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Academics

A private research university in Houston, Texas, Rice University manages to foster "great research" along with an an unbeatable "sense of community." Much of this is attributed to the "residential college system" which creates "a great social scene." Additionally, Rice provides students with a myriad of "experiential learning opportunities such as internships and civic engagement." And the university's "intimate classroom settings [allow for] meaningful discussion." Students also benefit from "project-based classes that [aim to] solve real-world issues." Further, they love that Rice alums "usually end up with great jobs or at fantastic grad schools." The "professional development" available here is second to none. Undergrads lucky enough to attend Rice have the opportunity to learn from "dedicated" and "brilliant" professors. These individuals often go "above and beyond to help students "engage... with the material," and they are usually "so passionate" about the field in which they teach. Professors here are typically "always willing to make time for students outside the classroom." As this pleased student sums it up: "My Rice academic experience has been wonderful; I've learned so much in my years here."

Student Body

Undergrads at Rice speak effusively about their "intelligent, curious, motivated, . .and fiercely independent" peers. Students here appreciate that while their classmates are "incredibly smart," they are also "down to earth." In other words, though Rice undergrads are "driven to succeed," they are not overly competitive. Instead, "everyone is willing to help others out with [the] curriculum when needed." Rice students appreciate that their peers are so "talented" and "multifaceted." As one impressed undergrad explains, "No one is an engineer who does only engineering clubs and service and seeks a career in engineering. Instead, there are humanities students who work at the bike shop [and] science majors on all the dance teams." Undergrads also stress that their classmates are "usually a little weirder and quirkier than the average top school." And this is seens as a Rice advantage: "Everyone is a little bit weird, people tend to accept each other, and there are few exclusive groups." Students also value that many of their peers come from "diverse backgrounds." In turn, this "leads to an ongoing exchange of new perspectives and opinions." Of course, what Rice undergrads love most is that their classmates are "caring." An amazed student describes, "During Orientation Week new students are taught to look out for one another—this is something we call the Culture of Care, and I see it in action almost every day."

Campus Life

Rice undergrads "work extremely hard," and it's clear that academics take precedence. However, these busy students somehow manage to balance schoolwork with "jobs...clubs and organizations, and social events." That's right—there's plenty of fun to be had! For example, the "Rice Program Council, a student-run organization, hosts approximately forty-nine events annually, ranging from bubble soccer [to] formal dances." Additionally, "many students spend time playing sports for their residential colleges." These residential colleges also sponsor "a number of fun events throughout the semester like swing dancing lessons or improv comedy nights." Once class is over for the day, many undergrads end up congregating "in the Commons doing homework together [or] they'll take a break and play pool and ping pong." Moreover, there are "multiple student-run businesses in the student center, and many [classmates] will meet up and spend time together there." When the weekend finally hits, many students "explore Houston" whether that means "go[ing] out to eat on Saturday nights" or enjoying an "art museum, theatre, ballet, opera, etc." And you can usually find a handful of parties, "which are always inclusive and fun."

Overview

Applicants
18,236
Acceptance Rate
15%

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
690 - 770
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
720 - 800
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
680 - 770

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
720 - 780
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
750 - 800

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
32 - 35

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

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
6:1
Total Faculty
881
with Terminal Degree
796

593
Men
288
Women
173
Minority
34
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
91%
Graduate in 6 years
93%

Majors

  • 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


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
91%
Graduate in 6 years
93%

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)
$63,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$114,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$65,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$112,000

Percent High Job Meaning
60%

Percent STEM
43%


Students Say

The typical Rice University graduate has a starting salary of around $60,000, and 53 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 fifteen to twenty prior to larger events. The Baker Institute also has several research internships for social sciences majors."

"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

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,253

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,772

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,643

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
27%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,497

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$43,220
Required Fees
$698
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,750
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 Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

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
3,893
Foreign Countries Represented
42

Demographics

24.18%
Asian
6.91%
African-American
14.31%
Hispanic
36.61%
Caucasian
1.68%
Unknown
12.14%
International

48% female
52% male
50% are out of state
99% are full time
1% 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
257
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

93/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

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
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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
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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