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Frequently Asked Questions About Transfer Admission

  1. What is the minimum GPA required for transfer applicants?
  2. Am I required to take the SAT or ACT? Do the scores have to be current?
  3. What scores are competitive for transfer admission?
  4. I have not been enrolled in school for a number of years-how should I approach the required recommendations?
  5. If I applied as a freshman to Rice and now wish to apply as a transfer student, do I have to resubmit everything?
  6. How can I find out how much credit Rice will award me for the college courses I have already completed?
  7. I believe my circumstances are somewhat unique. How can I share this with the admission committee?
  8. I believe my financial circumstances might qualify me for an application fee waiver. How do I request an application fee waiver?
  9. Does Rice offer merit-based scholarships for transfer applicants?
  10. Whom should I contact with questions about veterans benefits?

1. What is the minimum GPA required for transfer applicants?
In order to apply for admission, you should have at least a 3.2 GPA in college. Those offered admission as transfer students typically have a GPA of 3.5 or better. GPAs in college are evaluated within the context of the degree of difficulty of coursework pursued and competitiveness of the college you have attended.

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2. Am I required to take the SAT or ACT? Do the scores have to be current?
All applicants for undergraduate admission are required to take the SAT or ACT to be considered for admission. All scores must be sent directly from the testing organization. Rice's College Board code is 6609; our ACT code is 4152. Older scores should still be sent by these agencies to Rice.

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3. What scores are competitive for admission?
Please refer to our Admission Statistics for more information on the academic profile of admitted students.

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4. I have not been enrolled in school for a number of years-how should I approach the required recommendations?
Rice requires a recommendation from a school official (typically the dean of students or an academic dean) to complete The College Report Form, which confirms that the applicant is in good academic and disciplinary standing at the last college attended. Two professor recommendations are also required. If an applicant has not been in school for 2 or more years, the professor recommendations may be replaced by personal or employer recommendations.

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5. If I applied as a freshman to Rice and now wish to apply as a transfer student, do I have to resubmit everything?
Since freshman admission and transfer admission take place in different application cycles and have very different requirements, you would need to submit different items. Our office can use the testing you submitted as a freshman applicant to complete your transfer application testing requirement, but no other freshman documents can substitute required transfer documents.

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6. How can I find out how much credit Rice will award me for the college courses I have already completed?
If a transfer applicant is offered admission to Rice, the Office of the Registrar will send you a preliminary evaluation of your college coursework which will show a comparison of the course taken and the comparable Rice course for credit. Details on this process may be found on our website at http://registrar.rice.edu/students/transfer_credit/.

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7. I believe my circumstances are somewhat unique. How can I share this with the admission committee?
The application process is designed to accommodate the broad spectrum of experience a transfer student might bring to the process. The application offers several opportunities for students to discuss their reasons for seeking a transfer, their interest in a particular field of study, their specific interest in Rice, what they believe is distinctive in their background and life experiences that would add to the Rice community, and if they experienced an education interruption. If you do not feel that the application questions allow you to explain your circumstances to the admission committee, you may email the information to us at riceapps@rice.edu.

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8. I believe my financial circumstances might qualify me for an application fee waiver. How do I request an application fee waiver?
Students may request an application fee waiver by submitting a copy of their Student Aid Report (SAR) to the Office of Admission with their application.

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9. Does Rice offer merit-based scholarships for transfer applicants?
No, we do not offer merit-based scholarships for transfer applicants. Need-based aid is available. Admission is need-blind for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and we meet 100% of demonstrated need. For more information about financial aid, please consult http://financialaid.rice.edu.

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10. Who do I contact with questions about veterans education benefits?
The Office of the Registrar advises veterans on their education benefits. Most questions are answered on their website at http://registrar.rice.edu/students/veterans/.

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