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Rice University

Houston, TX

At A Glance

Main Address

6100 Main St

Houston, TX 77005-1827

https://www.rice.edu/

Admission Office

6100 Main Street

Office of Admission MS-17 PO Box 1892

Houston, TX 77251-1892

(713) 348-7423

Fax : (713) 348-5323

admi@rice.edu

Contact : David Williams

Assistant Vice President, Director of Admission

Type of School

Medium

Private

university

4-year school

Coed

Regionally Accredited

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

College Board Member

College Board Code: 6609

Quick Facts

Percentage of students graduating within 6 years : 93.0%

Total undergraduates : 3,989

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 961

Percentage of financial need met (average) : 100.0%

Average financial aid package : $46,077.00

In-State Tuition : $51,107.00

Out-of-State Tuition : $51,107.00

School Calendar

Semester

Degrees Available

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Setting

Very Large City (>500k)

Urban

Residential campus

Deadlines

Admission

Regular application due: No Regular Application Deadline

Priority application due : --

College will notify student of admission : --

Student must reply to acceptance by : --

Housing deposit due : May 1

Early Decision And Action

Early decision application due : --

College will notify student of early decision by : --

Other early decision deadline : --

College will notify student of other early decision by : --

Tests

SAT Reasoning/ACT Score report due : --

SAT subject score report due : --

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application due : --

Financial Aid Priority Application due : --

College will notify student : --

Student must reply : --

Transfer Students

Transfer Application closing date : --

College will notify student of transfer decision by : --

Transfer priority application date : --

Transfer student must reply : --

Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms : --

Transfer priority financial aid deadline : --

College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about : --

Student must reply to financial aid decision by : --

Major and Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Calendar type : Semester

Student-faculty ratio : 6 to 1

Degrees Offered in : Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral degrees

Graduating in 6 years : 93.0%

Returning for sophomore year : 98.0%

Accreditation and Associations

Regionally Accredited

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

College Board Member

Most Popular Majors

Bachelor's
Engineering : 18.0%
Social Sciences : 13.0%
Computer and Information Sciences : 10.0%
Biology : 8.0%
Parks And Recreation : 8.0%
Mathematics : 7.0%
Interdisciplinary Studies : 6.0%
Visual and Performing Arts : 5.0%

All Majors

Levels at which colleges offer undergraduate majors are designated by these letters :

A = Associate degree, B = Bachelor's degree, C = Certificate degree, D = Doctor degree, M = Master degree

Architecture & Related Programs
Architecture B D M
City/Urban, Community, and Regional Planning M

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization B
German Studies B
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies B M
Latin American Studies B
Slavic Studies B
Women's Studies B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B D M
Biology/Biological Sciences, General B D M
Ecology B D M
Evolutionary Biology B D M

Business, Management, Marketing, & Related Support
Business Administration and Management, General B M

Computer & Information Sciences, Support Services
Computer Science B D M

Education
Secondary Education and Teaching M

Engineering
Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering, General D M
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering B D M
Chemical Engineering B D M
Civil Engineering, General B D M
Computer Engineering, General B D M
Electrical and Electronics Engineering B D M
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering B D M
Materials Engineering B D M
Mechanical Engineering B D M

English Language, Literature & Letters
English Language and Literature, General B D M

Foreign Language, Literatures & Linguistics
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature B
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General B
French Language and Literature B D M
German Language and Literature B
Latin Language and Literature B
Linguistics B D M
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General B
Spanish Language and Literature B M

History
History, General B D M

Mathematics & Statistics
Applied Mathematics B D M
Mathematics, General B D M
Statistics, General B D M

Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean, and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology B
Cognitive Science, General B
Medieval and Renaissance Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science M

Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies
Exercise Science and Kinesiology B
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management B

