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Rice 101 2012–2013

Areas of Study School of Architecture: Architecture Architectural Studies George R. Brown School of Engineering: Bioengineering Chemical Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering Computational and Applied Mathematics* Computer Science Electrical and Computer Engineering Materials Science Mechanical Engineering Statistics* School of Humanities: Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations Art History Asian Studies Classical Studies English French Studies German Studies Hispanic Studies History Kinesiology Linguistics Medieval Studies Philosophy Religious Studies Secondary Education Certification Sport Management Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality Visual and Dramatic Arts The Shepherd School of Music: Composition Music History Music Theory Performance

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS Rice University is a comprehensive research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees across seven schools. Undergraduates enjoy flexible distribution requirements and may choose from more than 50 majors. Our students have unparalleled opportunities to learn from distinguished faculty through classroom interaction as well as research collaboration. The student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1 and our median class size is 13. Eighty-eight percent of courses are taught by Rice professors, not teaching assistants. The Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program promotes the education of students who are scientifically competent, compassionate and socially conscious. Rice and Baylor College of Medicine select up to 14 incoming freshmen each year to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree at Rice, followed by guaranteed admission to Baylor College of Medicine.

Wiess School of Natural Sciences: Astronomy Astrophysics Biochemistry and Cell Biology* Biological Sciences Chemical Physics Chemistry Earth Science Ecology and Evolutionary Biology* Environmental Science Mathematics* Physics School of Social Sciences: Anthropology* Cognitive Sciences Economics Managerial Studies Mathematical Economic Analysis Policy Studies Political Science Psychology Sociology* *This area of study is also available as a minor. Additional Minors: African Studies Business Energy and Water Sustainability Financial Computation and Modeling Global Health Technologies Jewish Studies Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities Preprofessional Programs: Prebusiness, Prelaw, Premedicine

Research and Experiential Learning

Education at the cutting Edge Rice provides access to research for all undergraduate students. The university has more than 40 interdisciplinary centers, institutes and consortia, promoting discovery for students and faculty alike. • The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, one of the leading nonpartisan public policy think tanks in the country, conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues. The Baker Institute sponsors student internships, including placements with Congress, the American Civil Liberties Union, the State Department and the Council of Economic Advisers. • The Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology allows students and faculty to collaborate on projects in nanoscience, nanoengineering and nanotechnology. • The Humanities Research Center fosters interdisciplinary research across humanities and culturally oriented social sciences, bringing 80–100 guest scholars to campus each year. • The BioScience Research Collaborative brings together the best minds at Rice and the neighboring Texas Medical Center to research issues in biosciences and biotechnology. • The Center for Civic Engagement encourages students to work with Houston-based companies and community organizations to address real-world problems.

A FOCUS ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH • Century Scholars, selected during the freshman admission process, receive both a merit-based award and a faculty mentor to guide them in a research project during their first two years at Rice. • The Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program, for juniors and seniors considering an academic career, provides an honors research program that includes a one-year, facultysupervised research project, often resulting in a presentation at a professional conference or publication in a scholarly journal. • The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) is a state-of-the-art facility in which students design solutions for real-world problems that impact all disciplines — the arts, medicine, engineering, architecture and business.

STUDY ABROAD Through Rice’s Office of International Programs, Rice students are able to pursue rigorous courses of study, experience scholastically focused field research and access service learning opportunities at select universities abroad. Rice has partnerships with approximately 150 top programs in 68 countries, and students may choose to study abroad for a summer, a semester or a year. Recipients of need-based and merit aid may use those funds to study abroad. Additionally, the Office of International Programs offers a number of scholarships for international study. For more information, visit

Student LIFE

GOOD COMPANY Students at Rice share the pride of attending one of the country’s most prominent, comprehensive research universities. For three years, Rice has been ranked No. 1 for “best quality of life” by the Princeton Review. Bringing together artists, mathematicians, activists and scientists, the Rice student body represents states across the U.S. and 42 countries. Forty-eight percent are students of color and 10 percent are international students. • Undergraduate enrollment: 3,708 • Graduate enrollment: 2,374 • Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 6-to-1

• Median class size: 13 • Gender (male/female): 52% / 48% • Graduation rate: 92%

Residential Colleges 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 selfsupporting unit with its own government, budget, intramural teams and faculty advisors. Students are randomly assigned to one of our 11 coed colleges as freshmen and remain affiliated with that college throughout their time at Rice. LIVING IN HOUSTON Our 285-acre campus is located three miles from downtown Houston. The nation’s fourth-largest city, Houston is home to 6.1 million people, 22 Fortune 500 company headquarters, the world’s largest medical center, more than 90 foreign consulates and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The city also is known as the energy capital of the world. Our students enjoy a broad array of cultural activities for both education and entertainment. The Museum District is one of the largest cultural areas in the country, and Houston is home to the world-renowned Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony and Alley Theatre.

