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What is the ricebaylor medical scholars program

Last Updated on November 3, 2021 by Omotomiwa Lydia


We value a diverse community of scholars, and our processes and policies are carefully designed to evaluate each applicant based on individual merits and potential to succeed at Rice.BodyEARLY DECISIONREGULAR DECISIONQUESTBRIDGESHEPHERD SCHOOL OF MUSIC


Application Materials

  • SEPTEMBERLast applicable ACT (optional for 2021-2022)
  • OCTOBERLast applicable SAT (optional for 2021-2022)
  • NOV. 1
    • The Coalition Application or the Common Application and Rice writing supplement
    • $75 nonrefundable application fee (must be paid online)
    • Official high school transcript
    • Recommendation Letters
      • School Counselor
      • Teacher 1
      • Teacher 2
    • Early decision agreement
    • Architecture portfolio (Architecture applicants only)
    • Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars supplemental questions (Rice/Baylor applicants only)
  • NOV. 3Request an Alumni Interview (optional)
  • NOV. 20Complete a Rice Senior Interview (optional)

Definition of a First-Year Domestic Applicant

First-year domestic applicants are those who will complete high school by the end of the current academic year and hold one of the following citizenship or residency statuses:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Permanent Residency
  • DACA
  • Undocumented who do not hold DACA status but have resided in the U.S. for an extended period of time
  • Refugee/Asylee

Students enrolled in concurrent high school and college courses are considered first-year candidates.

Students who have elected to take time off from schooling between graduating from high school and enrolling in college are considered first-year candidates.

Completion of a high school diploma (or an equivalent) prior to enrollment is required for all new incoming students.

Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars High School Requirements

Official Transcripts

Official high school/secondary school transcripts must include grades from 9th through 11th grade as well as courses being taken in the 12th grade. Early Decision applicants are encouraged to submit first marking period grades, when they become available. Regular Decision applicants will be required to submit mid-year grades from 12th grade, when they become available.

Applicants studying in an international exam-based curriculum, must submit:

  • All official high school transcripts
  • Final exam results (for example IGCE/GCSE, CBSE X/AISSCE X)
  • Predicted exam results, if available

Official high school transcripts must be submitted by your high school via the application platform (Common App or Coalition Application), through an online ordering system or eTranscript service, or sent via postal mail directly to the Office of Admission. Transcripts will not be accepted by fax or email.

Course Requirements

Rice seeks students who demonstrate intellectual vitality through their course selection and their grade performance. Most applicants will challenge themselves by taking advantage of the rigorous coursework available to them. At a minimum, students must complete the following.

Social Studies2
Laboratory Science (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics)2
Foreign Language2
Additional credits in any of the categories above3
  • At a minimum, the natural science and engineering divisions require trigonometry or precalculus and both chemistry and physics. Students may substitute a second year of chemistry or biology for physics.
  • Students admitted with curriculum deficiencies will be asked to complete the required work by taking high school or college-level courses during the summer before enrollment at Rice.

Application Fee

Rice requires a $75 nonrefundable application fee. Students requesting an application fee waiver from Rice should respond to the fee waiver prompts provided in the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Those students participating in the QuestBridge program automatically qualify for application fee waivers from Rice. Please note: fee waivers are only available for domestic applicants.