First century marks significant changes and growth for the university
During the past 99 years, Rice University has grown significantly while staying true to its core message of establishing an institution for the advancement of literature, science, art, philosophy and letters.
Rice remains a top-tier research university, a consistently ranked best-value school and a launchpad for student initiatives. At the same time, Rice has transformed itself from a university that once refused to accept black students, barred women from living on campus and lacked support for LGBT community members, to a university with a diverse student body, a Women's Resource Center and LGBT ally programs. We have kept our ties to our Texas roots while actively seeking out the best and brightest students, staff and faculty from across the nation, as well as intnationally. Rice has added the residential college system and still remains without a Greek system. The university has taken great leaps in its partnerships with the Texas Medical Center, partnerships with institutions of higher learning in other countries and partnerships within the Houston community. Our university has seen our fair share of victories and defeats in many sports.
Like its students, the university is constantly growing and learning, and we are better for it.
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