Frequently Asked Questions

General

How has Rice University responded to the impact of the coronavirus?

Visit the Return to Rice: Admissions and Aid page for the most up-to-date information regarding Rice’s response to Covid-19.

I sent in test scores previously but don’t wish to use them for my application for the 2021-2022 cycle since testing is optional. Is that possible?

Yes. You will have an opportunity on the application to tell us if you do not want your test scores used in your evaluation.

Will Rice accept 2020 AP, IB and A-Level exams?

Due to CDC guidance related to COVID-19, Spring 2020 AP Exams were conducted online and IB and A-Level Examinations were suspended, to be replaced with either a diploma, a grade or a course certificate reflecting the student's standard of work. Rice University will accept these Spring 2020 results in lieu of traditional AP, IB and A-Level Examinations results. More information regarding our university policy regarding these exams can be found here.

How does Rice review applications?

Our holistic admission process is centered on evaluating each student in the context of their background, community, and school circumstances. At Rice, we consider your entire application and all of the information contained therein helps us to understand as much as we can about you before making a decision. In addition, we evaluate applications through committee based evaluation which ensures that every application to Rice is evaluated and discussed by a minimum of two admission officers to identify the strengths and potential of each student. For more information, visit the Admission Philosophy page.

When you apply to Rice, how do you indicate an interest in a particular major?

As a part of your application, you will select a Division of Study and up to three majors/areas of interest including minors. You will have the opportunity to elaborate on your academic areas of interest in your Rice Writing Supplement. Students will be assessed on their preparedness and alignment to the majors they selected. For more information, visit the Admission Philosophy page.

Are my chances better if I apply Early Decision?

Not necessarily. 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.

May I submit supplementary materials with my application?

The required application components provide the Admission Committee with all the information we need to make an informed admission decision. If you would like, you may submit a resume for us to review. Beyond that we do not encourage students to submit any supplemental material and cannot guarantee that it will be reviewed.

Do I need to submit an English Language proficiency test if I am a US citizen?

Regardless of citizenship, if your first language is English you are not required to submit a proficiency exam. If your first language is not English but you have completed at least two years of full-time study in an English language curriculum you are not required to submit a proficiency exam. If you do not meet either of these criteria you will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency. For more information visit the English Language Proficiency section of the First Year International page.

Special Populations

How has Rice University responded to the impact of the coronavirus?

Visit the Return to Rice: Admissions and Aid page for the most up-to-date information regarding Rice’s response to Covid-19.

If I am a homeschooled student applying for the 2021-2022 admission cycle, should I submit testing?

Some students may feel that their standardized test performance demonstrates their academic preparation beyond the context of their secondary education curriculum. If you feel as though your level of academic preparation may be reflected through testing, then you may submit your scores or other materials listed on our website.

Can I apply to Rice to pursue a second Bachelor's degree if I already have one from another institution?

Students who already have a Bachelor’s degree are not eligible to enroll as a degree-seeking undergraduate student at Rice.

Transfer

How has Rice University responded to the impact of the coronavirus?

Visit the Return to Rice: Admissions and Aid page for the most up-to-date information regarding Rice’s response to Covid-19.

If I applied as a first year student to Rice and now wish to apply as a transfer student, do I have to resubmit everything?

Since first year 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 first year applicant to complete your transfer application testing requirement (optional for 2020-2021 cycle). However, no other documents from your first year application can substitute required transfer documents.

I sent in test scores previously but don’t wish to use them for my application for the 2021-2022 cycle since testing is optional. Is that possible?

Yes. You will have an opportunity on the application to tell us if you do not want your test scores used in your evaluation.

How does Rice review applications?

Our holistic admission process is centered on evaluating each student in the context of their background, community, and school circumstances. At Rice, we consider your entire application and all of the information contained therein helps us to understand as much as we can about you before making a decision. In addition, we evaluate applications through committee based evaluation which ensures that every application to Rice is evaluated and discussed by a minimum of two admission officers to identify the strengths and potential of each student. For more information, visit the Admission Philosophy page.

When you apply to Rice, how do you indicate an interest in a particular major?

As a part of your application, you will select a Division of Study and up to three majors/areas of interest including minors. You will have the opportunity to elaborate on your academic areas of interest in your Rice Writing Supplement. Students will be assessed on their preparedness and alignment to the majors they selected. For more information, visit the Admission Philosophy page.

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 fully explain your circumstances to the admission committee, you may email the information to us at riceapps@rice.edu.

Deferred Students

What does it mean to be deferred?

Deferrals are offered to a select number of Early Decision candidates from whom the Admission Committee wishes to see more information. These candidates are then reviewed within the context of the Regular Decision Pool. This allows time for more information to be added to the file, such as updated senior grades. Additionally, students have the option to submit items such as testing or honors and accomplishments earned during senior year.

When will my application be considered again, and when will I be notified of a final decision?

Your application will be considered under the Regular Decision plan. The Admission Committee will notify candidates of their final decision at the same time Regular Decisions are released.

What can I do to increase my chances of being admitted after I’ve been deferred?

The best thing you can do after being deferred is to update us with any new information since the original submission of your application. Your senior mid-year grade report must be sent directly from your high school to Rice. Tell us about your continued interest in Rice along with details of any new engagements, awards, or accomplishments. Additions to your file should be sent directly from you, the student. Please do not send additional letters of recommendation from school officials, Rice alumni, or others. Updates can be sent via your Rice Admission Student Portal.

Can I submit test scores?

We understand that this has been an unconventional year for testing. However, if you wish to send us new or updated standardized test scores, you may do so via your Rice Admission Student Portal. Rice’s College Board (SAT and TOEFL) code is 6609; our ACT code is 4152.

Are all Early Decision applicants who are not accepted automatically deferred?

No, we defer only those applicants whom we intend to consider again later in the process, and we do ultimately admit a number of students from among those deferred.

Typically, how many students are deferred during Early Decision and then later admitted?

Admission rates vary from year to year based on the competitiveness of the applicant pool. There is no clear indication of your chances of admission after being deferred; however, nearly every year, we admit a number of students who have been deferred.

If I am deferred, am I still eligible to receive financial aid or merit based scholarships?

Yes, students will still be considered for need-based financial aid and merit scholarships. These decisions are not impacted by the deferral process. For information about need-based financial aid, please visit our Financial Aid website or contact the Office of Financial Aid at 713-348-4958 or fina@rice.edu.

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