Rice University

952 reviews
  1. Houston, TX
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Rice University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Conference USA
Address
6100 S Main
Houston, TX 77005
Website

Rice University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
15%
SAT Range
1390-1550
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$20,512/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,468/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,083/ year
  • $49-75k
    $11,537/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,683/ year
  • $110k+
    $32,042/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
6:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.67 responses
75%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.67 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.67 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,872Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 32 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    41%
  • Work hard, Play hard
    25%
  • Active
    6%
  • Nerdy
    6%
  • Overbearing
    6%
  • Stressed
    6%
  • Apathetic
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
98%
of students say they don't have Greek life.47 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.90 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Work Hard. Play slightly less hard.
    47%
  • Work hard, play hard
    25%
  • High-pressure
    14%
  • Wonderful
    11%
  • Work hard and enjoy it
    3%

After Rice University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
92%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses

Reviews

952 reviews
  • Excellent
    321
  • Very Good
    370
  • Average
    214
  • Poor
    31
  • Terrible
    16
Campus housing is great! We have 11 residential colleges and you are put into one for your entire time at Rice (you can petition to switch, but it isn't common- most people love their college). Everyone lives on campus their freshman year, and after than you can choose to live on or off campus. Depending on the residential college and their housing availability, you may get kicked off campus for a year, but all seniors are guaranteed housing and you can usually stay on campus if you really want to since enough people move off campus voluntarily. Every residential college has a different room set-up, but you'll end up living in a double (with one roommate) or single (alone), and your room could be in a suite (common room with several doubles or singles attached). There are very few complaints about housing- they do a great job of pairing you with a roommate freshman year, most doubles/suites have their own bathroom, housing & dining staff cleans the bathroom and takes out the trash, and rooms are very spacious & clean. I love Rice housing, but the required meal plan is kind of a pain. Students usually move off campus because the rent and food is cheaper.
  • College Sophomore
  • 12 months ago
Psychology program first-class – The Psychology Department is amazing! The professors are extremely approachable and great advisors. From research experience to applying to graduate school, the professors in the department have been a great asset. There are plenty of research opportunities in the department, and a lot of emphasis on independent study and collaboration. The professors really want you to pursue your interests and they help make connections and give you the resources to carry out projects that students want to do. If you want to do something with psychology and medicine, they help you make connections with the Texas Medical Center or collaborate with other departments. The curriculum is very flexible giving students an opportunity to explore different specialties within psychology. What attracted me was that there were so many courses offered in a wide variety of subcategories that I always found something that interested me. The knowledge I gained from these classes has helped me grow individually and challenged my intellect. It has given me a strong foundation in the field and has helped me secure jobs, internships, and scholarships. The faculty generally cares about their students and will do whatever they can to help you develop your academic interests. The classes are small and personal but moreover interactive which makes the learning environment one-of-a-kind.
  • College Sophomore
  • May 5 2011
Rice has a wonderful campus atmosphere! Most people live on campus for 3-4 years. Rice uses a college housing system similar to the house system in Harry Potter. You matriculate with a certain college and usually stay with the same college until you graduate. This system generates really friendly and close-knit college communities. Each college has a slightly different culture, government, dormitory style, and housing process.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Mar 3 2015