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Rice University is located on an urban campus in Houston's Museum District. According to U.S. News & World Report, Rice University is best known for its Business and Engineering schools. It is also home to the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, a highly-regarded nonpartisan think tank.

Key Facts


  • #17 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2024-25
  • #6 Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #5 Best Value Schools 
  • #25 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs 
  • #21 in Business Programs

Year founded

  • 1912

School type

  • Private

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 4247

Latest graduate enrolment

  • 4038

Student-faculty ratio

  • 6:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 9%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT between 1490 and 1570/  ACT between 34 and 35

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 4.12

International student population

  • 14%

Transfer GPA of Kings alumni

  • 4.0

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 36% 

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $63,900

Popular majors

  • Business, Engineering, Computer Science, Public Administration

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $54,100/ $15,000


About the university
  • Undergraduate schools include the George R. Brown School of Engineering, School of Humanities, The Shepard School of Music, Wiess School of Natural Sciences, School of Social Sciences
  • Student organizations include Impact Rice Retreat, Leadership Summit, Rice Program Council, Women LEAD, and many more
  • Rice has over 80 undergraduate majors
  • Graduate program: Choose from countless undergraduate programs from the eight different schools at Rice
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