Rice University

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PO Box 1892

Houston, TX 77251-1892

Phone: (713) 348-0000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 1
application deadline

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#18 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. National Universities

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Rice University is a private institution that was founded in 1912. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,848, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 285 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Rice University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 18. Its tuition and fees are $38,941 (2013-14).

Rice University, located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, offers a dynamic student life in the nation’s fourth-largest city. The Rice Coffeehouse, Valhalla Pub and Willy’s Pub are all student-run institutions offering on-campus food and drink. Before stepping foot on campus, 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. The Rice Owls boast 14 varsity NCAA Division I athletic teams and are well known for their strong baseball program. Students receive free tickets to all varsity athletic events.

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. When a private detective found Rice’s stolen owl mascot at rival school Texas A&M in 1917, he sent a coded message back to Rice students letting them know that "Sammy" was OK, thus bestowing a name on the school’s mascot.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Undergraduate education has remained at the center of Rice University's mission since its founding nearly 100 years ago. Our students have unparalleled opportunities to learn from distinguished faculty through classroom interaction and research collaboration. Rice combines the advantages of a liberal arts college, including small class sizes and a low student to faculty ratio, with the resources and facilities of a premier research university. The distinctive residential college system enhances the Rice experience by allowing students to flourish as individuals in a community of their peers. Rice's comparative advantages lie in our relatively small size, our emphasis on undergraduate education, our focused areas of strength, the relative ease by which we can foster interdisciplinary study, and our possibilities for teaching and research excellence across the range of human knowledge and endeavor. Rice has a median class size of 14, an endowment of $4.4 billion, numerous opportunities for undergraduates to conduct primary research, and a strong sense of community fostered by our residential college system. Rice practices need-blind admission, meets 100 percent of students' demonstrated need, and is consistently heralded as one of the best values in higher education.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1912
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $4,448,069,000


When applying to Rice University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 31. The application fee at Rice University is $75. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 16.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 16.7%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Rice University is 9:1, and the school has 69 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Rice University include: Psychology, General; Biochemistry; Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering; Economics, General; and Political Science and Government, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 9:1
4-year graduation rate 84%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 7%
Biochemistry 6%
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 5%
Economics, General 5%
Political Science and Government, General 5%

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Student Life

Rice University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,848, with a gender distribution of 50.7 percent male students and 49.3 percent female students. At this school, 72 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 28 percent of students live off campus. Rice University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,484
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Rice University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Rice University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Rice University, 44 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Rice University.

Students who have cars on campus 44%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Rice University, 42.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $31,820.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $38,941 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,000 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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