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Rice University
William Marsh Rice University
The academic seal of Rice University. A shield divided by a chevron, carrying three owls as charges, with scrollwork saying "LETTERS", "SCIENCE", "ART".
Photo of the Sallyport
Former names
William M. Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art (1912-1960)
Motto Letters, Science, Art
Type Private
Established 1912
Endowment $4.45 billion (as of 2012)
President David W. Leebron
Provost George McLendon
Academic staff
650 full time
Administrative staff
Students 5,760 (fall 2010)
Undergraduates 3,485 (fall 2010)
Postgraduates 2,275 (fall 2010)
Location , ,
Campus Urban, 295 acres (1.19 km2)
Newspaper Rice Thresher
Colors Blue & Grey         
Athletics 14 varsity teams
NCAA Division I
Conference USA
Nickname Owls
Affiliations AAU
Mascot Sammy the Owl

William Marsh Rice University, also called Rice University, is a private university in Houston, Texas. Rice was started in 1912. It is ranked one of the best universities in the world, especially for undergraduate education. Rice is named after the Houston businessman William Marsh Rice who provided the money in his will to begin the university.

Rice is organized into eleven residential colleges and eight schools of study, for natural sciences, engineering, humanities, business, architecture, and music. The students at Rice abide by an honor code that is strictly enforced.

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