Rice Admission Requirements

Houston, Texas

Chances of getting into Rice University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Rice University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Rice and can I get accepted? The school has a 11% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,328 out of 20,923 applicants were admitted making Rice a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent. Rice University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 41% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Rice SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Rice University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 700
SAT Math 25th 750
SAT Composite 25th 1450
SAT Scores for Rice University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1560
Average SAT Score 1510

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Rice University?

Rice University typically requires applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1450 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1390. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. The school ranks #1 in Texas for highest average SAT composite score. 46 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Rice University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1560 and Above Good >17%
1505 to 1560 Avg + 11%-17%
1450 to 1505 Avg - 7%-11%
1395 to 1450 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 1395 Low <4%
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Rice ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Rice University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 31
ACT Composite 25th 33
ACT Scores for Rice University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Rice?

Admission data indicates that Rice regularly accepts students with ACT's of 33 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 2 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 32 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score. 54 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rice University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Rice University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >17%
34 to 35 Avg + 11%-17%
33 to 34 Avg - 7%-11%
32 to 33 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 32 Low <4%
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Rice GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Rice University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Rice. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Rice University was 3.96 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in Texas for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Rice is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.96 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

High School Class Rank

87% of Rice University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Rice University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 87%
Top 25% of class 97%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Rice University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,883 11,040 20,923
Accepted 1,132 1,196 2,328
Acceptance Rate 11% 11% 11%
Enrolled 453 507 960
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 40% 42% 41%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Rice University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Rice University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Rice University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

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


Does Rice University prefer SAT or ACT?

46% of students submit their SAT scores to Rice. 54% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Rice University?

11% of those who apply are granted admission to Rice. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Rice University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1450 and 1560. 46% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Rice University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 33 and 35. 54% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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