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Exercice 15

Afin de cerner avec précision le sens et les implications d'un jugement, il est fort utile d'essayer de formuler le jugement de sens contraire à celui-ci, c'est-à-dire son contre- énoncé .

énoncé : « L'art n'est pas une soumission, c'est une conquête... conquête sur l'inconscient presque toujours, sur la logique très souvent. »

(A. Malraux)

contre-énoncé : L'art est une soumission, soumission à l'inconscient presque toujours, soumission à la logique très souvent.

Observez attentivement les énoncés suivants : chacun d'eux est suivi de trois contre- énoncés dont un seul est pertinent. Précisez quel est le contre-énoncé valable dans chaque série, en expliquant brièvement la raison de votre choix.

Cette opération comporte avant tout l'avantage de nous placer d'emblée dans une perspective dialectique − autrement dit d'initier un dialogue entre un point de vue et son contraire − et d'ouvrir par conséquent un espace propice à la réflexion. Elle procure en outre au rédacteur de la dissertation une précieuse indication sur le type de démarche à adopter : en effet, si le contre-énoncé se révèle pertinent, s'il a un sens et formule une contre-vérité valable, la démarche dialogique − consistant à discuter le bien-fondé du jugement de l'auteur de la citation − est possible. Si, en revanche, le contre-énoncé débouche sur une impossibilité, un non-sens ou une absurdité, la démarche herméneutique − qui ne fait qu'expliquer et illustrer le point de vue de l'auteur de la citation, sans le discuter − s'avère alors un type de traitement plus adéquat. Cette distinction sera notamment très utile à l’ élaboration du plan de la dissertation.

« J'ai trop le désir qu'on respecte ma liberté pour ne pas respecter celle des autres. »

(Fr. Sagan)

contre-énoncés au choix :

J'ai trop le désir qu'on respecte ma liberté pour respecter celle des autres.

Je tiens trop peu à voir respecter ma liberté pour respecter celle des autres.

Je tiens autant à ma liberté qu'à celle des autres.

« L'art n'est sûrement qu'une vision plus directe de la réalité. »

(H. Bergson)

L'art nous cache la réalité, il est une illusion, un voile, une échappatoire nous permettant de fuir la réalité.

La réalité n'est sûrement qu'une vision plus directe de l'art.

L'art a probablement pour seule fonction de faire voir, de révéler de manière plus immédiate, ou plus sensible, la réalité.

« On ne peut pas toujours être une étoile au ciel ; on peut toujours être une lampe à la maison. »

Il n'est pas donné à tous d'éclairer l'humanité, mais chacun peut être une lumière pour les siens.

Il est toujours possible à l'homme, s'il le désire vraiment, d'être une lumière pour les siens et d'éclairer l'humanité.

Il n'est pas donné à chacun d'être une lumière pour les siens, mais tous peuvent éclairer l'humanité.

énoncé 1 (contre-énoncé pertinent et explication) :

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énoncé 2 (contre-énoncé pertinent et explication) :

énoncé 3 (contre-énoncé pertinent et explication) :

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How to write an undergraduate university dissertation

Writing a dissertation is a daunting task, but these tips will help you prepare for all the common challenges students face before deadline day.

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Writing a dissertation is one of the most challenging aspects of university. However, it is the chance for students to demonstrate what they have learned during their degree and to explore a topic in depth.

In this article, we look at 10 top tips for writing a successful dissertation and break down how to write each section of a dissertation in detail.

10 tips for writing an undergraduate dissertation

1. Select an engaging topic Choose a subject that aligns with your interests and allows you to showcase the skills and knowledge you have acquired through your degree.

2. Research your supervisor Undergraduate students will often be assigned a supervisor based on their research specialisms. Do some research on your supervisor and make sure that they align with your dissertation goals.

3. Understand the dissertation structure Familiarise yourself with the structure (introduction, review of existing research, methodology, findings, results and conclusion). This will vary based on your subject.

4. Write a schedule As soon as you have finalised your topic and looked over the deadline, create a rough plan of how much work you have to do and create mini-deadlines along the way to make sure don’t find yourself having to write your entire dissertation in the final few weeks.

5. Determine requirements Ensure that you know which format your dissertation should be presented in. Check the word count and the referencing style.

6. Organise references from the beginning Maintain an alphabetically arranged reference list or bibliography in the designated style as you do your reading. This will make it a lot easier to finalise your references at the end.

7. Create a detailed plan Once you have done your initial research and have an idea of the shape your dissertation will take, write a detailed essay plan outlining your research questions, SMART objectives and dissertation structure.

8. Keep a dissertation journal Track your progress, record your research and your reading, and document challenges. This will be helpful as you discuss your work with your supervisor and organise your notes.

9. Schedule regular check-ins with your supervisor Make sure you stay in touch with your supervisor throughout the process, scheduling regular meetings and keeping good notes so you can update them on your progress.

10. Employ effective proofreading techniques Ask friends and family to help you proofread your work or use different fonts to help make the text look different. This will help you check for missing sections, grammatical mistakes and typos.

What is a dissertation?

A dissertation is a long piece of academic writing or a research project that you have to write as part of your undergraduate university degree.

It’s usually a long essay in which you explore your chosen topic, present your ideas and show that you understand and can apply what you’ve learned during your studies. Informally, the terms “dissertation” and “thesis” are often used interchangeably.

How do I select a dissertation topic?

First, choose a topic that you find interesting. You will be working on your dissertation for several months, so finding a research topic that you are passionate about and that demonstrates your strength in your subject is best. You want your topic to show all the skills you have developed during your degree. It would be a bonus if you can link your work to your chosen career path, but it’s not necessary.

Second, begin by exploring relevant literature in your field, including academic journals, books and articles. This will help you identify gaps in existing knowledge and areas that may need further exploration. You may not be able to think of a truly original piece of research, but it’s always good to know what has already been written about your chosen topic.

Consider the practical aspects of your chosen topic, ensuring that it is possible within the time frame and available resources. Assess the availability of data, research materials and the overall practicality of conducting the research.

When picking a dissertation topic, you also want to try to choose something that adds new ideas or perspectives to what’s already known in your field. As you narrow your focus, remember that a more targeted approach usually leads to a dissertation that’s easier to manage and has a bigger impact. Be ready to change your plans based on feedback and new information you discover during your research.

How to work with your dissertation supervisor?

Your supervisor is there to provide guidance on your chosen topic, direct your research efforts, and offer assistance and suggestions when you have queries. It’s crucial to establish a comfortable and open line of communication with them throughout the process. Their knowledge can greatly benefit your work. Keep them informed about your progress, seek their advice, and don’t hesitate to ask questions.

1. Keep them updated Regularly tell your supervisor how your work is going and if you’re having any problems. You can do this through emails, meetings or progress reports.

2. Plan meetings Schedule regular meetings with your supervisor. These can be in person or online. These are your time to discuss your progress and ask for help.

3. Share your writing Give your supervisor parts of your writing or an outline. This helps them see what you’re thinking so they can advise you on how to develop it.

5. Ask specific questions When you need help, ask specific questions instead of general ones. This makes it easier for your supervisor to help you.

6. Listen to feedback Be open to what your supervisor says. If they suggest changes, try to make them. It makes your dissertation better and shows you can work together.

