Skip to Main Content
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
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Rice is a highly rated private university located in Houston, Texas. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,916 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Rice acceptance rate is 16%. Popular majors include Economics, Information Science, and Chemical Engineering. Graduating 91% of students, Rice alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $54,200.
About Rice University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Conference USA
Address
6100 S Main St
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

Acceptance Rate
16%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1490-1580
ACT Range
33-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Test Prep

SAT and ACT Prep Options
Learn More
  • Affordable, effective, and enjoyable online test prep
  • Guaranteed score improvement with smart feedback and progress tracking

Cost

Net Price
$24,131/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,206/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,989/ year
  • $49-75k
    $9,595/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,017/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,940/ year
Student Loan Options from Lenders
Learn More
  • Apply online in just 3 minutes
  • No origination, application and processing fees, no fees for early repayment
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

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.76 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.76 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,916Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    41%
  • Work hard, Play hard
    20%
  • Active
    7%
  • Apathetic
    7%
  • Happy
    5%
  • Nerdy
    5%
  • Overbearing
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
98%
of students say they don't have Greek life.56 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.99 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 45 responses
Report
  • Work Hard. Play slightly less hard.
    47%
  • Work hard, play hard
    20%
  • High-pressure
    13%
  • Wonderful
    13%
  • Work hard and enjoy it
    4%
  • Summer Camp
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$64,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses
Colleges like Rice University
More

Rice University Reviews

1,002 reviews
All Categories
I love the community atmosphere. Everyone works together to expand on similar desires. Rice as a whole is a college that fuels specific passions! As a person living with a low-income, Rice is determined to help give me FULL FREE tuition to attend their campus because they see my potential. Rice is very specific in it's majors, and the one thing that may be open for improvement is the expansion of their courses to incorporate and be strong in all degree fields.
Start Your Review of Rice University
Rate It!
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!
Rice University is a top-20 university that has a lot of career and academic opportunities. The campus is really beautiful, and is located right across the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical center in the world. This gives a lot of wonderful collaborative opportunities for students and faculty. In addition, Rice has a lot of ties to the political, business and engineering scenes. Computer science isn't the best at Rice when compared to UT Austin or other universities, but it's booming.

Students emphasize academics a lot, but also take time to mingle with people in their residential colleges (a fancy term for dorms and replaces Greek life) and party. Students are usually randomly assigned into 1 of 11 residential colleges, but I was unlucky and was assigned into one that really like partying, so I moved off-campus my junior and senior years.