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Located on a 295-acre expanse in Houston, Texas is William Marsh Rice University. Most people refer to this university simply as Rice or Rice University. It is a private research university that’s situated near the Houston Museum District and adjacent to the Texas medical Center.

This college was dedicated to and named after William Marsh Rice who was murdered in 1912, the same year the college opened its doors to students. Rice University has a strong focus on education, which is why it has a small student body with a 5 to 1 student-faculty ratio which is lower than the student-to-faculty ration at top American universities, including several Ivy League schools. Rice University boasts 101 Fulbright scholars, 12 Rhodes scholars, and 20 Marshall Scholars among its alumni.

In 2011, the University had over $115.3 million in sponsored research funding. Structural, chemical analysis, signal processing, space science, and nanotechnology are just some of the fields that Rice is noted for. The Times Higher Education ranked Rice University number one in the world for material and science research in 2010.

Rice University has eight academic schools and colleges which include the school of natural sciences, the George R Brown School of engineering, the school of social sciences, and the school of humanities, all of which offer undergraduate degrees and the Jesse H Jones graduate school of business, the school of architecture, Shepherd school of music, and the Suzanne M Glasscock School of continuing studies which offer graduate degrees.
All students who attend Rice University are bound by very strict honor code that is enforced by the Honor Council.

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General Information

Admission Office
6100 Main Street
Office of Admission MS-17 PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
(713) 348-7423
(800) 527-6957
Fax: (713) 348-5952

Contact: Keith Todd
Director of Admission
Main Address
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
(713) 348-0000
Total undergrads: 3,154
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 789
Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,102
Graduate enrollment: 2,302

Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $60

Online application fee: $60
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 23%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 97%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 13,816
Percent Admitted: 19%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 38%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 650 (25th Percentile)
  • 750 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 680 (25th Percentile)
  • 780 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 650 (25th Percentile)
  • 760 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 30 (25th Percentile)
  • 34 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 31 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 29 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)

ACT Writing

  • 8 (25th Percentile)
  • 10 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status
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Undergraduate Student Gender
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Undergraduate Student Age
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Undergraduate Student Residence
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Graduate Attendance Status
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Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity
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Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees
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Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students
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Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees
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6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees
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6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees
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Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $28,905 $30,486 $32,057 $33,771 +5.35%
Books and Supplies $800 $800 $800 $800 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $10,250 $10,750 $11,230 $11,750 +4.63%
Other $1,550 $1,550 $1,550 $1,550 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $10,520 $10,750 $11,230 $11,750 +4.63%
Other $1,550 $1,550 $1,550 $1,550 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $41,505 $43,586 $45,637 $47,871 +4.90%
In-state Off Campus $41,775 $43,586 $45,637 $47,871 +4.90%
In-state with Family $29,705 $31,286 $32,857 $34,571 +5.22%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $29,510
In-state Student Fees $502
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $29,510
Out-of-state Fees $502

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 670 85%
Grant or scholarship aid 533 68% $13,634,831 $25,581
• Federal grants 92 12% $372,388 $4,048
• Pell grants 92 12% $322,188 $3,502
• Other federal grants 45 6% $50,200 $1,116
State/local government grant or scholarships 140 18% $514,789 $3,677
Institutional grants or scholarships 533 68% $12,747,654 $23,917
Student loan aid 158 20% $960,326 $6,078
• Federal student loans 150 19% $531,772 $3,545
• Other student loans 23 3% $428,554 $18,633

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 955 613 160
Architecture and Related Services 44 25
Architecture 44 25
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 12
Asian Studies/civilization 11
Women’s Studies 1
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 99 7 10
Biochemistry 67 3 10
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 19
Ecology 13 4
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 19 294
Business Administration and Management 19 294
Computing and Information Sciences 13 12 9
Computer and Information Sciences 13 12 9
Education 3
Secondary Education and Teaching 3
Engineering 162 57 34
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 34 4 13
Chemical Engineering 34 3 9
Civil Engineering 21 9 1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 28 20 8
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 5 5
Materials Engineering 3 1
Mechanical Engineering 37 16 2
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 56 14 3
English Language and Literature 56 14 3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 41 6 5
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5
French Language and Literature 10 2
German Language and Literature 2
Linguistics 6 6 3
Spanish Language and Literature 18
History 34 6 4
History 34 6 4
Human Services 27
Public Policy Analysis 27
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 19
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 19
Mathematics and Statistics 28 27 22
Applied Mathematics 7 8 7
Mathematics 19 8 4
Statistics 2 11 11
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 40
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology 4
Cognitive Science 29
Medieval and Renaissance Studies 4
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 4
Environmental Studies 4
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 43
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 24
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 19
Physical Sciences 40 73 49
Astronomy 1
Astrophysics 1 3
Atomic/molecular Physics 4
Chemical Physics 5
Chemistry 12 25 21
Geology and Earth Science 6 12 2
Physics 15 15 16
Physics, Other 14 10
Psychology 72 4 6
Psychology 72 4 6
Social Sciences 178 11 11
Anthropology 8 2 5
Economics 99 4 3
Political Science and Government 54 5 3
Sociology 17
Visual and Performing Arts 47 51 7
Art/art Studies 8
Music 21 51 7
Visual and Performing Arts 18
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Asian Studies B
German Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Slavic Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music History/Literature B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Ecology B
Evolutionary Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Environmental Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Latin B
Linguistics B
Slavic B
Spanish B


History – General B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies B
Cognitive Science B
Medieval/Renaissance Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Astrophysics B
Chemical Physics B
Chemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
PhysicalTheoretical Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Rice University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(713) 348-0000
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:futureowls.rice.edu/futureowls/Apply.asp
Address:6100 S Main St, Houston, TX 77005-1827
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:6,855
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):91%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:6 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:6,855 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$43,918
Out-of-state Tuition:$43,918
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:67%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$36,192

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Rice University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Rice University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services111
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences322
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services111
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services111
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields111
English Language and Literature/Letters111
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics632
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics444
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies41
Natural Resources and Conservation11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies2
Philosophy and Religious Studies222
Physical Sciences654
Public Administration and Social Service Professions11
Social Sciences553
Visual and Performing Arts12106
Grand total635238

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Rice University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Rice University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid65167%
Grant or scholarship aid53255%$36,192
Student loan aid17018%$7,380

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid2,46363%$31,547
Federal student loans66117%$5,057

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Rice University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Rice University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants18,2369,3928,844
Percent admitted100%15%16%
Percent admitted who enrolled5%5%6%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Rice University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment6,855
Undergraduate enrollment3,893
Graduate enrollment2,962

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Rice University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

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