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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 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 $56,600.
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

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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.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$36,387/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
69%

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.78 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.78 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,916Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
85
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 43 responses
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  • Friendly
    40%
  • Work hard, Play hard
    19%
  • Stressed
    7%
  • Apathetic
    7%
  • Active
    7%
  • Nerdy
    5%
  • Overbearing
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
97%
of students say they don't have Greek life.58 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.101 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 47 responses
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  • Work Hard. Play slightly less hard.
    45%
  • Work hard, play hard
    19%
  • High-pressure
    15%
  • Wonderful
    13%
  • Work hard and enjoy it
    6%
  • Summer Camp
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$65,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses
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The culture at Rice is amazing! We are a diverse community of scholars who value collaboration, not cut-throat competition. We value what known as a "culture of care," and I believe this makes us unique from all other elite schools. The professors are amazing, classes push you and challenge former beliefs, and the community becomes family. Rice University is an amazing place, even with intense academics.
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Rice is an incredible place with a supportive, unified community. The university genuinely cares about undergrads and encourages students to explore anything they are interested in. Students have a lot of autonomy and authority over how the school is ran, how their college is governed, what programs/majors/events they want to see, etc. In other words, students are taken seriously as active participants in their education rather than recipients. Looking back, the professors are also phenomenal and no classroom environment is the same. Innovative, forward-thinking, and increasingly community-oriented (within and beyond the hedges), I am proud to be a part of the Rice community.
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.