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Welcome to Rice. Here, you will discover a place that is passionate about teaching, undergraduate research and leadership development. We are a diverse community and support a student body from all economic backgrounds.

Set in the heart of the nation's fourth-largest city, Rice is a comprehensive research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.

Consistently ranked among the best values in higher education, with a highly recognized and respected residential college system, Rice transforms outstanding students into global scholars who envision new possibilities and leave their imprint on the world.


Early Decision deadline November 1

The November 1, 2017 Early Decision deadline is fast approaching. Act now and be among the first candidates for the Class of 2022. Benefits of ED include a higher acceptance rate (21%), full consideration for need- and merit-based aid and completion of the college search process by mid-December for those who are admitted.

Early Decision November 1 Deadline

Rice ranked No. 5 by Niche

Rice Univesity is No. 5 in Niche's 2018 Best Colleges rankings. The rankings are based on an analysis of academic, admissions, financial and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni.

Rice Ranked #5 by Niche

Rice students host family after Harvey

Two Rice roommates looking to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey opened their apartment to a family of three displaced by flooding. The students, Cody and Martin, were delighted to turn their bachelor pad into a bona fide playground while hosting the couple and their 19-month-old baby. Cody and Martin are thankful for the experience and made a lifelong connection as a product of their desire to help a family in need.

Rice Roommates Host Family

How to request an application fee waiver

Students requesting an application fee waiver from Rice should respond to the fee waiver prompts provided in the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Students participating in the QuestBridge program automatically qualify for application fee waivers. Please note: fee waivers are only available for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, DACA students or undocumented students who have lived in the U.S. for an extended period of time.

How to request an application fee waiver

Interview in your town

For applicants interested in an optional interview who are unable to visit campus, we offer off-campus interviews in your area with Rice alumni representatives. To request an off-campus interview, complete your Rice application and submit an interview request form through the Rice Admission Student Portal.

Interview in your Town