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Rice University-- #17 (tied) National University (US News & World Report)

Rice University is a private institution that was founded in 1912, twelve years after the murder of William Marsh Rice who chartered the William Marsh Rice Institute (in 1891) for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art as a gift to the city of Houston. 

The terms of the charter required that work on the new institute would begin only after Rice’s death. On the anniversary of Mr. Rice’s murder, Rice opened with 77 students and a dozen faculty. 

Today, fostering diversity and an intellectual environment, Rice University is a comprehensive research university located on a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Texas. Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, Rice offers a dynamic student life in the nation’s fourth-largest city. Rice welcomes students from all walks of life, many of them first generation, and supports their success with the Rice Emerging Scholars Program.

Rice employs a creative, interdisciplinary approach to higher education. Students have unparalleled opportunities to learn from distinguished faculty through classroom interaction and research collaboration.

Admissions Requirements (as of 2019)

Application Fee$75
Standardized TestsSAT or ACT, essay optional
SAT Subject TestsTwo SAT Subject Tests related to intended area of study recommended.
Engineering- submit Math and a Science (preferably chemistry or physics).
Natural Science- submit Math and a Science
AP and IB examsYou may self-report
Supplement Questions/Essays (found in the Writing Supplement section in My Colleges tab on the Common Application- Questions are updated August of every year.)Three Supplement Questions. See questions below for Fall of 2018-2019 year.
RecommendationsCounselor Recommendation, Two Teacher Recommendation.
From Your High SchoolSchool Report, Transcript, Mid-Year Report, Final Report
International StudentsTOEFL, IELTS
PortfolioRequired for Architecture applicants
Nov 1 deadline for ED
Jan 1 deadline for RD
Early DecisionNov. 1 - Application due with
School Report/Official high school transcript/Two Teacher Evaluations
Early decision agreement
Grades from first marking period

Architecture portfolio
(Architecture applicants only)

Nov. 2 - Application fee

Oct. 27 - Last applicable ACT

Nov. 3 – Last applicable SAT
Deadline to request off-campus interview

Nov. 16 – Deadline to request on-campus interview

Dec. 1 - Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars application
(Rice/Baylor applicants only)
Regular DecisionJan. 1 - Application due with
School Report/Official high school transcript/Two Teacher Evaluations
Early decision agreement
Architecture portfolio
(Architecture applicants only)
Application fee

Jan. 3 - Deadline to request on-campus interview

Dec. 1 - Last applicable ACT

Dec. 8 – Last applicable SAT
Deadline to request off-campus interview

Dec. 1 - Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars application
(Rice/Baylor applicants only)

**The seven undergraduate schools have different requirements, please confirm on Cornell’s website before applying.           Admission Requirements 

Supplement Questions

Below are questions included in the Rice writing supplement (Fall of 2018-2019):

  • There is a breadth of intellectual opportunities here at Rice. Further explain your intended major and other areas of academic focus you may explore. (150 word limit)
  • What aspects of the Rice undergraduate experience excite you and led you to apply? (150 word limit)
  • Rice is lauded for creating a collaborative atmosphere that enhances the quality of life for all members of our campus community. The Residential College System is heavily influenced by the unique life experiences and cultural traditions each student brings. What personal perspectives would you contribute to life at Rice? (500 word limit)

Academic Parameters

When applying to an institution, it is important to look at the academic information of previous applicants. This includes the SAT/ACT test scores, SAT Subject test scores (if available), GPA ranges, or class ranking. By looking at these data points, you may assess where you fall and how likely is your admission into this college. Please note, there are students who do fall below the middle range and are still admitted, but then their application has one or more factors that boosts their application, such as a special talent, a recruitable athlete, legacy, racial or socioeconomic minority. Use the chart below to see where you fall and if you may raise your test scores and grades to keep your application in the running.

Testing/GPA Guidelines

SAT Range (25th to 75th percentiles)SAT Composite: 1460 to 1550
ACT Range (25th to 75th percentiles)ACT Composite: 33 to 35

IvyBound Consulting featured Rice University on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter from June 24 - June 30, 2019

Day 1 • Rice University

According to US News & World Report, Rice University is ranked #16 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Please check their website to read up on these indicators. We are using US News for its popularity, but by no means should they be the only source in determining your “best fit” college. Your best fit colleges should be determined by your academic goals, your personality fit, and financial considerations.

