Collaboration > Competition

Rice is a hub for innovation and research – a top-15 university as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, where the Nobel Prize-winning buckyball was discovered, home to one of the happiest and most diverse student bodies in the country, where President Kennedy delivered his famous “Moon Speech” and next-door collaborators with the world’s largest medical center.

But most importantly, we’re a community of scholars who truly care about one another’s success. We’re more collaborative than competitive. Because together, we achieve more. At Rice, your opportunities are unlimited.


Rice offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and 20+ interdisciplinary minors across seven schools of study. Our student-to-faculty ratio is six to one, and the median class size is 15 students. From your first semester on campus, no matter your major, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct research alongside experts. You’ll be able to apply your skills, gain valuable professional experience and interact with industry leaders as you address real-world issues.

Student Life

For nearly a century, the residential college system has set Rice apart and continues to shape and enhance student life. You’ll make your home in one of our 11 residential colleges, which are the heart of the Rice experience. Each college houses between 300-400 students and has its own student government, budget, traditions, intramural teams, cheers and faculty support system.

Looking to try something new? Rice has more than 250 clubs and organizations for you to grow existing passions or test out new ones. Explore more ways to get involved.

Additional Information

Deadline Information

  • Early decision – Nov. 1
  • Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program – Dec. 1
  • Shepherd School of Music – Dec. 1
  • Regular decision – Jan. 1

What does it take to be admitted? Our holistic admission review focuses on your potential to succeed at Rice. The committee-based evaluation process ensures each student is thoughtfully considered based on their curriculum and academic performance, test scores, extracurricular activities and achievements outside of class. You’ll put a lot of work into your application—we will, too.

Learn more about the application process, testing requirements and deadlines, or get started today on our website.

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
  • Standardized testing: either the SAT (Essay is optional) or ACT (Writing is optional)
    • Rice also recommends you submit two SAT Subject Tests related to your proposed area of study.
  • School report (counselor recommendation)
  • Two teacher evaluations (teacher recommendations)
  • Midyear report (to be submitted when senior midyear grades become available)

Financial Aid

Rice is proud to be nationally recognized as one of the best values in higher education. We have been practicing need-blind admission since our inception more than 100 years ago – your ability to pay will not influence our admission decision.

We commit to meeting 100% of need for every admitted student. When you apply to Rice, you’re automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. Approximately 20% of admitted students are awarded merit scholarships, ranging from $3,000 to full tuition for all four years.

  • 57% of all incoming freshmen receive aid
  • Average freshman package: $46,077
  • Total grant aid: $89.2M
  • Calculate your cost with MyIntuition

Find financial aid resources at the Rice Office of Financial Aid website.