Rice University is a highly competitive school and its admissions statistics make Rice University one of the 50 most competitive schools for undergraduate admissions globally. Similar to the trends across all top schools, Rice University acceptance rates have continued to decline over the past 8 years and will almost certainly continue to do so into the future.
The Class of 2021 was one of the most challenging years to be admitted to Rice University ever to date. For the Class of 2021, 18,063 students applied to Rice University of which 2,864 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 15.9%. Overall applications decreased by 0.9% over last year (2020 to 2021) from 18,236 to 18,063.
For the Class of 2021, 329 students were admitted through the early admissions process. Total early applications totaled 1,603, yielding an early acceptance rate of 20.5%.