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#61, overall score 58.25/100

Fun Fact:

Rice students are split into 11 residential colleges. The colleges compete against each other in typical intramural sports as well as ones unique to Rice, like the annual Beer Bike race.

Why should Jewish students attend Rice University? Everyone is welcome at Houston Hillel. Our events are always free and you’ll never have to RSVP. As the only inclusive and pluralistic Jewish campus organization, we welcome LGBTQI students and those from interfaith backgrounds. — Rabbi Kenny Weiss, executive director, Houston Hillel

Though small in numbers, the Jewish community at Rice University is strong and vibrant. With so many opportunities to get involved with Jewish life, each and every student truly makes an impact. Chabad is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve as the “Home Away From Home” for all students. Among the many programs are weekly Shabbat dinners, ongoing social events, holiday celebrations and educational classes. We look forward to hearing from you! — Rabbi Shmuli Slonim, Chabad Jewish Student Center at Rice University


  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Big city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 3,893
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 215
  • Jewish population share: 6%
  • Student origin: 48% in-state / 52% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Rice Thresher
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Owls
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Cloud 9 / Torque

COST & AID Score: 11.67/15

  • Score: 11.67/15
  • Tuition: $45,608
  • Room & board costs: $13,850
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $41,572
  • Average loan debt: $26,555
  • Starting median salary: $65,700
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 20/20

  • Score: 20/20
  • Acceptance rate: 16%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 5.7:1
  • Median SAT range: 1490-1580
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Minor
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 11.67/20

  • Score: 11.67/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 36
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Students Supporting Israel
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: Yes
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 5.33/11

  • Score: 5.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 5.69/1,000 students (medium high)
  • City crime rate: 53.47/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 9.58/34

  • Score: 9.58/34
  • Hillel: Houston Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad at Rice University
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Chicken soup hotline: Yes
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 50
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Chabad: 20
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 12 (4 Orthodox, 3 Conservative, 5 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? About a third are Texans, 15% are international and the rest are from around the country.
  • Kosher food details: The university has been providing five kosher meals a week from a local eatery for students who are committed to keeping kosher. The students do not have to pay anything extra for this service.

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