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consideration. The applicant would, of course, be released from the pledge to apply
only to Rice.

An applicant offered admission under the Early Decision Plan must make a $100
registration deposit within 30 days in order to hold his or her place in the incoming
class. This deposit is nonrefundable after May 1 . Those who wish to reserve a rcK)m on
campus must make an additional $50 deposit.

Interim Decision Plan

Applicants who complete their SAT and Achievement Tests by December and
who file all other materials by December 1 may be considered in the Interim Decision
Plan and notified of the outcome by February 10. Action on some applications may be
deferred until the Regular Decision period if the Admi.ssions Ct)mmittee di>es nt)t have
adequate grounds for an affirmative decision in February.

Applicants offered admission under this plan must make a $100 nonrefundable
registration deposit by March 10. Those who wish to reserve a rix)m on campus must
make an additional $50 deptisit.


Regular Decision Plan ' ' "

Regular Decision applications completed by February I are considered by April 10.
Applications received after February 1 are considered only after all earlier applications.
Candidates who apply after February 1 must do so in full knowledge that they are in a
highly speculative position.

Regular Decision applicants who are offered admission should make a $100
registration deposit by May 1 to reserve their places in the incoming class. This deposit
is not refundable. Those who wish to reserve a room on campus must make an
additional $50 deposit.

Financial aid applicants for Interim and Regular Decision should consult the
calendar on page 12 for deadlines and notification dates. Late filers will be notified as
soon as their information is processed.

Admissions Calendar


Application by
October 15


Application by
December 1


Application by
February 1


Application by
April 1 for
fall; November 1
for spring

Required SAT and
Achievement Tests
by June test date
in the junior year

Required SAT and
Achievement Tests
completed by the
December test date

Required SAT and
Achievement Tests
completed by the
January test date

Required SAT
if never pre-
viously taken

Notification of
admission mailed
December 1

Notification of
admission mailed
February 10

Notification of
admission mailed
April 10

Notification in
late May or

Financial Aid Form
(Early Version)
filed by
November 1
Financial Aid
notification by
December 1

Financial Aid Form
filed by Jan. 1 5
Financial Aid
notification by
February 10

Financial Aid Form
filed by

March 1; Finan-
cial Aid notification
by April 10

when admitted;
allow one month
alter tiling
Financial Aid
Form> . ,

Deposit within 30
days nonrefundable
after May 1

Deposit within
30 days

Dept)sit by
May 1 (candi-
dates Reply Date)

$100 deposit
within 15 days
of admission

NOTfc: For srujencs desiring on-campus acci)mimxlarK)ns, a $50.00 rix>m deposit should accompany your registration deposit. The
room deposit may he refunded or credited to the applicant's account until June 1 No application fee is required of candidates for
admission to Rice.

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Advanced Placement

Entering first-year students who have done work well heyond the usual high schtH>l
courses in certain subjects and who score "4" or "5" on the Advanced Placement
College Board examinations prior to matriculation at Rice are given University credit
toward graduation tor appropriate Rice courses satisfying distribution or free elective
requirements. Acceptance ot such credit in fulfillment oi a student's major require-
ments is subject to approval by the department in question.

Rice also gives credit for a strong performance on the College Level Examination
Program (CLEP) test in chemistry and biology.

During orientation week at the beginning of the academic year, entering students
may take advanced placement tests administered by various departments at Rice. On
the basis of these tests, students may be advised to register in courses beyond the
introductory level. Degree credit is not given for these tests.

Transfer Students

Rice University encourages application from students with superior records who
wish to transfer from a two-year college or a four-year college or university. Interested
students should request a transfer application form from the Office of Admissions.

Applications for admission in the fall semester should be tiled before April 1 and
be accompanied by official transcripts of all high school and college w\)rk completed to
date and courses in progress. Notification ot admission is mailed in late May.
Applications for admission for the spring semester with the appropriate transcripts must
be filed by November 1 . Notification of admission is mailed by mid-December.

The criteria used in evaluating transfer applications are essentially the same as
those applied to applicants for the first-year class, except that special emphasis is given
to performance at the college level. Because of the highly competitive nature of transfer
admissions, it is recommended that applicants have a minimum 3.2 (4.0) scale G.P.A.
on all college work. Scholastic Aptitude Test scores are required. If candidates have not
previously taken College Board tests, they must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test no
later than March or April if they wish to apply for admission in the fall. Achievement
Tests are not required.

Transfer students must be registered in residence at Rice for at least four full
semesters during the fall or spring terms and must complete not less than sixty semester
hours for a Rice degree.

