Students Say

Students at Rice are generous with their praise for professors, who “are very accessible and happy to talk about the material and give help outside of class,” and make “their course material relevant, being sure to include modern-day and industry applications.” Students caution that some faculty members are “more focused on their research,” but others “learn every student’s name in their 200-person lecture” and “everyone certainly knows their stuff very well.”

Overview

Applicants
15,415
Acceptance Rate
17%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
670 - 760
SAT Math
700 - 790
ACT Composite
31 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Students at Rice are generous with their praise for professors, who “are very accessible and happy to talk about the material and give help outside of class,” and make “their course material relevant, being sure to include modern-day and industry applications.” Students caution that some faculty members are “more focused on their research,” but others “learn every student’s name in their 200-person lecture” and “everyone certainly knows their stuff very well.” While “a lot is expected of you, so be prepared to have to do a lot of work on your own,” professors “are there if you are struggling,” the academic “emphasis is more on collaboration than competition,” and that work will contribute to “meaningful discussion during class.” Professors serve as “masters” within the residential colleges, “which provides a wonderful opportunity [for students] to get to know the faculty and staff on a more personal level.” Students are assigned to one of eleven colleges for all four years and about 75 percent of undergrads live at their colleges, which creates smaller, close-knit communities within the university. All of this crossover between personal and academic areas helps make life at Rice well-balanced: “Overall the academic experience is rigorous, but not particularly stressful.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
6.3:1
Total Faculty
791
with Terminal Degree
725

551
Men
240
Women
143
Minority
21
International

Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Lance Berkman
Major League Baseball player/Houston Astros 1999-

William Broyles
Award-win screenwriter (Apollo 13; Planet of Apes;

Robert Curl
1996 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry

Annise Parker
Mayor of Houston

William P. Hobby Jr
Lt Gov of Texas 1973-1991

Larry McMurtry
Pulitzer Prize winning auther; 24 novels and 4 non-f

Hector Ruiz
CEO Advanced Micro Devices; Pres Council of Adviso

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
98
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,132

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$34,565

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,308

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$17,856

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
28%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$38,260
Required Fees
$681
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$250

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Most students are quick to claim they can’t be typified, and many use the term “quirky” to describe themselves and each other. Rather than quirky in the hipster sense, they seem to mean that “everyone is…interesting in some way” and “people have such a far-reaching range of interests.” One student shares their “impression that Rice admits people who excel in [a] particular area or who have specialized interests rather than…a cookie-cutter class of people.” “There is no racial majority here on campus, and I’ve met students of varied political affiliations, religions, socio-economic status, and sexual orientations.” Commonalities across this “wide array of people” include dedication to rigorous academic courses and “a leadership position in one or two campus clubs or organizations.” “The student body is extremely collaborative, friendly, accepting, and social—it’s not cliquey,” though “there are some rifts…but these are not very pronounced.” “Most students respect others students and enjoy learning more about people who have different backgrounds and beliefs than their own…there is most likely someone with whom to share a common interest, be it something like LARPing, rock-climbing, or fashion.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,965
Out of State
49%

International
14%
Foreign Countries Represented
51

Demographics

24.13%
Asian
7.27%
African-American
16.98%
Hispanic
44.56%
Caucasian
1.58%
Unknown
13.90%
International

49% female
51% male
49% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Continuing with the theme of balance, “students at Rice work hard and accomplish great things in academics and extracurriculars. But this is complemented and supported by a thriving social life.” Students report a wide range of activities and interests outside the classroom. What they all have in common is their satisfaction with life at Rice. “The environment is very inclusive. People are free to do whatever they want with whoever they want.” “On any given Friday night you might find various religious organizations meeting, a group of friends playing board games in the commons space, a crowd of people heading to a party, and a carload of students heading off-campus to see a movie.” School-sponsored activities often include “lecture series, recruiting sessions, movie nights, sporting events, parties, board game nights, etc, usually…with free food.”

Intramural sports and campus traditions are popular, and “the typical student seems to be involved in at least three or four activities.” Rice undergrads also seem to have a healthy perspective on partying: “This is a wet campus, after all…that said, Rice’s alcohol policy fosters a culture of care in which students… help each other stay safe and make good decisions.” “You can be a drinker or not a drinker and you will find others who choose the same as you.” Finally, some students report that they don’t get off campus much, but others praise Houston’s music and restaurant scenes, and everyone loves the warm, sunny weather!


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
71%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
99
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
91

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
247
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
14

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Owls)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Owls)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Houston
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Houston

Sustainability

Green Rating
72

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
343

Average Number of PC's per Lab
16

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Rice-specific discounts offered through Technology Marketplace, varies by vendor. See http://rice.edu/market/

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office of Admission

Address
Office of Admission
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005

Phone
713-348-7423


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Rice Memorial Center
Baker Institute for Public Policy
Brochstein Pavilion (cafe)
Shepherd School of Music
Reckling Park - baseball stadium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Museum of Fine Arts
Downtown Theater District
Rothko Chapel at the Menil Collection
Cockrell Butterfly Centre at the Museum of Natural History
NASA Space Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri (all yr); Sat (Fall and Spring Semester only
8:30am-5pm; 9am-noon
713-348-7423

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 11am and 3pm; Sat 10:30am during aca year
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
2PM all yr; 10AM Apr-Dec; Sat 9:30am in aca yr

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Limitations
High school seniors only; 2-night maximum stay; Thurs-Sat night stay recommended; only when classes are in session, but not before the third week of September; no Sunday nights

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Houston's Hobby Airport is a 30-minute (non-rush hour) drive from campus. Houston's Intercontinental Airport is a 45-minute (non-rush hour) drive from campus. Taxis, shuttles, and rental cars are available at both airports. The shuttle services pick up passengers at the baggage claim areas and deliver to hotels and other locations near campus. From there, take a taxi to campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses also serve Houston. The bus terminal on Main St. is a short distance from campus; taxis are available at the terminal for the ride to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Take I-10, I-45, or I-610 to U.S. Rte. 59 (the Southwest Freeway). Take U.S. 59 into the city to the Shepherd-Greenbriar/Rice University exit. At Greenbriar, head south to Rice Blvd. Turn left on Rice and continue to Main St. Turn right on Main St. and make an immediate right turn into the main campus gate. Lovett Hall (location of the admissions office) is at the end of the entrance driveway; visitor parking is available in front of Lovett Hall.

Local Accommodations
Within 5 miles: Houston Marriott (at Medical Center, 6580 Fannin St. 713-796-0080); La Colombe d'Or (3410 Montrose Blvd. 713-524-7999 expensive); Crowne Plaza Medical Center (6701 S. Main St. 713-797-1110); Hotel Zaza (5701 S. Main St. 713.526.1991); Houston Plaza Hilton (6633 Travis Street, 713-313-4000); the Best Western Plaza Hotel and Suites - Medical Center (6700 Main Street, 713-522-2811); and the Holiday Inn-Medical Ctr (6800 Main Street, 713-528-7744).
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Key Stats

15,415
Applicants
3,965
Size
17%
Acceptance Rate
1460
SAT Scores

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