Collaboration > Competition

Rice is a hub for innovation and research – where the Nobel Prize-winning buckyball was discovered, home to one of the happiest and most diverse student bodies in the country, the workplace of award-winning faculty, where President Kennedy delivered his famous “Moon Speech” and next-door collaborators with the world’s largest medical center – and the premier university in the nation’s most diverse city.

But most importantly, we are 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 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 14 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 over half 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 280+ clubs and organizations for you to grow existing passions or test out new ones. Explore more ways to get involved.

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
  • School report (counselor recommendation)
  • Two teacher evaluations (teacher recommendations)
  • Midyear report (to be submitted when senior midyear grades become available)

Standardized Testing Policy

(2020 - 2021 application cycle only)

Rice will allow first-year and transfer student applicants to undergraduate degree-seeking programs for the 2020-2021 application cycle to submit SAT or ACT test scores, if they choose. Students who are unable to submit test scores or prefer not to submit test scores will be given full consideration in the admission selection process. For more information, visit our website.

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.

The Rice Investment is one of the most notable financial aid programs for low- and middle-income families in the country, meeting domestic students’ demonstrated need without loans. Students with family incomes lower than $65,000 receive grants covering full tuition, fees, room and board. We cover full tuition for students with family incomes up to $130,000 and half tuition for families earning up to $200,000.

Domestic families earning more than $200,000 and international students are still eligible for both merit and need-based aid. Rice is committed to covering 100% of their demonstrated need.

  • 56% of all incoming first-year students receive aid
  • Average first-year student package: $48,929
  • Total grant aid: $78.8M
  • Calculate your cost with MyIntuition

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