Rice University Essay Prompts 2016




Rice University
Houston, Texas Area

Admission Essay requirements

Different to each specialization.

Admission essay/personal statement essay prompts

Admissions committees place significant weight on the content of your personal statement. A well written, thoughtful personal statement should be your objective. Within the text of your personal statement, you should include your goals, your motivation and any special life circumstances or experiences that have helped to shape your perspective as a student and/or future professional.

The criteria that are most important for evaluators include, but are not necessarily limited to: consistency of your response, expressed commitment to service, explanation of any outstanding issues, expression of genuine, not contrived, communication of depth of understanding, specifies unique qualifications

Office of Admissions Contacts

713-348-RICE (7423)
Office of Admission - MS 17
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Office of Admission - MS 17
Lovett Hall Room 109
Rice University
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

Student Admission Council

Phone: 713-348-2873 • Email: ricesac@rice.edu

How this university ranks
From LinkedIn University Rankings

for Software DevelopersGraduate #11
for Software DevelopersUndergraduate #17
for Finance ProfessionalsUndergraduate #19
for Investment BankersUndergraduate #19


Rice University statistics (Alumni data based)

Where they live

Houston, Texas Area - 14,459
San Francisco Bay Area  -2,150
Dallas/Fort Worth Area - 1,865
Austin, Texas Area - 1,852
Greater New York City Area - 1,698

Where they work

Baylor College of Medicine - 230
Shell - 209
Google - 166
BP - 162
ExxonMobil - 159

What they do

Research - 4,334
Engineering - 4,148
Education - 4,037
Entrepreneurship - 2,545
Information Technology - 1,878
Operations - 1,872
Consulting - 1,835
Finance - 1,744

What they studied

Economics - 2,696
Electrical and Electronics Engineering - 2,233
Computer Science - 2,187

Mechanical Engineering - 1,735
Political Science and Government - 1,717
English Language and Literature/Letters - 1,706
Psychology - 1,629
History - 1,599

What they’re skilled at

Research - 6,479
Microsoft Office - 5,920
Leadership - 5,288
Management - 5,133
Public Speaking - 5,108
Project Management - 4,688
Microsoft Excel - 4,252
Strategic Planning - 4,191

Notable alumni

Lynn L. Elsenhans

Board Member GSK, Baker Hughes, Flowserve

EVP Global Manufacturing, President Shell Oil Company, President Shell Oil Products at Royal Dutch Shell
Chairman and CEO at Sunoco and Sunoco Logistics
Non Executive Director at GSK
BA, Mathematical Sciences 1974 – 1978


Jim Whitehurst

JimPresident and CEO at Red Hat

COO at Delta Air Lines
Partner at The Boston Consulting Group
BA, Computer Science 1985 – 1989



Lanham Napier

LanhamCo-Founder at BuildGroup

CEO at Rackspace Hosting
Analyst at Merrill Lynch
BA, Economics 1989 – 1993



Linda Ham

LindaConstellation Program Transition Manager at NASA
Hydrogen Program, Integration Manager at National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Constellation Program, Technology Integration Manager at NASA
Space Shuttle Program Technical Assistant at NASA
EMBA, Business 2004 – 2006



 Rice University
 Recommendations to apply


Wise, Witty, Wonderful School!
When I return to the Rice campus, I feel a sense of order, tranquility and I am reminded of my initial purpose: to advance experience of humanity through knowledge and caring for our fellow man. Rice has always stressed community involvement and broadening yourself through a fine arts education mixed with diversity of study. I find it is those varied studies that make me interesting and who I am. The student body is witty and bright as a whole and the faculty fantastically trained to teach and listen! Not a dull moment is to be had at Rice. The sports, art, music and all that the city of Houston has to offer ensures that. Research opportunity is always available, and many an undergrad helps to develop new materials, medical innovations, and ways to change the world. Mostly, though, Rice gives you the freedom to find out who you are and who you will be!

Desiree HoppingDesiree

Therapeutic Optometrist, Glaucoma Specialist and Vision Therapy at Hopping Eye Associates, LLP, Ltd
Therapeutic Optometrist, Glaucoma Specialist and Vision Therapy at Hopping Eye Associates, LLP, Ltd
1973 – 1977, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

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