Rice University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Texas


Rice University earns its reputation as a "Southern Ivy." Located in Houston, Texas, the university boasts a multi-billion-dollar endowment, a 5 to 1 ratio of undergraduates to faculty members, a median class size of 15, and a residential college system modeled after Oxford. Admissions are highly competitive, with roughly 75% of students coming from the top 5% of their class. Rice has won high marks for its diversity and value. In athletics, the Rice Owls compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA (C-USA). Rice has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and it is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Most Popular Majors

Architecture, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Economics, English, History, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 5357
Total Grad Students: 1828
Undergraduate Students: 3529
Faculty: 780

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 7:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 5:1

Percent Male: 52%
Percent Female: 48%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 79%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 92%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

6100 S Main
Houston Texas 77005

Website: http://www.rice.edu

Main Email:

Main Phone: 713-348-0000

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Mekiva Callahan
Admission Counselor, Office of Admission

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:
Rick Greenspan
Director, Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used? Yes

High School Transcript Required? Yes

Minimum GPA for Applying:
In order to apply for admission, you should have at least a 3.2 GPA in college. Those offered admission as transfer students typically have a GPA of 3.5 or better. GPAs in college are evaluated within the context of the degree of difficulty of coursework pursued and competitiveness of the college you have attended.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Credit is normally given for courses completed with a grade of C- or better.

Credits (Min/Max):
Transfer students come to Rice from many different colleges and universities, a standard list of classes that transfer is not available. If accepted, transfer students generally receive credit only for courses equivalent to those offered for credit at Rice

Test Scores for Applying:
All applicants for undergraduate admission are required to take the SAT or ACT to be considered for admission. All scores must be sent directly from the testing organization.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
A recommendation from a school official (typically the dean of students/academic dean), which confirms that the applicant is in good academic and disciplinary standing is required. Two professor recommendations are also required.

Essay(s) required:
Essays are required on both the Common Application and the Rice Common Application Supplement: Transfer Admission.

Application Fee:
There is a $70 nonrefundable application fee

Other Requirements:
A Rice Signature Page is required (this form must be printed and mailed to the Rice Admission Office). Music applicants must schedule an audition.

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Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 30 34
English 31 35
Math 29 35
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 650 750
Math 680 780
Writing 650 760

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied:

Transfers Accepted:

Transfer Percentage Accepted: %

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 19%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: %

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 800

Other Expenses: 1550

Room and Board: 12270

Tuition and Fees: 35551

Total Cost: 50171

Note on Costs:
Please visit our website at http://students.rice.edu/students/21-211_Tuition_Fees.asp for current information about tuition and fees.

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Paying for a college education can be overwhelming and the process of applying for aid can be daunting. But at RU , we're committed to providing financial assistance for our students and to making the process of getting that aid as painless as possible.

CSS/Profile Used? Yes

Own Financial Aid Form? No

Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 7691

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 76%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 64%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 24%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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