Rice University

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Rice University can be found in Houston, TX, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Rice University has an enrollment of over seven thousand students.

Many of the students accepted into this school got an SAT score between 1470 - 1570, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 33 - 35. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Rice University average GPA ranges from 4.00 to 4 for accepted students. The acceptance rate of Rice University is considered highly competitive, with only 9% of students which applied on average being admitted. You can get more information from the admissions office website at futureowls.rice.edu.

Overall Rice University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Rice University was reported as 8.7% in Fall 2020 with over 27,100 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 33 - 35
  • Average GPA: 4.00 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Rice University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Rice University has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Rice University has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 15.3%
  • 2017-2018: 15.9%
  • 2018-2019: 11.1%
  • 2019-2020: 8.7%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 10.8%

How Does Rice University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Rice University is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of St Thomas87.3%
Texas Southern University90.9%
Houston Baptist University71.1%
Prairie View A & M University80.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Rice University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading720 - 770
Math750 - 800
Total Score1470 - 1570
ACT®Score Range
English34 - 36
Math31 - 36
Composite Score33 - 35
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