The following statistics describe the fall 2011 degree-seeking student body:
- 3,708 undergraduate students and 2,374 graduate students.
- Student-to-faculty ratio is less than 6-to-1
- Seventy-seven percent of applicants accepted in fall 2011 were in the top 5 percent of their high school classes.
- The top 25 percent of the 2011 entering class scored above 1500 on the SAT; 75 percent scored above 1350
- Forty-five percent of students in the 2011 entering undergraduate class are from Texas; 45% are from the rest of the United States or are U.S. students living abroad; and 10% are international students from countries other than the United States.
- Forty-four percent of all Rice students hail from Texas; 36 percent are from elsewhere in the United States and 20 percent are from outside the United States.
- The six-year graduation rate is 92 percent.
Rice University's $34,900 tuition for academic year 2011-2012 is substantially less than tuition charged by comparable private institutions. Rice administers a need-blind admission process, so admission to Rice is not influenced by an applicant's financial background. In 2010-2011, 61 percent of undergraduates received some form of financial aid.