Rice at a Glance

Fall 2021

  • Size: 4,240 undergraduate and 3,972 graduate degree-seeking students
  • Selectivity: 24 applicants for each place in the freshman class
  • Faculty: 700 full-time and 187 part-time instructional faculty, 18 administrative faculty with tenure, and 14 faculty that primarily conduct research (additionally there are 35 staff members with secondary instructional roles)
  • 97 percent of our full-time instructional faculty have a doctorate or terminal degree in their field
  • A focus on teaching: An undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of just under 6 to 1, with a median undergraduate class size of 14
  • Research excellence: Approximately $155.8 million in annual externally funded research expenditures during the 2020-21 fiscal year (Rice encourages engagement of undergraduate and graduate students in the creation of new knowledge and technology)
  • Residential college system: 11 close-knit and diverse communities, with 69 percent of Rice undergraduates and 99 percent of Rice freshman living on campus

Rice University
Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Allen Center, Suite 215
P.O. Box 1892
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77251-1892


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