Digital Downloads

Here are some resources to bring a little bit of Rice University into your home – a children’s activity book, Zoom backgrounds and more. Remember to share with us how you’re staying virtually connected with the Rice community by using #VirtuOWLConnections on social media!

Holiday Dessert Swap Recipe Book

See what sweet treats other Owls whip up during the holiday season in this Holiday Dessert Recipe Book!

Holiday Dessert Swap Recipe Book

Rice Owls Coloring Book

Explore fun activities for the whole family in the Rice-themed Children's Activity Book!

The Hoot Children's Activity Book

VirtuOWL Zoom Backgrounds

Bring your online classes or virtual meetings back inside the hedges with these custom Rice Zoom backgrounds!

How to use the backgrounds:

  1. Right click on any of the images below and choose "Save Image As" to save it to your computer.

  2. In your Zoom meeting, click the ^ next to "Start/Stop Video" and select “Choose Virtual Background.”

  3. Click the “+” next to Choose Virtual Background to upload your image and set your background!

  4. Don't forget to uncheck the "Mirror my video" box option under Video Settings.

Missing Rice sports? Check out these Zoom backgrounds from Rice Athletics!

Choose a familiar campus scene as your Zoom background with these new options from Public Affairs!

Wanting to represent your Residential college? Search here for your new zoom background.

Do you associate with a certain affinity group? Update your zoom background with a new design.

Still not sure what to choose? Select a background from an option below!

Rice Owl

Lovett Hall

Rice Academic Quad

Rice azaleas


Rice Owls


George R. Brown School of Engineering

Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business

School of Architecture

School of Humanities

School of Social Sciences

Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

The Shepherd School of Music

Wiess School of Natural Sciences