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Rice University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Rice University

Rice University is located in Houston, Texas. The 4-year private school awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees as well as post-master's certificates. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked it number 17 of the best national universities and number 10 of the best value schools in the nation. The university is highly selective, and each year receives at least 14 applications per incoming freshman spot.


Rice University operates eight schools: the School of Social Sciences, Wiess School of Natural Sciences, Shepherd School of Music, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, School of Humanities, School of Architecture, Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and George R. Brown School of Engineering. In addition to programs through these schools, it also offers about 14 interdisciplinary and other academic programs.

The school operates the Baker Institute for Public Policy, a premier, non-partisan think tank. the institute focuses on areas such as tax, conflict resolution, energy and health.

The Fondren Library, which is located on campus, houses approximately 2.5 million volumes of text. It also holds about three million units of microfilm and subscribes to 75,000 journals.


First-year applicants must submit the common application with school supplement. Applications must also include a $75 application fee, ACT with writing test scores or SAT with two subject test scores, counselor recommendation, teacher recommendation and official high school transcripts. Applicants must also submit a mid-year report during their senior year in high school. Additional application components are required for students applying to medical, architecture or music programs.

Graduate applicants must submit an application, an $85 application fee, letters of recommendation, GRE scores and a statement of purpose. Applications are available online. Note that specific programs may have additional application requirements.

In the fall of 2011, the school received 13,816 applications, of which it accepted 19%. Of those accepted, 38% enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition for the 2012-2013 school year was $36,610 per year. For that same period of time, the school estimated room and board at $12,600 and books at $800. Also during the 2012-2013 school year, graduate tuition rates ranged between $1,454 and $2,034 per credit hour.

The school accepts loans and offers work-study opportunities, grants and scholarships to help students pay tuition costs. Scholarships may be awarded based on academic merit, prior research experience or field of study.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees**
Post-master's certificates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Terms*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 3,755 undergraduate and 2,469 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing 11 undergraduate residence colleges are available*
Schools and Programs Undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered through eight schools*
About 14 interdisciplinary and other academic programs available*
Student-Faculty Ratio 6 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: engineering (173)**
Master's: business, management, marketing and related support services (301)**
Doctoral: engineering (62)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 79% in four years**
92% in six years**
Admission Rate 19% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 1,000 in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 97%*
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students In 2011:
Middle 50% ACT composite: 30-34**
Middle 50% SAT critical reading: 650-750, math: 680-780 and writing: 650-760**
Application Due Date November 1, 2012 for early decision*
January 1, 2013 for regular decision*
Decision Notification Date Information unavailable*
Tuition $36,610 for the 2012-2013 academic year*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2011:
Grants or scholarships (73%)**
Pell grants (17%)**
Federal student loans (19%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 61% in 2011*

Sources: *Rice University, **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Lovett Hall, 600 Main, Houston, TX 77005
  • Phone: (713) 348-2910
  • Website: www.rice.edu

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