Rice University

958 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

958 reviews
  • Excellent
    326
  • Very Good
    371
  • 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
  • Dec 21 2015
As a senior graduating this May, I could not be more satisfied with my experience at Rice. The small student population and the residential college system create a close-knit, family-like atmosphere, but because most students live on campus you still have the chance to meet new and interesting people every day. Overall, I would describe Rice as open-minded, quirky, competitive, supportive, intellectually stimulating, and fun. Due to its size, social structure, and focus on the undergraduate experience, Rice has many of the advantages of liberal arts colleges, but with the added benefits that come with its status as a top research university with resources and opportunities of much larger schools.
  • Senior
  • 3 months ago
Socially, the residential colleges were co-ed frats through which I made lots of friends that I will keep for the rest of my life. The new dorms were nice, spacious, and food was decent.

Classes were intense and workload was heavy, and since pre-meds are everywhere, grade deflation may be practiced at times in some classes, which hurts a bit. Professors were mixed - some were amazing teachers, while others were clearly research-first and didn't know students by name even in <20-person classes. However, the latter were also people I learned a lot with when I started working in labs, so I think it made up for it (small student-to-faculty ratios ensured that anybody who wanted to work in a lab typically got to do it).

Athletics events were a bit quiet, but I still liked to go to them to support our teams; it's just unfortunate that the student body isn't overall into this, so crowds at games other than baseball tend to be small. Our terrible conference affiliation does not help either.
  • Alum
  • 1 month ago