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5 College Junior

Diversity: No better university for socio-economic, ethnic diversity

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Ethnically - Rice is super diverse. Never been in a more diverse setting in my life. Economic status is also pretty diverse, as well as number of internationals (most of them hail from Asia). The political views tend to be moderate, if a little on the liberal side, but I wouldn't say they're super liberal either. There's also definitely a republican constituency as well.

Lots of gay males, fewer gay females.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Rice is extremely diverse and there is little segregation between student groups.

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5 College Senior

Diversity: Didn't realize how much diversity there was at Rice until I visited other places and universities. Very thankful for it as it makes everyone more open-minded.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Rice is insanely diverse, and it's possibly the most wonderful aspect of the community.

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  • 170th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 307th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 1088th
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Diversity at Rice is regarded as top-notch. The amount of minority and international students has shot up due to Rice's generous financial aid policies. Although Texas isn't particularly known as a bastion of diversity, Houston is in fact one of the most diverse cities in the country. As such, Rice draws from the city's cultural opportunities to attract a large swatch of diversity. Furthermore, as Rice's international reputation has boomed in recent years, so, too, has the number of international students on campus. To aid diversity on campus, there are many clubs and offices that provide assistance to students in need.

The distinctive element about diversity at Rice is that it extends beyond race, class, and gender. Diversity of thought is highly encouraged, as well. Students on campus feel free to speak their minds, express their beliefs, and be proud of who they are and where they come from. Unlike highly liberal-leaning institutions, Rice is solidly politically moderate, which allows all voices to be heard in a civil and constructive environment.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 28%
22-24: 15%
25+: 28%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 13%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 10%
Native American: 0%
White: 70%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The student body at Rice as a whole is very tolerant and usually very accepting of all sexual orientations. There is support provided through organizations such as Pride, the Rice Counseling Center, and Minority Affairs. The city of Houston also has a sizeable and very visible gay community.
Political Activity
Rice students and faculty tend to be politically liberal, although there is an outspoken conservative minority. In general, the number of students who are politically active is very small, although there have been a handful of issues at Rice that led to large protests and high student interest. Recent political activity has spiked as a result of the Obama election, green energy campaigns, and student government elections. While the conservative student might feel out of place in the average political discussion, students are respectful of all differing opinions, and intelligent debate is usually welcome and fostered.
Economic Status
There is a stereotype that Rice students come from wealthy families, but this is generally unfounded. Rice students hail from all socioeconomic backgrounds. The student body mixes well enough that economic differences are rarely visible.
Most Common Religions
Organizations or representatives of all major religions can be found at Rice. The Houston area provides a variety of churches, synagogues, and worship centers for various faiths and denominations. For Christians, the most active organizations are Agape Christian Ministries and the Catholic Student Association. For Jews, there is an active Hillel and Chabad on campus, each with their own rabbi, that offer various campus activities, weekly Shabbat services, and services on the High Holy Days.
Minority Clubs on Campus
In addition to the Black Student Association (BSA) and the Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice (HACER), Rice offers individual clubs for most Asian minorities (Indian Students at Rice, Korean Student Association, Asian Business Student Assocation), as well as other cultural or minority organizations. The majority of these clubs sponsor social and cultural events throughout the year, most of which are open to the entire student body. These events include holiday festivals, study breaks, fashion shows, and themed dance nights.
Did You Know?
The Rice Office of Multicultural Affairs coordinates and implements comprehensive educational, cultural, and social programs designed to combat bias, bigotry, and racism, while promoting intercultural dialogue, awareness, and respect for diversity.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 36 responses

  • 8% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 14% Conservative
  • 22% Moderate
  • 33% Liberal
  • 14% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 39% Moderate
  • 22% Not sure
  • 31% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 33 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 32 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 37 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 19% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 78% Very accepting.


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