Rice’s Passport to Houston gives students a ticket to the city. The program provides free, unlimited use of the Houston bus and METRORail systems and free or discounted admission to a number of cultural venues. The light rail stops directly in front of campus, connecting students to the theater district, professional sports venues, parks, restaurants and shopping.

On Campus On-campus activities include nearly 200 clubs and organizations. These academic, social, athletic, cultural and volunteer groups are just some of the ways to get involved at Rice. Arts and Communications Campanile Orchestra George R. Brown Forensics Society Houston Concert Band Jazz Ensemble Rice Radio Light Opera Society Marching Owl Band Melodious Voices of Praise Philharmonics (a cappella group) R2 (literary and visual arts magazine) Rice Broadcast Television Rice Chorale Rice Dance Theatre Rice Players Rice Thresher (newspaper) Spontaneous Combustion (improv group) Political and Social Groups Amnesty International Black Student Association Chinese Student Association College Republicans Engineers Without Borders Habitat for Humanity Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment Korean Student Association Native American Student Association Owls for Israel Q&A (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) Rice for Choice Rice for Life Rice Program Council South Asian Society Student Admission Council Student Association Student Volunteer Program Taiwanese Association Vietnamese Student Association Young Democrats NCAA Division I Sports/Conference USA Men: Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Tennis Track and Field

Women: Basketball Cross Country Soccer Swimming Tennis Track and Field Volleyball

Club Sports Badminton Baseball Basketball Crew

Cricket Equestrian Fencing Judo/jiu-jitsu

Karate Lacrosse Powderpuff Rugby

Sailing Shooting Soccer Tennis

Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball Water Polo Wrestling

Intramural Sports Badminton Basketball Billiards Cross Country Dodgeball

Flag Football Floor Hockey Golf Inner Tube Water Polo Racquetball

Soccer Softball Sports Trivia Bowl Swim Meet Table Tennis

Tennis Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball

Be Decisive. Choose RICE. Financial AId Rice is consistently recognized as one of the top values in higher education because of our generous need-based aid and financing options for families at all income levels. We practice a need-blind admission process and meet 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need of all admitted students. For an estimate of the need-based aid that might be available to you, visit All admitted students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, so no separate application forms or interviews are required. A sample listing of merit scholarships can be found at Some merit awards are specifically aimed at middle-income families. All merit recipients are considered impact people within an exceptionally strong freshman class. VISIT OUR CAMPUS

Student Budget for 2012–13

Customize a visit to Rice to include an information session, campus tour, lunch with a current student and attending a class. Seniors may stay overnight in one of our residential colleges.

Tuition $36,610 Room/Board $12,600 Fees $677 $800 Books and Supplies Personal Expenses $1,550 ________________________________________

For a full list of visit options and to begin planning your trip, go to

Total $52,237 For additional information, visit

ADMISSION TO RICE Our admission committee seeks a diverse and engaged student body; we consider multiple factors in making admission decisions. Your scholastic record, interests, talents, test scores and life experiences are all important. The 935 members of Rice’s Class of 2016 were selected from a talented applicant pool of 15,150 students. For more information about the entering class, go to: Rice University is an exclusive user of the Common Application, and students should complete their application through the Common Application website, supplying the application and the Rice supplement. First-year candidates may choose one of two admission decision plans: Early or Regular Decision. Early Decision is binding. Select this plan if Rice is your first-choice school. Select the Regular Decision option if you want to compare offers of admission and financial assistance from more than one university before making your final college choice.

ADMISSION CALENDAR 2012–2013 Early Decision: Apply by November 1, 2012; Notification December 15, 2012 Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program: Apply by December 1, 2012; Notification based on selected decision plan

Rice is a proud member of the QuestBridge National College Match Program, which serves high-achieving, low-income students by providing financial aid packages that include tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, personal expenses and travel costs. Application and qualifying information are available at TESTING REQUIREMENTS Rice requires that all freshman applicants take either (a) the SAT and two SAT Subject Tests in fields related to their proposed area of study or (b) the ACT with writing. Transfer applicants must take either the SAT or the ACT. All examination scores must be sent to Rice directly from the testing agency. Rice’s College Board code is 6609, and our ACT code is 4152. Learn MORE ABOUT RICE Web: Phone: 1-800-527-OWLS or 713-348-RICE

Shepherd School of Music: Apply by December 1, 2012; Notification April 1, 2013 Regular Decision: Apply by January 1, 2013; Notification April 1, 2013 For a full list of admission requirements, application instructions and deadlines, go to

Rice University is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment, and it is the policy of the University to attract qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds to its faculty, staff and student body. Accordingly, Rice University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status in its admissions policies, educational programs, or employment of faculty or staff.

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