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Rice University Overview

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

What Is Rice University Known For?

1,228 Undergraduate Awards
$44,796 Avg Cost After Aid
16% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Rice may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 6 to 1.
  • Students at Rice have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Rice is the doctor's degree.
  • 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.
  • The average Rice student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Rice University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Rice is ranked #14 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! Rice also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Texas ranking.

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
#6 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#255 Most Popular Master’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 Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Engineering Physics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best History Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Psychology 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
#4 Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems College Factual
#8 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#9 Best Colleges for History College Factual
#25 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#26 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#26 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual

Where Is Rice University?

Location of Rice University

Contact details for Rice are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 6100 S Main St, Houston, TX 77005-1827
Phone: 713-348-0000
Website: www.rice.edu
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 recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Rice?

16% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
60% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Rice, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 16%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 15%, and the acceptance rate for women is 16%.

Average Test Scores

About 60% 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 730 and 780. Math scores were between 760 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Rice University  ( 730 to 780 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Rice University  ( 760 to 800 )
200
800
Rice received ACT scores from 70% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 33 and 35. Math scores were between 31 and 35. Composite scores were between 33 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Rice University  ( 33 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Rice University  ( 31 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Rice University  ( 33 to 35 )
1
36

Can I Afford Rice University?

$44,796 Net Price
15% Take Out Loans
0.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Rice is $44,796. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Rice, approximately 15% of students took out student loans averaging $7,531 a year. That adds up to $30,124 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Rice is 0.6%. 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

3,942 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
55% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,989 undergraduate students at Rice, with 3,942 being full-time and 47 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Rice

There are also 3,293 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,942 full-time undergraduates at Rice, 52% are male and 48% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Rice

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Rice Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,037
Black or African American 289
Hispanic or Latino 640
White 1,248
International Students 484
Other Races/Ethnicities 244

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

44 Took All Classes Online
128 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2017-2018, 128 students took at least one online class at the school.

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 2017-2018.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Rice majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 11%
Business, Management & Marketing 11%

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 17 361 9 387
Computer Information Systems 120 78 13 211
Economics 94 25 6 125
Electrical Engineering 44 45 19 108
Health & Physical Education 102 0 0 102
Music 22 73 7 102
Mechanical Engineering 67 12 5 84
Chemical Engineering 53 11 19 83
Biomedical Engineering 39 21 18 78
Statistics 37 29 7 73
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 60 1 8 69
Cognitive Science 64 0 0 64
General Psychology 51 5 6 62
Chemistry 23 14 24 61
Political Science & Government 39 6 6 51
Physics 17 18 14 49
Architectural Sciences & Technology 17 27 0 44
Mathematics 33 1 5 39
History 25 5 6 36
General English Literature 26 4 5 35
Applied Mathematics 19 8 6 33
Nanotechnology 8 16 6 30
Geological & Earth Sciences 4 18 8 30
Civil Engineering 22 3 2 27
Public Policy 27 0 0 27
Accounting 0 26 0 26
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 21 0 4 25
International Relations & National Security 0 25 0 25
General Visual & Performing Arts 25 0 0 25
Sociology 15 4 3 22
General Architecture 20 0 0 20
General Biology 20 0 0 20
Philosophy 13 3 3 19
Fine & Studio Arts 11 6 2 19
Religious Studies 8 7 3 18
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 17 0 17
Area Studies 13 0 0 13
Romance Languages 12 0 0 12
Natural Resources Conservation 8 4 0 12
Anthropology 8 2 2 12
Engineering Physics 0 2 8 10
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 5 0 4 9
Environmental Engineering 0 5 2 7
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 6 0 6
Systems Theory 0 6 0 6
Ethnic Studies 5 0 0 5
Classical Languages & Literature 5 0 0 5
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 4 0 4
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 3 3
Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 0 0 3
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 2 0 0 2
Classical & Ancient Studies 2 0 0 2
Germanic Languages 1 0 0 1
Medieval Studies 1 0 0 1
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0
Operations Research 0 0 0 0
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,228 898 233 2,359

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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