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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.

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 after graduating from high school, 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 and the Common Application. To apply, transfer applicants must choose only one of these application types:

The Coalition Application  
The Common Application

Rice does not have a preference between the two applications. Students may not mix components from either option. Choose one application, and submit all required materials through that method.

Application requirements

A complete transfer application to Rice consists of the following:

  • Official (final) high school transcript
  • All official college transcript(s)
  • A transcript listing courses in progress
  • The College Report
  • Two College Instructor Evaluations
Additional requirements for INTERNATIONAL CITIZENS :
Additional requirement for MUSIC APPLICANTS:
  • An Audition Profile Form or Preliminary recording, if necessary, as described on the Audition Page.

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 arch@rice.edu.

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