The School of Social Sciences at Rice University is dedicated to challenging old assumptions, finding answers to tough questions and generating solutions that make lives better. Our vision for the future is to expand and invest in faculty; to strengthen graduate education to attract the best students and enhance our research impact; and to establish new endowments in support of undergraduate research, travel abroad and internships.

Our priorities include:

  • Investing in the research enterprise of our faculty and students.
  • Recruiting more outstanding faculty.
  • Attracting top graduate students.
  • Supporting the Gateway program for undergraduates.
  • Building a new home for the School of Social Sciences.

The School of Social Sciences Access and Opportunity Fund has been created in honor of the school’s 40th anniversary. The goal of the fund is to provide low-resourced undergraduate students with the financial support to participate fully in the course-based experiential opportunities provided by the School of Social Sciences. Examples include travel off-campus for capstone research, meetings with practicum and internship partners, or fieldwork. It will also provide funds for under-resourced graduate students who encounter unexpected expenses, such as professional travel to conferences and the need to purchase software to support research.

To learn more about supporting the School of Social Sciences, please contact Sylvia LeBlanc, Director of Development, at

Ways to Give

Your gift to the School of Social Sciences can take several forms and, in addition to benefiting the school and our students, may provide powerful tax or estate-planning benefits to you.

Outright Gifts

You may make a commitment to the social sciences and fund it with cash, securities, real estate or other assets.


You may pledge an amount to the gift opportunity of your choice and arrange to pay it in installments over five years.

Matching Gifts

If your employer offers a gift-matching program, you can leverage your own giving will be credited for the total amount.

Life Income Gifts

There are a number of giving vehicles that provide donors with income, flexibility and tax benefits, as well as providing a benefit to the university.

Bequest Intention

You may make a provision for the School of Social Sciences in your estate plans, assuring a legacy that lasts beyond your lifetime. Your gift also will count toward To Rice Be True, Rice’s bold new gift planning initiative. You can access that information by clicking here.

The gift planning staff at Rice University is ready to help you consider and create a philanthropic strategy that is tailored to meet your family's financial objectives while leaving a legacy at Rice University. To learn more, please visit the