7. Talk about problems If something is hard or you’re worried, talk to your supervisor about it. They can give you advice or tell you where to find help.

8. Take charge Be responsible for your work. Let your supervisor know if your plans change, and don’t wait if you need help urgently.

Remember, talking openly with your supervisor helps you both understand each other better, improves your dissertation and ensures that you get the support you need.

How to write a successful research piece at university How to choose a topic for your dissertation Tips for writing a convincing thesis

How do I plan my dissertation?

It’s important to start with a detailed plan that will serve as your road map throughout the entire process of writing your dissertation. As Jumana Labib, a master’s student at the University of Manchester  studying digital media, culture and society, suggests: “Pace yourself – definitely don’t leave the entire thing for the last few days or weeks.”

Decide what your research question or questions will be for your chosen topic.

Break that down into smaller SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound) objectives.

Speak to your supervisor about any overlooked areas.

Create a breakdown of chapters using the structure listed below (for example, a methodology chapter).

Define objectives, key points and evidence for each chapter.

Define your research approach (qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods).

Outline your research methods and analysis techniques.

Develop a timeline with regular moments for review and feedback.

Allocate time for revision, editing and breaks.

Consider any ethical considerations related to your research.

Stay organised and add to your references and bibliography throughout the process.

Remain flexible to possible reviews or changes as you go along.

A well thought-out plan not only makes the writing process more manageable but also increases the likelihood of producing a high-quality piece of research.

How to structure a dissertation?

The structure can depend on your field of study, but this is a rough outline for science and social science dissertations:

Introduce your topic.

Complete a source or literature review.

Describe your research methodology (including the methods for gathering and filtering information, analysis techniques, materials, tools or resources used, limitations of your method, and any considerations of reliability).

Summarise your findings.

Discuss the results and what they mean.

Conclude your point and explain how your work contributes to your field.

On the other hand, humanities and arts dissertations often take the form of an extended essay. This involves constructing an argument or exploring a particular theory or analysis through the analysis of primary and secondary sources. Your essay will be structured through chapters arranged around themes or case studies.

All dissertations include a title page, an abstract and a reference list. Some may also need a table of contents at the beginning. Always check with your university department for its dissertation guidelines, and check with your supervisor as you begin to plan your structure to ensure that you have the right layout.

How long is an undergraduate dissertation?

The length of an undergraduate dissertation can vary depending on the specific guidelines provided by your university and your subject department. However, in many cases, undergraduate dissertations are typically about 8,000 to 12,000 words in length.

“Eat away at it; try to write for at least 30 minutes every day, even if it feels relatively unproductive to you in the moment,” Jumana advises.

How do I add references to my dissertation?

References are the section of your dissertation where you acknowledge the sources you have quoted or referred to in your writing. It’s a way of supporting your ideas, evidencing what research you have used and avoiding plagiarism (claiming someone else’s work as your own), and giving credit to the original authors.

Referencing typically includes in-text citations and a reference list or bibliography with full source details. Different referencing styles exist, such as Harvard, APA and MLA, each favoured in specific fields. Your university will tell you the preferred style.

Using tools and guides provided by universities can make the referencing process more manageable, but be sure they are approved by your university before using any.

How do I write a bibliography or list my references for my dissertation?

The requirement of a bibliography depends on the style of referencing you need to use. Styles such as OSCOLA or Chicago may not require a separate bibliography. In these styles, full source information is often incorporated into footnotes throughout the piece, doing away with the need for a separate bibliography section.

Typically, reference lists or bibliographies are organised alphabetically based on the author’s last name. They usually include essential details about each source, providing a quick overview for readers who want more information. Some styles ask that you include references that you didn’t use in your final piece as they were still a part of the overall research.

It is important to maintain this list as soon as you start your research. As you complete your research, you can add more sources to your bibliography to ensure that you have a comprehensive list throughout the dissertation process.

How to proofread an undergraduate dissertation?

Throughout your dissertation writing, attention to detail will be your greatest asset. The best way to avoid making mistakes is to continuously proofread and edit your work.

Proofreading is a great way to catch any missing sections, grammatical errors or typos. There are many tips to help you proofread:

Ask someone to read your piece and highlight any mistakes they find.

Change the font so you notice any mistakes.

Format your piece as you go, headings and sections will make it easier to spot any problems.

Separate editing and proofreading. Editing is your chance to rewrite sections, add more detail or change any points. Proofreading should be where you get into the final touches, really polish what you have and make sure it’s ready to be submitted.

Stick to your citation style and make sure every resource listed in your dissertation is cited in the reference list or bibliography.

How to write a conclusion for my dissertation?

Writing a dissertation conclusion is your chance to leave the reader impressed by your work.

Start by summarising your findings, highlighting your key points and the outcome of your research. Refer back to the original research question or hypotheses to provide context to your conclusion.

You can then delve into whether you achieved the goals you set at the beginning and reflect on whether your research addressed the topic as expected. Make sure you link your findings to existing literature or sources you have included throughout your work and how your own research could contribute to your field.

Be honest about any limitations or issues you faced during your research and consider any questions that went unanswered that you would consider in the future. Make sure that your conclusion is clear and concise, and sum up the overall impact and importance of your work.

Remember, keep the tone confident and authoritative, avoiding the introduction of new information. This should simply be a summary of everything you have already said throughout the dissertation.

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Dissertation Structure & Layout 101: How to structure your dissertation, thesis or research project.

By: Derek Jansen (MBA) Reviewed By: David Phair (PhD) | July 2019

So, you’ve got a decent understanding of what a dissertation is , you’ve chosen your topic and hopefully you’ve received approval for your research proposal . Awesome! Now its time to start the actual dissertation or thesis writing journey.

To craft a high-quality document, the very first thing you need to understand is dissertation structure . In this post, we’ll walk you through the generic dissertation structure and layout, step by step. We’ll start with the big picture, and then zoom into each chapter to briefly discuss the core contents. If you’re just starting out on your research journey, you should start with this post, which covers the big-picture process of how to write a dissertation or thesis .

Dissertation structure and layout - the basics

*The Caveat *

In this post, we’ll be discussing a traditional dissertation/thesis structure and layout, which is generally used for social science research across universities, whether in the US, UK, Europe or Australia. However, some universities may have small variations on this structure (extra chapters, merged chapters, slightly different ordering, etc).

So, always check with your university if they have a prescribed structure or layout that they expect you to work with. If not, it’s safe to assume the structure we’ll discuss here is suitable. And even if they do have a prescribed structure, you’ll still get value from this post as we’ll explain the core contents of each section.  

Overview: S tructuring a dissertation or thesis

  • Acknowledgements page
  • Abstract (or executive summary)
  • Table of contents , list of figures and tables
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Literature review
  • Chapter 3: Methodology
  • Chapter 4: Results
  • Chapter 5: Discussion
  • Chapter 6: Conclusion
  • Reference list

As I mentioned, some universities will have slight variations on this structure. For example, they want an additional “personal reflection chapter”, or they might prefer the results and discussion chapter to be merged into one. Regardless, the overarching flow will always be the same, as this flow reflects the research process , which we discussed here – i.e.:

  • The introduction chapter presents the core research question and aims .
  • The literature review chapter assesses what the current research says about this question.
  • The methodology, results and discussion chapters go about undertaking new research about this question.
  • The conclusion chapter (attempts to) answer the core research question .

