Rice is a highly rated private university located in Houston, Texas. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,836 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Rice acceptance rate is 15%. Popular majors include Economics, Computer and Information Studies, and Chemical Engineering. Graduating 93% of students, Rice alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $54,200.
NCAA Division I-FBS
Rice University Rankings
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.67 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.76 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.76 responses
Most Popular Majors
Computer and Information Studies85 Graduates
Chemical Engineering67 Graduates
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology66 Graduates
Mechanical Engineering66 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science61 Graduates
Cognitive Science56 Graduates
Mathematics & Statistics56 Graduates
Sport and Fitness Management43 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.56 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.99 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses
Rice University Reviews
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!
First of all, Rice is full of the kindest people that you will meet. Unlike other research universities, Rice does not promote a competitive environment, and the students often help each other in shared classes (and academics are tough, so the help is very much appreciated!!). Professors are usually hit or miss, depending on department, but most of them are great. And I cannot recommend the residential college system enough. It creates small, tightly-knit communities within the larger university and a home for all 4 years. Some complain that their res college can be stifling, but it's really up to you if you feel the need/desire to make friends outside (or within) your college. Like everything, it's what you make it!
This is an amazing university filled with friendly and educated people around every corner. It also does not hurt that the campus is one of the most beautiful that I have ever been on. There are trees everywhere. Nearly everywhere you go, you are surrounded by nature and owls!