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.
Please refer to our Admission Statistics for more information on the academic profile of admitted students.
No. Rice remains committed to a holistic evaluation process, wherein multiple factors in an applicant’s file are evaluated to determine admission to Rice. As is consistent with our holistic review, students who apply for 2020-2021 will be given full consideration with the information they have provided regardless of their decision to submit their test scores.
Review our standardized testing policies here.
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.
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.
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 the Office of the Registrar website.
Yes, all applicants must indicate an intended school of study when applying: architecture, engineering, humanities, music, natural sciences or social sciences. You should name the school that most accurately reflects your strengths and interests. The choice of school you make as an applicant does not limit the courses you can take at Rice, and double majors between divisions are common.
Transferring into the music or architecture schools requires faculty approval. Students admitted to The Shepherd School of Music must pursue the music program for at least one year before changing schools.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students requesting an application fee waiver from Rice should respond to the fee waiver prompts provided in the Common Application or the Coalition Application. 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.
No, we do not offer merit-based scholarships for transfer applicants. However, we meet 100 percent of demonstrated need through The Rice Investment, and admission is need-blind for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. For more information about financial aid, please consult the financial aid website.
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.
Transfer students are expected to be a part of the Rice community for two full academic years.