In other words, the dissertation structure and layout reflect the research process of asking a well-defined question(s), investigating, and then answering the question – see below.

A dissertation's structure reflect the research process

To restate that – the structure and layout of a dissertation reflect the flow of the overall research process . This is essential to understand, as each chapter will make a lot more sense if you “get” this concept. If you’re not familiar with the research process, read this post before going further.

Right. Now that we’ve covered the big picture, let’s dive a little deeper into the details of each section and chapter. Oh and by the way, you can also grab our free dissertation/thesis template here to help speed things up.

The title page of your dissertation is the very first impression the marker will get of your work, so it pays to invest some time thinking about your title. But what makes for a good title? A strong title needs to be 3 things:

  • Succinct (not overly lengthy or verbose)
  • Specific (not vague or ambiguous)
  • Representative of the research you’re undertaking (clearly linked to your research questions)

Typically, a good title includes mention of the following:

  • The broader area of the research (i.e. the overarching topic)
  • The specific focus of your research (i.e. your specific context)
  • Indication of research design (e.g. quantitative , qualitative , or  mixed methods ).

For example:

A quantitative investigation [research design] into the antecedents of organisational trust [broader area] in the UK retail forex trading market [specific context/area of focus].

Again, some universities may have specific requirements regarding the format and structure of the title, so it’s worth double-checking expectations with your institution (if there’s no mention in the brief or study material).

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Acknowledgements

This page provides you with an opportunity to say thank you to those who helped you along your research journey. Generally, it’s optional (and won’t count towards your marks), but it is academic best practice to include this.

So, who do you say thanks to? Well, there’s no prescribed requirements, but it’s common to mention the following people:

  • Your dissertation supervisor or committee.
  • Any professors, lecturers or academics that helped you understand the topic or methodologies.
  • Any tutors, mentors or advisors.
  • Your family and friends, especially spouse (for adult learners studying part-time).

There’s no need for lengthy rambling. Just state who you’re thankful to and for what (e.g. thank you to my supervisor, John Doe, for his endless patience and attentiveness) – be sincere. In terms of length, you should keep this to a page or less.

Abstract or executive summary

The dissertation abstract (or executive summary for some degrees) serves to provide the first-time reader (and marker or moderator) with a big-picture view of your research project. It should give them an understanding of the key insights and findings from the research, without them needing to read the rest of the report – in other words, it should be able to stand alone .

For it to stand alone, your abstract should cover the following key points (at a minimum):

  • Your research questions and aims – what key question(s) did your research aim to answer?
  • Your methodology – how did you go about investigating the topic and finding answers to your research question(s)?
  • Your findings – following your own research, what did do you discover?
  • Your conclusions – based on your findings, what conclusions did you draw? What answers did you find to your research question(s)?

So, in much the same way the dissertation structure mimics the research process, your abstract or executive summary should reflect the research process, from the initial stage of asking the original question to the final stage of answering that question.

In practical terms, it’s a good idea to write this section up last , once all your core chapters are complete. Otherwise, you’ll end up writing and rewriting this section multiple times (just wasting time). For a step by step guide on how to write a strong executive summary, check out this post .

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Table of contents

This section is straightforward. You’ll typically present your table of contents (TOC) first, followed by the two lists – figures and tables. I recommend that you use Microsoft Word’s automatic table of contents generator to generate your TOC. If you’re not familiar with this functionality, the video below explains it simply:

If you find that your table of contents is overly lengthy, consider removing one level of depth. Oftentimes, this can be done without detracting from the usefulness of the TOC.

Right, now that the “admin” sections are out of the way, its time to move on to your core chapters. These chapters are the heart of your dissertation and are where you’ll earn the marks. The first chapter is the introduction chapter – as you would expect, this is the time to introduce your research…

It’s important to understand that even though you’ve provided an overview of your research in your abstract, your introduction needs to be written as if the reader has not read that (remember, the abstract is essentially a standalone document). So, your introduction chapter needs to start from the very beginning, and should address the following questions:

  • What will you be investigating (in plain-language, big picture-level)?
  • Why is that worth investigating? How is it important to academia or business? How is it sufficiently original?
  • What are your research aims and research question(s)? Note that the research questions can sometimes be presented at the end of the literature review (next chapter).
  • What is the scope of your study? In other words, what will and won’t you cover ?
  • How will you approach your research? In other words, what methodology will you adopt?
  • How will you structure your dissertation? What are the core chapters and what will you do in each of them?

These are just the bare basic requirements for your intro chapter. Some universities will want additional bells and whistles in the intro chapter, so be sure to carefully read your brief or consult your research supervisor.

If done right, your introduction chapter will set a clear direction for the rest of your dissertation. Specifically, it will make it clear to the reader (and marker) exactly what you’ll be investigating, why that’s important, and how you’ll be going about the investigation. Conversely, if your introduction chapter leaves a first-time reader wondering what exactly you’ll be researching, you’ve still got some work to do.

Now that you’ve set a clear direction with your introduction chapter, the next step is the literature review . In this section, you will analyse the existing research (typically academic journal articles and high-quality industry publications), with a view to understanding the following questions:

  • What does the literature currently say about the topic you’re investigating?
  • Is the literature lacking or well established? Is it divided or in disagreement?
  • How does your research fit into the bigger picture?
  • How does your research contribute something original?
  • How does the methodology of previous studies help you develop your own?

Depending on the nature of your study, you may also present a conceptual framework towards the end of your literature review, which you will then test in your actual research.

Again, some universities will want you to focus on some of these areas more than others, some will have additional or fewer requirements, and so on. Therefore, as always, its important to review your brief and/or discuss with your supervisor, so that you know exactly what’s expected of your literature review chapter.

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Now that you’ve investigated the current state of knowledge in your literature review chapter and are familiar with the existing key theories, models and frameworks, its time to design your own research. Enter the methodology chapter – the most “science-ey” of the chapters…

In this chapter, you need to address two critical questions:

  • Exactly HOW will you carry out your research (i.e. what is your intended research design)?
  • Exactly WHY have you chosen to do things this way (i.e. how do you justify your design)?

Remember, the dissertation part of your degree is first and foremost about developing and demonstrating research skills . Therefore, the markers want to see that you know which methods to use, can clearly articulate why you’ve chosen then, and know how to deploy them effectively.

Importantly, this chapter requires detail – don’t hold back on the specifics. State exactly what you’ll be doing, with who, when, for how long, etc. Moreover, for every design choice you make, make sure you justify it.

In practice, you will likely end up coming back to this chapter once you’ve undertaken all your data collection and analysis, and revise it based on changes you made during the analysis phase. This is perfectly fine. Its natural for you to add an additional analysis technique, scrap an old one, etc based on where your data lead you. Of course, I’m talking about small changes here – not a fundamental switch from qualitative to quantitative, which will likely send your supervisor in a spin!

You’ve now collected your data and undertaken your analysis, whether qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods. In this chapter, you’ll present the raw results of your analysis . For example, in the case of a quant study, you’ll present the demographic data, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics , etc.

