Rice University requires a minimum of 120 semester hours to complete a bachelor's degree.
Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal. Rice accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Rice does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 92% of students who start college at Rice finish the requirements for graduation within six years.
Rice offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Rice may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Rice has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with Rice directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Rice students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Rice.
Student Designed Majors
Rice allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Rice does not require a senior project for all students.
Double Majoring at Rice
Rice offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Double majoring may require more work but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.
✅ Rice does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
✅ Rice has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
✅ Rice offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ Rice offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at Rice.
❌ Students at Rice are not required to complete an internship as a graduation requirement.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While Rice does not require internships for students of any major, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.
The main library on campus is the Fondren Library.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
For more information on possible dual degree options at Rice, contact the university directly.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Rice have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Rice has an Army ROTC program, an Air Force ROTC program and a Navy ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Rice include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•a Navy ROTC branch unit on campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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