Rice University

Rice University

Rice University is a private research university located in Houston, Texas. It was established in 1912 as The William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Letters, Science and Art. The campus is spread across an area of 285 acres. The university offers more than 35 undergraduate degree programs, over 50 masters programs and over 25 doctoral programs. It is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • George R. Brown School of Engineering
  • Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Social Sciences
  • Shepherd School of Music
  • Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
  • Wiess School of Natural Sciences

Rice competes in the NCAA Division I and is part of Conference USA and the Western Athletic Conference. Its sports teams are nicknamed the Rice Owls.

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Contacting Rice University

Rice University
6100 S Main
Houston , TX 77005-1827
General Phone: (713) 348-0000

Rice University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts337Asian studies, women's studies, linguistics, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, liberal arts and sciences, ...
Engineering248biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering
Science247biology, biochemistry, ecology, astronomy, astrophysics, chemistry, chemical physics, geology, physics, ...
Business and Management240business management
Therapy and Counseling78cognitive science, psychology
Mathematics64mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Architecture and Planning63architecture
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy49exercise science
Religion and Philosophy32philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering29computer and info science
Art Studies5visual and performing arts, art studies
Education and Teaching4secondary teaching
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental studies
Family and Social Work0public policy analysis

Number of programs and degrees for Rice University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree51236
Bachelor's degree79247
Post-master's certificate01
Doctor's degree18628

Rice University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Rice University had a total enrollment of 5,161 students (5,685 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 59%
Graduate 41%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 49%
Black 6%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 15%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 15%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 26%
20-21 26%
22-24 15%
25-29 19%
30-34 7%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)7%
New York3%
State unknown2%
New Jersey2%

Rice University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 97 %

Rice University Room and Board (2007)

Rice University offers campus housing for 2,080 of its 5,685 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Houston, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Rice University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal650750
SAT Math670780
SAT Writing640750
ACT Composite3034

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT97%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT36%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Rice University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 30,486
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 30,486
Room and board $ 10,750
Room charge $ 7,150
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,600
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,550

Financial Aid:
Rice University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 360400)

Rice University Faculty

Rice University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track8643
Non-tenured and not on tenure track5357

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year216$147,20341$143,379
Associate professoracademic year71$104,23239$104,444
Assistant professoracademic year84$90,49642$81,100
Instructoracademic year10$54,7738$53,625
Lectureracademic year33$59,95240$58,113
No academic rankacademic year8$84,0776$51,782
All faculty totalacademic year422$118,475176$93,308

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Rice University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Conference USA
Basketball Conference USA
Baseball Conference USA
Track Conference USA

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports186482

Rice University Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Education And Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Policy Analysis

Liberal Arts
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies & Archaeology
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Atomic/Molecular Physics
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemical Physics
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Physics, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Cognitive Science
Psychology, General

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