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 2016 (Class of 2020)
Applicants (based on Decision Plans)
# of Applicants # of Admits Admission rate Enrolled
Early Decision 1,492 337
23% 318
Regular Decision 16,744 2,448
15% 663
TOTAL 18,236 2,785
15% 981

Test Scores (Middle 50% ranges of Admitted Students)
25th percentile 75th percentile
SAT Critical Reading* 710 790
SAT Math* 730 800
SAT Writing* 700 790
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 492 50%
Male 489 50%

Diversity
% of class
Caucasian 36%
Asian American 25%
Hispanic 16%
International Citizens 11%
African American 7%
Multiracial 3%
Unknown 3%
Native American <1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander <1%

Geography
% of class
Texas 43%
Out-of-state/U.S. Territories/International 57%

Foreign Nationals (by citizenship)
# of students # of students
Bulgaria 1 Norway 1
Canada 9 Panama 1
China 64 Russia 1
Colombia 1 Singapore 2
India 3 South Korea 10
Indonesia 1 Switzerland 1
Jamaica 1 Thailand 2
Japan 1 Turkey 2
Mexico 4 Vietnam 1
Nepal 1    
TOTAL: 107

Activities
# of students
Community Service/Volunteer Work 846
Multilingual 580
Varsity Athletes 433
Club/Organization Presidents 325
Drama/Debate participants 264
Band/Orchestra 244
Student Government Members 197
Research Experience 182
Solo Voice/Choir 78
Class Presidents 18
Student Council Presidents 18
Admission statistics for the Class of 2020 as of August 18, 2016.