For further information or application forms, prospective candidates for admission
as undergraduates should communicate with the Office of Admissions. When
requesting application forms, candidates should clearly indicate that they are
prospective transfers from another college.

Visiting Students

Students who wish to spend a semester or a year at Rice taking courses for credit to
be applied toward their undergraduate degree at another schixil should apply for
admission as visiting students through the Office of Admissions. The student's
application should be accompanied by an official transcript of college work to date and
a letter from the student's academic dean or registrar agreeing to grant transfer credit
subject to satisfactory performance.


Visiting students are assigned membership in a college during their stay and are
charged the same fees as other undergraduates. In a few classes where enrollment is
limited because of space or other considerations, candidates for Rice degrees have
priority over visiting students. Visiting students are eligible for a Guaranteed Student
Loan if they are taking at least six semester hours.

Class III Students ' ^ ^ '

Class III standing at Rice University designates students with an undergraduate or
graduate degree from an accredited college or university who are taking courses for
credit but not in a specific degree program. For additional information, see page 103 of
the graduate section. *j . : • ": ;.:i- :>.,

Admission of High School Students to Take Courses for Credit

Accelerated high school juniors and seniors who have taken all the courses in a
given discipline available to them in high school or who have completed their high
school graduation requirements may request admission to Rice for the purpose of taking
one or more University level courses on the same basis as Rice undergraduates. Such
courses are graded for credit, and the University sends a transcript of this record on
request by the student to any college or university. If the high school student is later
admitted to Rice, any such courses are counted toward the student's undergraduate
degree at Rice.

Tuition for such courses is $175 per semester hour plus a $50 registration fee, the
total not to exceed $2,050. These charges are for 1985-86 and are subject to change in
subsequent years. Application for admission should be made to the Admissions Office.
Financial assistance is not available for this program, except for a Guaranteed Student
Loan with at least six semester hours.

Auditors • ^

Any interested person, including currently enrolled students, may audit one or
more courses at Rice by securing permission of the instructor and by registering as an
auditor with the Registrar. The University grants no academic credit for such work.
Audit credit does not appear on transcripts.

Currently enrolled students may audit courses without charge. Rice alumni may
audit as many courses as they wish for a fee of $25 per semester. All others are charged
$50 per course per semester for the privilege of auditing.

Student Housing

Prospective students should indicate on the application for admission whether or
not they desire to reside on the campus. Information about residence in the colleges and
room application forms accompany the notice of admission sent to each new
undergraduate. Room reservations cannot be made prior to notification of admission.

At present. Rice University has the capacity to house about 70 percent of its
undergraduate students in the residential colleges on campus. Although the majority of
students desiring to live in the colleges can be accommodated, demand usually exceeds
the available number of rooms. Every effort is made to provide housing in the colleges
for all incoming first-year students who wish to live on campus, but continuing students
cannot be promised space and must draw for rooms according to the priority system in
each college. No student is required to live on campus. Off-campus members are
encouraged to eat in their colleges and to participate in college activities.

Correspondence from new students regarding housing in the residential college
should be addressed to the Office of Admissions. Information concerning off-campus
housing is available from the Office of Student Advising and Student Activities.


Tuition, Fees, and Expenses

The tuition and fees for undergraduate students are set forth helow ftir academic
year 1985-86 only. These charges are subject to change in subsequent years as the
operating expenses of thcfUniversity change.


The tuition for undergraduate students in 1985-86 is $4,100 per year, $2,050
payable prior to the beginning of each semester.

Part-time students taking fewer than 12 hours by special permission of the
Committee on Examinations and Standing are billed at the part-time rate of $175 per
semester hour for the courses in which they are enrolled plus a $50 registration fee, the
total tuition and registration fee not to exceed $2,050 per .semester.

Students completing their degree requirements in the summer or fall prior to the
awarding of the degree or students completing their senior year at another university by
special permission of the Committee on Examinations and Standing are charged a $50
registration fee and a diploma fee for the spring semester. (See Graduation, page 52. )

Any undergraduate who withdraws or takes an approved leave of absence and is
then readmitted to the university is charged the tuition in effect during the semester in
which he or she returns.

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All undergraduate students and candidates for a second bachelor's degree are
charged the following annual tees, payable in full at the time of the student's first
tuition payment for the year or any portion of the year. An exception is the Health
Service fee, which is paid in two installments, half before the beginning of the fall
semester and half before the beginning of the spring semester.