Philosophy & Religious Studies
Philosophy B D M
Religion/Religious Studies B D

Physical Sciences
Astronomy B D M
Astrophysics B D M
Atomic/Molecular Physics D M
Chemical Physics B
Chemistry, General B D M
Geology/Earth Science, General B D M
Geophysics and Seismology B M
Physical Chemistry B D M
Physics, General B D M
Plasma and High-Temperature Physics D M
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics D M

Psychology
Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics D M
Industrial and Organizational Psychology D M
Psychology, General B D M

Public Administration & Social Services
Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B D M
Economics, General B D M
Political Science and Government, General B D M
Social Sciences, General B
Sociology B

Visual & Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation B
Art/Art Studies, General B
Conducting M
Fine/Studio Arts, General B M
Music History, Literature, and Theory B M
Music Performance, General B D M
Music Theory and Composition B D M
Music, General B D M
Musicology and Ethnomusicology M
Visual and Performing Arts, General B M

Learning outside the classroom

Many colleges offer special programs like the opportunity to study abroad or participate in internships to get on-the-job training. Nearly all colleges provide extra academic help or tutoring to students who need it.

Special Study Options

Cross-Registration

Double Major

Dual Enrollment of High School Students

Independent Study

Internships

Student-Designed Major

Teacher Certification

Accelerated Program

Honors Program

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Off-Campus Study Options

Study Abroad

ROTC Available

ROTC, Navy

Extended Class Availability

Weekend College

Distance Learning

Computer Services

258 Public computers, available in: Computer Center, Dorms, Libraries, Student Center

Dorms wired for access to campus-wide network

Dorms wired for high speed internet connections

Student web hosting available

Wireless network available

Campus Life

Campus General Information

Size : Medium-sized

Unique Facilities : wetland center for biochemical research, arboretum, nanotechnology lab, center for study of languages and culture, civil engineering lab, concert hall with grand organ, institute for public policy, observatory, digital media center, Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, biosciences research collaborative

Geographic Location : 3 miles from downtown Houston.

Very Large City

Urban

Residential Campus

Total undergraduates : 3,989

First-time degree-seeking freshmen : 961

Degree-seeking undergrads : 3,978

Graduate enrollment : 3,293

Student General Information

All students average age : 20

Full time students average age : 20

In state students : 47.0%

Out of state students : 53.0%

Part Time students : 1.0%

Percentage of males : 52.0%

Percentage of females : 48.0%

Race/Ethnicity

Two or more races : 5.0%

Black African American : 7.0%

Asian : 26.0%

Hispanic/Latino : 16.0%

Race Ethnicity Unknown : 1.0%

White : 32.0%

Non-Resident Alien : 12.0%

Other Activities & Organizations

Other Activities & Organizations : Academic honor code. All undergraduates are granted membership in one of 11 residential college communities and maintain that affiliation for their entire college career. Each college is self governing and designed to facilitate student and faculty networking, leadership development, pre-major advising, and social interaction.

Student Newspaper : The Rice Thresher

Student Newspaper URL : www.ricethresher.org

Housing Policies

First-year students living in college housing : 99.0%

All undergraduates living in college housing : 70.0%

Housing Options

Special Housing For Disabled Students

Coed Housing

Additional Housing Options

Housing deposit : $100.00

Housing deposit due : May 1

Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.

