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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-
6100 S Main St
Houston, TX 77005
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Conference USA
From Rice University

Rice University sits in the heart of Houston on a 300-acre, tree-lined campus next to the Texas Medical Center and the Houston Museum District. Our tight-knit student community, engaging campus life and groundbreaking research opportunities attract talented students from all over the world who choose from more than 50 majors across six schools of study. See how Rice can help you find and follow your passions into a lifelong career.

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

Application Deadline
January 1
Acceptance Rate
11%
SAT Range
1450-1560
ACT Range
33-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$23,202/ 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
$39,956/ 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
75%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.79 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.79 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    2%
  • On Campus
    98%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,899Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
93
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 42 responses
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  • Friendly
    40%
  • Work hard, Play hard
    19%
  • Active
    7%
  • Apathetic
    7%
  • Nerdy
    7%
  • Stressed
    7%
  • Happy
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
97%
of students say they don't have Greek life.59 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.102 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Work Hard. Play slightly less hard.
    44%
  • Work hard, play hard
    19%
  • High-pressure
    17%
  • 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
    95%
    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

    Rice University Reviews

    1,048 reviews
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    When classes were moved online, it was hard on everyone, students and teachers alike. But everyone was really good at adapting and most professors were very open to adjusting for students' needs, especially non-STEM professors. Summer courses were a bit better because profs could design them specifically to be online, instead of having to change suddenly halfway through the semester. Also, the university made profs take training programs in online instruction and pedagogy specific to virtual learning so that they will be more prepared for the upcoming semester(s), which will be heavy on virtual learning. Additionally, the profs and the university leadership have been so communicative through these uncertain times, with the university sending out weekly updates since april on evolving covid plans, which i very much appreciate.
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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.
    I cannot imagine a better school for me. Everyone here is so friendly, supportive, and welcoming of one another. O week is one of the best kept secrets of this school, where you undoubtedly form relationships that will last you the rest of college. They have so many systems in place, like RHAs, fellows, magisters, clubs, and residential colleges, to support students. Every residential college has its own distinct culture and helps students have a smaller home within the larger rice community. On top of all that, the campus is absolutely breathtaking.