Sunday, February 5, 2012

Rice University

Rice University earns its reputation as a "Southern Ivy." Located in Houston, Texas, the university boasts a multi-billion-dollar endowment, a 5 to 1 ratio of undergraduates to faculty members, a median class size of 15, and a residential college system modeled after Oxford. Admissions are highly competitive, with roughly 75% of students coming from the top 5% of their class. Rice has won high marks for its diversity and value. In athletics, the Rice Owls compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA (C-USA). Rice has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and it is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Admissions Data (2010):

Enrollment (2010):

  • Total Enrollment: 5,879 (3,529 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52% Male / 48% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2010 - 11):

  • Tuition and Fees: $33,771
  • Books: $800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,750
  • Other Expenses: $1,550
  • Total Cost: $47,871

Rice University Financial Aid (2009 - 10):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 76%
  • Rice University Scholarships (
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 64%
    • Loans: 24%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $27,814
    • Loans: $7,691

Most Popular Majors:

Architecture, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Economics, English, History, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 79%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 92%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Rice and the Common Application

Rice University uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

Rice University Mission Statement:

mission statement from "As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor."

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