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 2020 was one of the most challenging years to be admitted to Rice University ever. For the Class of 2020, 15,415 students applied to Rice University of which 2,581 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 16.7%. Overall applications decreased by 13.9% over last year (2019 to 2020) from 17,900 to 15,415.