About Houston, Texas

About Houston, Texas

The New York Times has called Houston possibly the most interesting city in America for young artists. For nearly 100 years, Houston’s rich culture has invigorated the artistic and academic pursuits of students and faculty alike. Houston is one of only six American cities with resident professional companies in all four major performing arts: ballet, opera, theater and symphony.

To sum up a day in Houston is to say the opportunities are endless. You can sunbathe on the beach in the morning, mountain bike through a 1,466-acre wood near downtown in the afternoon, and visit the opera that night. Houston is a vibrant, dynamic city full of opportunity and diversity. Rice students, faculty, and staff take advantage of all that the fourth-largest city in the United States has to offer -- from attending premier performing arts events in the downtown Theater District, eating at outstanding restaurants, and shopping at trendy boutiques to cheering on professional sports teams. Best of all, many of these activities, including those in a bustling downtown and thriving Museum District, are easily accessible from the Rice campus. Students also tap into the assets, energy, ideas, and technology of Houston to augment the university’s academic programs. Visit Houston and prepare to be surprised by our energetic and diverse culture, our cutting-edge technology and healthcare, our space industry, and, yes, the oil and gas industry.

Adjacent to the Rice campus is Houston’s outstanding Museum District, including:
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
The Menil Collection
Houston Museum of Natural Science

The downtown Theater District is at the heart of the city’s urban renaissance and is host to more than 200 cultural, visual and professional performing arts organizations, including:
Houston Symphony
Houston Ballet 
Houston Grand Opera
Alley Theatre 
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts 
Theatre Under the Stars