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William Marsh Rice University - 2016

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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Rice maintains an academic program of the highest excellence for a small body of students. The freshman class each year numbers approximately 1000 students, of whom about 330 enter in engineering. The Admission Committee seeks students who have demonstrated exceptional ability and the potential for personal and intellectual growth. There is no discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or veteran status. Decisions are based not only on high school grades and test scores but also on such qualities as leadership, participation in extracurricular activities, and personal creativity. The university's aim is diversity rather than uniformity, and it believes that students learn from each other as well as from their classes and laboratories. Students are selected on a competitive basis in six academic divisions: architecture, humanities, engineering, music, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Engineering students are admitted to specific engineering departments no later than the end of their sophomore year. There are no special departmental admission requirements or restrictions.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

All applicants must submit the Common Application and the Rice Common Application Supplement (see In addition, applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit the Rice International Student Financial Statement with appropriate supporting documentation showing their sources of financial support. If requesting need-based financial aid, the applicant must also provide information on their family financial status.

Applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 600 on the paper-based test and 100 on the internet- based test. The minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is 7. Applicants may be exempt from this requirement if the language of instruction at the school they attended for the most recent two full years is English.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

There are no special requirements for non-resident students.

Residency Requirements

Transfer students must be registered in residence at Rice for at least four full semesters during the fall or spring terms and must complete no fewer than 60 semester hours at Rice before earning a Rice degree.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Students with superior records from two-year or four-year colleges or universities may apply as transfer candidates. Admission requirements and evaluation criteria are essentially the same as those applied to applicants for the first-year class, except that special emphasis is given to their performance at the college level.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 0
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 10