The Ivy Scholars guide to Rice University’s culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
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Location: Houston, Texas
Mascot: Sammy the Owl
Type: Private Research Institution
Population: 7,000 (4,000 undergrads)
At the heart of the Museum District of Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States is Rice University. The 300-acre, tree-lined campus is next door to the world’s largest medical center and a short train ride from both Downtown Houston and the Theater District, the nation’s 2nd largest of its kind. In their own words, “Rice produces the next generation of leaders and advances tomorrow’s thinking.”
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Year Founded: 1912
4 Year Graduation Rate: 90.6%
Gender Distribution: 52% male, 48% female
Acceptance Rate: 11%
Residency: 40% in state, 49% out of state, 11% international
Location Type: Urban
Schedule System: Semesters
Student/Faculty Ratio: 6:1
Average Class Size: 14
Demographics: 36% Caucasian, 18% Asian, 5% Black, 11% Hispanic, 3% Other
US News Rankings:
Average Applicant Pool: 27,000
Average Number of Applicants Accepted: 2,300
Average Number Enrolled: 1,000
Application Systems: Common App, Coalition App
Average GPA: 4.12 weighted
SAT Scores: 25th percentile – 1450, 75th percentile – 1560
ACT Scores: 25th percentile – 33, 75th percentile – 35
*Test mandatory. Writing sections optional.
Subject Test Requirements: No Subject tests are required, but it is recommended that a student submit two SAT Subject Tests related to their proposed area of study.
Demonstrated Interest: Rice does consider demonstrated interest.
Recommendation Letter Policies: One counselor recommendation and two teachers with one relating to the planned field of study. Additional recommendation letters are not officially accepted, but if you have a contact within Rice university, they can email the admissions office on your behalf.
Rice University Essay Prompts for 2020:
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Rice University AP Credit Policy:
Additional Specialty Programs:
School Motto: Letters, Science, Art
Mission and Values:
Rice’s Residential College System:
Rice’s Residential College System forms the heart of campus life. The colleges are small non-academic communities where students live, dine, and interact with fellow students and faculty mentors. Each “college” encompasses its own government, budget, intramural sports teams, and faculty advisers. Incoming freshmen at Rice are randomly assigned to one of their eleven co-ed colleges and remain affiliated with that college throughout their time at Rice. The college acts as a nurturing system that motivates, supports, and entertains students through various activities. As one Rice alumni put it, “nearly every student calls the residential college tradition the most meaningful experience they have at Rice.”
Campus & Surrounding Area:
Greek Life: Rice has no fraternities or sororities. The residential college system offers a lot of the perks of Greek life, but without the downsides, like the stresses of rush.
Yearly Cost of Attending Rice University in 2020:
The Rice Initiative:
In an effort to make higher education more accessible, Rice University implemented “The Rice Investment Program” in 2018. This initiative drastically enlarges the amount of financial aid offered to students from families with incomes up to $200,000. Thanks to this program, full-tuition scholarships will be granted to degree-seeking undergraduates with family incomes between $65,000 and $130,000 who are eligible to receive need-based financial aid. Students with family incomes between $130,000 and $200,000 will receive scholarships covering at least half of their tuition. Students with family incomes below $65,000 will receive grant aid covering not only their full tuition but also all of their mandatory fees and room and board.
Additional Financial Aid & Student Loan Information
All admitted freshman applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Additionally, Rice University’s Multicultural Community Relations in the Office of Public Affairs has compiled a list of scholarships that are available African American students, Asian American students, Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian students, and Hispanic Students.