Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- Foreign countries
- New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
African American: 2%
Asian American: 13%
Native American: 0%
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.
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.
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.