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Rice University is a university in Houston, Texas, known for its acclaimed engineering, architecture, and music programs. The school also has a well-recognized history department. Like most major research universities, Rice is predominantly liberal and has a department on evolutionary biology. The university is consistently ranked highly in U.S. News and World Report, at 17 in 2007, but significantly higher in sciences. The school is known as well for its connection with the Houston Medical Center, Baylor School of Medicine, and the emergent field of nanotechnology, which Rice's Richard Smalley in large part pioneered.
The University breaks its students into residential colleges, which included in 2007 the colleges of Hanszen, Baker, Brown, Lovett, Weiss, Jones, Martel, Sid Richardson, and William Rice Jr. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez is a Rice University graduate, and an alumnus of Lovett College specifically.
Rice has been a powerhouse in college baseball, but generally performs poorly in other sports, due to its academic requirements.
Its football stadium (Rice Stadium) is best known as where then-President John F. Kennedy challenged Americans to send a man to the Moon and return him safely to the Earth before the end of the 1960's (Houston being the home of NASA's Mission Control Center). The stadium itself previously had a greater seating capacity than the total number of Rice alumni living and deceased, though it would later be downsized.
- 2011 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. Retrieved on November 20, 2012.