Campus Profile: Rice University

Rice University is a private university in Texas. Around 4,000 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.

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Rice University is a private university in Texas. Around 4,000 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.

Official Political Student Organizations:

Conservative Organizations: 

Jewish Studies Student Association

Rice For Life

Rice University College Republicans

Rice University Federalist Society


Liberal Organizations: 

Across All Borders

Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Deeds at Rice

Houston Empowering Refugees

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Period @ Rice

Rice American Civil Liberties Union

Rice Climate Alliance

Rice Left


Rice Students Demand Action


Rice University Young Democrats

Rice's American Association of University Women

OpenSecrets Data on Rice University Employee Political Donations:

In the 2020 election cycle, 93.09% of Rice University employee donations went to Democratic candidates in federal elections, while 6.91% of donations went to Republican candidates in federal elections, according to data from OpenSecrets.

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Rating:

Rice University has been given a red light speech code. According to FIRE, this is due to “at least one university policy clearly and substantially restricting freedom of speech.” FIRE also notes that a red light policy at a public institution is unconstitutional. 


Rice University is requiring a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for students.


Stories by Campus Reform about Rice University:

Rice drops 'master' title to promote 'inclusive environment'

The administration has yet to select a replacement term, but promised that a decision would be announced by the end of the semester. Rice University has announced that it will no longer refer to the heads of residential colleges as “Masters” because of the term’s association with slavery.

Students demand universities provide Black student-only housing

A student-led task force at New York University demanded that the administration provide Black student only student housing. The Black Student Association of Rice University previously demanded funding for a “Black House.”

REPORT: Rice Univ. student, daughter of wealthy NYC family arrested for rioting

According to reports, a 20-year-old Rice University student from a wealthy New York City family was arrested in September on suspicion of felony rioting. The New York Post reported that Clara Kraebber is also the daughter of a Columbia University professor.