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Rice University

Houston, Texas

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Rice University overview
Location Houston, Texas
Online rice.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Rice University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Rice University, officially named William Marsh Rice University, is a distinguished private research institution located in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1912, Rice encompasses a lush 300-acre campus characterized by an architectural ethos that blends Byzantine and modern styles. The institution is known for its strong emphasis on education and research, offering diverse disciplines with particular recognition in fields such as nanotechnology, bioengineering, and space science. Rice's academic profile is marked by a highly selective application process, attracting a small yet diverse student body from various geographical, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Undergraduates have a unique residential college system that integrates living and learning, greatly contributing to the campus's community dynamic. While Rice may not be primarily known for its athletics, it competes in NCAA Division I as the Rice Owls, with baseball, track and field, and soccer programs that have earned acclaim.

In the most recent statistical year 31,443 prospective students applied, and 2,730 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,203 enrolled in the school.  7,998 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 674 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $54,100 plus fees of $860. Rice is ranked 9 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Rice is rated within the top 3% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Rice University overview
SAT 1490/1570
ACT 34/36
Estimated GPA 3.96

Applications Accepted

Rice University overview
Applications Due Jan 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Extreme
Application Fee $75

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Rice University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,350
Other Fees$860
Room and Board $15,000
Budget for Other Expenses$2,800
Total One Year Cost$74,110

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$86,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

92% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Rice University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 18%
Engineering 18%
Biology 10%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 7%
Visual and Performing Arts 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=227757 IPEDS survey data for Rice University.

Current students may use the Rice University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.