Car is allowed for freshman

Pet is not allowed in the Dorm

General Athletics

Team Name : Owls

Sport Member : NCAA

Sport's Levels Available

Club

NCAA Division IA

NCAA Division I

Intercollegiate

Intramural

Scholarship

Counseling And Wellness

Alcohol/substance abuse counseling

Chaplain/spiritual director

Career counseling

Employment services for undergraduates

Financial aid counseling

Health services

Minority students services

Personal counseling

Placement services for graduates

Women's services

Additional Programs for Students with Disabilities

Services and/or facilities for hearing impaired

Partial services for students with learning disabilities

Services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders

Services and/or facilities for visually impaired

Wheelchair Accessibility

Academic Support Programs

Tutoring

Writing center

Study skills assistance

Activities

Y indicates available and N indicates not available

Activity Name

Available on Campus

Campus Ministries

Y

Choral Groups

Y

Concert Band

Y

Dance Activity

Y

Drama/Theater

Y

Film Society

Y

Fraternities

N

Government or Political Activity

Y

International Student Organization

Y

Jazz Band

Y

Literary Magazine

Y

Marching Band

Y

Model United Nations

Y

Music Ensembles

Y

Musical Theater

Y

Opera

Y

Pep Band

Y

Radio Station

Y

Sororities

N

Student Newspaper

Y

Symphony Orchestra

Y

Television Station

N

Yearbook

Y

Sports

Sport Name

Levels Available

Badminton

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Baseball

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Men's Club

Men's NCAA Division I

Basketball

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Cheerleading

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Cricket

Men's Club

Women's Club

Cross-Country

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Equestrian

Men's Club

Women's Club

Fencing

Men's Club

Women's Club

Football

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Men's NCAA Division IA

Football(non-tackle)

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Club

Golf

Men's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Men's NCAA Division I

Judo

Men's Club

Women's Club

Lacrosse

Men's Club

Women's Club

Racquetball

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Rifle

Men's Club

Women's Club

Rowing (Crew)

Men's Club

Women's Club

Rugby

Men's Club

Women's Club

Sailing

Men's Club

Women's Club

Soccer

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Women's NCAA Division I

Softball

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Swimming

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Women's NCAA Division I

Table tennis

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Tennis

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Track and Field

Men's Intercollegiate

Women's Intercollegiate

Men's Scholarship

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Track: Indoor

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Track: Outdoor

Men's NCAA Division I

Women's NCAA Division I

Ultimate Frisbee

Men's Club

Women's Club

Volleyball

Women's Intercollegiate

Women's Scholarship

Men's Intramural

Women's Intramural

Men's Club

Women's Club

Women's NCAA Division I

Water Polo

Men's Club

Women's Club

Wrestling

Men's Club

Other Sports : club: cycling, karate, aikido, bhangra, paintball. intramural: floor hockey, walleyball


Applying

General Applying Information

Application Fee: Not reported

Application Fee Waiver Available: Yes

Total applicants : 27,087

Admitted : 2,361

Enrolled : 964

Most selective 9.0% of applicants admitted

Applied early admission : 2,628

Admitted early admission : 408

Applied early action : --

Admitted early action : --

Plan Available for early admission : Early decision

Offered place on waitlist : 2,788

Number accepting place : 1,869

Accepted from list : 1



Admission stats are based on first-time, degree seeking freshmen from Fall 2016 and Fall 2017.

Very Important

Academic GPA

Application Essay

Character/Personal Qualities

Class Rank

Extracurricular Activities

Recommendations

Rigor of secondary school record

Standardized Test Scores

Talent/Ability

Considered

Alumni Relation

First generation college student

Geographical Residence

Interview

Level of Applicant's Interest

Racial/Ethnic Status

State Residency

Volunteer Work

Work Experience

Test Policies for Admission Decisions

Recommended: SAT Subject Tests

Required: SAT or ACT

SAT score use policy

Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates

Additional requirements for home-schooled students

Special requirements for home-schooled applicants:

(in addition to any polices listed)

Statement describing home school structure and mission

Letter of recommendation from person other than parent

Other Test Policies

Information not supplied by college

A note from the college

High school course selection and performance, test scores, teacher and counselor recommendations, extracurricular activity, and application answers/essay most important. Demonstrated interest is also considered as is an (optional) interview.

High school class rank of incoming freshmen

Top Tenth : 93.0%

Top Quarter : 99.0%

Top Half : 100.0%

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

700 - 800 : 83.0%

600 - 699 : 15.0%

500 - 599 : 2.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

SAT Math

700 - 800 : 90.0%

600 - 699 : 8.0%

500 - 599 : 2.0%

For the SAT, we don't yet have information on the percent of freshmen in each score range. We'll post that information when it's available in spring 2017.

