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Prospective Students


If you like to solve problems and appreciate the challenge of taking a project from concept to completion, Rice’s Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science programs will give you opportunities to build and create and learn in the process. You will be surrounded by like-minded students with whom you will collaborate and create solutions to real-world problems. You will get to know your professors and forge friendships that will stay with you for years to come.

In our program, you’ll be encouraged to showcase your entrepreneurial spirit, taking part in competitions and team projects that may lead to securing a patent or selling a product. You’ll have extraordinary opportunities to work with faculty in their research, possibly culminating in paper publication or a presentation at a national conference. You’ll work and study in state-of-the-art facilities, including the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK), where you can use the machine shop, laser cutter, circuit board printer and 3-D printer to bring your engineering ideas to life.

Small classes within the department mean you’ll receive individual attention and have endless opportunities to collaborate. Here, your professors and classmates will know who you are and celebrate your successes. Here, you have all the resources of one of the world’s leading research universities in an intimate setting designed to help you discover your strengths and reach your goals.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science is dedicated to educating the next generation of engineers who go on to become leaders in their professions and are accepted into top-rated graduate programs. Our programs offer strong foundations in math and science, vital research and design experience and opportunities to develop leadership skills. We prepare our students to make an impact in the world.


 Prospective Students Visiting Rice Campus

If you are interested in Mechanical Engineering or Materials Science and would like to visit campus as a prospective student, the Office of Admissions offers information sessions for prospective undergraduates weekdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The School of Engineering also holds a weekly information session at 2:00 p.m. on Mondays.

Registration for these sessions is through the Office of Admissions.

General Program Information and Resources

Mechanical or Materials? Find out what mechanical engineers and materials scientists do.

Engineering courses suitable for freshmen at Rice Explore the courses we offer freshmen to give them a taste of engineering while they are taking their foundation courses. 

Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen Read about our design facility and its resources and the projects our students create there.

Rice Center for Engineering Leadership Our leadership center offers our students a variety of courses and experiences to help them develop their leadership abilities.

Information for Parents A website that helps answer many of the common questions regarding the events, services and opportunities at Rice University as well as a link to the new Parents and Families Newsletter.