Established in 1912 in Houston, TX, Rice University is a private research university focused on undergraduate students, with a 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The university is ranked consistently in the top 20 universities in the United States.
The university is organized into eleven residential colleges and eight schools of academic study, including the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the School of Social Sciences and the School of Humanities. Graduate programs are offered through the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, School of Architecture, Shepherd School of Music and Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Rice University has a very high level of research activity for its size, and encourages engagement of undergraduate and graduate students in the creation of new knowledge and technology. The university is noted for its applied science programs in the fields of artificial heart research, structural chemical analysis, signal processing and nanotechnology.