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Rice University

Your Combined ACT:
SAT Math + Verbal:
Your Chances at RU
(on ACT score alone)
Your Chances at RU
(on SAT score alone)
Men
Women
# Applicants
7,050
6,766
# Admitted
1,290
1,310
% Admitted
18.3%
19.4%
% Overall
18.8%
May 13 2014Language - French/Spanish/etc.
Top 1% and lots of extracurricular activities.
SAT: 2260 Male
Feb 12 2014Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
Reasonably high SAT scores. High GPA. They invited me to visit when, at the time, I wasn't considering Rice in the slightest, and while most of the fellow prospective students were involved in some sort of research camp or program, I literally only had my SAT scores and P2P trip from middle school to show for my successes.
Rice is not an entirely superficial entity but I would say that the generic "community is important" emphasis definitely plays into (or should play into) your admission so I would try to rack up some impressive or unique volunteer/community involvement positions but make sure they connect with your values in truth. This also helps with your essays, too. Since the residential college system is one of the key things Rice chooses to focus on, family/community value is significant.
If you can manage to get anything that is even close to research experience, I would assume they will love you since people there treat research like the holy grail.
SAT: 2220 Female
Dec 21 2011Sociology
strong SAT scores, and an essay explaining how you will give back to the community (Rice is big on giving rather than just taking).
ACT: 34 SAT: 2380 Female
Dec 25 2010Architecture
Express interest and enthusiasm
ACT: 33 Male
Jul 28 2010Religion/Religious
I maintained a pretty high GPA throughout high school and did well on the SAT (which is good for any college), but I also made sure to cultivate my extra-curricular activities and interests. Rice really emphasizes being well-rounded and involved, so if you want to both get in and enjoy it while you're there having interests outside of your career goals or academic plans is a definite plus. I also took the time to be interviewed. While this doesn't make-up for things like a bad SAT score, etc. having an interview is a good indicator that you're highly interested in any school and that you're actively pursuing getting in. This tends to get you some extra attention when they're viewing your application or at least allow them (and you) to verify whether or not Rice is a good fit.
SAT: 2180 Female
Jul 03 2010Mechanical Engineering
Good grades. Don't need much else to get in.
ACT: 32 SAT: 1470 Female
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