Undergraduate Admission
Rice: Unconventional Wisdom

Admission Statistics

Admission at Rice University is an individualized and holistic admission process which examines the entirety of an applicant's academic prowess, creativity, motivation, unique talents, leadership potential and life experiences. In making a decision to admit a student to Rice, we are careful not to ascribe too much value to any single metric, such as class rank, GPA, or SAT/ACT scores. We use a broader perspective that includes such qualitative factors as the overall strength of a student's academic program and the ways in which a student has engaged in their community.

We provide these admission statistics to give prospective students a general picture of the freshman applicant and admitted student pool, and we encourage students to keep in mind that these statistics only reflect certain parts of our holistic review process.

FRESHMAN PROFILE - FALL 2017 (Class of 2021)
Applicants (based on Decision Plans)
# of Applicants # of Admits Admission rate Enrolled
Early Decision 1,603 329 21% 313
Regular Decision 16,460 2,535
15% 735
TOTAL 18,063 2,864
16% 1,048

Test Scores (Middle 50% ranges of Admitted Students)
25th percentile 75th percentile
SAT Critical Reading* 700 800
SAT Math* 730 800
SAT Writing* 690 790
SAT Evidenced Based Reading and Writing 710 770
SAT Math 730 790
ACT Composite 33 35

*The scores listed in this table are according to the old SAT. To view the CollegeBoard SAT score converter, click here.

Gender
Number % of class
Female 509 49%
Male 539 51%

Diversity
% of class
Asian American 29%
Caucasian 29%
Hispanic 18%
International Citizens 11%
African American 7%
Multiracial 5%
Unknown 1%
Native American <1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander <1%

Geography
% of class
Texas 42%
Out-of-state/U.S. Territories/International 58%

Foreign Nationals (by citizenship)
# of students # of students
Argentina 1 Norway 1
Austalia 1 Pakistan 1
Canada 6 Peru 1
China 61 Rwanda 1
Denmark 1 Serbia 1
Honduras 1 Singapore 1
India 11 South Korea 7
Mexico 7 Taiwan 2
New Zealand 1 United Kingdom 2
Nigeria 1 Vietnam 3
TOTAL: 111

Activities
# of students
Community Service/Volunteer Work 869
Multilingual 646
Varsity Athletes 486
Club/Organization Presidents 355
Band/Orchestra 246
Drama/Debate participants 220
Research Experience 212
Student Government Members 188
Solo Voice/Choir 71
Student Council Presidents 17
Class Presidents 16
Admission statistics for the Class of 2021 as of August 24, 2017.