Established in 1912, Rice University is a private research facility located in the heart of the Museum District in Houston, Texas. Although it’s an extremely small school with just under 3,900 undergraduates, the campus life is robust. The 295-acre campus is centered in an urban area, providing students with many opportunities to take advantage of off-campus activities.
The university is made up of eight schools, including the School of Social Sciences, School of Humanities, and the Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Rice also offers more than 50 majors for undergraduates. Some of the most popular majors include psychology, biochemistry, and economics. The school prides itself on having small classroom sizes and accessible professors. Roughly 69% of classes have less than 20 students.
Besides the focus on academics, Rice University also provides many extracurricular activities. Each student is assigned to one of 11 residential colleges before they begin the school year and about 72% of undergraduate students decide to remain on campus throughout their four years. The residential colleges provide pretty much anything the students need, including dining, housing and social events. The residences often form friendly rivalries among the different colleges. Competitions like the Beer Bike Race have also become famous traditions at Rice.
Another important institution is the Rice Honor Code. Rice is one of the few schools that offers exams with no supervision from proctors. Professors are also known to give timed, closed-book exams that students can complete at home at their convenience. In order to cut down on cheating, Rice established the Honor Code. During the first week of school, freshmen must pass a test proving that they understand the Honor System’s rules. They must also sign a Matriculation Pledge. On many assignments, students must write on the paper that they have not cheated in any way. Rice University prides itself on trusting its students to perform honorably.
Many athletic programs are going strong at Rice, including the Owls Baseball team. The football team is also one of the smallest schools currently competing in the NCAA’s Division I. The school spirit is supported in large part because students are given free tickets to all sporting events. School spirit is also provided via Rice’s mascot, Sammy the Owl.
Students interested in a tight-knit, but fun college experience should look into Rice University. The urban atmosphere of Houston mixed with the residential colleges can be the perfect combination for students looking for a variety of activities. Furthermore, students readily report that the rigorous academic curriculum is largely offset by the light-hearted traditions on campus.
Early decision: Nov. 1
Regular decision: Jan. 1
Number of 2017 (Class of 2021) applicants: 18,063
Acceptance rate: 15.9%
Early Decision Admissions
Number of 2017 (Class of 2021) ED applicants: 1,603
Acceptance rate: 20.56%
Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 1,497
Admitted off the waitlist: 1
Acceptance rate: 0.1%
Rice waitlisted applicants: Don’t despair! Last year, the school admitted 11.9% off the waitlist.
Number of applicants: 550
Admitted transfer applicants: 72
Transfer acceptance rate: 13.1%
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 88%
Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Critical Reading: 700-800
SAT Math: 730-800
SAT Writing: 690-790
Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 33-35
ACT English: 33-35
ACT Math: 30-35
ACT Writing: 8-10
Standardized Test Requirements
Writing portion required
SAT Subject Tests required for some applicants
4 years: 83%
5 years: 91%
6 years: 93%
Loan default rate: 0.3%
Total Rhodes Scholars: 12
Salary after attending: $64,300
Sex offenses: 6
Aggravated assaults: 0
Car thefts: 2
Tuition, room and board (2017-2018): $58,750
Total estimated cost of attendance (2017-2018): $63,188
|$0 to $30,000:||$5,398|
|$30,001 to $48,000:||$6,293|
|$48,001 to $75,000:||$10,080|
|$75,001 to $110,000:||$22,435|
|$110,001 and more:||$38,701|
Graduates with student debt: 27%
Average student debt at graduation: $22,497
Student to Faculty Ratio: 5.6 to 1
|Undergraduate Class Sizes|
|20 to 39:||15%|
|40 to 99:||12%|
In State: 45%
Out of State: 40%
Houston, Texas 77005-1827
Phone: (713) 348-2910
This page was last updated in November 2017.
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