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Facts & Rankings

Excellence Through Diversity

  • Ranked 1st in the nation with 11% underrepresented minority faculty*
  • Ranked 8th in the nation with 20% female faculty*
  • Ranked 7th in the nation with 22% underrepresented minority undergraduate students*
  • Ranked 12th in the nation with 31% female graduate students*
  • 33% of undergraduate students are women
  • 13% of undergraduates students are first-generation

*among self-reporting AAU institutions (Fall 2018)

Rankings Highlights

2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools

  • #27, George R. Brown School of Engineering
  • #10, Bioengineering
  • #26, Computer Engineering
  • #14, Environmental Engineering
  • #11, Computer science programming languages
  • #20, Computer science
  • #23, Electrical Engineering
  • #29, Mechanical Engineering
  • #26, Chemical Engineering
  • #26, Civil Engineering
  • #26, Materials Science
  • #39, Statistics

2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges, Undergraduate

  • #20, George R. Brown School of Engineering

2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities*

  • #14, materials science

*most recent rankings

Enrollments & Degrees Awarded

Annual Year

Undergraduate

Professional Master's

MA / MS

PhD

2018-19

410

162

68

105

2017-18

378

133

65

97

2016-17

359

140

97

100

Engineering Majors

  • 2018: 1486 undergrad, 996 graduate
  • 2019*: 1466 undergrad, 1,032 graduate

* As of Sept. 6, 2019

First-Year Enrollment

  • Female 42%; Male: 58%
  • ACT 25th percentile: 34, 75th percentile: 36.
  • SAT 25th percentile: 1470, 75th percentile: 1560
  • Ethnicity of students: African American 7%; Asian American 23%; Caucasian 34%; Hispanic 19%; International 11%; Multiracial 4%
  • First-generation college students: 13%
  • Pell Grant recipients: 17%
  • ASEE Diversity Recognition Program, Bronze Level

*2019 incoming class.

Learn more about our enrollment and degrees awarded.

Rafael Verduzco and graduate student Morgan Barnes of Rice’s Brown School of Engineering developed a method to print objects that can be manipulated to take on alternate forms when exposed to changes in temperature, electric current or stress.

Research & Faculty

  • Tenure and tenure-track faculty: 136
  • National Academy of Engineering members: 8
  • National Academy of Sciences members: 3
  • National Academy of Medicine members: 2
  • Total research expenditures: $75 million (2018-19)
  • 60% of undergraduates have significant research experience by graduation

Learn more about our research and faculty.

Graduates & Alumni

  • Degrees granted (2018-19): Ph.D. 105, MA/MS 68; Professional Master's 162; Undergraduate 409
  • After graduation: Engineering 64%; Medicine 19%; Graduate arts or sciences 19%; Law 3%; Business 2%; Other 1%
  • Average starting salary of graduates: 100K+ 24%; $80-100K 18%; $60-80K 43%; $40-60K 14%

Top 10 Employment Destinations

Graduates of Rice Engineering go on to work across the globe at Fortune 500 companies, startups and organizations in industries including technology, medicine, business and more. These are the top placements for our recent alumni.

  • AIG
  • Airbnb
  • Epic
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • IBM
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Microsoft
  • Samsung
  • Schlumberger

Top 10 Graduate School Destinations

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • MIT
  • Rice University
  • Stanford University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pennsylvania