The Rice Office of Admission is committed to creating a fair and equitable experience for all applicants. We value a diverse community of scholars, so our processes and policies are designed to attract students with a variety of talents from every corner of the globe, from various backgrounds, and to evaluate them based on their merits and potential to succeed at Rice. This is how we build a student body which will answer tomorrow’s toughest questions.
You will be considered a freshman applicant if you will complete high school by the end of this current academic year, or if you elected to take time off from schooling between graduating from high school and enrolling in college. Students enrolled in concurrent high school and college courses are considered freshmen candidates. Completion of a high school diploma (or an equivalent) prior to enrollment is required for all new incoming students.
Students are considered transfer applicants if they have completed high school, earned at least twelve semester hours of college credit after graduating high school (with at least a 3.2 grade point average in their most recent college work) 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.
Rice welcomes applications from students who have been homeschooled. To ensure our evaluation process is fully informed, each homeschooled applicant is encouraged to provide clear, detailed documentation of their curriculum, assessment tools and learning experiences. Rice requires the School Report and two Teacher Evaluations. At least two of the evaluations must be completed by someone not related to the student.
Official transcripts of all academic work undertaken are a required part of the application; therefore, students may not reduce their academic credits in order to qualify as freshman applicants.
You will be notified via email how to access your Rice Admission Student Portal which is designed to assist you in tracking our receipt of your application materials and to communicate your final admission decision. The only valid notification of an admission decision is a formal communication from the Rice University Enrollment Division. Rice University reserves the right to close your application if you are admitted under a binding Early Decision plan at another institution.
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, only matriculated students have access to their permanent records. Applicants who are denied or decline our offer of admission are not provided such access.