Typically, Chapter 4 is simply a presentation and description of the data, not a discussion of the meaning of the data. In other words, it’s descriptive, rather than analytical – the meaning is discussed in Chapter 5. However, some universities will want you to combine chapters 4 and 5, so that you both present and interpret the meaning of the data at the same time. Check with your institution what their preference is.

Now that you’ve presented the data analysis results, its time to interpret and analyse them. In other words, its time to discuss what they mean, especially in relation to your research question(s).

What you discuss here will depend largely on your chosen methodology. For example, if you’ve gone the quantitative route, you might discuss the relationships between variables . If you’ve gone the qualitative route, you might discuss key themes and the meanings thereof. It all depends on what your research design choices were.

Most importantly, you need to discuss your results in relation to your research questions and aims, as well as the existing literature. What do the results tell you about your research questions? Are they aligned with the existing research or at odds? If so, why might this be? Dig deep into your findings and explain what the findings suggest, in plain English.

The final chapter – you’ve made it! Now that you’ve discussed your interpretation of the results, its time to bring it back to the beginning with the conclusion chapter . In other words, its time to (attempt to) answer your original research question s (from way back in chapter 1). Clearly state what your conclusions are in terms of your research questions. This might feel a bit repetitive, as you would have touched on this in the previous chapter, but its important to bring the discussion full circle and explicitly state your answer(s) to the research question(s).

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Next, you’ll typically discuss the implications of your findings? In other words, you’ve answered your research questions – but what does this mean for the real world (or even for academia)? What should now be done differently, given the new insight you’ve generated?

Lastly, you should discuss the limitations of your research, as well as what this means for future research in the area. No study is perfect, especially not a Masters-level. Discuss the shortcomings of your research. Perhaps your methodology was limited, perhaps your sample size was small or not representative, etc, etc. Don’t be afraid to critique your work – the markers want to see that you can identify the limitations of your work. This is a strength, not a weakness. Be brutal!

This marks the end of your core chapters – woohoo! From here on out, it’s pretty smooth sailing.

The reference list is straightforward. It should contain a list of all resources cited in your dissertation, in the required format, e.g. APA , Harvard, etc.

It’s essential that you use reference management software for your dissertation. Do NOT try handle your referencing manually – its far too error prone. On a reference list of multiple pages, you’re going to make mistake. To this end, I suggest considering either Mendeley or Zotero. Both are free and provide a very straightforward interface to ensure that your referencing is 100% on point. I’ve included a simple how-to video for the Mendeley software (my personal favourite) below:

Some universities may ask you to include a bibliography, as opposed to a reference list. These two things are not the same . A bibliography is similar to a reference list, except that it also includes resources which informed your thinking but were not directly cited in your dissertation. So, double-check your brief and make sure you use the right one.

The very last piece of the puzzle is the appendix or set of appendices. This is where you’ll include any supporting data and evidence. Importantly, supporting is the keyword here.

Your appendices should provide additional “nice to know”, depth-adding information, which is not critical to the core analysis. Appendices should not be used as a way to cut down word count (see this post which covers how to reduce word count ). In other words, don’t place content that is critical to the core analysis here, just to save word count. You will not earn marks on any content in the appendices, so don’t try to play the system!

Time to recap…

And there you have it – the traditional dissertation structure and layout, from A-Z. To recap, the core structure for a dissertation or thesis is (typically) as follows:

  • Acknowledgments page

Most importantly, the core chapters should reflect the research process (asking, investigating and answering your research question). Moreover, the research question(s) should form the golden thread throughout your dissertation structure. Everything should revolve around the research questions, and as you’ve seen, they should form both the start point (i.e. introduction chapter) and the endpoint (i.e. conclusion chapter).

I hope this post has provided you with clarity about the traditional dissertation/thesis structure and layout. If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment below, or feel free to get in touch with us. Also, be sure to check out the rest of the  Grad Coach Blog .

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ARUN kumar SHARMA

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Rice University 2023-24 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

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Rice University 2023-24 Application Essay Question Explanations

The Requirements: 2 essays of 150 words; 1 essay of 500 words; 1 image

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Community , Why, Diversity

The Admission Committee is interested in getting to know each student as well as possible through the application process. Please respond to each of the following prompts.

Please explain why you wish to study in the academic areas you selected. (150 word limit).

Consider this the prologue to your Why essay (coming up next). To nail this question, set aside an hour or so to get cozy with the Rice website and read up on your academic school and other aspects of student life. Doing all of your research at once will allow you to tell a cohesive story about yourself, while also ensuring that your essays aren’t redundant. Pour all of your academic focus into your answer to this question. What do you love about your chosen major? If you’re interested in the Visual and Dramatic Arts program, can you describe the unique opportunities you’ll find at Rice University? What resources are available to undergrads and how will they guide your craft? If you’re undecided, think about what makes Rice the ideal environment for academic exploration. How do you plan to hone in on the perfect major? The more detail you include, the more admissions will learn about you.

Based upon your exploration of Rice University, what elements of the Rice experience appeal to you? (150 word limit)

Keep the rich details flowing in this classic Why essay. Demonstrating a deep level of knowledge will show admissions that you’re a serious applicant. Even if you hadn’t heard of Rice before your guidance counselor suggested it, take the time to reflect on what makes you excited about the prospect of being a student there. Since you just wrote about why Rice’s majors and/or academics appeal to you for the first prompt, don’t hesitate to address residence life or campus activities in your response to this question. Admissions wants to know that you will not only thrive as a student, but also as a transplant living in their city. Does Rice have a club or volunteer organization that you really want to join? Did you fall in love with Houston when you came to visit last spring and now feel like a Texan at heart? What excites you about the prospect of sporting blue and grey next year?

Please respond to one of the following prompts to explore how you will contribute to the Rice community (in 500 words or fewer):

1. the residential college system is at the heart of rice student life and is heavily influenced by the particular cultural traditions and unique life experiences each student brings. what life experiences and/or unique perspectives are you looking forward to sharing with fellow owls in the residential college system.

This prompt is a spin on the classic Community Essay : what do you bring with you to contribute within the residential college system, specifically? Consider your hobbies, culture, and any other extracurricular activities you do just because you love them. One great way to choose a topic is to ask yourself: if I had a podcast, what would it be about? More than likely, you’ll come up with a topic that not only interests you, but you also want to share with the world. Along with pinpointing what you’re passionate about, try to think of how you can enrich the lives of your peers. Do you teach a craft? Do you strongly believe in paying it forward? What would your friends say is your “superpower”? These are all ways to break into a discussion of what you bring to the table and what you would do to enrich your new community.

2. Rice is strengthened by its diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders and change agents across the spectrum of human endeavor. What perspectives shaped by your background, experiences, upbringing, and/or racial identity inspire you to join our community of change agents at Rice?

Odds are that this isn’t the first Diversity Essay prompt you’ve come across this year. If it is, however, please read on. Rice wants to accept students from a range of backgrounds who will contribute to their community, so tell admissions about what makes you you and how you will strive for positive change within the student body. Think about times when people have been intrigued by or curious about your identity, skillset, or background. Maybe you began practicing meditation and Buddhism during your sophomore year and you hope to spread some wisdom and mindfulness on campus next fall. Perhaps your parents emigrated from Ukraine, and you intend to raise awareness or funds for refugees. What do you hope to share with others about your lived experience? How will you incorporate this element of your identity to enrich the world around you? Show admissions that you’re eager to make your mark in their community. Bonus points if you can reference a specific component of the Rice experience (think clubs, classes, residential colleges, volunteer opportunities, etc.) as a natural stepping stone on your personal journey of leadership and progress.

