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Chances of getting into Rice University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
11%
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 acceptance rate at Rice is 11%.  It ranks #1 in Texas and #25 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Rice is a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants. Last year, 2,555 out of 23,455 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent (SAT 1460/1570 ACT 34/36). Rice University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.96. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 39% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Rice application fee is $75 and applications are due by Jan 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Rice University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 46% of students submitted SAT scores and 54% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Rice SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1460-1570
Applicants Submitting SAT
46%
SAT Scores for Rice University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 710
SAT Math 25th 750
SAT Composite 25th 1460
SAT Scores for Rice University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1570
Average SAT Score 1520

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Rice University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 2 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1460 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 1400. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1520 out of 1600. Rice ranks #1 in Texas and #13 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 46 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Rice University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1570 and Above Good >17%
1515 to 1570 Avg + 11%-17%
1460 to 1515 Avg - 7%-11%
1405 to 1460 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 1405 Low <4%
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Rice ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
34-36 
Applicants Submitting ACT
54%
ACT Scores for Rice University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 32
ACT Composite 25th 34
ACT Scores for Rice University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 36
Average ACT Score 35

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 34 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 1 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 33 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 35 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 36 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #1 in Texas and #4 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 54 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rice University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Rice University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
36 and Above Good >17%
35 to 36 Avg + 11%-17%
34 to 35 Avg - 7%-11%
33 to 34 Reach 4%-7%
Less than 33 Low <4%
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Rice GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.96*
Typical High School Grades
A-

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.

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High School Class Rank

92% 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 92%
Top 25% of class 98%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Rice University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,424 12,031 23,455
Accepted 1,274 1,281 2,555
Acceptance Rate 11% 11% 11%
Enrolled 471 522 993
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 37% 41% 39%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Rice University is $75.

Application Requirements

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

Rice University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

Credits Accepted

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

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

FAQs

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 1460 and 1570. 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 34 and 36. 54% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.