Rice UniversityEstablished 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 4,000 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 80 majors for undergraduates. Some of the most popular majors include engineering, social sciences and parks and recreation (includes kinesiology and sports management). The school prides itself on having small classroom sizes and accessible professors. Roughly 69% of classes have less than 20 students.

Rice University campusBesides 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 70% 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.

The Rice Investment allows American students with family incomes below $130,000 to attend with full-tuition scholarships. Nor surprisingly, Rice saw its acceptance rate dip and its yield rise.

Rice University campusAnother 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.

Rice college studentsMany 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.


Acceptance Rate

Rice acceptance rate

Academic Qualifications

Rice top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Rice University SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Rice University ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early decision: Nov. 1

Regular decision:  Jan. 1

Admissions Criteria

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 23,443
Enrolled: 975
Yield: 41.1%
Acceptance rate: 10.0%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of 2021 (Class of 2025) ED applicants: 2,635
Number of ED admits: 421
ED acceptance rate: 16.0%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 1,869
Admitted off the waitlist: 1
Waitlist acceptance rate: 0.1%

Transfer Admissions
Number of applicants: 899
Admitted transfer applicants: 63
Transfer acceptance rate: 7.0%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 93%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 720-770
SAT Math: 750-800

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 33-35
ACT English: 34-36
ACT Math: 31-36

Standardized Test Requirements

Rice U does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Rice does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

Rice does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Rice graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Rice University score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 83.6%
5 years: 91.1%
6 years: 92.6%

Loan default rate: 0.6%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 12

Salary after attending: $65,400

R&D Expenditures: $161.8 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 7
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 4
Burglaries: 5
Car thefts: 0

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Rice University financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Rice student debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $64,810

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $69,557

Net Cost
Average: $20,335

By income
$0 to $30,000: $3,437
$30,001 to $48,000: $7,534
$48,001 to $75,000: $7,318
$75,001 to $110,000: $24,321
$110,001 and more: $41,517

Graduates with student debt: 25%

Average student debt at graduation: $24,292

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Rice University undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Rice University student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 5.7 to 1

Women: 48%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 69%
20 to 39: 19%
40 to 99: 10%
100+: 2%

Student Population
Total: 7,282
Undergraduate: 3,989

Student Residence
In State: 39%
Out of State: 47%
International: 14%

Rice University student population

Rice University seal

Rice University

This page was last updated in December 2020.