Rice university Admission Process

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Rice is named one of the nation’s top 20 universities in the 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s. Rice also ranked among the top 20 institutions on the U.S. News lists for best undergraduate biomedical engineering, in an urban environment on a 300-acre tree-lined campus, Rice University seizes its advantageous position to pursue path breaking research and create innovative collaboration opportunities that contribute to the betterment of our world.
The academic seal of Rice University was designed in 1912 by Pierre de Chaignon la Rose of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who combined the main elements of the arms of 16 prominent families bearing the names “Rice” or “Houston.” Owls of Athena-symbolic of wisdom-were chosen for the charges. The Athenian owls on the Rice seal were patterned after a design found on a small, silver tetradrachmenon coin dating from the middle of the fifth century B.C. And because Rice University was dedicated by its founder to the advancement of “letters, science and art,” these words also were incorporated into the seal.
As a leading and interdisciplinary research university, Rice is devoted to generating significant positive potential for society by championing the spirit of inquiry, imagination and individual action.

Rice University houses the following schools and faculties.

George R. Brown School of Engineering
Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business
School of Architecture
School of Humanities
School of Social Sciences
Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Rice university major and minor programs

Rice offers more than 50 undergraduate majors across seven divisions of study, including humanities, business, architecture, engineering, music, natural sciences and social sciences, with multiple opportunities for research and collaboration. Nearly one in every four students at Rice University is an international student. International students make up almost 25% of the degree-seeking student population.

Rice University is ranked No. 25 in Best Business Schools and No. 17 in Part-time MBA program.
Rice is noted for its applied science programs in the fields of artificial heart research, structural chemical analysis, signal processing, space science, and nanotechnology.

In 2010, it was ranked first in the world in materials science research by Times Higher Education (THE).
Every year, three major awards celebrate outstanding Rice alumni and friends of the university, including the Meritorious Service Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Gold Medal, the highest possible honor by the Association of Rice Alumni for service to the university.

Housing Services at Rice University combines Undergraduate Housing, Residential Dining, Graduate Apartments and Summer Conference services in one department.
Rice University ensures availability of Alberta Health Care to both international and domestic students who have a valid study permit and who are in Alberta for at least one year.

In education standard and curriculum, rice academics are generally very strong. The general distribution requirements are pretty flexible, if you want to focus on the challenging courses within your major, you can usually find “easy” classes that make the requirements less burdensome.

Candidate’s choice to right school comes down to several factors often, the biggest one is affordability. Rice believe that talent deserves opportunity. The brightest students shouldn’t just envision themselves, but also have confidence they can embrace the full Rice experience.

 Rice’s residential college system forms the heart of campus life. The colleges are small communities where students live, dine and interact with faculty mentors. Each college is a self-supporting unit with its own government, budget, intramural teams and faculty advisers.
Students are randomly assigned to one of their 11 coed colleges as freshmen and remain affiliated with that college throughout their time at Rice.

Rice university open enrollment, customized and specialty programs provide every student or candidate with the opportunity to take charge of her personal and professional development.

Rice university admission.

Rice takes a holistic, team-based approach to reviewing applications with the goal of enrolling a diverse class of the most talented students from across the country and around the world. Rice university value a diverse community of scholars, and its processes and policies are carefully designed to evaluate each applicant based on individual merits and potential to succeed at Rice

First-year domestic applicant.
First-year domestic applicants are those who will complete high school by the end of the current academic year and hold one of the following citizenship or residency statuses:
·         U.S. citizenship
·         Permanent Residency
·         DACA
·         Undocumented who do not hold DACA status but have resided in the U.S. for an extended period of time
·         Refugee/Asylee
Students enrolled in concurrent high school and college courses are considered first-year candidates.
Students who have elected to take time off from schooling between graduating from high school and enrolling in college are considered first-year candidates.
Completion of a high school diploma (or an equivalent) prior to enrollment is required for all new incoming students.
Application fees
Rice requires a $75 nonrefundable application fee. Students requesting an application fee waiver from Rice should respond to the fee waiver prompts provided in the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Those students participating in the QuestBridge program automatically qualify for application fee waivers from Rice. Please note: fee waivers are only available for domestic applicants.
Letter of recommendation.
Candidates must submit letters of recommendation from their counselor and two teachers.
Counselor Letter of Recommendation
The counselor letter of recommendation serves to highlight the accomplishments of a student within the context of their high school. The letter must come from an applicant’s assigned school counselor, college counselor, principal, or headmaster. Applicants will not be disadvantaged if their high school structure and counselor’s caseload does not allow students the opportunity to build a personal relationship with their counselor.
Teacher Letters of Recommendation
The two teacher recommendations serve to highlight the applicant’s academic strengths and contributions in the classroom. Both of these recommendations should be from teachers of core academic subjects, and ideally one recommendation would relate to the applicant’s intended area of study. Though not a requirement, we would prefer letters come from teachers who have taught the student for a full course.
Supplemental Letters of Recommendation
The required counselor recommendation and two teacher recommendations provide the Admission Committee with all the information we need to make an informed admission decision. However, if someone has unique and personal knowledge about an applicant’s accomplishments or talents, the applicant may have that individual submit a supplemental recommendation. For example, this could include an employer, supervisor, coach, mentor, or another teacher. Supplemental recommendations must include the applicant’s full name, date of birth, or applicant ID and should be submitted through the application platform or to riceapps@rice.edu.

