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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of Damn liberals if that's what you're into.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Rice students try to be very accepting of everyone, although I think previous lack of experience with people different from them leaves them at a disadvantage when it comes to trying to understand or sympathize with others.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The Rice community is a very accepting community. Your ideas on alcohol, gender, sex, religion, etc. will be pretty much accepted. In terms of international students, Chinese and Korean students have their organizations that support one another and can be a bit cliquey. If you use a different language to communicate with people you know from your own country it is likely to be accepted, but in a group of mostly the same language background the non-speaker can feel a bit left out as the same language speakers already have the connection of their own community and sense of belonging.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Most diverse place you will ever be in. You don't realize the importance of it until you're here and visit schools like A&M

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Rice is an extremely diverse campus and additionally, a very accepting campus. Students are comfortable with being themselves and are not ashamed or afraid to express themselves as they wish.

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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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 21 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 43 responses

  • 14% Progressive/very liberal
  • 30% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 14% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 7% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 43 responses

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 30% Liberal
  • 40% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 41 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 40 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 22 responses

  • 64% No
  • 9% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 23% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 5% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 21 responses

  • 5% Republican
  • 29% Democratic
  • 29% Independent
  • 10% Other party not mentioned
  • 29% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 21 responses

  • 81% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 5% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 14% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 82% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 18% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 21 responses

  • 19% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 10% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 52% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 19% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 44 responses

  • 77% Very accepting.
  • 20% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 2% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.


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