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Rice University: Narrative Description


6100 Main St.
PO Box 1892 Houston, TX 77251-1892
Tel: (713)348-0000
Free: 800-527-OWLS
Admissions: (713)348-RICE
Fax: (713)348-5323
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1912. Setting: 300-acre urban campus. Endowment: $3.3 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $56.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $30,963 per student. Total enrollment: 4,973. Faculty: 675 (545 full-time, 130 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 5:1. 8,106 applied, 22% were admitted. 86% from top 10% of their high school class, 95% from top quarter, 99% from top half. 192 National Merit Scholars, 17 class presidents, 94 valedictorians, 164 student government officers. Full-time: 2,915 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 110 students, 44% women, 56% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 29 other countries, 47% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 7% black, 15% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 1% 25 or older, 71% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 96% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies; biological/life sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, portfolio required for architecture students; audition required for music students, SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/10, 11/1 for early decision, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision, 2/10 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $29,586 includes full-time tuition ($20,350), mandatory fees ($856), and college room and board ($8380). College room only: $5200. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 204 open to all. Most popular organizations: Drama Club, volunteer program, intramural sports, college government, Marching Owl Band. Major annual events: Beer-Bike Relay Race, campus-wide formals, Homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 76 college housing spaces available; 71 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Fondren Library with 2.4 million books, 3.1 million microform titles, 16,013 serials, 48,385 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $20.9 million. 523 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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