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Student Programs

Teacher with studentPrograms offered throughout the year are designed to educate and inspire K-12 students in arts, science, math, athletics, music and more.

Non-credit and credit programs are available.

Non- Credit (Non-Transcripted) Programs:

Beyond Traditional Borders


Through the Global Health Technology Design Competition for High School Students offered by the Beyond Traditional Borders program, student teams take on a yearlong design challenge of global health importance.

The Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance 


Through innovative educational outreach to students, the Boniuk Center seeks to build bridges of religious literacy, mutual understanding and interfaith collaboration between members of different faith traditions and spiritual or secular communities.

Center for College Readiness 


The Glasscock School of Continuing Studies' Center for College Readiness offers various enrichment programs for middle and high schools students. Our student programs are designed to provide academic content and/ or "college knowledge" to prepare them for success in post-secondary education.

Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning


Formerly known as Houston Enriches Rice Education, the HERE Project has become the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) and is now a part of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. CERCL is a curricular and research initiative that uses innovative research, engaged pedagogy and other approaches to promote and advance creative models and practices of leadership benefiting new generations of leaders.



DREAM seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minority students in STEM degree programs, particularly engineering. DREAM is structured on a foundation of long-term mentoring. The program sends a team of Rice STEM undergraduates to mentor and teach students in Houston area high schools to encourage them to pursue college degrees in STEM fields.

Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering


The Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering (IBB) provides two summer high school programs: the IBB Summer BioScience Program offered to rising juniors and seniors, and the IBB Summer Academy for High School Students (exclusively for the Science Academy of South Texas).

Multicultural Community Relations


Multicultural Community Relations (MCR) conducts age-appropriate on-campus sessions for students in high school, middle school and elementary school to create an awareness of the steps needed to access college admission and financial resources for college. 

Recreation and Wellness Center: Summer Youth Activity Program


The Summer Youth Activity Program (for children aged 6 to 11) seeks to expose participants to a variety of sport and recreational activities, develop recreational skills, and promote social growth.

Rice for High School Students


The Center for College Readiness offers numerous development opportunities for students to increase their awareness of the importance of college and to master the skills necessary for their post-secondary success.

Rice Robotics Club


The Rice Robotics Club hopes to inspire greater research into the field of robotics and to make robotics more accessible to persons of all ages and backgrounds. This student group focuses on competitive robotics events as well as mentoring K-12 students about robotics concepts.

Rice Summer Business Institute 


The Rice Summer Business Institute introduces ambitious high-school students from low- and moderate-income communities to the world of business, broadening their expectations of career paths that are possible for them.

Rice University Mathematical Institute for Young Women


For high school girls entering grades 10 and 11, this summer program engages Rice faculty, undergraduate and graduate students to teach advanced math and to explore careers that use math. 

Rice University School Mathematics Project


The Rice University School Math Project (RUSMP) provides a bridge between the Rice University mathematics research community and the Houston PreK-12 mathematics community. A variety of programs for K-12 students are available. 

Rice University Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM)


The Rice University Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM) supports and promotes Rice’s wide ranging efforts to improve K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Houston-area school districts.

Richard Tapia Center for Excellence & Equity


The Rice University Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity works to promote greater participation of underrepresented minorities and women in the sciences and engineering and empower them to be future leaders in academia and industry.  The Center offers a four-week, residential program at Rice University designed to empower motivated, academically successful underrepresented, economically disadvantaged, first-generation high school students who are passionate about math and science.

The Shepherd School of Music


The Shepherd School of Music programs are designed to develop the love of music found in all children, teach children to understand music through joyful experience, and offer children with outstanding musical gifts an environment in which those gifts will be recognized and encouraged.

Student AP Exam Prep - Online


This online AP* exam prep resource, developed by AP master teachers through the Rice University-AVID Center College Readiness Initiative, is designed to support and guide students through the exam preparation process.

*Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the development and delivery of this AP Exam Prep Review Resource.