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University Relations


Great universities need — and help to create — great communities, and the reverse is also true. For nearly a century, Rice University has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the Greater Houston community, one that Rice’s University Relations team works to preserve and enhance. Collaborating closely with local organizations and individuals, we communicate Rice’s plans and priorities to our Houston neighbors while also striving to understand what’s most important to them and share that perspective with university leaders. Such efforts play a pivotal role in helping Rice fulfill its own mission, but to us, it’s more than that — it’s being a good neighbor. 

Community updates


From construction updates to neighborhood news, get the inside scoop on what’s happening at Rice.

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 Event planning

Event Planning

Planning an event? Our staff has the tools and know-how to assist Rice’s broad community. From providing access to campus facilities to offering displays that work in any setting, University Relations can make your next big event a success.

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  Student ambassadors 

Student Ambassadors

Rice Student Ambassadors serve as hosts to dignitaries and provide campus tours to school children and community organizations visiting Rice University. Find out how these students can help with your next event.

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  Welcome Center 

Welcome Center

Centrally located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, Rice University is recognized as one of the nation’s leading universities. To find out why, to plan a campus visit, or to request permission to film or photograph at Rice, please visit our Welcome Center, either online or in person.

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