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Quick Facts: Rice University

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The Vitals

  • Established 1912
  • Located in Houston, Texas
  • 7,022 students
  • $5.324 billion endowment
  • #14 Nationally According to US News and World Report
  • Motto: Letters, Science, Art (Seriously. That’s it)

Other Noteworthy Facts

  • Rice’s full name is technically William Marsh Rice University.
  • Rice, near as I can tell, calls its dorms colleges. Huh.
  • In 2014, Rice was 20th among the most LGBT friendly colleges in the country by the Princeton Review. Hell yeah, Rice! That’s awesome.
  • Rice has a tradition, known as the Baker 13 in which students run around wearing nothing but shoes and shaving cream at 10 p.m. on the 13th and 31st of every month, or on the 26th on months with fewer than 31 days. That’s...a helluva tradition right there. Goodness.
  • Rice actually has a student-run bar named Willy’s Pub. I have to admit every additional fact I list here is making Rice seem more and more awesome.
  • In addition to the typical student-run media (a paper, a radio station, and a now-defunct TV station), Rice also has student-run magazines, perhaps the most surprising of which is a “literary sex journal” called Open.
  • Rice’s band is not a marching band, but in fact a scatter band, with performances that often focus on humor, sometimes to controversial effect. However, the MOB (Marching Owl Band) does play musical pieces, often with eclectic instrument choices like kazoos or the “occasional digeridoo” (that is a a pro-tier internet username, right there). I’m not ashamed to admit, I really hope the MOB shows up and roasts us a bit.

Notable Alumni/Attendees

  • Voice Actor/Comedian Mike MacRae
  • Howard Hughes (yes, THAT Howard Hughes)
  • Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City
  • Brian Armstrong, founder and CEO of cryptocurrency clearinghouse Coinbase (alliteration, baby!)
  • Writer Joyce Carol Oates


  • Longest Tenured Coach: Jess Neely, who coached a staggering 26 seasons
  • Winningest Coach: Neely, 144–124–10 (.536)
  • Overall Record: 463–582–32 (.445)
  • Bowl Record: 7–5 (.583)
  • Shocking Fact: At one point, Rice had a streak of 45 years without a bowl (1961=2006. the second longest drought in the country at the time). Oof.