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SAT scores needed to get into Rice University

Average Score and SAT Requirements

Average SAT Score 1530

The average composite SAT score for admitted Rice University freshman is 1530 out of 1600. Rice students have the 18th highest average SAT score in the United States. For perspective, a 1530 is in the 99th percentile of all SAT test takers.

SAT Score Range 1490 to 1570

The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 1490 to 1570. The 75th percentile score is 1570 while the 25th percentile score is 1490.

Minimum SAT score requirement

The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by Rice but we estimate it to be around a 1450 total composite SAT score.

Average SAT Math Score 780

The average score for Rice students on the math portion of the SAT is 780 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 760 and the 75th percentile score 800.

Average SAT Reading Score 750

The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 730 to 770 and the average score for Rice University students is 750.

Number of Students Submitting SAT Scores

53 percent of students submit SAT scores with their application to Rice University

Admission Chances by SAT Score

Below are estimated chances of being accepted at Rice University based on SAT score ranges and the overall admission rate of 8.7%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.96.

Can I get into Rice with a 1570 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Very Good

An SAT score of 1570 or higher is very competitive at Rice and is a better score than three quarters of students who are accepted. While having an above average chance of acceptance, admission is extremely competitive. The estimated chance of being accepted is around 16% or higher.

Can I get into Rice with a 1530 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Above Average

Scores between 1530 to 1560 are above average giving you an advantage over most applicants. While scores in this range are higher than many who apply, admission is extremely competitive. The estimated chance of being accepted is around 9% to 14%.

Can I get into Rice with a 1490 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Below Average

SAT scores between 1490 to 1520 are still in the middle range of accepted students a but a little lower than the average. You can get in and have about a 5% to 8% percent chance of being admitted.

Can I get into Rice with a 1450 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Reach

SAT scores from 1450 to 1480 are on the very low end of the range where students are accepted. Scores in this range are not competitive with most other applicants but you still have a chance. We estimate scores in this range have less than a 4% chance of admission to Rice. SAT scores below 1450 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class
Admission chances to Rice University by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 23%
1590 21%
1580 18%
1570 16%
1560 14%
1550 12%
1540 10%
1530 9%
1520 8%
1510 7%
1500 6%
1490 5%
1480 4%
1470 4%
1460 3%
1450 3%
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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.