In keeping with Rice’s long-standing tradition (known as “The Box”), please share an image of something that appeals to you. See the Help Section for more information.

The final piece to Rice’s supplement isn’t an essay at all. Rice understands that a picture is worth a thousand words (or so we’ve been told). So instead of having you write a thousand words (which sounds exhausting), Rice University is asking you to upload a picture of something that appeals to you. When brainstorming which image to choose, think about your goals and passions. If you’re hoping to declare an English major, maybe your photo of choice is the Pulitzer Prize. If you are hoping to develop your business management skills at Rice, maybe you want to share the photo your mom took of you devouring pizza at student-run The Hoot this spring. Regardless of which direction you choose to take, what matters most is that your image communicates something hyper-personal, and/or reveals new information about you, your interests or your goals that is not covered anywhere else on your application.

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Rice University’s 2023-24 Essay Prompts

Architecture short response 1.

Why are you determined to study architecture? Could you please elaborate on your past experiences and how they have motivated you to apply to Rice University and the School of Architecture in particular?

Architecture Short Response 2

Please expand on relevant experiences and motivations outside of your academic trajectory that have inspired you to study architecture, focusing on aspects that are not accommodated by other prompts in the application.

Select-A-Prompt Short Response

Please respond to one of the following prompts to explore how you will contribute to the Rice community:

  • The Residential College System is at the heart of Rice student life and is heavily influenced by the particular cultural traditions and unique life experiences each student brings. What life experiences and/or unique perspectives are you looking forward to sharing with fellow Owls in the residential college system?
  • Rice is strengthened by its diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders and change agents across the spectrum of human endeavor. What perspectives shaped by your background, experiences, upbringing, and/or racial identity inspire you to join our community of change agents at Rice?

Why This Major Short Response

Please explain why you wish to study in the academic areas you selected above.

Why This College Short Response

Based upon your exploration of Rice University, what elements of the Rice experience appeal to you?

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The Rice Box: In keeping with Rice’s long-standing tradition, please share an image of something that appeals to you.

Common App Personal Essay

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don‘t feel obligated to do so.

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

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Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you‘ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

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2023-2024 Rice University Supplemental Essay Prompts

A red brick building sits beyond a walking pass at Rice University.

Rice University has released its 2023-2024 supplemental essay prompts for applicants to the Class of 2028. In all, Rice asks applicants to respond to three supplemental essay prompts — two essays of 150 words and one essay of 500 words. For the 500-word essay, there are two options from applicants are asked to choose one. In addition, as is tradition, Rice applicants are asked to include an image that represents them with their Rice supplement. So, what exactly are this year’s essays for the Rice Class of 2028?

2023-2024 Rice Essay Topics & The Box

Essay topics.

Rice applicants are asked to answer the first two essay prompts in a maximum of 150 words. These two prompts are as follows:

1. Please explain why you wish to study in the academic areas you selected. 

This prompt is a straight-up-the-middle Why Major essay. As such, students should write an origin story of their interest in their chosen field. The origin story should take place in high school rather than in childhood. Applicants should make the story interesting rather than tout their strengths in the given area since bragging is an implausible way to inspire admissions officers to root for applicants. 

2. Based upon your exploration of Rice University, what elements of the Rice experience appeal to you? 

This prompt is a straight-up-the-middle Why College essay . It should thus be filled with specifics on why a student wishes to attend Rice — programs, institutes, the culture, traditions, activities, and more. Notice we didn’t mention classes or professors. Classes change. Professors leave. It’s about capturing the enduring specifics of Rice.

If an applicant writes a sentence that can apply to schools other than Rice, we recommend deleting it. Every sentence in this essay should be specifically tailored to Rice. That’s the game!

For the third Rice essay, applicants are asked to answer one of the following two essay prompts in up to 500 words:

3. Please respond to one of the following prompts to explore how you will contribute to the Rice community:

Rice’s admissions committee seeks to admit a diverse incoming class and while the United States Supreme Court outlawed the practice of Affirmative Action , Chief Justice John Roberts left an opening in college essays.

As he wrote in his majority opinion, “At the same time, as all parties agree, nothing in this opinion should be construed as prohibiting universities from considering an applicant’s discussion of how race affected his or her life, be it through discrimination, inspiration, or otherwise.”

Herein lies that opening. But, of course, students do not need to be underrepresented minorities to answer this question powerfully. The question is purposely broad. As such, students can write about the communities in which they were raised, their cultural traditions, their faith, or any other such topic that ideally showcases how they think and what makes them tick.

This question is similar to the first option for the third Rice essay prompt, but it leans more heavily on being a change agent. Rice’s admissions committee wants to see how a student’s background or experiences shape who they are and how they hope to create the world they wish to see. Applicants should be specific instead of broad — think saving the bees rather than saving the world from climate change.

The Rice Box

One of Rice’s longstanding traditions is “The Box,“ a question on our application where we ask all of our applicants to share an image of something that appeals to them. The Box gives you the opportunity to present us with an image that shares something about yourself, your interests or what is meaningful to you. This image is not used for evaluative purposes in the application, but allows you to put your stamp on the application about who you are aside from what you have achieved. Be sure to choose an image that speaks for itself and does not need an explanation. The Box must be a two-dimensional image that is uploaded in the Common Application or Apply Coalition with Scoir, or uploaded in the Rice Admission Student Portal.

The image that a student uploads should be consistent with their hook. If they’re astrophysicists, the image should ideally relate to the stars. If they’re Classists, it should relate to the Classics. Too many applicants merely upload a silly image, a wasted opportunity. Beyond the essays, The Box is another opportunity to showcase intellectual curiosity.

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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.

* Dates are for 2020-2021 application cycle

Application Materials

  • December Last applicable SAT (optional)
  • December Last applicable ACT (optional)
  • Dec. 2 Complete a Rice Senior Interview (optional)
  • Apply Coalition with Scoir or the Common Application and Rice writing supplement
  • $75 nonrefundable application fee (must be paid online)
  • Official high school transcript
  • School Counselor
  • Architecture portfolio (Architecture applicants only)
  • Jan. 6 Request an Alumni Interview (optional)
  • September Last applicable ACT (optional)
  • October Last applicable SAT (optional)
  • Early decision agreement
  • Nov. 3 Request an Alumni Interview (optional)
  • Nov. 22 Complete a Rice Senior Interview (optional)
  • Dec. 3 Complete a Rice Senior Interview (optional)

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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
  • 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 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 Apply Coalition with Scoir. Those students participating in the QuestBridge program automatically qualify for application fee waivers from Rice.

The Rice supplement offers you the opportunity to share more about yourself. This is your chance to tell us why you are interested in Rice and what you would like to pursue as a student here. We also want you to elaborate on your experiences and achievements to share what you would bring to our community.

