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Rice University: 2024 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

This is the go-to guide for getting into Rice University. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to Rice University, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown Rice University statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out Rice University on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to Rice University, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at Rice University

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    What Is Rice University’s Acceptance Rate?

    Last year Rice University’s acceptance rate was 15.959999999999999. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

    As you can see, Rice University is getting more and more difficult to get into. If this trend continue it’s likely that Rice University will be even more competitive by the time you apply.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into Rice University - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

    2016 2017 2018
    Acceptance Rate 15.0 % 16.0 % 15.96 %
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    Does Rice University Require Test Scores?

    Rice University requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how Rice University’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

    Rice University’s average SAT score is 1490 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether Rice University is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 720 800 760
    Reading 690 770 730
    2019 Total 1410 1570 1490
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Rice University’s average SAT score is 1490. To be a competitive applicant for Rice University your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 1410, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Rice University a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1570.

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    Main Academic Excellence that is in line with Rice University admission standards.

    1. Score at least a 1490 on the SAT or 100 on the ACT.
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    3. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.96.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with Rice University’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If Rice University values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
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    3. Volunteer in your hometown. Houston has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. Rice University wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Houston area in general.
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    5. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. Rice University needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

    Prepare Your Application

    1. Write a stellar essay that shows Rice University something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
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    3. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your Rice University app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
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    5. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that Rice University’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.