Historically, students who apply to Rice under the Early Decision plan are accepted at a higher rate than our overall rate of admission. Our acceptance rates vary year to year depending on the number of applicants and the strength of the pool. In 2018, we admitted 19.5 percent of applicants under Early Decision and filled about 37 percent of our freshman class with students from Early Decision.
We do not have a quota for any of our decision plans, so the applicant's strengths and quality of application are more important than the choice of decision plan. Remember that the advantage you may receive by applying early should never be the most important factor in whether you decide to apply Early Decision to a college or university.
The most important consideration must always be whether the university is your absolute top choice and you are ready to make a commitment to enroll.
Students requesting an application fee waiver from Rice should respond to the fee waiver prompts provided in the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Those students participating in the QuestBridge program automatically qualify for application fee waivers at Rice. 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.
Although interviews are optional, we recommend an admission interview for freshman applicants as an excellent opportunity to showcase academic and personal successes while learning more about Rice. The Admission Committee values on- and off-campus interviews equally in the admission review process. You can find more information about our admission interviews on the interviews page.
Rice awards transfer credit for scores of 4 or 5 on most AP exams and scores of 6 or 7 on IB higher level exams. Rice also grants credit for some international examinations. Please visit the Office of the Registrar's Exam Credit webpage for more information. If you wish to transfer college credit completed during high school, your course work must meet several criteria, as explained on the Registrar's Transfer Credit webpage.
Yes. There is no separate application to be considered for these scholarships; the scholarship committee considers all admitted students for our scholarships on the basis of the student's application for admission. Other merit scholarships include athletic and U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force ROTC scholarships. More information about merit scholarships at Rice can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website.
Note that all international freshman applicants who are admitted will also be considered for merit awards based on academic and individual excellence.
You may augment your application with additional materials if you wish, but we ask you to be selective in what you include. Think about adding to the quality, not the quantity, of your application. You are welcome to submit additional class work, lab work, slides through a Power Point file limited to 10MB, newspaper articles, etc. Please note that supplemental materials must be submitted electronically.
Yes, in your application to Rice you must specify which one of our six academic schools is your primary area of interest. The six schools are architecture, engineering, humanities, music, natural sciences or social sciences. Although this is not a binding choice, the decision should not be made lightly. We are looking for a thoughtful response to this question. Our academic schools are looking for different strengths and qualities in applicants, so you will need to choose the school in which you feel the most confident of your abilities and interests. If your application is denied, you cannot be reconsidered under a different school.
If admitted to Rice, you can change your mind as to your school of study. Enrolled students do not declare a major until the second semester of sophomore year. And you may change your major or school at any time. In fact, many students double major across academic schools and still graduate in four years. The exception to the rule is music and architecture – you must be admitted to the music or architecture schools either as an entering student or as a current Rice student who applies and is accepted for the major. Admission to the bachelor of music program requires that you complete a minimum of one full year of study in the Shepherd School of Music before considering transfer to another academic division within the university.
Applicants to the Shepherd School of Music must submit their application for admission and an Audition Profile Form or preliminary recording by Dec. 1. Applicants to The Shepherd School of Music may not apply to Rice as Early Decision candidates.
Auditions are held during the winter and spring at the Shepherd School on the Rice campus. For details, review the Shepherd School of Music website.
A portfolio of creative work is required for all applicants to the School of Architecture. The preferred method of submission is directly to the Rice Admission Student Portal using the Upload Materials tool. If submission through the Student Portal is not an option, you may email it to email@example.com. Note: Submissions exceeding the specifications listed below will not be accepted.
The portfolio should demonstrate creative potential and is not expected to be architectural in focus nor professional in quality. It may include examples of sketches, paintings, photography, models, etc. Examples of mechanical or computer drafting are strongly discouraged. The School of Architecture does not accept CDs or DVDs.
Rice offers two ways to estimate what you may receive from federal, state and institutional aid. We encourage students to use the MyIntution Quick College Cost Estimator as a first step, and the Net Price Calculator for a more exact estimate. These calculators are particularly helpful if you are considering applying Early Decision to Rice.
Please visit the Rice Owls Recruiting page to learn more about Rice's varsity sports teams and to find contact information for the coaches.
Yes, we do. This list is reserved for students in whom the admission committee is very interested. A Rice offer of waitlist is one of the decision responses students may receive by April 1. A student must respond to the offer in order to be placed on the waitlist. Our waitlist is not ranked; all students on the list are considered for any openings.
Yes, students interested in spending a semester or year at Rice taking courses for credit to be applied toward their undergraduate degree at another school can apply for admission as visiting students. Visiting students attend Rice as full-time students and are members of the residential colleges during their time at Rice. Visiting students are not registered as candidates for a Rice degree. Visiting student applications must be submitted by March 15 for fall semester enrollment.
Students wanting to spend a semester or a year at Rice taking courses for credit to be applied toward their undergraduate degree at another school can apply for admission as visiting students. Visiting students attend Rice as full-time students and are members of one of the residential colleges during their stay. Visiting students are not registered as candidates for a Rice degree. Students who have earned fewer than 12 credit hours (1 semester) of completed college work are not eligible to apply. Students under the visiting student program who wish to transfer must leave Rice for at least one semester prior to applying for transfer admission.
A complete Visiting Student application to Rice includes:
Visiting student applications must be submitted by March 15 for fall semester enrollment.