Interview
Rice recommend an interview for first-year applicants, though they are optional and not guaranteed. Interviews are a great way to communicate your knowledge about Rice and an excellent opportunity to showcase academic and personal successes while learning more about the campus experience. An inability to schedule an interview will not negatively impact your application.
Due to Covid-19, all interviews for the 2021 – 2022 application cycle will be conducted virtually. A trained alumnus or current Rice University senior will virtually meet with you to learn more about your accomplishments and academic interests and to answer your questions about studying at Rice.
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Application status
You will be notified via email how to access your Rice Admission Student Portal which is designed to assist you in tracking our receipt of your application materials and to communicate your final admission decision. The only valid notification of an admission decision is a formal communication from the Rice University Office for Enrollment. Rice reserve the right to close your application if you are admitted under a binding Early Decision plan at another institution.
Domestic student apply here

First year international applicant
First-year international applicants are foreign nationals who will complete high school by the end of the current academic year. Foreign nationals are students living outside the U.S. or living in the U.S. who hold, or intend to hold, a valid F-1, J-1, H-1, H-4 etc. visa/status, as well as those pending Permanent Residency status. Rice’s international student designation is based on residency or citizenship status rather than where a student lives and studies.
Students who have elected to take time off from schooling between graduating from high school and enrolling in college are considered first-year applicants.
Completion of a high school diploma (or an equivalent) prior to enrollment is required for all new incoming students

Application fees for international students.
Rice requires a $75 nonrefundable application fee. International applicants are not eligible to request an application fee waiver.

Letter of recommendation for international students.
Candidates must submit letters of recommendation from their counselor and two teachers.
Counselor Letter of Recommendation
The counselor letter of recommendation serves to highlight the accomplishments of a student within the context of their high school. The letter must come from an applicant’s assigned school counselor, college counselor, principal, or headmaster. Applicants will not be disadvantaged if their high school structure and counselor’s caseload does not allow students the opportunity to build a personal relationship with their counselor.
If an applicant’s school does not have school counselors, another school official or educator can submit the School Report and Counselor Recommendation on the applicant’s behalf.
Teacher Letters of Recommendation
The two teacher recommendations serve to highlight the applicant’s academic strengths and contributions in the classroom. Both of these recommendations should be from teachers of core academic subjects, and ideally one recommendation would relate to the applicant’s intended area of study. Though not a requirement, we would prefer letters come from teachers who have taught the student for a full course.
Supplemental Letters of Recommendation
The required counselor recommendation and two teacher recommendations provide the Admission Committee with all the information we need to make an informed admission decision. However, if someone has unique and personal knowledge about an applicant’s accomplishments or talents, the applicant may have that individual submit a supplemental recommendation. For example, this could include an employer, supervisor, coach, mentor, or another teacher. Supplemental recommendations must include the applicant’s full name, date of birth, or applicant ID and should be submitted through the application platform or to riceapps@rice.edu.

Interview for international students.
We recommend an interview for first-year applicants, though they are optional and not guaranteed. Interviews are a great way to communicate your knowledge about Rice and an excellent opportunity to showcase academic and personal successes while learning more about the campus experience. An inability to schedule an interview will not negatively impact your application.
Due to Covid-19, all interviews for the 2021- 2022 application cycle will be conducted virtually.
A trained alumnus or current Rice University senior will virtually meet with you to learn more about your accomplishments and academic interests and to answer your questions about studying at Rice.

Application status
You will be notified via email how to access your Rice Admission Student Portal, which is designed to assist you in tracking our receipt of your application materials and to communicate your final admission decision. The only valid notification of an admission decision is a formal communication from the Rice University Office of Enrollment. We reserve the right to close your application if you are admitted under a binding Early Decision plan at another institution.

English language proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency in one of two ways:
1. Completing at least two years of full-time study in an English language curriculum prior to submitting an application.
2. Submitting one of the following official test scores.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)*
100 (Internet-based test)
75 (Paper-delivered test)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
7
Duolingo
120
To be considered official, all scores must be sent directly from the testing organization. Rice’s TOEFL code is 6609.
*TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition will be accepted and TOEFL ITP PLUS will not be accepted.
 
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