Essay Prompts (2023-2024)

1. Please explain why you wish to study in the academic areas you selected. 150 word limit.

2. Based upon your exploration of Rice University, what elements of the Rice experience appeal to you? 150 word limit.

  • The Residential College System is at the heart of Rice student life and is heavily influenced by the particular cultural traditions and unique life experiences each student brings. What life experiences and/or unique perspectives are you looking forward to sharing with fellow Owls in the residential college system? 500 word limit.
  • Rice is strengthened by its diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders and change agents across the spectrum of human endeavor. What perspectives shaped by your background, experiences, upbringing, and/or racial identity inspire you to join our community of change agents at Rice? 500 word limit.

One of Rice's long-standing traditions is “The Box,” a question on our application where we ask all of our applicants to share an image of something that appeals to them. The Box gives you the opportunity to present us with an image that shares something about yourself, your interests or what is meaningful to you. This image is not used for evaluative purposes in the application, but allows you to put your stamp on the application about who you are aside from what you have achieved. Be sure to choose an image that speaks for itself and does not need an explanation. The Box must be a two-dimensional image that is uploaded in the Common Application or Apply Coalition with Scoir, or uploaded in the Rice Admission Student Portal.

Applicants interested in Shepherd School of Music must submit additional materials depending on their area of study. All application materials must be completed by December 1. Music applicants are not eligible to apply through QuestBridge or Early Decision. Admitted students must pursue the music program for at least one year before changing schools. For more information, please visit the Shepherd School of Music Admission page.

Applicants interested in the School of Architecture must submit a portfolio of creative work. Portfolios should be uploaded via your Rice Admission Student Portal. Note: Submissions exceeding the specifications listed below will not be accepted.

The portfolio should demonstrate creative potential and is not expected to be architectural in focus nor professional in quality. It may include examples of sketches, paintings, photography, models, etc. Examples of mechanical or computer drafting are strongly discouraged. The School of Architecture does not accept CDs or DVDs.

Portfolio specifications:

  • PDF file labeled with applicant name (example: JaneDoe.pdf)
  • 15 MB maximum file size
  • Page size should be horizontally oriented A4 or Letter (8.5” x 11”); images should be between 150dpi and 300 dpi
  • The first page should be a cover/title page with the applicant’s name
  • Content can be up to 10 pages (not including the title page); more than one image or work can be included per page
  • Captions of images with title, year of execution, media, and size are encouraged. A one to two sentence description is also acceptable.

For more information about the program, please visit their website.

Architecture Essay Prompts

1. Why are you determined to study architecture? Could you please elaborate on your past experiences and how they have motivated you to apply to Rice University and the School of Architecture in particular? 250 words.

2. Please expand on relevant experiences and motivations outside of your academic trajectory that have inspired you to study architecture, focusing on aspects that are not accommodated by other prompts in the application. 250 words.

Applicants interested in the Department of Art under the School of Humanities may submit a portfolio of creative work. If you would like to submit a portfolio, it should be uploaded via your Rice Admission Student Portal. Note: Submissions exceeding the specifications listed below will not be accepted.

The portfolio should demonstrate creative potential and is not expected to be professional in quality. It may include examples of sketches, paintings, photography, models, etc. The Department of Art does not accept CDs or DVDs, but can access URLs to Vimeo or social media pages provided within the portfolio.

  • The first page/file should be a cover/title page document with the applicant’s name
  • 1 GB maximum file size
  • Images should be at least 2000 pixels on the longest dimension and between 150 dpi and 300 dpi
  • Content can be up to 10 files (not including the title page); more than one image or work can be included per file
  • Submissions of durational and/or moving-image work(s), no matter how many, cannot be longer than five (5) minutes total

To upload your portfolio, access your Rice Admission Student Portal, scroll down to the Art Portfolio section and click “Edit Portfolio”.

Early Decision Plan

Early Decision is a binding decision plan designed for students who have selected Rice as their first choice. Students may initiate applications to other colleges under nonbinding plans but must withdraw those applications if admitted to Rice. Students who apply Early Decision must submit their materials by November 1. Admission decisions will be released by mid-December.

All admission decisions are final. There are three admission outcomes from Early Decision; the admission committee will:

  • Defer - Deferred applicants are considered with the Regular Decision pool.
  • Deny - Denied applicants will not be considered with Regular Decision pool, but are welcome to re-apply in the following application cycle.

It is important to note that, if admitted under Early Decision, a candidate must withdraw all other college applications, may not submit any additional applications after accepting the offer, and must accept Rice’s offer of admission by submitting an enrollment deposit by January 1.

Those accepted under Early Decision who demonstrate financial aid eligibility and submit all required materials by the deadline will receive a financial aid package at the time of admission.

Regular Decision Plan

Regular Decision is a non-binding decision plan. Students who apply Regular Decision must submit their materials by January 4. Admission decisions will be released by April 1.

All admission decisions are final. There are three admission outcomes from Regular Decision; the admission committee will:

  • Waitlist – Applicants who are offered a place on the waitlist may elect to be considered for admission if space in the class becomes available.
  • Deny – Denied applicants are welcome to re-apply in the following application cycle.

Regular Decision applicants who are offered admission must submit an enrollment deposit by May 1.

Those accepted under Regular Decision who demonstrate financial aid eligibility and submit all required materials by the deadline will receive a financial aid package at the time of admission.

Rice is one of the original QuestBridge university and college partners (starting in 2004), and we are now one of only 45 university and college partners with a proven commitment to providing access to low-income students. Programs Rice supports include the College Prep Conferences (typically held in May and June) and the National College Match program which runs October through December. The National College Match is open to all U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents OR students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the United States. Music applicants are not eligible to apply through QuestBridge.

Essay Prompts for students using the QuestBridge application (2023-2024)

3. Please respond to one of the following prompts to explore how you will contribute to the Rice community (optional):

One of Rice's long-standing traditions is “The Box,” a question on our application where we ask all of our applicants, including students using the QuestBridge application, to share an image of something that appeals to them. Read more about The Box under the Rice supplement tab.

For more information about applying to Rice through QuestBridge, please visit QuestBridge’s Rice University page or contact us directly at [email protected] .

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 Apply Coalition with Scoir), 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.

National Student Clearinghouse (SPEEDE Server or ETX)

Scribbles (ScribOrder)

Cambridge Assessment International Education (CIE Direct)

For USPS Courier: Rice University Office of Admission-MS 17 P.O. Box 1892 Houston, TX 77251-1892

For DHL/Fedex EXPRESS Couriers (common for international): Rice University Office of Admission-MS 555 6100 Main St. Houston, TX 77005

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.

  • 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.

Testing Policy

Rice will allow first-year and transfer student applicants to undergraduate degree-seeking programs to submit SAT or ACT test scores, if they choose. Students who are unable to submit test scores or prefer not to submit test scores will be given full consideration in the admission selection process.

While standardized tests have long served to provide an external benchmark of college-readiness that provides meaningful information about a student’s preparedness for the rigors of a Rice education, they are merely one factor of many that are considered in the admission process. As is consistent with our holistic review, students will be given full consideration with the information they have provided regardless of their decision to submit their test scores.

Students wishing to provide additional exams for admission consideration are welcome to submit these to our office. These exams are purely optional and at the discretion of the students to submit. We want students to have every opportunity to showcase their strengths and academic achievements where possible.