Rice University:
Private, total undergraduate enrollment of 4,001, and the campus size is 300 acres. 

Founded in 1912.


Tuition & Fees:
$47,350 (2018-19)

All students are assigned to one of 11 residential colleges, of which they remain members even if they decide to move off campus. The residential colleges provide housing, dining, and academic and social events. Moreover, every Rice student is a member of one of our 11 residential colleges and maintains membership throughout their undergraduate years. Spirited communities where students live, dine and interact with peers, faculty, staff and alumni, the resident college system allows students to develop strong relationships and contribute to the betterment of each other’s lives and intellectual achievement. Within Rice’s colleges, legacies are born, traditions are celebrated and student spirit thrives.

Admit Rate:
Highly competitive.

Rice has a percentage of 53% males and 47% females. White 36% Black 10%, Hispanic 20%, Asian 27%, Two or more races 6% and International 13%.

Religious Affiliation:

Other Awards by US News:
#16 (tie) in National Universities, #8 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching, #14 in Best Value Schools.

Day 2 • School Mission, Mascot, Sports

Sammy the Owl is the official mascot for the Rice Owls.

Blue and gray.

Rice plays in NCAA Division I athletics and is part of Conference USA. Rice was a member of the Western Athletic Conference before joining Conference USA in 2005. Rice is the second-smallest school, measured by undergraduate enrollment, competing in NCAA Division I FBS football, only ahead of Tulsa.Rice has been very successful in women’s sports in recent years. In 2004-05, Rice sent its women’s volleyball, soccer, and basketball teams to their respective NCAA tournaments. The women’s swim team has consistently brought at least one member of their team to the NCAA championships since 2013.

Day 3 • Academics/Top Undergraduate Majors/Student Life

The student-faculty ratio at Rice University is 6:1, and the school has 70.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.  Rice combines the advantages of a liberal arts college with the resources and facilities of a premier research university. Students have unparalleled opportunities to learn from distinguished faculty through classroom interaction, research collaboration and experiential opportunities. 

Academic Calendar:
Semester system

Undergraduate programs:
  Rice is comprised of eight schools, including the School of Social Sciences, School of Humanities and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Its graduate schools include the highly ranked Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business and George R. Brown School of Engineering. Rice also has a well-regarded School of Architecture and the Shepherd School of Music. Rice is home to the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, a nonpartisan think tank, which offers coursework, internships and lectures.

Top Undergraduate Majors:
Computer and Information Sciences, General; Chemical Engineering; Biochemistry; Mechanical Engineering; and Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

Highly-ranked Graduate programs:
Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business and George R. Brown School of Engineering, School of Architecture and the Shepherd School of Music.

Student Life:
Rice is surrounded by the Texas Medical Center, the Museum District, Hermann Park, Rice Village and great restaurants, and is a short MetroRail ride, courtesy of free passes, from the theater, symphony, ballet, opera and major league sports. The distinctive residential college system enhances the Rice experience by allowing students to flourish in a community of their peers.

Day 4 • Notable Alumni

Peggy Whitson is one of the alumni of Rice University. Whitson grew up on a farm outside the town of Beaconsfield, Iowa, and went on to earn her doctorate degree in biochemistry at Rice and graduated in 1985. Whitson had her first space mission in 2002, with an extended stay aboard the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 5.

Day 5 • Applying to Rice? Be Collegebound with IvyBound.

Looking at first-time, Freshman Applicants: 

Admission Rate:
11.1% (including early applicants)

Total Applicants:



Yield Rate:
41%- Number of students who actually attended or matriculated once admitted. 

Early Option: Early Decision (November 1 is the deadline) Regular Deadline: January 1 Admission Requirements: See Table above

Admissions into this prestigious University, Rice University, is highly competitive as the acceptance rate is decreasing each year. With the increase of sheer number of applicants, how do you stand out and get admitted? If Rice is one of the colleges on your list, use this invaluable worksheet to plan and prepare when applying to Rice University. 

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Next week, I will cover, US News Week’s #15 Nationally Ranked University, Notre Dame University. Stay Tuned.

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* Sources used: the college website, common data set, college factual, US World News, other websites.

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