ACT Composite

30 - 36 : 93.0%

24 - 29 : 5.0%

18 - 23 : 2.0%

ACT Math

30 - 36 : 85.0%

24 - 29 : 13.0%

18 - 23 : 2.0%

ACT English

30 - 36 : 93.0%

24 - 29 : 4.0%

18 - 23 : 3.0%

Advanced Placement Program (AP) Information

Offers credit for AP Exams : Yes

Offers placement into higher-level courses for AP Exams : No

Offers sophomore standing for qualifying AP scores : Yes

AP credit policy depends on student’s major, school, or program : Yes

From the college: Students scoring a 4 or 5 on accepted Advanced Placement (AP) exams before matriculation will receive course credit from Rice. Where applicable, credit will count toward your major and meet university distribution requirements.

High school Coursework

High school diploma or equivalent is not required

Course Name

Required

Recommended

English

4

0

Math

3

0

Science

2

0

Social Studies

2

0

Foreign Language

2

0

Academic Electives

3

0

TEST Scores

Percent who submitted SAT scores : 67.0% and Percent who submitted ACT scores : 33.0%

Test Subjects

Middle 50% of First-Year Students

SAT Math

750 - 800

SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing

720 - 770

ACT Composite

33 - 35


AP & Admission Policy

From the college: If your high school offers AP courses they play an important role in the admission process. If your high school does not offer AP courses this does not penalize you.

Exam

Min Score Required

Number of Credits (By semester credits)

Equivalent Course(s)

Applicable Program

Art History

4

3

HART 100

All

Biology

4

6

BIOS 201, 202

All

Calculus AB

4

3

MATH 105

All

Calculus BC

4

6

MATH 105 & 106

All

Calculus BC: AB Subscore

4

3

MATH 105

All

Chemistry

4

8

CHEM 111, 112, 113, & 114

All

Chinese Language and Culture

4

3

CHIN 222

All

Comparative Government and Politics

4

3

POLI 112

All

Computer Science A

4

3

COMP 105

All

Computer Science Principles

4

3

COMP 105

All

English Language and Composition

4

3

ENGL 121

All

English Literature and Composition

4

3

ENGL 122

All

Environmental Science

4

3

CEVE 100

All

European History

4

3

HIST 103

All

French Language and Culture

4

3

FREN 222

All

German Language and Culture

4

3

GERM 222

All

Italian Language and Culture

4

3

ITAL 222

All

Japanese Language and Culture

4

3

JAPA 222

All

Latin

4

3

LATI 102

All

5

3

LATI 201

All

Macroeconomics

4

3

ECON 113

All

Microeconomics

4

3

ECON 111

All

Music Theory

4

3

MUSI 117

All

Physics 1

4

3

PHYS 141

All

Physics 2

4

3

PHYS 142

All

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

4

4

PHYS 102/104

All

Physics C: Mechanics

4

4

PHYS 101/103

All

Psychology

4

3

PSYC 101

All

Spanish Language and Culture

4

3

SPAN 222

All

Spanish Literature and Culture

4

3

SPAN 225

All

Statistics

4

4

STAT 280

All

United States Government and Politics

4

3

POLI 110

All

United States History

4

3

HIST 105

All

World History: Modern

4

3

HIST 107

All

Paying

Financial Aid Distribution & Stats

% of scholarship / grants : 91.0%

% of loans / jobs : 9.0%

% of freshmen with need who received financial aid : 100.0%

% Applied for need-based aid : 70.0%

% Judged to have need : 54.0%

% that were offered aid : 54.0%

% that had need fully met : 100.0%

% of need met : 100.0%

Average 1st year financial aid package : $46,077.00

Avg non need-based aid : $26,283.00

Avg need-based scholarship or grant award : $41,573.00

Avg need-based loan : $2,913.00

Avg indebtedness at graduation : $26,556.00

Financial Aid Deadlines

Contact Information

Financial aid contact name : Anne Walker

Financial aid office phone : (713) 348-4958

Financial Aid Forms

Domestic first-year financial aid applicants must submit the following forms, if applicable:

FAFSA

Noncustodial (divorced/separated) Parents Statement

Business / farm supplement

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Noncustodial Profile

Part-Time Costs

Cost per credit hour (in-state): $2,096.00

Cost per credit hour (out-of-state): --

Note: These costs are tuition fees only. In some cases, fees and other expenses can be additional.

