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By the numbers

Undergraduate Enrollment 4,001
In-state Tuition (per semester hour, unless noted) $1,942*
Out-of-state Tuition (per semester hour, unless noted) $1,942*
Yearly Room and Board $7,001+
% of Students on Financial Aid 69
Median SAT/ACT 1470-1570/33-35 (75th percentile)
% of African American Students 8
% of Asian American Students 29
% of Hispanic Students 17
% of International Students 12
Student/Teacher Ratio 5.7:1
Number of Full-time Faculty 680
% of Male/% of Female Students 53/47
Greek System? NO
% of Freshmen Who Live on Campus 99
% of Students Who Graduate in Four Years 83.3
% of Students Who Graduate Overall 91.4
% of Freshmen Who Return 97
% Of Alumni Who Give $$$ to School 32

*Fees not included

Rice University

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6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005









  • The Princeton Review ranks Rice no. 1 nationally for race/class interaction, no. 2 for best quality of life, no. 3 for best student-run newspaper, and no. 5 for happiest students, based on student feedback.
  • Rice is consistently ranked as a “best value” because its tuition is lower than rates at peer research universities and its financial aid policy is designed to make education affordable to students from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Undergraduate students receive a “Passport to Houston” that provides free, unlimited use of the Houston bus and light-rail system and free or discounted admission to museums and opera, symphony, ballet, and theater performances.

RANKED AS ONE of the top 20 universities in the country, Rice University is an exceptional community offering students a world-class education. Rice’s schools of architecture, engineering, business, music, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences all rank among the top programs in their fields.

Rice houses a variety of institutes and centers, including leading think tank James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and the Smalley-Curl Institute, the first nanotechnology research center in the world. The Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies offers the prestigious master’s of liberal studies program and one of the largest selections of noncredit arts and sciences courses in Texas.

Most undergraduates live in one of 11 coed residential colleges. Based on similar models at Oxford and Cambridge, this system encourages students to develop close relationships with one another and their faculty advisers. The 300-acre campus, which features neo-Byzantine architecture, is located next to the Texas Medical Center and the Houston Museum District, and is just a short light-rail train ride from downtown Houston.

Living in Houston puts an array of cultural, athletic, and entertainment opportunities at students’ fingertips. Houston is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies that provide students with valuable internship and full-time employment opportunities.

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