  • AP Exams, IB Exams, or AICE Exams: Students may opt to self-report AP, IB or AICE exam scores in the testing section of the Common Application, Apply Coalition with Scoir, or QuestBridge National College Match Application. These scores show mastery of content knowledge in specific subjects and may be eligible for undergraduate course credit once a student enrolls.
  • Predicted IB Diploma and A-Levels: Students enrolled in IB and A-Level curricula whose schools submit predicted scores for admission consideration are expected to complete their exams and submit final results prior to enrolling. Should conditions related to the pandemic not allow for students to sit for their IB or A-Level examinations, Rice will accept the scores provided by the examination boards.

General Testing Policy

Students applying to Rice University will not be required to submit SAT or ACT for admission consideration. Students wanting to show their college readiness and academic strengths may choose to submit SAT, ACT, AP, or IB test scores.

  • ACT or SAT: Rice does not have a preference for students to submit one test over the other. If an applicant submits both an SAT and an ACT score, the committee will consider the test that best enhances their application.
  • Superscore: When reviewing SAT and ACT scores, we use the highest score from each section across all administrations. We encourage students to report all scores knowing that we will recombine the sections to get the best possible set of scores for each candidate.
  • Writing and essay sections: The ACT Essay and SAT Writing section are not required and not considered for admission. Writing or essay section scores are not visible as part of the admission evaluation process. This policy will not be affected in light of the cancellation of the SAT Writing section instituted by the College Board.
  • Self-reported Scores: Students have the option to submit self-reported scores if they are graduating from a high school within the U.S. or submit official scores. Admitted students who choose to enroll at Rice will be required to submit official test scores prior to matriculation.
  • Official Test Scores: To be considered official, scores must be sent directly from the testing organization. Rice’s College Board code, including TOEFL, is 6609 and our ACT code is 4152.

Please refer to our Class Profile for more information on the academic profile of admitted students.

Candidates must submit letters of recommendation from their counselor and two teachers.

Counselor Letter of Recommendation

The counselor letter of recommendation serves to highlight the accomplishments of a student within the context of their high school. The letter must come from an applicant’s assigned school counselor, college counselor, principal, or headmaster. Applicants will not be disadvantaged if their high school structure and counselor’s caseload does not allow students the opportunity to build a personal relationship with their counselor.

Teacher Letters of Recommendation

The two teacher recommendations serve to highlight the applicant’s academic strengths and contributions in the classroom. Both of these recommendations should be from teachers of core academic subjects, and ideally one recommendation would relate to the applicant's intended area of study. Though not a requirement, we would prefer letters come from teachers who have taught the student for a full course.

Supplemental Letters of Recommendation

The required counselor recommendation and two teacher recommendations provide the Admission Committee with all the information we need to make an informed admission decision. However, if someone has unique and personal knowledge about an applicant's accomplishments or talents, the applicant may have that individual submit a supplemental recommendation. For example, this could include an employer, supervisor, coach, mentor, or another teacher. Supplemental recommendations must include the applicant’s full name, date of birth, or applicant ID and should be submitted through the application platform or to [email protected] .

We recommend an interview for first-year applicants, though they are optional and not guaranteed. Interviews are a great way to communicate your knowledge about Rice and an excellent opportunity to showcase academic and personal successes while learning more about the campus experience. An inability to schedule an interview will not negatively impact your application.

All interviews for the 2023 - 2024 application cycle will be conducted virtually. A trained alumnus or current Rice University senior will virtually meet with you to learn more about your accomplishments and academic interests and to answer your questions about studying at Rice.

A limited number of interviews with current Rice University seniors will be available beginning in late August through our campus visit website . You do not need to have submitted your admission application to schedule an interview with a current senior, but interview slots are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please follow the deadlines below when scheduling an interview with a current senior.

If you are unable to schedule an interview with a Rice senior, you will still have the opportunity to request an interview with a member of the Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admission (RAVA). Due to limited availability, you will need to submit your application for admission before requesting an interview with RAVA. Then access your online applicant portal and request your virtual interview by the deadlines below.

*Please note that you may only complete one interview. We have no preference between completing an interview with a Rice senior or a RAVA. In years of exceptionally high demand for interviews, all requests may not be fulfilled. We will try to match students who request an interview by the priority deadline first.

Rice University has concluded our participation in the Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars program.

We remain committed to supporting our current cohorts as they finish their studies at Rice and matriculate into Baylor College of Medicine. However, we will no longer accept new applications to the Rice/Baylor Program.

With Rice’s location situated next to the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, our students benefit from opportunities to work with leading researchers and medical professionals and are exceedingly successful pursuing their aspirations in medicine and healthcare. We will continue to advise students on the many avenues and pathways to becoming healthcare professionals, including the traditional medical school application process.

You will be notified via email how to access your Rice Admission Student Portal which is designed to assist you in tracking our receipt of your application materials and to communicate your final admission decision. The only valid notification of an admission decision is a formal communication from the Rice University Office for Enrollment. We reserve the right to close your application if you are admitted under a binding Early Decision plan at another institution.

Need-Based Financial Aid

We know that one of the biggest factors in determining the right school is affordability. Because we believe talent deserves opportunity, Rice offers need-blind admission to domestic students. This means we do not consider finances when we review the application. Additionally, Rice meets 100 percent of demonstrated need – without loans – through the Rice Investment, one of the most notable financial aid programs in the country. For more information about need-based financial aid and the Rice Investment, please visit our Office of Financial Aid website.

Merit-Based Scholarships

The Office of Admission offers merit-based scholarships to incoming first year students who distinguish themselves academically and personally within our highly competitive group of admitted students. These scholarships are based solely on merit and financial need is not taken into consideration. There is no separate application or interview required; the Admission Committee automatically considers all admitted students, both domestic and international, on the basis of the student’s application for admission. About 20% of admitted students are offered a merit scholarship each year. Students awarded a merit-based scholarship will be notified at the time of admission.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Rice University awards transfer credit for the Advanced Placement (AP) Program, which enables high school students to earn transfer credit for college-level courses taken in high school upon completion of AP examinations with a score of 4 or 5. For more information about the AP transfer credit process, please visit the Advanced Placement (AP) Credit page.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams

Rice University awards transfer credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations for students who hold the International Baccalaureate Diploma and have obtained a score of 6 or 7 on higher level exams. For more information about the IB transfer credit process, please visit the International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit page.

International Exams

Students who complete various international exams with a grade of A or B may receive transfer credit. These exams include A-Levels, the Abitur, CAPE, CEGEP (Science Option), French Baccalauréat (Science Option), Italian Maturita, and Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate. For more information about the international exams transfer credit process, please visit the International Exam Credit page.

Transfer/Dual Credit

The Office of the Registrar evaluates courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges or universities (or their foreign equivalent) that are appropriate to the Rice curriculum for potential transfer credit.

Transfer credit will not be awarded for courses included on a student’s high school transcript and used to satisfy high school graduation requirements, i.e. dual credit courses. Only those students who have more than 20 college preparatory courses may have the Office of the Registrar consider for Rice credit their college courses taken in high school. For more information about the transfer credit process, please visit the Transfer Credit page.

