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Rice University Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Rice University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Rice University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Rice University was awarded 103 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer information systems.

Overall Quality

Rice landed the #11 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

Rice also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Texas ranking.

See all of the rankings for Rice University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Rice?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Rice since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 16%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Average Test Scores

About 60% of students accepted to Rice submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 730 and 780. Math scores were between 760 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Rice University  ( 730 to 780 )

SAT Math Scores for Rice University  ( 760 to 800 )
Rice received ACT scores from 70% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 33 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Rice University  ( 33 to 35 )

Learn more about Rice University admissions.

Rice University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Rice, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 6 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Rice University is 83%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  83 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Rice University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 97% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Rice University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  97 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Rice for first-time, full-time students is 80%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  80 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Rice University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Rice

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,992 undergraduates at Rice with 3,899 being full-time and 93 being part-time.

Rice Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 99.26 out of 100, Rice is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.26 out of 100
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How Much Does Rice University Cost?

The overall average net price of Rice is $20,879. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Rice

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$6,167 $10,247 $10,716 $23,503 $43,200

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Rice, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Rice, approximately 15% of students took out student loans averaging $7,531 a year. That adds up to $30,124 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Rice is 0.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Rice Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Rice with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $65,400 in their early years. That's great news for Rice students since it is 64% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Rice University make the most money.

Location of Rice University

Rice University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Houston, Texas. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Rice University

Contact details for Rice are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 6100 S Main St, Houston, TX 77005-1827
Phone: 713-348-0000

Rice University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 57 majors graduated from Rice University. Of these students, 1,228 received undergraduate degrees and 1,131 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Information Systems 120 $111,900
Health & Physical Education 102 $37,300
Economics 94 $73,100
Mechanical Engineering 67 $70,500
Cognitive Science 64 NA
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 60 NA
Chemical Engineering 53 $80,100
General Psychology 51 $34,800
Electrical Engineering 44 NA
Political Science & Government 39 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Rice University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Rice

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 128 students took at least one online class at Rice University. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 128 44
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0
2014-2015 0 0
2013-2014 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Rice University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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