Rice University campus


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
710 - 790
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
670 - 770
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 34


Early Decision
November 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

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.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

The typical Rice University graduate has a starting salary of around $55,700, and 49 percent report that their job has a great deal of meaning. Students feel that the career services at Rice “are incredibly geared toward oil and gas, consulting, and computer science,” and note that “the Sport Management department is very good with connections and internships in the Houston sport industry.” Some add that “the Gateway Program provides phenomenal resources to students who want to study abroad or do internships in the social sciences,” and “the Baker Institute brings in a wide range of speakers and often gives students the opportunity to meet these world leaders and scholars in small groups of 15–20 prior to larger events. The Baker Institute also has several research internships for social sciences majors.”

Colleges that Create Futures

Service Learning

Rice students often make their mark in the Greater Houston area. Students can earn a Certificate in Civic Leadership from the Center for Civic Leadership, whose mission is to foster engaged citizenship through integrated curricular and experiential learning opportunities. The center promotes and develops opportunities for members of the Rice community to engage directly with the city of Houston through collaborative, community-based research and design. The center hosts a number of courses, programs, and activities that allow students, faculty members, and community partners to work together on Houston-based civic projects. For example, Beyond the Sallyport is a program designed to introduce first- and second-year students to the city of Houston. The experience provides a pathway to civic leadership that guides participants toward engaged service experiences, a deeper understanding of social injustice, and a lifelong commitment to service resulting in the creation of sustainable change in the Greater Houston community and beyond. During orientation (known as O-Week), there is an Outreach Day when freshmen can volunteer at a number of local nonprofit organizations. Rice’s Community Involvement Center sponsors this event to enable students to make a positive impact on the Houston community by engaging in volunteer activities throughout the city. Finally, Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies works in partnership with communities throughout the world to design and implement low-cost, high-performance health technologies that address major global health challenges. More than 60,000 people in twenty-eight countries have benefited from more than fifty new global health technologies and programs designed by over 400 students in Rice’s global health initiatives.
Undergraduate Research

Participation in research is a fundamental part of the Rice undergraduate experience, one that many of the students we surveyed took advantage of. Research is defined very broadly as any opportunity to approach a problem in a critical and open-ended way; it ranges from the scientific experiments in science and engineering laboratories, to the design projects in engineering classes and architecture studios, to the fieldwork and original analyses of social scientists and humanists. Many students, including one anthropology major, appreciated the “opportunities for students to get into the ‘real world’ of research and work.”
The Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research helps Rice undergraduates, graduate students and recent alumni find additional academic opportunities beyond the classroom. On campus, students have access to research opportunities in various schools of study: engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, architecture, music and business. Rice also has more than forty institutes and consortia that offer interdisciplinary research experiences with faculty, visiting scholars, postdocs and graduate students. Off campus, the city of Houston provides an enormous landscape for independent research projects, collaboration with city government and internships with both the private and public sectors that make up the nation’s fourth-largest city. Access to the world’s largest medical center, NASA and twenty-six Fortune 500 companies makes Houston an extremely valuable resource for Rice undergraduates. It’s not surprising then that one bioengineering major commented that “the opportunities for research are plenty.”
Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen has all the “ingredients” for creative engineering students to tackle authentic design challenges or to experiment with their own building projects. The facility has 18,000 square feet of space that houses more than 66 work tables, conference rooms, a classroom, a wet lab, rapid prototyping equipment, large-format printers, 3-D printers, a designated woodworking area, a machine shop and access to a welding shop. It’s the ideal place for hands-on experiential teaching, learning, experimentation and innovation.
Leadership Opportunities

“Rice is heavily focused on student empowerment,” a cognitive science major told us, a focus the school achieves largely as a result of the residential college system. A double major in biochemistry, cell biology, and Hispanic studies elaborated: “One of the greatest strengths of Rice is the amount of student leadership involved in running the campus. For one, the residential college system promotes student involvement, from coordinating activities to following university regulations.” A physics and mathematics major provided even more specific examples of the governing role that she’s been able to take within her residential community: “My dorm is being renovated. I decided to create a committee that works with the architects and engineers to advise them on the project. We have weekly meetings where we literally tell them what we want and they actually listen to us. Its incredible how much responsibility Rice gives to its students.” Alumnus Judge Edward Emmett, the administrative county judge of Harris County, Texas, told us that he essentially got his start in politics as a student leader within the residential college system. He said, “I was president of my college my junior year. We had great arguments about things going on on-campus. The students really do get to make the decisions. The experience caused me to work with people from all stripes and come up with an arrangement that all people can agree to.”
The Doer Institute for New Leaders opened its doors in July 2015, thanks to a $50 million gift from alumni Ann and John Doer (who both have bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Rice), and specializes in hands-on leadership training that extends for a student’s entire college career. According to Rice, “The strengths of each student will be assessed and their potential will be developed in a four-year comprehensive, custom-made plan of classroom instruction, hands-on, real-world experience and guidance from personal coaches.”
Another program, Leadership Rice, offers a mentorship experience combined with a summer internship. Before starting their internships, students attend training sessions that focus on leadership in professional contexts. For nine weeks over the course of the summer, students perform substantive work with recognized leaders in public, private and nonprofit organizations. Each student is paired with a mentor who is responsible for overseeing the student’s learning and personal development. Previous placements have been in Houston, New York City, Washington D.C., Paris, and Pune, India.
Engineering students have access to the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL), which was established to educate and develop students into strong leaders, team members, and entrepreneurs. From academic courses and leadership labs to student discussion groups and structured learning experiences, RCEL program components provide students with opportunities to develop and strengthen their leadership abilities and prepare them to put these skills into practice in engineering and professional environments.
Beyond these programs, there are a number of student-run businesses on campus, such as the Coffeehouse, which offer students an opportunity to develop leadership and business skills. Rice also has a student-run newspaper, yearbook, radio station, and many student clubs to join.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Tuition runs $38,260 a year, with an additional $14,500 or so in fees, room and board, and expenses. But, Rice meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for all admitted students. As of 2009, Rice eliminated loans to students whose family income is below $80,000, instead meeting their need through a combination of grants, workstudy, merit aid (if qualified), and institutional funds. For students with need eligibility whose family income is above $80,000, Rice will award a small subsidized loan in combination with grants, workstudy, merit aid (if qualified), and institutional funds to cover 100% of the student’s unmet need. The subsidized loan cap for students who show need is $2,500 each year, significantly limiting the debt at graduation for the small number of students in this category.

Bang For Your Buck

In addition to their terrific financial aid policy, Rice offers a number of merit scholarships to incoming students. No additional application is required, and students are selected for merit scholarships based on their admission applications, meaning that when the big envelope comes, it can sometimes offer double the fun. In addition to the monetary value, some scholarships include the opportunity to do individual research under the direction of a faculty member, adding even greater value to the Rice experience. Even for students who receive no financial assistance, Rice remains one of the best values in higher education. With tuition set at thousands of dollars lower than Ivy League and other peer institutions, Rice walks the walk of keeping the highest caliber of education affordable for all.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



48% female
52% male
49% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

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.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

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!

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Owls)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Owls)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

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

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Admission

Office of Admission
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005


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

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

Information Sessions

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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


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).