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

Website: www.rice.edu/

Private
Co-ed
3,992
Undergraduate
Students
(47.7%) 1,906 Women
(52.3%) 2,086 Men
3,132
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
11% of 20,923 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
750-800 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
700-760 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
33-35 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$67,352
Tuition and Fees
$49,112
Room and Board
$14,140
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$46,077
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$26,556
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
683
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 27% of classes
10-19 students: 42% of classes
20-29 students: 9% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
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Campus Life

Houston Population
2,195,914
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Houston
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
71% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
owl
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
29.1% Asian
8.1% Black/African-American
17.6% Hispanic/Latino
5.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
37.6% White
2.2% Unknown
International Students
12.3% from 55 countries
First-Year Students Returning
97.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
85.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma or equivalent is not required
High School Program
 

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 4
Foreign Language 2 4
Social Studies 2 4
History    
Academic Electives 3  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Recommended
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
6100 Main Street
PO Box 1892
City, State, Zip
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Phone
(713) 348-7423
Fax
(713) 348-5323
E-mail
admi@rice.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$75
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
Portfolio for architecture, audition for music recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
11% of 20,923 applicants were admitted
Women
11% of 9,883 applicants were admitted
Men
11% of 11,040 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,075 (46%) of 2,328 admitted students enrolled
Women
466 (41%) of 1,132 admitted students enrolled
Men
529 (44%) of 1,196 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
22% of 1,675 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
3,296
Students Accepting Wait List Position
2,137
Students Admitted From Wait List
31

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
750-800 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
88%
Score of 600 - 700
9%
Score of 500 - 600
3%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
700-760 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
77%
Score of 600 - 700
19%
Score of 500 - 600
4%
Score of 400 - 500
0%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
33-35 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
92%
Score of 24 - 29
7%
Score of 18 - 23
2%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 87%
Top quarter: 96%
Top half: 99%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$67,352
Tuition and Fees
$49,112
Room and Board
$14,140
Books and Supplies
$1,200
Other Expenses
$2,900
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
fina@rice.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Final deadline April 15
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003604
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Business/Farm Supplement  
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
841 (80.4%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
435 (51.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
435 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
435 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$46,077
Need-Based Gift
Received by 430 (98.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $41,573
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 288 (66.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,419
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 17 (3.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
110 (10.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $26,283

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
2,818 (70.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,529 (54.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,525 (99.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,525 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$44,799
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,506 (98.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $40,285
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,099 (72.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,683
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 52 (3.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
437 (10.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $20,779

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
25%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$26,556
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Engineering/Technologies
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Music
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Local/State Students, Members of Minorities
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Ecology
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Latin American Studies
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Policy Analysis, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Statistics, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Engineering, Social sciences, Parks and recreation
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Not required

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
683
Part-Time Faculty
196
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
76%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 27% of classes
10-19 students: 42% of classes
20-29 students: 9% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
3,221,169
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
245
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Environmental Engineering, Master of Arts, Master of Mechanical Engineering, Master of Environmental Science, Master of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Master of Computer Science, Professional Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of Civil Engineering, Master of Statistics, Master of Science, Master of Science in Teaching, Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Architecture, Master of Materials Science

Master's Programs of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Astronomy
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Education--General
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • History
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematical and Computational Finance
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Science Education
  • Statistics
  • Urban Design

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Architecture, Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • African Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Astronomy
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • History
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Jewish Studies
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematical and Computational Finance
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Religion
  • Science Education
  • Statistics
  • Urban Design

Location and Setting


Houston Population
2,195,914
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Houston
Campus Size
300 acres

Weather

Temperature
39.7 average low in January, 90.1 average high in September
Rain
106 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
Houston
Nearest Train Station
 

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing
Students in College Housing
71% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
29%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
owl
School Colors
Blue and gray

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cheerleading x      
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Golf     x x
Soccer x x    
Swimming And Diving x x    
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf    
Soccer x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cheerleading    
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Soccer    
Swimming And Diving    
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
badminton, crew, equestrian sports, fencing, rugby, sailing, ultimate Frisbee, water polo
Men's Club Sports
badminton, crew, fencing, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, cross-country running, football, golf, racquetball, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, table tennis, tennis, track and field, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, drama club, community service/volunteer program, intramural sports, college government, marching owl band
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
3,992
Women
1,906 (47.7%)
Men
2,086 (52.3%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
3,899
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
29.1% Asian
8.1% Black/African-American
17.6% Hispanic/Latino
5.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
37.6% White
2.2% Unknown
International Students.
12.3% from 55 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
3,132

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
97.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
85.5%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
93.4%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
91.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Engineering 5%
Law 5%
Arts and Sciences 12%
Medicine 11%
Other 6%

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