In his 1912 inaugural address, Rice University president Edgar Odell Lovett set forth an ambitious vision, proclaiming, “The new institution … aspires to university standing of the highest grade… For the present it is proposed to assign no upper limit to its educational endeavor.”
Rice has followed Lovett’s vision even as it has transformed over the years. As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice continues to aspire to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contributions to the betterment of the world.
The James Turrell “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace (2012) at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion at Rice University
Message to the Rice Community
May 17, 2019
With commencement behind us and the academic year having come to a close, the campus is quieter as some of our students and faculty disperse, many to destinations in other countries. Our faculty and students travel internationally at this time for a variety of reasons: returning home, visiting extended families in their countries of origin, working closely with colleagues at institutions thousands of miles away and conducting research abroad. The campus remains active over the summer with graduate students and researchers, many of whom have come from around the globe. In the meantime, we also begin preparing for a new class of undergraduates, 11% of whom are foreign nationals and many others are immigrants with statuses that include DACA students, naturalized citizens and permanent residents.