#50, overall score 59.16/100

Fun Fact:

Rice studetns are split into 11 residential colleges. The colleges compete against each other in typical intramural sports as well as ones unique to Rice like the annual Beer Bike race.

Why should Jewish students attend Rice? Houston Hillel is a multi-campus Hillel foundation that serves college students on more than a dozen campuses throughout greater Houston. We hold weekly Shabbat services at Houston Hillel and on campus at Rice University and the University of Houston. In addition, Houston Hillel engages students with weekly campus lunches and a variety of events off-campus. Houston Hillel also connects Jewish twentysomethings through Jewston, which provides spiritual and communal opportunities for graduate students and young professionals. — Rabbi Kenny Weiss, executive director, Houston Hillel

Though small in numbers, the Jewish community at Rice University is strong and vibrant. With so many opportunities to get involved with Jewish life, each and every student truly makes an impact. Chabad is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve as the “Home Away From Home” for all students. Among the many programs are weekly Shabbat dinners, ongoing social events, holiday celebrations, and educational classes. We look forward to hearing from you! — Rabbi Shmuli Slonim, Chabad Jewish Student Center at Rice University

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 15%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 6:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Tuition: $43,918
  • Room & board costs: $13,750
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $22,496


  • Location: Houston
  • Region: South
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 3,910
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 225
  • Jewish population share: 6%
  • Student origin: 50% in-state / 50% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Owls
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Cloud 9, Torque

ISRAEL Score: 11.67/20

  • Score: 11.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 21
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 14.17/40

  • Score: 14.17/40
  • Hillel: Houston Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad Jewish Student Center at Rice University
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 20
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 12 (4 Orthodox, 3 Conservative, 5 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? About five percent are international, a third are Texans and the rest from around the country.
  • Kosher food details: The university has been providing five kosher meals a week from a local eatery for students who are committed to keeping kosher. The students do not have to pay anything extra for this service. Chabad is currently working on providing two fresh meals a day, six days a week, and hopes to have this ready for the Spring 2018 semester. The goal is for students to enjoy fresh kosher meals without any additional cost.
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