Undergraduate Admission
Rice: Unconventional Wisdom


Year after year, we are extremely gratified by the opportunity to work with thousands of college counselors who are eager to provide guidance to their students involved in the college search process. We hope this information will assist you in that endeavor, and we thank you for your interest in Rice University.

We are looking for students who not only show potential for success at Rice but who also will contribute to the educational environment of those around them. The quality of our work with students is always enhanced by our communication with you. Do not hesitate to contact us at 1-713-348-RICE(7423) whenever you have questions or concerns.

Important Updates

New Standardized Testing Policy

SAT Subject Tests will be recommended, not required for all freshman applicants. We will continue to require either the SAT or the ACT for freshman and transfer candidates. Applicants who do not take the SAT Subject Tests will not be disadvantaged in the review process.

Princeton Review Rankings

Rice is once again ranked No. 1 in the nation "Lots of Race/Class Interaction" and "Best Quality of Life" by the Princeton Review. We received numerous other rankings including No. 2 for "Happiest Students", No. 13 for "Top-50 Colleges That Pay You Back" and more. For the complete list visit the Rice University profile.

Rice's NEST360° in final four for $100 million

Rice's NEST360° team is one of four finalists and the only university in the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition, a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal which promises to make measurable progress toward solving one of the world’s critical problems. The MacArthur Foundation will announce the winning proposal in December 2017.

DACA Policy

DACA students and undocumented students graduating from a U.S. high school who have lived in the U.S. for an extended period of time are now included in our need-blind admission process. Rice meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for all admitted students regardless of citizenship.