Rice University, Houston, Texas

– Beautiful campus with a Spanish flair
– Campus reminds me of Stanford but on a smaller scale
– Located in downtown Houston, residential section with lovely homes and a great village all within easy walking distance from campus, within the museum and medical center district
– Highly competitive school with a 17% admit rate and average SAT scores in the 700 to 800 range and 32 to 35 for the ACT
– Looking to continually expand for national geographic diversity
– 103 years old
– 3800 undergrads
– Internship and entrepreneurial learning opportunities
– Sprawling campus, with many new buildings on campus and a large amount of funds dedicated to renovating existing buildings
– Research university, with undergrad students being given the ability to collaborate with research
– 6:1 student to faculty ratio, excellent, smaller class size with median size being 15
– 85% of classes taught by faculty, 10% from professionals around the Houston area, 5% graduate students
– 5 year accounting program just introduced, no undergrad business major but have a business minor. Graduate school of business exists
– Need to apply to one of the 6 academic schools but not bound to that school of study
– Have a school of architecture and Shepherd School of Music as well as a School of Engineering
– 90% average acceptance rate for those students applying to Med school
– 1/3 of students take advantage of studying abroad, partnering with over 150 institutions in 70 countries
– Residential college system, unique, modeled after Oxford university. 11 residential colleges, which are living and learning environments. Stay in your residential college all 4 years. Extensive algorithm to figure out which college is right for you. Provides an opportunity to socialize with students outside of your major. Creates higher access to faculty building great mentorship
– 1 week orientation week prior to freshman starting classes
– NCAA Div I athletics
– 2 decision plans. Early decision, binding, 20% accept rate, and regular decision 15% accept rate
– Common App or Universal App, interview is optional
– Considers demonstrated interest, showing interest in the school through school visit and reaching out
– Offer an 8 year medical scholars program, highly competitive, accepting 10 students per year
– Course rigor very important within what your school offers
– 2 subject tests are required if you are submitting SAT scores but if submitting ACT with writing no subject tests
– Meets 100% of demonstrated financial need, using the CSS Profile
– Heavy engineering and science program majors

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