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Explore Rice is our signature one-day open house program with opportunities to interact with Rice students, faculty and staff. Each fall, we welcome hundreds of visitors to campus from around the world to see for themselves why Rice is the best choice for many bright and curious students.

Our mission is to expand access to the wealth of opportunities at Rice, and that begins with the admission process. If you’re interested in learning more about Rice but might not have the resources to visit campus, we encourage you to apply for a SOAR travel grant to attend Explore Rice. Travel grant recipients will benefit from an expanded program (Saturday, September 22 thru Monday, September 24) and Rice will cover all travel, meal and lodging costs associated with the program. Participants will stay in one of our residential colleges with a current Rice student, dine on campus in our serveries and have extra opportunities to explore student life and studying at Rice through enriching activities designed to answer all of your most important questions.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Be sure that you have unofficial copies of your high school transcripts and your SAT or ACT exam scores. Transcripts must list all courses and grades, 9th grade – 11th grade, and all documents need to have your full name. You will need to fill out and submit the SOAR travel grant application.

Once you have the above documents, fill out and submit the SOAR travel grant.

The deadline for the SOAR travel grant application and supporting documents is August 6. Spaces are limited, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.