Students who applied to Rice University should prepare for disappointment: A record 17,715 students are vying for 945 seats in this fall’s freshman class.
That puts the acceptance rate at just 5 percent.
“The wonderful growth in our application pool is good for everyone, for the whole Rice community,” Chris Muñoz, vice president for enrollment at Rice, said in a news release. “We’ve worked hard to improve the applicant pool, not just in number but also quality, in terms of academic preparation and other attributes we look for in students and how they can make Rice a better university.”
The university has grown its freshman class about 30 percent since 2007.
This year’s Rice applicants include 9 percent more students from Texas, which has become fertile recruiting ground, administrators said.
“Well-heeled universities with significant brands from the Northeast are coming into the Southwest, and specifically Texas, especially Houston,” Muñoz said. “What is driving our economy is also drawing universities from outside of Texas to try to recruit Texas students.”