A Comprehensive Research University

As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to path-breaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.  Set in the heart of Houston, Texas, the nation’s fourth-largest city, Rice students enjoy the resources of a robust metropolitan location that expands the intellectual and social experiences of every student. Consistently ranked among the best values in higher education, with a highly recognized and respected residential college system, Rice transforms outstanding students into global scholars who envision new possibilities and leave their imprint on the world.


Rice offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and 18 minors across six schools of study, including Architecture, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. Additionally, minors, interdisciplinary and pre-professional programs complement our comprehensive curriculum. Our student-to-faculty ratio is six to one, and the median class size is 15 students.

Undergraduates enjoy flexible distribution requirements and study abroad over 60 countries. Many opt to double or even triple major within or across divisions of study. Students have boundless opportunities for experiential learning through on-campus research collaborations with distinguished faculty, and internships and off-campus research with public, private and nonprofit organizations in Houston.

Residential Life

The residential college system is the heart of campus life. Its purpose is to foster democratic self-government, faculty-student interaction, and intellectual and cultural activity outside the classroom.  These ideals are fundamental to the distinctiveness and success of the Rice undergraduate experience.

Every student, regardless of the choice to live on- or off- campus, is a member of one of our 11 residential colleges. The colleges are small communities where students live, dine and interact with peers, faculty, staff and alumni; develop strong relationships; and contribute to the betterment of each other's lives and intellectual achievement. Within our colleges, legacies are born, traditions are celebrated and student spirit thrives.

Student Life

Life at Rice encompasses an impressive array of inclusive campus-based groups and the resources of Houston. Our students enjoy access to over 250 clubs and organizations, including athletic, performance, media, academic, religious and political groups. No public streets dissect our campus, so students enjoy a private space where they control pace of life and extracurricular activities. However, our campus is located just three miles south of downtown, between the Museum District and the Texas Medical Center. We offer free, unlimited transportation on METRORail and city buses. Professional sports, diverse cultural events, museums and permanent companies for ballet, opera, theater and symphony are just a short ride away from campus.

For 12 years in a row, Rice has been ranked among the top universities in the U.S. for "Best Quality of Life", "Happiest Students" and "Lots of Race/Class Interaction".  The Rice student body represents 51 U.S. states and territories and 42 countries. Forty-nine percent of undergraduates are students of color and 12 percent are international students. 

Admission Website

Please see the Rice Admission website for more information.


Deadline Information

  • November 1
    • Early Decision Application

    • Early Decision On-campus Interview Request

  • November 3
    • Early Decision Off-campus Interview Request
  • December 1
    • Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Application
    • Shepherd School of Music Application
  • December 9
    • Regular Decision On-campus Interview Request
  • December 11
    • Regular Decision Application for those requesting an Off-campus Interview
  • December 13
    • Regular Decision Off-campus Interview Request
  • January 1
    • Regular Decision Application

Please see the full Admission Calendar for more details.

Required Application Materials

First year students may apply online to Rice using one of the following platforms:

  • Coalition Application
  • Common Application and Rice Writing Supplement
  • QuestBridge Application and Rice Supplement

Additionally, all applicants must submit:

  • $75 Nonrefundable Application Fee or an approved Fee Waiver
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Official Test Scores: either the SAT or ACT
    • Rice also recommends you submit two SAT Subject Tests related to your proposed area of study.
  • School Report (counselor recommendation)
  • One Teacher Evaluation (teacher recommendation)
  • Midyear Report (to be submitted when senior midyear grades become available)

See the Freshman Admission page for more details. 

Transfer applicants should consult the Transfer Admission page for requirements and details.

Financial Aid

The Rice admission process is need blind for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, DACA students and undocumented students graduating from a U.S. high school who have lived in the U.S. for an extended period of time. Rice meets 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted students, regardless of citizenship status.

For families whose income is $80,000 or less, Rice will meet 100% of need eligibility without student loans. For families whose income is more than $80,000 and who demonstrate need, we will meet 100% of need and student loans will not exceed $10,000 total over a student's four years at Rice.

  • 2016 freshmen receiving some form of
    financial assistance: 58%
  • 2016-2017 Average Financial Aid Award: $42,473
  • 2017-2018 Cost of Attendance: $63,188
  • Rice's Cost Calculator

Please see the Rice Financial Aid website for more information.

Additional Information