Financial Aid Policies

This school practices need-blind admissions.

Non need-based financial aid determined by

Academics

Art

Athletics

Leadership

Music/Drama

ROTC

State/District Residency

Work Study Programs

Nights

Weekends

Tuition payment plans

Deferred payment

Installment payment

ROTC Programs

ROTC, Air Force : Offered at a cooperating institution

ROTC, Army : Offered at a cooperating institution

ROTC, Navy : Offered on Campus

Annual College Costs

Cost Category

On Campus

Off Campus

At Home

In-state tuition and fees:

$51,107.00

$51,107.00

$51,107.00

Out-of-state tuition and fees:

$51,107.00

$51,107.00

$51,107.00

Room and board:

$14,500.00

$14,500.00

$4,600.00

Books and supplies:

$1,200.00

$1,200.00

$1,200.00

Estimated personal expenses:

$2,700.00

$2,700.00

$2,700.00

Transportation expenses:

$300.00

$300.00

$300.00

Estimated Total In-state:

$69,807.00

$69,807.00

$59,907.00

Estimated Total Out-of-state:

$69,807.00

$69,807.00

$59,907.00

The prices listed above are probably not what you and your family will pay. Most college students receive financial aid, which reduces the amount the family actually pays. For U.S. colleges, use the college's net price calculator to get the best estimate of what your family will pay.


Athletic Scholarship Opportunities

Sport

Male

Female

Baseball

Available

Basketball

Available

Available

Cross-Country

Available

Available

Football

Available

Golf

Available

Soccer

Available

Swimming

Available

Tennis

Available

Available

Track and Field

Available

Available

Volleyball

Available

For Transfer Students

Credit Information

Minimum number of credits: 9

Minimum college GPA (on a 4.0 scale): 3.2

Lowest grade earned for course that may be transferred for credit (on a 4.0 scale): 2

Maximum credits/courses from a 2-year institution: --

Maximum credits/courses from a 4-year institution: --

Minimum credits transfers must complete to earn bachelor's degree: 60

Admission Requirements (Required)

High School Transcript

College Transcript(s)

Essay or Personal Statement

Standardized Test Scores

Statement of good standing from Prior Institution(s)

Students who applied for transfer

Total students who applied for transfer: 899

Transfers admitted percentage: 7.0%

Transfers admitted: 63

Transfers enrolled percentage: 4.0%

Transfers enrolled: 41

Terms in which transfer students may enroll

Fall

Transfers accepted as

Sophomore

Junior

Services for students transferring IN from another school

Advisor

Orientation

Special Requirements

Primary emphasis on college performance. Recommendations from 2 professors and dean of students required. Architecture applicants must submit a portfolio. Music applicants must audition.

For International Students

Admission for International Students

Application fee: --

Annual College Costs

Tuition and Fees: $51,107.00

Room & Board(on-campus): $14,500.00

Room & Board(off-campus): $14,500.00

Additional estimated expenses: --

Costs per credit hour: $2,096.00

Financial Aid

International students eligible for need based aid

International students eligible for non-need based aid

Non-resident aliens must submit the following financial aid forms:

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Foreign Student Certification of Finances

Tests for International Students

TOEFL Required of non-resident alien applicants

TOEFL (internet-based test) average score: --

TOEFL (internet-based test) minimum score: 100

TOEFL (paper) average score: --

TOEFL (paper) minimum score: --

Services for International Students

Special International Student Orientation Program

International Student Adviser

English as a Second Language Program On Campus for International Students