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Rice University

Houston, TX

Rice, founded in 1912, is a private, comprehensive university. Its 300-acre campus is located three miles from Houston.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students3,910
   Women1,848 (47.3%)
   Men2,062 (52.7%)
Graduate Students2,809


Entrance DifficultyMost difficult
Overall Admission Rate16% of 17,951 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math710-800 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading680-760 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing680-770 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite32-34 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$60,518
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$40,885
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 29% of classes
10-19 students: 40% of classes
20-29 students: 11% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes


Houston Population2,195,914
Nearest Metropolitan AreaHouston
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 72% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
27.4% Asian
7.4% Black/African-American
16.0% Hispanic/Latino
5.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
42.2% White
1.7% Unknown
International Students12.8% from 46 countries
First-Year Students Returning97.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
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Average 3.82 4.32 735 704 32
Low 2.90 3.20 490 570 20
High 4.00 5.00 800 780 36
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• Rice Professors Richard Smalley and Robert Curl won the Nobel Prize for their discovery of the extremely durable carbon 60 molecule, which they nicknamed the "Bucky Ball" in honor of inventor Buckminster Fuller.

• Rice's residence halls are modeled on Oxford University's, which give students access in one building to their professors, student living quarters, dining halls, study and meeting rooms, and recreation areas.

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