Rice University

Jan 4, 2011

Rice University, a private comprehensive research university, has a gorgeous 285-acre campus located in Houston’s Museum District and is frequently ranked in the top 10 of Princeton Review’s lists of colleges with the Best Quality of Life and the Best Value (~ $45,000 for tuition, fees, room and board).   The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across 7 nationally ranked schools and students may choose from more than 50 majors.

Rice Lovett Hall

Undergrad enrollment is 3,279, while graduate enrollment is 2,277.  22% of the 12,393 applicants in 2010 were admitted.  Admitted student mid 50% averages for SAT are 1420-1540 (critical reading and math), and 31-34 for ACT.  Nearly three-quarters of the admitted freshmen from high schools that rank are in the top 5%  of their graduating class. 173 are National Merit Finalists.

Rice fields 16 varsity teams at the D1A level and is best known for its strong baseball program.  Many students say that Rice’s Honor Code and its residential college system defines life at Rice.  All incoming freshmen are randomly assigned to one of 11 coed residential colleges and remain affiliated with that college throughout their time at Rice and beyond.  The university is located right next to the world’s largest medical complex, the Texas Medical Center, which has 49 medical institutions and employs over 20,000 physicians and scientists.  Rice and Baylor College of Medicine select 14 incoming freshmen each year to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree at Rice followed by a guaranteed admission to Baylor College of Medicine.