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The undergraduate experience at Rice is one of intense personal interactions.
The close sense of community created by individual placement in residential
colleges is extended to warm intellectual and personal relationships with
members of the Rice faculty. "Behind the hedges," the beautifully designed,
spacious campus is small enough to encourage a sense of belonging even
as students engage with the lively cultural currents of one of the country's
The academic philosophy at Rice is to offer students beginning their college
studies both a grounding in the broad fields of general knowledge and the
chance to concentrate on very specific academic and research interests. By
completing the required distribution courses,all students gain an understanding
of the literature, arts, and philosophy essential to any civilization, a broad
historical introduction to thought about human society, and a basic familiarity
with the scientific principles underlying physics, chemistry, and mathematics.
Building on this firm foundation, students then concentrate on studies in their
major areas of interest.