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Academics

A private research university in Houston, Rice University offers a top-notch “level of prestige,” that, when combined with a similar “level of support provided by the university and the “support of the residential college system,” makes for “an ideal environment.” In addition to being a “premier research university,” Rice is an “amazing place for students because of how much professors care about teaching undergraduates.” Professors, who are “easily accessible outside the classroom” and “experts in their specific fields,” introduce students to “a number of perspectives” and “push [students] to think [more deeply] about [the] world.” The “premed program offers a large number of opportunities,” and “is known for its strong biochemistry and medical research,” aided by its “proximity to the Texas Medical Center.” Rice is also known for its “prestigious architecture program.” Overall, students praise the “strong curriculum” offered with “flexibility” that makes it “easy to add/drop/change majors and minors while still graduating on time.” The college is flush with resources, but if a need arises, students are empowered to take “leadership roles” and maintain “direct contact with the administration.” good job placement rates, lots of academic planning and job preparation, many job/ research/fellowship opportunities. Small class sizes foster a deep relationship with professors in every department. One grateful student says, “I have personally benefited from close working relationships with most of my professors in my major department, beginning in my freshman year.” The opportunities this affords for research and collaboration cannot be understated, and the funding for students in the humanities tends to be particularly good: small numbers of students in these areas makes each department more willing to spend a greater proportion on individual students.

Student Body

Rice has been said to have “the happiest students in the United States” and “a high quality of life.” Students count that as a major impressing factor on their decision to enroll: “I wanted my college years to be both happy and successful,” one student says, “and I found no other schools that were as prestigious, but also dedicated to ensuring the happiness of the student body.” Students describe their peers as “enthusiastic,” “helpful,” “politically liberal,” and highly involved in “civic engagement” in the form of voter registration efforts, campaigning for local leaders, and so on. The emphasis is on collaboration: students are “incredibly supportive and encouraging” and “truly care about each other’s intellectual and emotional growth,” which helps Rice “foster positivity” and “inclusivity,” “especially helpful” in an academically rigorous environment. There is “never any competition.” “When people told me that the school was collaborative,” one student says, “I never imagined that…Seniors would stay up late just to help me with things I’ve been struggling with, even when they have their own work to do.” Rice has a “culture of care,” another student reports.

Campus Life

Students are attracted to Rice’s location, in the “unique and vibrant city of Houston.” The innovative “residential college system is “truly special” because of its “ability to supply students with an immediate family after stepping foot onto campus.” Before matriculating, each of the university’s undergraduates “becomes a member of one of eleven residential colleges, which have their own dining halls, public rooms, and dorms on campus.” Each student is “randomly assigned to one of the colleges, and maintains membership in the same college throughout their undergraduate years,” and each college is assigned a “faculty magister,” who “lives in an adjacent house.” Rice students are “spoiled with opportunities [for] fun,” but students “are concerned first and foremost with their academics, and prioritize that over anything else.” That being said, “all welcome distractions from the daily routine.” “On any given night of the week there is…some kind of event” and “crawls and parties tend to be quite frequent starting Thursday night through the weekend.” Students also “support their Owls in whatever athletic contests are going on,” visit the “museum district, which is close by,” or “hang out in the commons of their residential colleges after class doing homework.”

Overview

Applicants
18,063
Acceptance Rate
16%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
730 - 780
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
760 - 800
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
33 - 35

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
5.7:1
Total Faculty
870
with Terminal Degree
799

581
Men
289
Women
176
Minority
41
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years
91%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics 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.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • 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, General.

  • 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/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


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

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
Former Mayor of Houston

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

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

Hector Ruiz
CEO Advanced Micro Devices; Pres Council of Adviso

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years
91%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$65,700

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$130,200

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$67,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$131,300

Percent High Job Meaning
48%

Percent STEM
50%


Students Say

Given Rice's renown, it's no surprise that the university manages to attract “a lot of great jobs and companies.” Of course, much of this success is also due to the hard work of Rice's Center for Career Development (CCD). The office works tirelessly to ensure students are prepared to hit the job market running: Its events calendar is chockfull of information sessions with companies like Deloitte, Bain, Accenture, Citi, United Airlines, Oliver Wyman, Shell, McKinsey and American Express. Here, students can network with company reps and learn more about existing opportunities. Undergrads may also capitalize on workshops regarding interviews, LinkedIn accounts and professionalism in the workplace (among other topics). And they can also turn to the CCD to find and connect with alumni and mentors.

"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, in which "incoming undergraduate students are randomly assigned to one of eleven on-campus housing and dining facilities before they matriculate, and each student remains affiliated with their assigned college until graduation." An undergraduate studying 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. The residential college system promotes student involvement, from coordinating activities to following university regulations." A physics and mathematics major agreed, "It's 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 residential 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." Students at Rice have lots of chances to develop leadership skills. In fact, many undergraduates we surveyed cited student leadership opportunities as one of the biggest strengths of the university. The Doer Institute for New Leaders opened its doors in July 2015, thanks to a $50 million gift from alumni Ann and John Doer (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." Former Mayor of Houston and Rice alumna Annise Parker is the inaugural fellow at the Institute.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$41,573

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$40,285

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,237

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
25%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,556

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,600
Required Fees
$750
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,400
Transportation for Commuters
$300

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,000
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
VA Benefits

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,934
Foreign Countries Represented
42

Demographics

25.89%
Asian
6.83%
African-American
14.66%
Hispanic
34.58%
Caucasian
1.84%
Unknown
11.66%
International

98% female
2% male
52% are out of state
202% are full time
-102% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
72%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Alan Russell

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
280
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

92/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

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

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
M-F 8:30am-5pm; Sat 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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