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Rice University

World Rankings

  • QS World University Ranking (2015–16) 129
  • THE World University Ranking (2015–16) 69


  • William Marsh Rice University, formerly the Rice Institute, and commonly called Rice, was chartered in 1891 as a gift to Houston by William Marsh Rice.
  • It opened in 1912 and is a privately-funded research university with an excellent record for scholarship.
  • It was coeducational from the beginning and has a centralised admissions system, with students not required to declare a major during their first year.

Location and Transport

  • Rice University is centrally located on Main Street, Houston, Texas.
  • The campus is 295 acres and is served by a shuttle bus.
  • Most people get around Houston by car and there is ample parking on campus. There is also an undergraduate shuttle bus to the shopping centre.
  • The shuttle from the international airport costs around £19.50 and a taxi costs around £32 and takes 45 minutes.
  • The nearest local airport is Hobby Airport, a 25 minutes drive from the campus.

Entry Standards

  • Students are expected to have completed the secondary education that will best prepare them and supply their grades.
  • They are expected to have proficiency in English and have studied maths, a foreign language, laboratory science and social science. 
  • Entry is via the Common Application (online), with a Rice Supplement.
  • Applicants should also submit their SAT test or ACT with wiriting, two letters of recommendation and a $75 application fee.

Student Mix

  • Rice has a student:faculty ratio of 5:1.
  • Roughly half of undergraduates are women.
  • Roughly a tenth of undergraduates are international.
  • Last year, 16% of applicants were successful.

Notable Alumni

  • Larry McMurty, novelist.
  • Eva Hoffman, novelist.
  • Howard Hughes, philanthropist and entrepreneur.
  • Nine NASA astronauts.
  • Robert Floyd Curl, Jr., Nobel laureate in Chemistry.

For further information

  • +1 713 348 7423
  • Rice University
    6100 Main
    Texas 77005-1892

Content was accurate at the time of compilation. We have added a ranking(s) by a recognised organisation(s). Rankings of non-UK universities by third party organisations are provided for information and reference but are not the rankings of the Complete University Guide. You can read the methodologies here: QS World University Rankings, THE World University Rankings, FT Global MBA Ranking, The Economist Which MBA?, Forbes Best US and European Rankings.

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