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Rice University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Aishwarya Bhatnagar Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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Rice University has been consistently ranked #1 among public universities in the US. Rice University witnessed a fall in the acceptance rate, which came down to 11% for the recent 2018 admissions. This, in turn, indicates that the University has been selective in offering admissions to students.

  • Applications for both international UG and PG students begin around the first week of November.
  • They usually receive a decision within 4 – 6 weeks, post submission of application.
  • UG students can apply through My UC Application Portal.
  • Deadlines, applications and, academic requirements vary for Graduate programs.
  • The admission session usually begins during the Fall/Spring season for most of the courses.


Application PortalUG: Common/Coalition Application Portal
PG: Varies with every school
Application FeeUG: 75 USD
PG: 85 USD – 200 USD
Acceptance Rate11%
Graduation Rate91.5%
Mode of PaymentVisa/MasterCard Credit Card
SAT Score (middle 50%)1460 – 1550
ACT Score (middle 50%)33 – 35
International Application DeadlinesUG: November 1, 2018
PG: Varies with every course
Academic CalendarSemester
Intake SeasonsFall, Spring
Interview RequirementsRequired for MBA
Work ExperienceRecommended- International MBA aspirants

Rice University Admission Deadlines

The admission process at Rice University begins either during the Fall or Spring season. The following table indicates the deadlines for international students, for application submission:

Early ActionNovember 1, 2018
Regular DecisionJanuary 1, 2019
MBA ApplicationsRound 1 – October 15, 2018
Round 2 – January 5, 2019
Round 3 – April 5, 2019
MS ApplicationsDecember 15, 2018
MA ApplicationsEarly Action - February 1, 2019
Regular Decision - April 30, 2019
Transfer StudentsSession I - February 29, 2019
Session II - April 29, 2019
Session III - May 13, 2019
Session IV - May 20, 2019
Session V - June 10, 2019
Session VI - June 17, 2019

Rice University Language Requirements

International students must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing scores of any one of the following tests given below, to be eligible for admissions at Rice University:

English TestMinimum Scores Required
TOEFL (Paper Delivered Test)75
IELTS Academic7.0

Rice University International Undergraduate Admission

With around 80 majors at the undergraduate level, the international students can apply through either of the 2 portals at Rice.

Application Portal: Common Application, Coalition Application

Application Fee: 75 USD

Academic Requirements for International Students: Applicants must submit either ACT or SAT score along with the application. These scores are valid for a period of 5 years. The average scores required are:

  • Average ACT: 32 – 35
  • Average SAT Score:
    • Reading and Writing: 690 – 770
    • Math: 720 – 800

Supporting Documents: Official high school transcripts, school report (counsellor recommendation), 2 teacher recommendations, transcript evaluation and SOP.

Rice University MBA Admissions

Application Portal: Jones Graduate School of Business Application Portal

Academic Requirements for International Students: GMAT/GRE

Supporting Documents: Unofficial (scanned) transcripts, unofficial GRE/GMAT test taker copy (pdf), professional resume, professional LORs and essays.

  • It is also recommended to have some professional experience.

  • There is also an interview on an invitation basis for applicants. Students must avail the offer if extended.

Rice University MS Chemical Engineering (CE) Admissions

Application Portal: Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Graduate Application Portal

Application Fee: 85 USD

Academic Requirements for International Students: GRE, TOEFL/IELTS are required.

Supporting Documents: LORs, resume/CV, SOP, transcripts and year wise transcripts (for international students).

Rice University MA Energy Economics (EECOM) Admissions

Application Portal: Social Science Graduate Application Portal

Application Fee: 80 USD

Academic Requirements for International Students: GRE/GMAT recommended but not required.

Supporting Documents: Professional resume, SOP, 3 LORs and official transcripts from all educational institutions.

Rice University Transfer Students Admissions

At Rice University, students are selected for admissions on the basis of their academic excellence, essays, on time application submission and test scores.

How to apply: Common/Coalition Application

Application Fee: 75 USD

Academic Requirements for International Students: The international students must submit TOEFL/IELTS scores.

Supporting Documents: Official college transcripts (translated if not in English), financial statement, essays and 2 LORs from college evaluators.

Rice University Summer Sessions Admission

With more than 140 study options are offered to students. Rice University admits only those international students who are either in high school or are Rice University future aspirant.

How to apply: Rice University Office of the Registrar

Academic Requirements for International Students: The international students must submit TOEFL/IELTS/iTEP scores.

Supporting Documents: Health insurance proof, for full-time enrollment an F-1 or a J-1 Visa, etc.

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