Rice University

Located on a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice is a leading and interdisciplinary research university.

Rice is home to 4,000 undergraduates and boasts a 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Students benefit from our residential college system and proximity to the world’s largest medical center, 24 Fortune 500 headquarters, five professional sports teams, four professional performing arts organizations, and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Rice offers grants to cover the full cost of tuition for domestic families earning up to $130,000 and meets 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted students. Learn more here.

Basic details

  • Region: South
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Private

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 11%
  • Average ACT: 33-35
  • Average SAT: 1450-1560
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered includeAnthropology, Architecture, Art History, Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English, Environmental Sciences, History, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Sociology, Theology/Religion
  • Full list of majors available: https://www.rice.edu/departments#block-departmentsundergraduatemajors


  • International Students are eligible for: merit-based scholarship and need-based aid
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $67,102


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football, Men's Athletics / Track and Field, Women's Athletics / Track and field, Men's Baseball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country, Women's Football / Soccer, Men's Golf, Women''s Swimming and Diving, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball

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