Rice Opens New Duncan and McMurtry Colleges To Freshmen
Sunday will be move-in day at Rice University for 904 incoming freshmen, many of whom will live in the university’s two new residential colleges, Duncan College and McMurtry College.
After the students settle into their dorm space, they will spend a week getting oriented to Rice before the new school year begins Aug. 24.
Under Rice’s unique residential college system, new students are given a “sense of place” from the first day they arrive on campus. Student coordinators study the profiles of incoming freshmen for months before Orientation Week and greet them by name as they arrive on campus.
Other students, including members of the Rice Owls football team and other school athletes, volunteer their time and muscle to help the new students move into their new dorms.
McMurtry College will be the tenth college founded as part of Rice’s residential college system. The college was named after Burt and Deedee McMurtry, graduates of the Rice class of 1956.
Burt McMurtry was part of the student-faculty committee that evaluated the need for, and eventually instituted, the college system at Rice University. That system began in 1957 with the original five colleges.
McMurtry was conceived jointly with the adjacent Duncan College as part of Rice’s “Vision for the Second Century,” which includes plans to increase the size of the student body by 30 percent. The five-story building features 324 beds for student housing. The first floor contains classrooms and a common space.
Duncan College is the eleventh college in Rice’s residential college system. It was named after Anne and Charles Duncan, whose contributions funded the construction of the new housing.
Duncan College will be the “greenest” buildings on the campus and in the city of Houston. The building will be the first gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, facility at Rice and the only LEED student residential housing in the United States.
The facility will retain water for irrigation purposes and will have motion detector lights which will turn on or off according to the flow of people.
The building will decrease energy consumption by up to 25 percent as well as cut back on water usage. Air conditioners will power off when windows are opened.