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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
Motto Letters, Science, Art
Established 1912
Type Private
Endowment $4.45 billion (as of 2012)
President David W. Leebron
Provost George McLendon
Academic staff 650 full time
Admin. staff 2,152
Students 5,760 (fall 2010)
Undergraduates 3,485 (fall 2010)
Postgraduates 2,275 (fall 2010)
Location Houston, Texas, US
Campus Urban, 295 acres (1.19 km2)
Former names William M. Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art (1912-1960)
Newspaper Rice Thresher
Colors Blue & Grey         
Athletics 14 varsity teams
NCAA Division I
Conference USA
Nickname Owls
Mascot Sammy the Owl
Affiliations AAU
Website rice.edu

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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