Rice University is located directly adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. The campus, bordered by Main St., Rice Blvd. and Sunset Blvd., is also a short distance from the Houston Museum District.
Rice University was established in 1912 as a tuition-free institution funded by wealthy businessman, William Marshall Rice. It was not until 1965, shortly after the decision to desegregate the campus, that tuition and fees were required for attendance. The university has offered bachelor's, masters and doctoral degrees since 1918.
Rice University's courses are all housed within eight schools, including the George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. The university focuses a great deal on research methods and specializes in the fields of art and sciences. Rice prides itself on its implementation of the Rice Honor Code. Professors do not administer exams, instead students are trusted to complete tests outside the classroom while still maintaining a closed-book format.