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Rice University Overview

Rice University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Houston, Texas. Houston is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is Rice University Known For?

1,204 Undergraduate Awards
$45,435 Avg Cost After Aid
11% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Rice since the student to facuty ratio is 6 to 1.
  • The 1% student loan default rate at Rice is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Rice.
  • In 2017-2018, 83% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Rice bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $65,400 a year. That's about 60% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average Rice student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Rice University Rankings

We have ranked Rice as #28 out of 2,587 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. It is also ranked #1 out of 137 schools in Texas.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Rice has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#14 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Rice.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Mathematics & Statistics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Rice has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#7 Best Mathematics & Statistics Schools College Factual
#8 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree
#8 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools College Factual
#10 Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools College Factual
#17 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#18 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Schools College Factual

Where Is Rice University?

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Contact details for Rice are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 6100 S Main St, Houston, TX 77005-1827
Phone: 713-348-0000
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RiceUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RiceUniversity

How Do I Get Into Rice?

You can apply to Rice online at: futureowls.rice.edu/futureowls/Apply.asp

Admission Requirements for Rice

Submission Required?
High School GPA considered but not required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Rice?

11% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
59% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Rice is 11%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

Approximately 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 11%, and the acceptance rate for women is 11%.

Average Test Scores

About 59% of students accepted to Rice submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 710 and 770. Math scores were between 750 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Rice University  ( 710 to 770 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Rice University  ( 750 to 800 )
200
800
Rice received ACT scores from 41% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 34 and 36. Math scores were between 32 and 35. Composite scores were between 34 and 36.

ACT English Scores for Rice University  ( 34 to 36 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Rice University  ( 32 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Rice University  ( 34 to 36 )
1
36

Can I Afford Rice University?

$45,435 Net Price
10% Take Out Loans
1.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Rice is $45,435. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Rice, approximately 10% of students took out student loans averaging $8,329 a year. That adds up to $33,316 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Rice is 1.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Rice University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,960 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,076 undergraduate students at Rice, with 3,960 being full-time and 116 being part-time.

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There are also 3,567 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,960 full-time undergraduates at Rice, 52% are male and 48% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Rice University students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,088
Black or African American 305
Hispanic or Latino 642
White 1,213
International Students 469
Other Races/Ethnicities 243

Geographic Diversity

Texas students aren't the only ones who study at Rice University. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 90 countries are represented at Rice. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Rice University

418 Took All Classes Online
7,101 Took At Least One Class Online
1,184.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 7,101 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Rice has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 59th most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of Rice

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Rice University was 1,184.8%. This is the #89 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Rice regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Rice University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 23 366 8 397
Computer Information Systems 125 99 10 234
Economics 86 12 5 103
Health & Physical Education 102 0 0 102
Electrical Engineering 38 41 11 90
Music 25 57 5 87
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 71 2 13 86
Chemistry 24 35 18 77
Biomedical Engineering 35 14 16 65
General Psychology 50 8 6 64
Statistics 27 27 8 62
Mechanical Engineering 39 17 4 60
Chemical Engineering 36 7 12 55
Architectural Sciences & Technology 18 30 0 48
Political Science & Government 37 7 2 46
Cognitive Science 45 0 0 45
Physics 11 13 19 43
Sociology 37 3 3 43
General English Literature 31 7 4 42
History 34 3 5 42
Mathematics 35 2 4 41
Public Policy 30 0 0 30
Accounting 0 28 0 28
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 22 1 3 26
Nanotechnology 10 8 8 26
Applied Mathematics 15 7 4 26
General Architecture 21 3 0 24
Geological & Earth Sciences 6 9 9 24
Civil Engineering 19 1 3 23
Religious Studies 8 10 5 23
International Relations & National Security 0 23 0 23
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 22 0 22
Philosophy 17 4 1 22
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 20 0 0 20
General Visual & Performing Arts 20 0 0 20
Romance Languages 14 0 0 14
General Biology 13 0 0 13
Anthropology 8 1 3 12
Fine & Studio Arts 10 0 2 12
Area Studies 11 0 0 11
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 10 0 1 11
Environmental Engineering 0 6 4 10
Engineering Physics 0 5 4 9
Biological & Physical Science 0 1 8 9
Natural Resources Conservation 4 5 0 9
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 7 0 7
Ethnic Studies 6 0 0 6
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 6 0 6
Systems Theory 0 6 0 6
Medieval Studies 3 0 0 3
Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 0 0 3
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 2 0 2
Classical Languages & Literature 2 0 0 2
Germanic Languages 2 0 0 2
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 1 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 1
Operations Research 0 0 0 0
Classical & Ancient Studies 0 0 0 0
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,204 906 208 2,318

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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