Rice University, set in the heart of the nation’s fourth-largest city, Houston, Texas, is a place that is passionate about teaching, undergraduate research, and leadership development. At Rice, students choose from over 50 undergraduate programs of study across six schools of study – Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Music, and Architecture.
The residential college system lies at the core of the Rice undergraduate experience. It is an Oxford-inspired residential college system where students live and study in the same buildings. Students are assigned to one of eleven residential units, also known as colleges. More than just a residence hall, each college functions as a self-supporting community where you eat, dine, study, and socialize.
Interesting tidbits about Rice: first, there is a Rice flag on the moon. Second, every undergraduate student at Rice is given a Passport to Houston, which provides free, unlimited use of the public transportation system and access to many entertainment and cultural venues in Houston.
Campus Setting: Urban
Size: 2,695 graduate students; 3,900 undergraduates; 955 freshmen
- 16% applicants admitted
- SAT CR middle 50%: 720-790
- SAT M middle 50%: 730-800
- SAT W middle 50%: 700-780
- ACT middle 50%: 33-35
- 7% African American
- 23% Asian American
- 38% Caucasian
- 15% Hispanic
- 12% International
- <1% Native American
- 4% Multiracial
Geographic Diversity: 49% of students are from outside Texas
Rice University meets 100% of demonstrated need for all U.S. and Permanent Resident students.
Rice will not award loans to students whose family total income is below $80,000. The student's financial need will be met through a combination of grants, work study, merit aid (if qualified), and institutional funds.
For families with incomes above $80,000, Rice will award a $2,500 subsidized loan, grants, work study, merit aid (if qualified), and institutional funds to cover 100% of the student's demonstrated institutional need.
We encourage our families to use our Rice Net Price Calculator (NPC) to view an estimate of the need based package eligibility. Financial aid awards are not final until all application requirements have been completed and verified by our office.
All students who are admitted to the University will be considered for all of our merit-based scholarships.
How to Apply
Application Process Overview
Application Deadline (Early Decision): November 1, 2016
Application Deadline (Regular Decision): January 1, 2016
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