Rice University
Houston, TX, USA

Admissions

Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Coed

Need Aware

This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Major city
0
100
11%
Acceptance Rate
20,923
Students Applied
10%
Transfer Acceptance Rate
41
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
SAT Subject Tests
Yes
AP Course Credit
Yes
Dual Enrollment
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted. November 1, 2021
Fall Regular Decision January 1, 2021 May 1, 2020
Test Optional
Yes
Application Fee
$75
Fee waivers available
Rolling Admissions
No

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
43%
Out-Of-State Students
53%
US States Represented
53
Countries Represented
55
54%
Submitting ACT
46%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 35
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1513
0
1600
SAT Percentiles

Math
25th
750
75th
800
Reading
25th
700
75th
760
4.00
Average GPA
Students Enrolled By Class Rank

Top 10%
93
Top 25%
99
Top 50%
100

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: [email protected]
Admissions Telephone: 713-348-5952
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page
For Veteran Services: visit page

What Students Are Saying

4.45 Average Rating
Take those AP exams. Some of the toughest courses at Rice are the beginning level math and science courses. Take the AP exams in high school so you don't have to take the courses here. It will also help you graduate faster.
Emily from Catasauqua, PA
Make sure you remember to maintain balance in your life. Most people here are selected not only because of their amazing academic abilities but also because they have strong experiences outside of the classroom.
Alexander from San Diego, CA
Get involved, colleges love students who show interest. Take a campus tour or do an overnight visit. You will be shown around by a current Rice student who can share their own personal experiences at Rice.
Scott from Crown Point, IN
Of course it's important to keep your grades up, but Rice puts a particular emphasis on finding genuine, fun loving people who recognize that life is more than just what you put on your resume. If you can, schedule an interview - honestly, I believe it's what got me in. That way, you can showcase who you are in a casual atmosphere and the admissions office can get a sense of who you are as a person.
Janet from Carmel, NY
Make sure to fill out the College Board CSS Profile and FAFSA to make yourself eligible for financial aid.
Try to always be on good terms with your roommate. You do not have to be best friends with them, but just make sure you keep them happy. If you they are happy, most likely, you will be too.
Time management is key to doing well in college. Although it may seem that you do not have a lot of work, it will definitely be more than expected when accounting for the time you take to eat, have fun, exercise, etc. It is a good idea to get a head start on work or reading assignments just so you have an idea of what you have to work on either for homework or in class.
A bunch of clubs seem like fun and a good way to de-stress, but make sure you are not overloading yourself, because each club requires time, and you also need time for yourself and school. Just be cautious what you get yourself involved in.
Rachel from Oklahoma City, OK
When entering Rice University, don't feel like you have to compare yourself to other students. A school of that caliber does, of course, have a lot of students that have accomplished many prestigious achievements, but that doesn't mean that you will not succeed. Enter with an open mind and know who your resources, don't get overwhelmed, you don't have to cram everything into one semester! Remember you have four years here! Relax, and pace yourself!
Nkemjika from Pearland, TX
Must be well-rounded. Find your special talent, what makes you unique, and hone your skill to present to the Rice acceptance committee so that they know what you would bring to the community.
Andrea from TX
Do everything you can: visit, interview, follow them on social media, learn about them, respond to surveys- showing genuine interest in this school will distinguish you from a multi-talented and bright applicant pool.
Juan from Spring, TX
Visit campus and learn about the residential college system. If possible try to visit campus for a couple of nights as a prospie (prospective student) to see if you like the atmosphere. However, remember that, if accepted, you may not end up in the college at which you were a prospie, and, Rice students do actually study, but they also like to throw parties when there are prospies.
Bianca from Angel Fire, NM

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