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Rice University Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Rice University? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 2,865 out of 17,951 applicants or 16% were admitted making Rice University a very competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. Only 34% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 8,586 9,365 17,951
Accepted 1,352 1,513 2,865
Acceptance Rate 16% 16% 16%
Enrolled 456 513 969
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 34% 34% 34%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Rice University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Rice University regularly accepts students with ACTs of 32 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. 58 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rice University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1450 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1390. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 72 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1450 1570
SAT Reading 720 780
SAT Math 740 800
ACT Composite 32 35
ACT English 33 35
ACT Math 31 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >28%
33 to 35 Avg + 16%-28%
32 to 33 Avg - 12%-16%
31 to 32 Reach 9%-12%
Less than 31 Low <9%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1570 and Above Good >24%
1510 to 1570 Avg + 16%-24%
1450 to 1510 Avg - 10%-16%
1390 to 1450 Reach 6%-10%
Less than 1390 Low <6%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Rice University has not reported high school GPA data for its freshman class at this time.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Rice University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=227757 IPEDS survey data for Rice University.



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