Subsidies to student activities $37.60

Tickets to athletic events 20.00

College fee 35.00

Health Service fee 120.50

Total basic fees T/'!":.':.'.'!:^:. :„..;!. $213.10

All Rice students are required to have health insurance. Insurance for the 1985-86
schcx)l year may be purchased at a yearly premium of $268.00 (Plan A) or $173. (X)
(Plan B) from the University's program developed for Rice students. Coverage will be
effective from 12:01 a.m., August 15, 1985, until 12:01 a.m., August 15, 1986.
Dependent coverage is also available (application and p(.)licy description can be
obtained from the Cashier's Office or the Office t)f Student Activities and Advising). If
you have other medical insurance, a waiver card showing proof of insurance must be
signed and returned to the Cashier's Office by August 15 to avoid being charged for

Special Charges

Orientation week room and board (required for all new students) $65.00

Diploma fee (for graduating students only) 27. 50

ROTC 25.00

Late payment/late registration fees 25.00

Late course change 1 0. (X)

Late application fee for class III 50.00


Refund of Tuition and Fees and Appeal Procedure ,, ,. -■ : . r

A student who withdraws during the first two weeks of the semester is not charged
tuition or fees for that semester. A student who withdraws during the third week is
charged 30 percent of the semester's tuition. The amount of the refund is reduced by 10
percent at the beginning of each successive week. No refund is made for withdrawals
after the ninth week. There is no refund of fees or special charges after the second week
of classes in the semester. The $100 registration deposit paid by incoming students is
not refunded at any time if the student withdraws. There is no partial refund of fees paid
for the full year for withdrawals or leaves of absence in the spring semester.

Student requests for special consideration in connection with waivers, refunds, or
adjusted payments on tuition, fees, and other charges, which cannot be satisfactorily
resolved between the student and the Cashier's Office, should be forwarded in writing
to the Office of the Vice-President for Administration by way of the Vice-President for
Undergraduate Affairs. _

Teacher Certification Program Fees ^ ,: ! , ,,. . .

Students enrolling in the apprenticeship or the internship plan are charged a $100
registration fee for each semester; an additional $25 registration fee (paid to the Office
ofContinuing Studies) is charged for each summer session. • '

Delinquent Accounts

No student in arrears in any financial obligation to Rice University as of the date
announced for the completion of registration for any semester can be registered. No
certificate of attendance, diploma, or transcript of credit is issued at any time for a
student whose account is in arrears.

Students who have not made satisfactory arrangements with the Cashier for
payment o( current charges or have moved on campus without executing a satisfactory
room contract may be discharged from the University.


Transcripts are issued on request made to the Office of the Registrar. No transcript
is issued without consent of the individual whose record is concerned. Each student is
entitled to two free transcripts. There is a charge of $1 for each additional copy, payable
in advance. Those requesting transcripts by mail should include payment with the

Living Expenses .,;

Residence fees, to cover costs of dining halls and operation o{ residences, are
established from year to year as requirements dictate. For 1985-86, the yearly room and
board charge for residence in a residential college is $3,650. This charge provides room
and three meals per day excluding the evening meals on Saturdays and Sundays. Meals
are not served during the Thanksgiving holidays, midyear, tall, and spring midterm
recesses, and the spring holidays. Information on optional meal plans is available from
the College Food Services. When securing room assignments for the academic year to
follow, each student is required to make a room deposit of $50. To assure reservation of
space, current students must make room deposits by the date established in the various
colleges, but m) later than April 1 5. New students are required to make a similar deposit
prior to May 1. These deposits are not returnable but are applied against the following
semester's charges. The balance of the residence fee is payable in installments. The
exact amounts and due dates are stated in the residential college agreement that each
on-campus resident is required to sign.


• Students dismissed through the action ot duly constituted authority within the
University from the college or the University for academic or disciplinary reasons shall
be entitled to a prorata refund or credit of room and board payment or charges. Students
terminating their residence in the college for any other reason shall be entitled to a
prorata refund or credit of the yearly payments or charges less a withdrawal fee of $50 for
those who announce in writing their intention not to occupy their space in the college
before July 1 for fall semester and before December 1 for spring semester. A withdrawal
fee of $200 will be assessed for those withdrawing after July 1 or December 1. The
student hereby agrees that the foregoing withdrawal shall be liquidated damages for
breach of this agreement, and the applicable fee as determined from the above will be
deducted from the refund. Prorata refunds or credits for rcx^m and board shall be
determined on the basis of regular operating school days, i.e. , first day of class through
last day of finals. (In the event that the prorata amount is less than $200, the
withdrawal fee shall equal the prorata amount. ) Termination of residence shall be the
date that the student informs the master in writing that the student is no longer a
resident in the college or the date that the space was effectively made available for
occupancy by another student, as certified by the college master and the Vice-President
for Administration or his designate, whichever date is later. Any personal belongings of
the student remaining within the room after such space is certified to be available shall
be disposed of by the University.

