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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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Public Events Calendar

open Sign up for Welcome, an email listing of public events at Rice


Time Event
March 24 through September 23 Approved...Not! - Comic Arts Teaching and Study Workshop
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
June 22
2:00 PM
Clothed with Salvation: Pastoral Power and Eighteenth-Century Anglican Satire
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jon Nelson
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
June 23
10:00 AM
"Physical Model of the Co-Evolution of Bacteria and VIruses Mediated by CRISPR"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Pu Han
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
June 25
5:30 PM
Graduate Student Association Outreach Day: Dog Walk & Barbecue
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Sponsor: Master of Global Affairs
June 27
6:00 PM
50 Years of Human Spaceflight
Open to the Public / Registration Required / Admission Charge
Sponsor: James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
July 08
11:30 AM
Rice Global E&C Forum - Roundtable Luncheon
Open to the Public / Registration Required / Admission Charge
Speakers: Pat Kiley, Candace Hernandez
Sponsor: Rice Global Forum
July 21
9:00 AM
The Deinstitutionalization of Marriage Among the Academic Elite: The Marriage, Family, and Career Expectations of PhD Seeking Women and Men
Open to the Public
Speaker: M. Eboni Allen
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies