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Rice Admissions Information

Rice University
Houston, TX (map)


Since its founding in 1912, Rice University has consistently ranked as one of the top institutions in the country, placing at #17 on U.S. News and World Report's most recent list. Rice is known to combine the benefits of a liberal arts college, including small class sizes and a low student-faculty ratio, with the offerings of a premier research university. The school encourages classroom interaction with distinguished faculty and provides students with opportunities to conduct original research. Having been voted #1 for Best Quality of Life and #10 for Happiest Students, Rice's residential college system allows its students to flourish in a community of their peers and to find their social niche.

Rice University is located in the heart of Houston, which–as the nation’s 4th largest city–ensures a vibrant student experience. All students are assigned to one of the 11 residential colleges, where they eat, sleep, study, and socialize, creating a close-knit community. Rice represents a variety of interests and offers over 200 organizations and clubs. The Rice Owls play for 14 Division I varsity sports; encouraging school spirit, all Rice students receive free tickets to Owls’ events.



Basic Info

Main Address: PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Phone Number: (713) 348-0000  
Website: www.rice.edu  


Type of school: Private  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Urban  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 3,319  
Percent out-of-state: 46%  
Percent international: 7.09%  
Female to Male ratio: 48:52  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 5:1  
Most popular majors: Biology/Biological Sciences
Special study programs: Cross-Registration
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC (Air Force, Army, Navy)
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing Special Housing For Disabled Students
Campus ministries
Concert band
International students
Literary magazine
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Pep band
Student government
Symphony orchestra
Choral groups
Film society
Jazz band
Marching band
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student newspaper
Television station

Fun Facts

  • Voted #1 Best Quality of Life
  • Voted #10 Great Financial Aid
  • Voted #17 Dorms Like Palaces
  • Voted #2 Lots of Race/Class Interaction
  • Voted #10 Happiest Students

Admissions Information

Rice University has a 22% admittance rate. As such, admission to the premier university is quite competitive. Rice admits outstanding students and leaders who envision new possibilities and leave positive imprints in the world.

Rice cites a prospective student's academic record as very important; GPA, the rigor of the secondary school record, class rank, and standardized test scores are given the most weight during the admissions process. Extracurricular activities, recommendations, talent, personal qualities, and application essay are also very important. Rice is interested in the student's level of interest in the university. Admissions officials further consider a candidate's alumni relation, geographical residence, interview, racial status, volunteer and work experience, and whether a student is a first-generation college student.

Admissions address: 6100 Main Street
Office of Admission MS-17 PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Phone number: (713) 348-7423  
Fax number: (713) 348-5952  
Admissions Website: http://www.futureowls.rice.edu/futureowls/default.asp  
Email: admission@rice.edu  
Contact Person: Keith Todd  
Number of first-year applications received: 11,173  
Percent of applicants admitted: 22%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 2  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay
1 Academic Teacher Evaluation
School Report
Mid Year Report
Final Report
Standardized test scores

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT Reasoning Test and SAT II Subject Tests, OR
ACT with Writing
Policy regarding SAT score-use: All SAT Scores Required for Review  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 6609  
ACT code: 4152  
Learn more about other Top Texas schools:
Texas Christian   Southern Methodist University   Baylor   University of Texas  

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