Rice University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Rice University
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Rice University is a selective school, with an acceptance rate of just 16 percent in 2017. Successful applicants will need grades and standardized test scores well above average to be considered for admission. To apply, those interested will need to submit an application including official high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, teacher recommendations, and essays. For more information about applying, visit Rice's website, and contact the admissions office with any questions.

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Admissions Data (2017)

  • Rice University Acceptance Rate: 16 percent
  • Rice GPA, SAT Score and ACT Score Graph
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 730 / 780
    • SAT Math: 760 / 800
    • ACT Composite: 33 / 35
    • ACT English: 33 / 35
    • ACT Math: 31 / 35

Rice University Description

Rice University earns its reputation as a "Southern Ivy." Located in Houston, Texas, the university boasts a multi-billion-dollar endowment, a 6 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 percent 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.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 7,022 (4,001 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 53 percent male / 47 percent female
  • 98 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $45,608
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,850
  • Other Expenses: $2,500
  • Total Cost: $63,158

Rice University Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 69 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 59 percent
    • Loans: 19 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $36,387
    • Loans: $8,364

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Architecture, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Economics, English, History, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology
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Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 97 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 83 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 91 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Volleyball

Rice and the Common Application

Rice University uses the Common Application.

Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics