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Welcome Center

Our 300-acre, tree-lined campus features more than 70 major buildings with architectural elements that are uniquely Rice. There's plenty to see and do, so plan your visit to Rice today. The following information will help you plan your visit:

  • Welcome Center


The Welcome Center is an excellent place to begin your visit to Rice University. Located on the first floor of Lovett Hall through Entrance B, the Welcome Center has campus maps, Rice publications and friendly staff members on hand to answer any questions.

Hours of operation:

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Closed on all university holidays

  • Campus Tours


Whether you walk the campus on your own to admire Rice's unique architecture or come with a group and follow a student guide, a Rice campus tour is a memorable experience. For prospective visitors, several options are available:

  • Virtual Tour
    Want to see the campus before ever setting foot here? Our virtual tours feature panoramic, 360-degree photographs of the people, buildings and landmarks that make Rice such an enjoyable place to study, work and play.
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  • Admission Tours
    Prospective Rice students in grades 9–12 and members of their families should contact the Office of Admission to join one of their regularly scheduled admission orientation sessions and student-led campus tours.
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  • Group Tours
    Guided tours for groups of elementary, middle school and adult visitors are offered by the Rice University Welcome Center at 10 a.m. daily, Monday through Friday. Because we rely on volunteers to lead our tours, we regret that we are unable to accommodate groups larger than 40, and reservations for group tours must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Please click here to schedule a group tour.
  • Parking
    Visitor parking is available in the Founder's Court Visitor Lot in front of Lovett Hall. To access the lot, enter campus through Entrance 1 or 2 from Main Street. The lot will be located on the left. If the lot is full, West Lot 1 is your next best parking option. Visitors can expect to pay about $3–$5 per hour for parking with a maximum daily limit of $12. Parking lots accept only credit or debit cards.
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  • Filming and Photography


We appreciate your interest in filming or photographing on the Rice campus. We are proud of the beauty of the campus and of the fact that many Rice landmarks are regarded as Houston landmarks as well. Find out what you need to know: