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Rice University

Houston, Texas

Rice University is a small, private university dedicated to teaching and research in science, engineering, the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Rice offers its students the best of two worlds: the personal atmosphere of a small liberal arts college and the distinction of a true research university.

Despite its small size, Rice rated in the top ten private universities in the nation in endowment, and in the top four when measured by endowment per student. The university was also ranked in the top 25 universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 1991. Due to its high standards and low tuition compared to other universities of similar quality, Rice is consistently rated one of the "best buys" in education.

Rice offers graduate coursework in architecture, engineering, humanities, music, natural sciences, and social sciences. Research centers include the Institute for Bioscience and Bioengineering, the Rice Quantum Institute, the Rice Institute for Policy Analysis, and the federally-funded Center for Research on Parallel Computation, which links Rice to three other universities and two national laboratories.Rice has patterned itself as a residential college in the tradition of British colleges. This atmosphere makes each of the eight colleges the center for student's social, dining, intramural and theater life. Faculty interact with the colleges by attending dinners and providing academic and personal counseling. With this environment, 70% of the students choose to live in the coed residential colleges.

There are 2,794 undergraduate and 1,322 graduate students at Rice. Of these, 14% were minority and 4% Hispanic.

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1912
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 3,049
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $3,977,226,231
Admissions Address

PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 10
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Julie M. Browning
Admissions office telephone: (713) 348-7423
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 10
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Send application by: December 1
Decision sent by: February 10
Application fee: $50
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Tuition deposit: $100 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $50 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 4
Lab 2 3
Foreign language 2 4
Social studies 2 2
History N/A N/A
Academic electives 3 2
Total academic units 16 20

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 31
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 31
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 24%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 29%
Early-action acceptance rate: 28%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 20%
Total applicants: 8,776
Total acceptances: 2,080
Total freshman enrollment: 715
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 57%
Male applicants: 4,457
Male acceptances: 1,071
Male freshman enrollment: 358
Female applicants: 4,319
Female acceptances: 1,009
Female freshman enrollment: 357
Out-of-state freshmen: 53%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 498
Students enrolled from waiting list: 110

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 87%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 95%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 99%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 65%
Average high school GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 96%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 650 – 760
Math: 680 – 780
Combined: 1330 – 1540

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 52.6% 64.8%
600-699 36.6% 29.4%
500-599 8.6% 5.4%
400-499 2.2% 0.4%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 33%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 30 – 34

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 85.0% N/A N/A
24-29 13.3% N/A N/A
18-23 1.7% N/A N/A
12-17 0.0% N/A N/A
6-11 0.0% N/A N/A
Below 6 0.0% N/A N/A


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