Modifications of the policies concerning refunds shall be made only in exceptional
cases. Requests for such exceptions must be made in writing to a committee composed
of the master of the college concerned, the Vice-President for Undergraduate Affairs
and the Vice-President for Administration by application to the college master.

All items included, the young man or woman entering Rice University in August
1985 and living on campus needs to have available about $9,600 the first year. For a
student living at home, the cost is about $7,250.

Financial Aid

The financial aid program at Rice University seeks to provide assistance as needed
to meet the basic costs of attendance for ail students who are admitted. Through grants,
low interest loans, campus work opportunities, or a combination of these programs,
Rice attempts to give the students sufficient aid to meet educational expenses.

The financial aid program is funded from many sources. From alumni and friends.
Rice University receives contributions which are used to initiate and maintain
scholarships and loan funds. Other funds available to the students are federal programs,
both grant and loan, the state grant program, and the Rice University tuition grant and
loan appropriation from endowment income.

Awards are based primarily on financial need.

The University will publish budgets that state total student expenses realistically,
including, where applicable, maintenance at home, on the Rice campus or in the
community, personal expenses, and necessary travel.

Parents are expected to contribute according to their means, taking into account
their income, assets, number of dependents, and other relevant factors. Students
themselves are expected to contribute from their own assets and earnings, including
appropriate borrowing against future earnings.

A brochure entitled Financial Aid at Rice University explains the program of
assistance in detail. Students may .secure a copy from the Office of Admission or the
Office of Financial Aid.

The determination of need is based on information supplied through the College
Scholarship Service. Need is defined as the amount required to meet the difference
between the student's total educational expenses and the family's resources.


Application * "*

To apply for financial assistance, the candidate must file a Rice University
financial aid application with the University as well as the Financial Aid Form (FAF)
with the College Scholarship Service. When Rice University receives both forms, the
applicant is considered for all appropriate assistance administered by the University
including grants, scholarships, loans, and work.

Early decision candidates may obtain the Early Version Financial Aid Form from
Rice University. In order to receive notification of awards at the same time as
notification of admission, this form and the application for financial aid must be filed by
November 15. Interim Decision candidates must file the Rice University financial aid
application and the Financial Aid Form by February 1, and Regular Decision candidates
must file both forms by March I in order to receive notification of awards at the same
time as notification of admission. Forms filed after these dates will be considered as

Financial aid awards are made on an annual basis and are payable as indicated on
the award letter.

Since financial circumstances change from year to year, annual review and
adjustment of need and awards is necessary. Therefore, continuing students must file
the Rice University financial aid application with the University and the Financial Aid
Form with the College Scholarship Service by June 1 (December 1 for second semester
only) every year in which they desire assistance. ;.■.;•. : ,-; -c ■;>? .;3:::;

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In some cases, meeting the costs of higher education in a private university is
difficult even though the usual financial analysis indicates no need for financial aid. It is
understood that even though a family's assets may be adequate to afford the cost of
tuition, fees, and room and board without financial aid, payment of relatively large
sums at stated times may require rearrangement of family planning that results in
hardships or sacrifice. Rice University offers two payment plans to permit financing of
educational costs. Both require very low interest charges.

A deferred payment plan permits the payment of each semester's charges to be
divided over four months. Arrangements are made through the Cashier's Office.
Applications and details are available each semester at the time of billing.

Longer term financing is available to eligible students through the Guaranteed
Student Loan (GSL) and/or the Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

Applications are available in the Rice University Office of Financial Aid, and
Rice will arrange processing if needed. .. . t .; : -, , ..^ir,!.;,.

Satisfactory Progress Policy for Financial Aid Recipients ■"■'■> ''^^

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by Congress in 1980, mandates
that institutions of higher education maintain minimum standards of "satisfactory
progress" in order for students to receive financial aid. Rice University makes these
standards applicable to all institutionally awarded funds and Pell Grants, Guaranteed
Student Loans, and Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students for the purpose of
maintaining a consistent policy for all students receiving assistance. To satisfy
satisfactory progress requirements a student must maintain a minimum GPA each
semester, complete a required number of hours each year, and complete his degree
requirements within a determined number of semesters.

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Policy for Undergraduate Students 1

1. Financial Aid Probation. A student is placed on financial aid probation if at
the end of any semester: (a) the student has a cumulative grade point average
less than 1.67, or (b) the student's grade point average tor that semester is
less than 1.67. The period of probation extends to the end of the next

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