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A+
Overall Niche Grade
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  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
    C+
Rice University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Conference USA
Address
6100 S Main St
Houston, TX 77005
Website
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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
15%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1410-1570
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$22,061/ 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
    $5,398/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,293/ year
  • $49-75k
    $10,080/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,435/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,701/ year
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  • Flexible repayment options, and strong borrower protections

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
77%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.75 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.75 responses
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Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,836Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 40 responses
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  • Friendly
    43%
  • Work hard, Play hard
    20%
  • Active
    8%
  • Apathetic
    8%
  • Happy
    5%
  • Nerdy
    5%
  • Overbearing
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
98%
of students say they don't have Greek life.55 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.98 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Work Hard. Play slightly less hard.
    48%
  • Work hard, play hard
    20%
  • High-pressure
    14%
  • Wonderful
    14%
  • Work hard and enjoy it
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$64,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
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
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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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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!