Undergraduate Admission
Rice: Unconventional Wisdom

Freshman International Citizens

Rice's undergraduate population is diverse, with students from approximately 46 countries who are supported by a city composed of more than 100 different nationalities speaking over 145 languages. International students find Rice and Houston to be welcoming communities that provide a home away from home.

Application requirements for International citizens

A complete freshman application to Rice consists of the following:

  • Official Test Scores: either the SAT and two Subject Tests related to your proposed area of study, or the ACT.
  • School Report (counselor recommendation)
  • One Teacher Evaluation (teacher recommendation)
  • Midyear Report (to be submitted when senior midyear grades become available)
Additional requirements for EARLY DECISION APPLICANTS:
  • Early Decision Agreement
  • Official high school transcript including grades from your first marking period
Additional requirements for INTERNATIONAL CITIZENS:
Application Checklist
Candidates who live outside the U.S. and those living in the U.S. with a valid visa are required to submit a financial statement. International applicants who are not requesting financial aid must show official documentation (appropriate affidavits and/or scholarship awards) of resources sufficient to cover the costs of the first year of study before their files can be reviewed for admission.

For international students, a candidate's ability to fund the cost of attendance is a factor considered in the admission process. International students are considered for all merit scholarships opportunities, including a number which are specifically awarded to outstanding international applicants. Very limited funds are available to applicants requesting financial aid. However, Rice meets full demonstrated need of admitted international students.
Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

If you have received two years of instruction in English, you are not required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 600 on the paper-based test and 100 on the internet- based test. The minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is 7. Rice's TOEFL code is 6609.
Additional requirement for MUSIC APPLICANTS:
  • An Audition Profile Form or Preliminary recording, if necessary, as described on the Audition Page.