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William Marsh Rice University

Houston, TX 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate9%

About Rice

Rice University is a highly-ranked private university in Houston, Texas. Rice is known for its distinguished academic programs, residential college system, and emphasis on research.

The residential college system at Rice divides the university into eleven residential colleges with their own dorms, dining hall, common spaces, and college government. Each student at Rice is assigned a college which becomes their home at the university. Through the residential college system Rice offers close-knit communities where students can find support, belonging, and growth. 

Some of the most popular majors at Rice include computer science, bioengineering, mechanical engineering, psychology, biochemistry and cell biology, political science, and cognitive science. The university provides a supportive environment for student research through faculty collaborations, summer programs, and other research funding opportunties.   

Rice University teams compete at the NCAA Division I level through Conference USA and compete against other schools like  University of Houston and Louisiana Tech. The most popular sports at Rice include football, baseball, basketball, and soccer.

Did You Know?

Rice University’s Owl Days event is held each year for admitted students to learn more about the university. Students can visit campus, talk with current students, attend classes, and get a glimpse at what their life at Rice will look like. 

What the CC Community is saying about Rice University

"My firstborn says he absolutely loves the Rice Residential College system and that O-Week was amazing and he has dinner with his O-Week family quite often which has made him feel at home."

"For my daughter Rice was also a great fit. She has had so many opportunities and the collaborative environment fits her perfectly."

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Rice University is a private, nonprofit university in the city of Houston, Texas. Rice was founded in 1912. The college enrolls around 8,672 students per year, including 4,510 undergrads.

Rice Acceptance Rate 2022

It is extremely difficult to get into Rice. In 2022, Rice accepted 9% of applicants. Out of 31,443 applications received in 2022, 2,730 students were offered admission.

Rice University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 9%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 19%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 53%

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Rice University is located Houston.

If you want to see Rice for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 69 to Houston, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Hobby.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Rice University and Houston are like without leaving home.

College Info

6100 Main Street PO Box 1892 Houston, TX 77005

Campus Setting: Urban

Rice Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 4

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Rice is Jan 4.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Rice is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

William Marsh Rice University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Rice SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1500 - 1560


Math SAT Range

760 - 800


Reading SAT Range

730 - 770

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Wondering what life at Rice is like? There are approximately 8,672 students enrolled at Rice, including 4,510 undergraduate students and 4,162 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 43% percent are from TX and 57% percent of students are from other states.


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