Student center

Moody Foundation awards Rice $100 million to build transformative new student center

The new student center is part of Rice’s plans for a 20% expansion of the undergraduate student body by fall 2025.

HOUSTON — The Moody Foundation has awarded Rice University $100 million to build a transformative new student center designed by one of the world’s greatest architects and to create endowment funds supporting students.

The donation matches the record for the largest donation in the university’s history, according to the school.

Rice says the new student center was designed by Sir David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates, the prestigious architect whose other work includes the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“As an alumnus of Rice University, I know this gift will have a profound and lasting effect on campus and its students,” said Elle Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation and Rice. “This investment supports more than just a building. We invest in every student, so they have access to any endeavor, whether leadership, artistic, athletic, global or more.

The new student center is part of Rice’s plans for a 20% expansion of the undergraduate student body by fall 2025.

“We are extremely grateful for this extraordinary philanthropy in support of Rice students,” said Rice President David Leebron. “This gift will allow our students to broaden their commitments and experiences at Rice in a way that will support their lifelong success.”

The student center project is expected to start in early 2022. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.