You may choose one of two admission decision plans under which to apply: Early Decision or Regular Decision. Pay close attention to the deadlines for your plan.
Early Decision Plan
If you know that Rice is your first choice and you would like to complete the process early, consider the Early Decision Plan. Your application must be submitted by November 1, and we will notify you by mid-December. This is a binding decision plan; you may initiate applications to other colleges but may make an Early Decision application to one college only. Three decisions are possible under this plan: accept, defer, or deny. If accepted to Rice under Early Decision, you must commit to Rice and withdraw all other college applications by January 1, or you must withdraw your application to Rice.
Early Decision applicants must submit an Early Decision Agreement to complete their application.
Regular Decision Plan
The Regular Decision Plan requires that the application be submitted by January 1. We will notify you of an admission decision by April 1. You have until May 1 to accept our offer and make your deposit to Rice. If you are applying to the Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program or to Rice's Shepherd School of Music, your Regular Decision deadline is December 1.