Admissions and Aid

General Questions

How is Rice University handling the coronavirus?

Click here for a comprehensive overview of how Rice is responding to the impact of COVID-19.

Are the admission and financial aid offices open for business?

During normal business hours, our office is operating remotely, and will continue to answer any admission or financial aid questions by e-mail or phone. (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm CST).

Can I visit campus?

We understand that campus visits are a significant part of your college search process and we would love to share ours with you. Based on the current recommendations of the Rice University Crisis Management Team, and to help ensure the safety and well-being of our campus community and guests we are not able to offer campus visit events including information sessions, tours, overnight visits, lunch visits, and class visits through April 30th.

Admitted Students

Has the enrollment deposit deadline been extended? Is the enrollment deposit refundable?

The enrollment deposit for admitted students is due May 1. Please note, the enrollment deposit is non-refundable. If you have an extenuating circumstance and would like to request an extension please contact our office at admission@rice.edu.

Are you hosting events for admitted students?

Yes, we have created a breadth of virtual content for you to learn more about the Rice undergraduate experience, including hosted events with members of the Rice community. Click here for more information.

Will I need to submit a final high school transcript? What happens if this is delayed because my school is closed?

Yes, your school counselor should upload your final high school transcript via the Common App or Coalition Application platforms, through an online ordering system or eTranscript service such as Parchment or e-Scrip-Safe or by postal mail to the address below. Your school counselor may contact our office at riceapps@rice.edu if there are any challenges with submitting your final transcript.

Rice University
Office of Admission MS-17
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

What if I cannot start school in the fall due to travel restrictions?

Rice is continuing to monitor the evolving implications of COVID-19 and the challenges it is causing. Our offer of admission is an indication of our desire for you to be a part of Rice and we are committed to finding a way for you to join the Rice community. We will release more information regarding the Fall semester as it becomes available.

Prospective Students/Applicants

Will you accept English proficiency exams other than the TOEFL/IELTS?

Yes, we will accept the Duolingo English Test.

Will my admission decision be impacted if the coronavirus has limited my school’s ability to provide my application materials?

In accordance with our commitment to a holistic review process, we will be as accommodating as possible while maintaining integrity within the overall admission and financial aid processes. School administrators may contact the Office of Admission at riceapps@rice.edu for guidance on how to submit required materials on behalf of their students.

What if I cannot take the standardized tests in time for transfer decisions?

If you did not take your standardized test in accordance with our transfer application policy , your application will be deemed incomplete.

Financial Aid

Due to the COVID -19 , will my financial aid be affected?

No, your financial aid will not be affected. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Financial Aid by emailing fina@rice.edu.

What if my family’s situation has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our Appeals Committee will be more than willing to review any documented changes in finances for families that have been affected by COVID-19. The situation is still very fluid, but if you have any immediate questions or concerns please reach out to us directly at fina@rice.edu. Appeals are given a thoughtful and thorough review by the Appeals Committee. Be sure to include ample supporting documentation for the Appeals Committee to review. Approval is not guaranteed, and in some cases approval may not result in an increase in aid. The Appeals Committee reserves the right to postpone review until an appropriate amount of time has passed for certain circumstances. Please refer to our special circumstances page for forms and more information.