In 1912, the William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Letters, Science, and Art was founded in Houston, TX, built with funding from the estate of business magnate William Marsh Rice. Rice University, as it came to be known, was established on 295 heavily wooded acres in the museum district of the city. It is a private, 4-year university in one of the nation’s largest metropolitan cities. Rice takes pride in the amount of green space included on campus as well as the uniform architectural style (Byzantine with sand and pink colored bricks). Many successful businesspeople and astronauts have graduated from Rice, as well as Howard Hughes and former Secretary of State James Baker.