Word is spreading that Rice University is on the move, and prospective students are hearing the call. This year, undergraduate applications passed the 10,000 mark for the first time in Rice history and then went on to officially top 11,000.
Vice President for Enrollment Chris Muñoz credits Rice’s standing as one of the best values in education for keeping the university as the top choice for the best students. “Students know we are taking our exceptional educational experience to even higher levels; populating our campus with great new educational, residential and recreational buildings; and setting our sights on being one of the best research universities in the world,” Muñoz said.
Although applications from residents of Texas, historically Rice’s strongest constituency, were up 10.5 percent, the most dramatic increases were from foreign nationals, African-Americans and non-Texans. The number of female applicants to Rice rose 15.2 percent, compared with a 9.8 percent increase for males.
The figures are good news as Rice prepares to admit its largest freshman class ever. With two new residential colleges nearing completion, the university will have the capacity to welcome an estimated 900 new undergraduates in 2009, up from the record 2008 freshman class of 789.