Rice University

Private, Four-years School Located in Houston, TX

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How much is the Rice tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Rice's tuition & fees is $58,128.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $77,278 when a student lives on-campus.

Rice Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$58,128
Books & Supplies Costs$1,350
On-campus Room & Board$15,000
On-campus Expenses$2,800
Off-campus Room & Board$15,000
Off-campus Expenses$2,800
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$54,960

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Rice for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $268,006 at Rice. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $341,778. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $116,051.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$61,479$79,532$27,752
Sophomore (2024-25)$65,022$83,333$28,568
Junior (2025-26)$68,770$87,342$29,420
Senior (2026-27)$72,734$91,571$30,310
4 Years Total$268,006$341,778$116,051
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$65,022$83,333$28,568
Sophomore (2025-26)$68,770$87,342$29,420
Junior (2026-27)$72,734$91,571$30,310
Senior (2027-28)$76,927$96,031$31,240
4 Years Total$283,454$358,277$119,539
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$68,770$87,342$29,420
Sophomore (2026-27)$72,734$91,571$30,310
Junior (2027-28)$76,927$96,031$31,240
Senior (2028-29)$81,361$100,738$32,212
4 Years Total$299,793$375,682$123,183
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$72,734$91,571$30,310
Sophomore (2027-28)$76,927$96,031$31,240
Junior (2028-29)$81,361$100,738$32,212
Senior (2029-30)$86,051$105,704$33,228
4 Years Total$317,074$394,043$126,990
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$76,927$96,031$31,240
Sophomore (2028-29)$81,361$100,738$32,212
Junior (2029-30)$86,051$105,704$33,228
Senior (2030-31)$91,011$110,944$34,290
4 Years Total$335,350$413,417$130,969

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Rice' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,875. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Texas, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $17,817.
In-StateOut-of-State
Rice University$58,128
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,570
Public Schools$7,197$12,949
Private Schools$20,875
Texas Four-years Colleges$16,805
Public Schools$6,593$13,458
Private Schools$17,817

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Rice and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationUndergraduateGraduate
Rice UniversityHouston, TX$58,128$54,462
Northwestern UniversityEvanston, IL$65,997$53,871
Vanderbilt UniversityNashville, TN$63,946$56,128
Brown UniversityProvidence, RI$68,230$67,006
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, PA$63,829$49,450
Georgetown UniversityWashington, DC$65,081$59,306
Cornell UniversityIthaca, NY$66,014$30,085

Financial Aid and COA

At Rice University, 2,692 students (63%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $48,958.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Rice is $28,320 for students living on-campus and $28,320 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 812 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $51,955 and the average amount of student loans is $10,818.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$77,278
COA (off-campus)$77,278
Tuition & Fees$58,128
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$19,150
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$19,150
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$28,320
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$28,320
Average Financial Aid$48,958
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship2,69263%$48,958
Pell Grants70617%$5,273
Federal Student Loan2797%$5,738
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid81267%-
Grants or Scholarships68756%$51,955
Federal Grants56246%$2,746
Pell Grants21217%$5,362
Other Federal Grants55846%$728
State/Local Grants877%$4,286
Institutional Grants68056%$49,672
Student Loan Aid948%$10,818
Federal Student Loans847%$4,897
Other Student Loans212%$28,838

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Rice's acceptance rate is 9.48%. A total of 29,544 applicants applied to and 2,802 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 1,226 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 43.75%.
To apply to Rice, 4 items are required - Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program, Recommendations and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants29,54414,761$14,783
Admitted2,8021,355$1,447
Enrolled1,226596$630
Acceptance Rate9.48%9.18%9.79%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)43.75%43.99%43.54%
Secondary school GPAConsidered But Not Required
Secondary school rankConsidered But Not Required
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsRequired
Formal demonstration of competenciesConsidered But Not Required
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to Rice. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,530 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 35.
Its SAT score is much higher than the national average score of 1,174. The ACT score is much higher than the national average score of 25.
Average25th75th
SAT Total1,5301,4901,570
National Average1,174
Texas Average1,108
SAT EBRW745720770
SAT Math785770800
ACT Composite353435
National Average25
Texas Average23
ACT Math343235
ACT English363536

Student Population

Rice University has a total of 8,672 students including 4,494 undergraduate and 4,178 graduate students. By gender, there are 4,767 male students and 3,518 female students attending Rice. The school offers online degree programs and 498 students enrolled online exclusively (5.74% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total8,285 4,7673,518
Undergraduate4,247 2,1872,060
Graduate4,038 2,5801,458

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address6100 S Main St, Houston, TX
Phone713-348-0000
WEBwww.rice.edu/
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered162 Programs
Graduate Program Offered94 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate8.00%
Yield46.00%
Student Population8,672
Graduation Rate93%
Retention Rate98%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate6 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties698 (Full-time), 149 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs3,323 (Full-time), 220 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$150,288
Average Staff Salary$74,170