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Picture your Students at Rice


Picture Your Students At Rice


Rice University is proud to support the efforts of elementary and middle school teachers as they seek to enlighten their students about the benefits of higher education. We have three suggestions for how you may wish to inspire each of your students to view a university education as an important—and realistic—personal goal:

1. Bring your class to the Rice campus for a field trip and campus tour. Details on how to schedule group tours may be found on line at www.rice.edu/tours

2. Take a “virtual tour” (details below) if traveling to the Rice campus is not feasible.

3. Participate in our “Picture yourself at Rice” classroom activity. With the free Rice literature and souvenirs that we provide, and the chance to have your students’ entries featured on the Rice University Web site, this is a very popular and educational program. Details are shown below.

However you do it, thank you for your efforts to inspire your students to pursue higher education.


Mary Lowery
Welcome Center Manager
Rice University



1. Set up an internet-enabled computer in the classroom where everyone can see it, visit http://www.rice.edu/virtualtours/, and click on "Study and Play" (or ask the students to do this at home with their parents). Click from one virtual tour image to the next, panning around the images by clicking and dragging the cursor, and reading to the students any of the accompanying text that might interest them. If you click "Photo Gallery" on any of the virtual tour pages, you can see more still photos of Rice students doing the things they do on a university campus--it really does help younger students begin to picture themselves in a college environment.

2. As an additional (or alternative) classroom activity, we suggest that you give your students the same PowerPoint presentation that our campus Welcome Center volunteers give to elementary and middle school students who visit Rice for field trips. The presentation may be shown as a Powerpoint using a computer (with or without a projector), or the electronic "slides" can be printed and posted on a bulletin board, or distributed as handouts. This presentation is designed to help students understand why a college education is important, what their different college options are, and how they can begin now to plan for how they will attend college—any college—some time in their future.



1. Once they understand college life a little better, either by visiting Rice on a field trip or taking a virtual tour and hearing the college PowerPoint presentation, your students will be prepared to participate in the "Picture Yourself" activity. To do so, print and distribute copies of the entry form, then you or their parents can help the students fill in their contact information and write down their college goals "When I go to college I will…" Become a scientist? Play in the school band? Study to be a teacher? Whatever their dreams, have the students write them down on their forms. They don’t have to be dreams about going to Rice, specifically; our message is that it's important to go to college—any college. Then invite the students to draw or color pictures of themselves at a college or university in the spaces provided on the forms.

2. When you have the forms filled out and signed by your students’ parents, mail them back to the Rice University Welcome Center—we’ll scan them and put them on the Rice Web page, and then we'll mail the originals back to you along with prizes which you can award to the participants. We'll make sure everyone wins a prize of some kind, and we'll include a few top prizes which you can use to honor the "Picture Yourself" winners in your classroom, or reward students for good grades, good behavior—whatever is most helpful to you. (If you're not able to arrange for parent signatures, we still can send you some prizes, but we won't be able to publish the images on our web site.)

It's our hope that the "Picture Yourself at Rice" activity will help your students understand college more clearly, begin to see a college education as an important and realistic personal goal, and take concrete steps today to prepare for college in the future.