Undergraduate Admission
Rice: Unconventional Wisdom


Year after year, we are extremely gratified by the opportunity to work with thousands of college counselors who are eager to provide guidance to their students involved in the college search process. We hope this information will assist you in that endeavor, and we thank you for your interest in Rice University.

We are looking for students who not only show potential for success at Rice but who also will contribute to the educational environment of those around them. The quality of our work with students is always enhanced by our communication with you. Do not hesitate to contact us at 1-713-348-RICE(7423) whenever you have questions or concerns.

Important Updates

Super Conference with Rocky Mountain, Southern and Texas ACACs

We are excited that Texas will be host to the 2017 Rocky Mountain, Southern and Texas ACACs Super Conference in San Antonio, April 23rd through 25th. If you’re planning to attend the conference, we hope you will also make some time to come through Houston and visit Rice. The Admission Office will have dedicated Counselor Tours available just prior to, and following the conference. We look forward to introducing you – or welcoming you back – to Rice on your way to or from San Antonio.

Please note that we ask you to register in advance for the tours below. We request that you only register for one tour, so you may want to finalize your travel arrangements before registering. To register for a tour or check availability visit our registration portal.

  • Friday, April 21st from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 22nd 9:30 am to 10:30 am
  • Saturday, April 22nd from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 25th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

If you have any questions about visiting campus, please contact Fitima Jackson, Associate Director of Admission at fitima@rice.edu.

Princeton Review Rankings

Rice is once again ranked No. 1 in the nation for "Happiest Students" and No. 1 for "Lots of Race/Class Interaction" by the Princeton Review. We received numerous other rankings including No. 9 for "Best Quality of Life", No. 9 for "Top-50 Colleges That Pay You Back" and more. For the complete list visit the Rice University profile.

Rice’s Rebecca Richards-Kortum named MacArthur Fellow

Richards-Kortum, Rice’s Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, was one of 23 2016 MacArthur Fellows named by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is the first Houston scientist, the first Houston woman and the first Rice faculty member to win the award. MacArthur Fellowships come with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000 and are commonly referred to as “genius grants.”

DACA Policy Changes

DACA students and undocumented students graduating from a U.S. high school who have lived in the U.S. for an extended period of time are now included in our need-blind admission process. Rice meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for all admitted students regardless of citizenship.

MONEY Magazine

MONEY Magazine ranked Rice in the top 5 for "Best Colleges for Need Based Aid". Need-eligible families with incomes under $80,000 will be packaged without loans. Students who demonstrate need with family incomes above $80,000 will receive a combination of grant, loan, and work-study; their loans will be capped at $2,500 a year and they will graduate with only $10,000 of debt at the end of four years.

New Standardized Testing Policy

Our standardized testing policy has been updated to reflect the College Board’s redesigned SAT which was launched in March 2016.