A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Rice University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Conference USA
Address
6100 S Main
Houston, TX 77005
Website

Rice University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

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Test Scores and GPA for Rice University

Cost

Net Price
$20,512/ year
National
$15,431
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,468/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,083/ year
  • $49-75k
    $11,537/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,683/ year
  • $110k+
    $32,042/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
6:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.67 responses
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.72 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.72 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,872Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    43%
  • Work hard, Play hard
    22%
  • Active
    5%
  • Apathetic
    5%
  • Happy
    5%
  • Nerdy
    5%
  • Overbearing
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
98%
of students say they don't have Greek life.52 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.95 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Work Hard. Play slightly less hard.
    51%
  • Work hard, play hard
    22%
  • High-pressure
    12%
  • Wonderful
    12%
  • Work hard and enjoy it
    2%

After Rice University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses
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Rice University Reviews

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Rice is incredible. The people are so friendly and collaborative, and the residential college system gives you an automatic support system and built-in friends/family. While people are smart, the atmosphere is close-knit and not cutthroat, which I've come to realize is hugely important when I hear my friends at other top universities talk about the pressure and competition they suffer through. The academics aren't easy- especially the STEM programs, which are structured to be some of the most rigorous in the country, but that's why we have such a good reputation and ease with post-graduation placements. Compared to other colleges, there's a lot of freedom with social life/partying and distribution requirements. Overall, the campus is beautiful and quality of life (dorms/food/area) very high. I love Rice and wouldn't go anywhere else!
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Rice University has been the perfect school for me. Not only are the academics stellar (small class sizes once you get into your major, deep relationships with faculty who care about teaching), but the social atmosphere of the residential colleges is unbeatable. If you're looking for a campus that's proud of its diversity and inclusiveness, while having top-notch academics in every field, choose Rice! You won't regret it.
Rice University was a wonderful undergraduate experience for me. As a smaller institution (enrollment of approx 3,000), Rice provides smaller class sizes and direct access/relationships with professors. Over time, this afforded me very close and lasting relationships that I could use for advice, recommendations and greater connection into the community. Additionally, the campus is beautiful. Dubbed "behind the hedges" in Houston, Texas, Rice is loved in the heart of the museum/medical district in a growing metropolitan city. This provides easy access to the arts, sciences and recreations of Houston, while maintaining a large and beautiful campus that feels quiet and insular from the city as well. Campus housing is great, where students are guaranteed 3 of 4 years housing in modern mixed-sex dormitories. And the campus is large enough to include intramural fields and recreation facilities that take less than 10 minutes to reach from any point on campus.