Admission at Rice University is an individualized and holistic admission process which examines the entirety of an applicant's academic prowess, creativity, motivation, artistic talent, leadership potential and life experiences.
Rice welcomes applications from transfer students and matriculates approximately 30-45 transfers each fall semester. Rice does not accept transfer applications for spring admission.
Students are considered transfer applicants if they have completed secondary school, have earned at least twelve semester hours of college credit, and have not been enrolled in high school for at least one year. Transfer applicants should be aware that a student must complete at least four semesters of course work (60 semester hours) as a full-time student at Rice to be eligible for a bachelor's degree. Students who already have earned a bachelor's degree and desire another B.A. or B.S. may not apply as transfer students.
To apply, candidates should
have a grade point average of at least 3.20 in their most recent college work. Those offered admission as transfer students typically have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. GPAs in college are evaluated within the context of the degree of difficulty of coursework pursued and competitiveness of the college you have attended.
How to apply
Rice is a member of the
Coalition Application, the
Common Application and the
Universal College Application. To apply, transfer applicants must choose only one of these application types:
Rice does not have a preference among them. Students may not mix components from the three options. Choose one application, and submit all required materials through that method.
A complete transfer application to Rice consists of the following:
Please note that the School of Architecture does not typically admit transfer students. If you have questions about admission to the School of Architecture, contact them directly at (713) 348-4864 or
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