibits year round.


If attending a lecture is more your thing, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and the Office of the President bring stimulating speakers in a wide range of topics to campus each year.

The Calendar of Events is an extensive listing of daily events and programs on campus.

Rice Recreation & Fitness

Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation Center

A wide array of recreational programs and services has been created and are offered in an effort to increase knowledge about and provide opportunities for the development of healthy behavior patterns. All are designed to encourage a lifetime of health and wellness for the students, faculty and staff of Rice University by promoting the physical, social and emotional benefits of physical activity.

Rice Recreation Center


Rice football players running out of a tunnel