Academics

Location
Houston, TX
Undergrads
3,803
Tuition
$37,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Student

Academics: The science programs at Rice are beyond amazing.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are amazing. Some of the intro classes can be quite large but its easy to get to know the professors with just tiny bit of effort. Courses are challenging but possible and are filled with stimulating discussion. There are also tons of great opportunities for undergraduate research.

4 College Senior

Academics: I've learned a lot, although I do think there could be some improvements.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Economics is a small program here, because it is a largely engineering-focused school, but it forces you to learn the material backwards and forwards.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Rice is hard academically but doable and endlessly rewarding.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 20th
    Smartest Professors
  • 22nd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 27th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 29th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 45th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

According to most Rice students, the academic experience is incredibly positive. Students rave about the close personal relationships that they form with many of their professors. They are approachable, eager to connect with students, very knowledgeable in their fields, and make every effort to be accessible to their students. They not only meet with students before and after class or during their office hours, but many also frequently eat lunch at local restaurants and attend University functions (athletic events, plays, and even off-campus social functions) or live in colleges as RAs.

In order to earn a Rice diploma, you must complete a certain number of classes in different areas of study (social sciences, humanities, science and engineering). This allows students the opportunity to explore academic areas outside of their chosen major. For many students, elective courses are an exciting change from their major courses. Because these distribution requirements can also be very challenging, Rice allows students to take four classes (not required for their degree) pass/fail. This encourages students to take courses in subjects they are not familiar with, as well as allow them to put more effort into their major classes than their distribution classes. However, when you do have a choice about your courses or professors, there are many resources to help you avoid unwise decisions.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
9:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
645
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
103
Total FT Faculty
911
Faculty with Terminal Degree
96%
Average Faculty Salary
$114,357
Full-Time Retention Rate
96%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
92%
Programs/Majors Offered
53
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 60%
  • 20 to 49 students: 32%
  • 50 or more students: 8%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • George R. Brown School of Engineering
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Social Sciences
  • The Shepard School of Music
  • Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • Music History and Literature: 3%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Brochstein Pavilion
  • College libraries
  • Fondren Library
  • Outdoor quads
  • Rice Student Center
Tips to Succeed
  • College goes by so fast. Live it up, and make the most of every opportunity!
  • Don't be afraid. Rice can be an intimidating place at first. You won't be the "smart kid" that you always were in high school because everyone here is exceptionally intelligent and hardworking. The cool thing is that once you are accepted, you can have full confidence that you belong here. For whatever reason, the Admissions decided that Rice needed a person like you, and they believed that you could handle the workload. So you should believe the same! Classes can be strenuous, but the work is manageable. You won't find the cutthroat competition at Rice that you find at other prestigious schools. So if you find that you need help, your fellow students are a great resource.
  • Professors, RAs, and masters are all on your side. Use them as connections; get to know them as friends. Make an effort to introduce yourself to your profs. Rice professors love that! And it will pay off later if you need an extension, hope for extra credit work, or want a letter of recommendation. Plus, it's amazing just to pick their brains. These people are brilliant in their areas of study, and they are excited to talk to you about your interests.
Did You Know?
For their first semester, freshmen are allowed to drop classes up until the very last day of the semester. All students have the option to take four classes pass/fail during their college careers (no more than one in a given semester). This allows students to complete those nasty distribution requirements while putting forth minimum effort and concentrating more on classes in their majors.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 36 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 36 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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