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IPEDS ID: 227757
OPE ID: 00360400
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Rice University
6100 S Main St, Houston, Texas 77005-1827
General information:  (713) 348-0000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  6,855 (3,893 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  6 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate courses offered, programs not offered
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2016Full timePart time
Total faculty685180
Research and public service140
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees$40,566$42,253$43,918$45,6083.8%
Books and supplies$800$800$800$1,20050.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$13,400$13,650$13,750$13,8500.7%
Off Campus
Room and board$13,400$13,650$13,750$13,8500.7%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
On Campus$56,316$58,253$60,518$63,1584.4%
Off Campus$56,316$58,253$60,518$63,1584.4%
Off Campus with Family$42,916$44,603$46,768$49,3085.4%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2017-2018
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2016-2017
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid167069%————
Grant or scholarship aid57759%$20,995,445$36,387
Federal grants13814%$667,901$4,840
Pell grants13814%$583,901$4,231
Other federal grants283%$84,000$3,000
State/local government grant or scholarships12513%$443,730$3,550
Institutional grants or scholarships57459%$19,883,814$34,641
Student loan aid18119%$1,513,954$8,364
Federal student loans16917%$734,241$4,345
Other student loans424%$779,713$18,565
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,39061%$78,617,934$32,895
Pell grants52714%$2,172,679$4,123
Federal student loans64216%$3,293,223$5,130
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$22,462$22,061$24,131
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2014-20152015-20162016-2017
$0 – $30,000$7,159$5,398$7,206
$30,001 – $48,000$6,089$6,293$6,989
$48,001 – $75,000$9,987$10,080$9,595
$75,001 – $110,000$22,734$22,435$23,017
$110,001 and more$38,860$38,701$38,940
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2016
Total enrollment6,855
Undergraduate enrollment3,893
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment36
Graduate enrollment2,962
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 99%
Part-time: 1%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 52%
Female: 48%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 24%
Black or African American: 7%
Hispanic/Latino: 14%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 37%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 12%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 99%
25 and over: 1%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 43%
Out-of-state: 45%
Foreign countries: 13%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2015.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 92%
Part-time: 8%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: -1%
Enrolled in some distance education: -1%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2017-2018): $75
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2017
Number of applicants18,0639,3718,692
Percent admitted16%15%16%
Percent admitted who enrolled37%38%36%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2017 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing730780
SAT Math760800
ACT Composite3335
ACT English3335
ACT Math3135
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 96%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 and Returned in Fall 2016
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 95 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2016.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 91%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 80%
6-year: 91%
8-year: 91%
[Began in Fall 2011]
4-year: 83%
6-year: 91%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2009 or Fall 2011
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 88%
Female: 95%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 95%
Black or African American: 88%
Hispanic/Latino: 92%
White: 92%
Two or more races: 86%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 100%
Non-resident alien: 86%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures provide the 6-year and 8-year award-completion rates after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, subsequently transferred out of the institution, or status unknown. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
Award and enrollment rate:
Received award in 6 years: 91%
Received award in 8 years: 92%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 5%
Received award in 6 years: 89%
Received award in 8 years: 89%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 3%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 5%
  • Institution did not enroll part-time entering undergraduates.
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Architecture and Related Services
Category total40200
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization4--
Latin American Studies0--
Women's Studies2--
Category total6--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General17--
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology2500
Category total108312
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General03315
Category total03595
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General84388
Category total84388
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-0-
Secondary Education and Teaching-10-
Category total-10-
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering-1-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering402017
Chemical Engineering671814
Civil Engineering, General2135
Electrical and Electronics Engineering393911
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics-75
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering055
Mechanical Engineering66170
Category total23311057
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Category total71215
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General2576
Category total2576
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General1--
French Language and Literature501
German Language and Literature0--
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other0--
Spanish Language and Literature00-
Category total925
History, General1497
Category total1497
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-8-
Category total-8-
Mathematics and Statistics
Computational and Applied Mathematics15810
Mathematics, General1036
Statistics, General31317
Category total564223
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences-00
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology1--
Cognitive Science51--
Medieval and Renaissance Studies1--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other0--
Systems Science and Theory-8-
Category total5380
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science0--
Environmental Studies-6-
Category total06-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Kinesiology and Exercise Science61--
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management32--
Category total93--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies4106
Category total91611
Physical Sciences
Atomic/Molecular Physics-1-
Chemical Physics0--
Chemistry, General242319
Geology/Earth Science, General7206
Physics, General51617
Physics, Other-53
Category total396545
Psychology, General4145
Category total4145
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Health Policy Analysis-0-
Public Policy Analysis, General1--
Category total10-
Social Sciences
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics42--
Economics, General5734
Economics, Other-23-
International Relations and Affairs-12-
Political Science and Government, General3332
Category total1575110
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation122
Brass Instruments08-
Keyboard Instruments692
Music History, Literature, and Theory0--
Music Theory and Composition132
Music, General100
Musicology and Ethnomusicology-2-
Percussion Instruments02-
Stringed Instruments13320
Visual and Performing Arts, General9--
Voice and Opera112-
Woodwind Instruments190
Category total33796
Grand total1,008849215
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 27
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 54
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $29,946
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $30,697
2016-2017 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-FBSMenWomen
All Track Combined90102
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges(!)7/1/1914 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations010
Liquor law violations610
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations010
Liquor law violations010
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape000
Aggravated assault201
Motor vehicle theft422
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201420132012
Default rate0.5%0.3%1.7%
Number in default329
Number in repayment515559529
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)