Rice University (TX)

Rice University (TX)

Common Application 

Early Decision: Nov. 1, 2016

Regular Decision: Jan. 1, 2017

Essay Questions:

Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

l   Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please          share your story.

l   The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn             from the experience?

l   Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

l   Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal                         importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

l   Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Supplemental Essay Questions:


l   Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 word limit)

l   With the understanding that the choice of academic school you indicated is not binding, explain why you are applying to that particular school of study. (150 word limit)

l   If you have applied or expect to apply to other colleges or universities this year, please name them. (50 word limit)

l   How did you first learn about Rice University and what motivated you to apply? (250 word limit)

l   In keeping with Rice’s long-standing tradition (known as ‘The Box’), please share an image of something that appeals to you. To successfully upload your image, first paste it into a     Word document or .pdf file, then upload your document. A .pdf file under 500 KB in size will be accepted. See Help Section for more information.

l   The Committee on Admission is interested in getting to know each candidate as well as possible through the application process. The following essay question is designed to             demonstrate your writing skills and facilitate our full appreciation of your unique perspective. The quality of Rice's academic life and the Residential College System are heavily         influenced by the unique life experiences and cultural traditions each student brings. What personal perspective do you feel that you will contribute to life at Rice? (500 word limit)

Documents Required: 

  • $75 application fee or fee waiver
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official score report from the SAT or ACT
  • Official score report for 2 SAT Subject Test
  • School Report
  • Mid-Year Report
  • 1 Teacher Evaluation 
  • Electronic portfolio for applications to the School of Architecture.
  • Audition for applicants to the The shepherd School of Music
  • Personal interview - on or off campus (optional, but recommended) 

Other Information: 
Address: Rice University, 
               6100 Main Street, 
               Houston, TX 77005-1827, 

Phone: 713-348-7423 or 800-527-6957
Fax: 713-348-5323
Email: admi@rice.edu
Application Info: http://www.futureowls.rice.edu/futureowls/Freshman.asp?SnID=1087530577

SAT/TOEFL Code: 6609
ACT Code: 4152