Rice University

6100 S Main
Houston, TX 77005-1827
(713) 348-7423
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Rice University is a private, non-profit research institution located in Houston. Founded 100 years ago, the university is now one of the most highly regarded institutions in the country. The U.S. News and World Report ranked it 17th among all national universities, and 6th for its undergraduate biomedical program in its 2012 “Best Colleges” rankings. In fact, 17 of the university’s graduate programs ranked within the top 50 in the national standings. The school emphasizes high academic standards while keeping enrollment low, which is why the student-to-faculty ratio is eight to one, and the acceptance rate is below 20%.

Programs Offered

Rice University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as post-graduate certificates. Available undergraduate subjects include bioengineering, computer science, psychology, political science, economics, German studies, and ancient Mediterranean civilizations. The university also has an extensive Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, as well as degree in architecture, engineering, humanities, music, and natural sciences.


The university has been accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1914. It also has held specialized accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology since 2006, the International Association for Management Education since 2008, the Texas Education Agency since 2009, and the National Architectural Accrediting Board since 2010.


There is no stated grade point average (GPA) requirement for incoming freshman. However, Rice University accepts only about 20% of its applicants, making it one of the most selective schools in Texas. In fact, 600 of its incoming freshman in 2011 reported class rank, and 74% of the ranked freshman were in the top 5% of their graduating class. The middle 50% of accepted students scored between a 1410 and 1540 on the reading and math portion of the SAT, and 31 to 34 on the ACT, according to the school’s website. To apply, a student must send in high school transcripts, standardized test scores, a counselor and teacher recommendation, a midyear report, as well as the completed application. Certain schools have other requirements. For example, the School of Architecture requires an electronic portfolio, and students applying to The Shepherd School of Music must do an audition.

Meanwhile, transfer students should have at least a 3.2 GPA on their collegiate course work before applying. However, students with a 3.5 or higher GPA are preferred. To apply, the student must complete the application, send in college transcripts and a final high school transcript, a transcript listing of courses in progress, two college instructor evaluations, and a college official’s report. Finally, graduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate courses. Other specific requirements differ between departments. For example, the School of Architecture requires a portfolio, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement in addition to the completed application and transcripts. The architecture program has three options available for applicants, one of which accepts students who have bachelor’s degrees in non-architecture fields. In general, each school determines admission by the quality of an applicant’s preparation and not by the particular academic programs completed.

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