Rice University

Houston, Texas
4-year Private university


Rice University is a private institution established in 1912 with an urban setting located in Houston. It is ranked 17 in National Universities in the 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its tuition and fees are $58,128. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,494. It practices a semester-based academic calendar.

#17 in National Universities
Location Houston, Texas
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1912
Selectivity Very High
Size Small
4,494 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
For out-of-state students
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $58,128
Outstate Tuition Fee $58,127
Room and Board Fees $15,900
$69,373 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


9% (Very High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Most Difficult
$75 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
-- Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Recommended
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coalition, QuestBridge

For International Students

90 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, DET Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is a native language

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$63,233 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$60,061 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $74,810
46% Students with need received Financial Aid
99.2% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application March 1
Forms to be submitted CSS, FAFSA, International Student Financial Statement

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarship
Total Worth All admitted freshman applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships so that no separate application forms or interviews are necessary
Eligibility --
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Not Available


4,494 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
97% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
88% Students graduate within 6 years