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Unconventional Wisdom

At Rice, we believe nothing is impossible. There is no disease that cannot be cured. There is no injustice that cannot be rectified. There is no environment beyond saving.  There is no "what if" that cannot become "what is." It just takes radical thinking to get there and a community of brilliant, passionate dreamers and doers to lead the way. That's why we challenge convention at every turn: from the uncommon research approaches we take to the fresh solutions we find, from the way we collaborate across disciplines and in the classroom to the way we teach, and from our unparalleled student-teacher ratio to the way we insist on advancing tomorrow's thinking. It sounds like a lot from a small university, but that's what makes us special. That's what gives us unconventional wisdom.