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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

Princeton Review Rankings

Rice is once again ranked No. 1 in the nation for "Happiest Students" and No. 1 for "Lots of Race/Class Interaction" by the Princeton Review. We received numerous other rankings including No. 9 for "Best Quality of Life", No. 9 for "Top-50 Colleges That Pay You Back" and more. For the complete list visit the Rice University profile.

Rice’s Rebecca Richards-Kortum named MacArthur Fellow

Richards-Kortum, Rice’s Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, was one of 23 2016 MacArthur Fellows named by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is the first Houston scientist, the first Houston woman and the first Rice faculty member to win the award. MacArthur Fellowships come with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000 and are commonly referred to as “genius grants.”

DACA Policy Changes

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.

MONEY Magazine

MONEY Magazine ranked Rice in the top 5 for "Best Colleges for Need Based Aid". Need-eligible families with incomes under $80,000 will be packaged without loans. Students who demonstrate need with family incomes above $80,000 will receive a combination of grant, loan, and work-study; their loans will be capped at $2,500 a year and they will graduate with only $10,000 of debt at the end of four years.

Early Decision Scholarship Opportunity

The Lone Star Scholarship, awarded exclusively to students admitted Early Decision to Rice, is a $10,000 per year award renewable for four years. Up to 30 students in the Class of 2021 will receive this award. For more on merit scholarships check out our website.

New Standardized Testing Policy

Our standardized testing policy has been updated to reflect the College Board’s redesigned SAT which was launched in March 2016.