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Rice University Supplemental Essays 2023-24 – Prompts and Advice

September 8, 2023

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Rice University, the STEM powerhouse in Houston, Texas, accepted just under 8% of applicants into their Class of 2027. Given that the applicant pool—including the 92% who are ultimately rejected—are all immensely talented and qualified, any aspiring Rice student needs to find ways to stand out on their application. One such way is through the Rice supplemental essays.

 (Want to learn more about How to Get Into Rice? Visit our blog entitled:  How to Get into Rice University: Admissions Data and Strategies  for all of the most recent admissions data as well as tips for gaining acceptance.)

When evaluating applicants, Rice University places a strong emphasis on the quality of one’s essays. Below are Rice’s four supplemental prompts for the 2023-24 admissions cycle along with our advice for creating a committee-swaying admissions essay.

Rice Supplemental Essays – Prompt #1

1) please explain why you wish to study in the academic areas you selected above. (150 word limit)..

Share an authentic story here of why you are interested in your selected discipline (or disciplines). What books have you read on the subject? Which documentaries have you watched? What podcasts have you listened to? What subtopics most intrigue you? Did a teacher excite you about a topic or was it a parent or outside mentor? Do you know where you want to take this knowledge post-bachelor’s degree? Do you aim to one day go on to pursue a graduate/professional degree or is there an occupation you are shooting for right out of undergrad? Which classes are you excited to take? What do you hope to research as an undergrad? Include as much detail as possible in this very limited 150-word space.

You can structure the narrative of this essay as a succinct but comprehensive soup to nuts chronicling of your entire journey toward your discipline of interest (even in limited space) or you could share one or two vignettes that illustrate your burgeoning passion for engineering, history, French, computer science, business, psychology, etc.

Rice Supplemental Essays – Prompt #2

2) based upon your exploration of rice university, what elements of the rice experience appeal to you (150 word limit.).

The admissions committee wants to know why you desire to pursue your studies at Rice. However, with only 150 words to play with, you’ll have to make every sentence count.

In general, make sure to:

  • Cite specific academic programs , professors , research opportunities , internship/externship programs , study abroad program s, student-run organizations , etc.
  • Explain how you will take advantage of the university’s endless resources both inside and outside of the classroom.

Examples of items that quality “Why Rice?” essays touch upon include:

  • Rice’s high marks for both race/class interaction and overall quality of life.
  • Additionally, the small class size—69% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Ample opportunities for mentored research with faculty as an undergraduate.
  • A 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
  • Desire to participate in some of the  300 student-led organizations on campus.
  • Lastly, one of Rice’s study abroad opportunities that appeals to you.

Rice Supplemental Essays – Prompt #3

3) the residential college system is at the heart of rice student life and is heavily influenced by the particular cultural traditions and unique life experiences each student brings. what life experiences and/or unique perspectives are you looking forward to sharing with fellow owls in the residential college system.

Your answer here could be about an ethnic, religious, or neighborhood community/identity or a group of individuals who gather for a club, sport, or service project. Perhaps you are the captain of a team, the editor-in-chief of your school paper, or the president of a club—on the other hand, you may simply be a valuable contributing member. Regardless of whether you are a leading man/woman or a still-essential bit player, make sure that you use your writing ability to show the admissions officer what type of community member you are rather than merely telling them. Of course, they are also interested in your “life perspectives” which are also typically more engaging when shown through examples versus delivered through “I” statements.

Rice Supplemental Essays (Continued)

You can also discuss how you have engaged with your high school local/community and what you have learned from interacting with people of a different ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual identity, etc. Draw on past evidence of your commitment to being a positive force in your community and speculate how that is likely to manifest on Rice’s campus. Research and cite Rice student-run organizations, local nonprofit groups, or anything else you are drawn to. The admissions committee wants to understand precisely how you will contribute to their campus community of 8,000+ undergrads. In summary, drawing the link between your past efforts and future aims is critical here.

For example, if you’ve done work with Meals on Wheels throughout your teens, it will be most impactful if you express your commitment to joining the local Meals on Wheels chapter which is located at a Jewish Community Center in Houston.

Rice University Supplement – “The Box”

The rice box: in keeping with rice’s long-standing tradition, please share an image of something that appeals to you..

Take them at their word here that “The Box” “not used for evaluative purposes”. As such, you shouldn’t spend hours assembling the perfect collage or designing your own symbol from scratch. Think of this as your signature on your Rice application. You can be straightforward, silly, serious, or sincere. Also heed their advice that the image can be something “aside from what you have achieved”. Therefore, you shouldn’t feel pressure to insert a picture of a robot you built or a trophy you won.

How important are the Rice supplemental essays?

The essays are “very important” to the Rice admissions committee. The following factors are equally important: the rigor of one’s secondary school record. GPA, class rank, recommendations, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, talent/ability, and character/personal qualities. Clearly, Rice University weighs your essays heavily in their evaluation of your candidacy.

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Rice University Essay Prompts

  • Why Major - Example 1
  • Why Us - Example 2
  • Community - Example 3

View our complete guide to Rice University.

Rice requires prospective students to write three essays, in addition to the personal statement. The first two essays are fairly straightforward, both only 150 words. The first asks you to explain which major you’re interested in and why, while the second asks you why you want to attend Rice. The third question is far longer and asks what you will bring to the campus community and culture at Rice.

Rice cares deeply not just about students’ academic potential, but about their character, and how they will fit into the established community at Rice. Below, we include the full questions, and examples of well written essays. We then analyze what the questions are asking for, and how the examples did that well.

Why Major - Example

There is a breadth of intellectual opportunities here at Rice. Further explain your intended major and other areas of academic focus you may explore. (150 words)

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I witnessed firsthand the way political decisions surrounding Hurricane Harvey turned Houston into a scene from an apocalyptic blockbuster. Rather than drowning my faith in government intervention, I resolved to wade into the muddy waters of public policy.

In the 1970s, ‘Housing Houston’ mobilized “explosive property development” on low-lying lands. This get-rich-quick scheme prioritized economic growth over personal safety, opening the floodgates for dangerous conditions. How can we learn from past disasters to develop sustainable crisis response methods that prioritize personal safety over economic interests?

A Social Policy Analysis degree will enable me to answer such questions by deepening my understanding of the dialectical relationship between people and the economy. By taking advantage of Rice’s emphasis on interdisciplinary learning and courses like Sociology of Disaster and Economic Modeling and Public Policy, I will gain the technical knowledge to respond to the sensitive policy issues of my generation.

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Why Major - Analysis

While the question does ask about your intended major, it is far more open to students who wish to pursue other avenues of exploration. By leaving the question more open, if you are not solidly certain about which major you wish to pursue, you may instead write about why you are undecided, or what topics you are trying to decide between.

The essay above uses a brief hook. These are useful to explain to the audience how you came to be interested in a particular major, but should not take up too much space in the essay, as the word count is so limited. The example above strikes a good balance, explaining their interest while not getting sidetracked from the main point of the essay.

Rice is an intellectual institution, and prides itself on this fact. Therefore, intellectual curiosity, or a desire to use your knowledge for the public good are both good motivations to discuss. While there is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to study a particular major to get a good job or make a lot of money, this is not the proper venue to discuss these motivations.

Finally, you should concretely explain, albeit briefly, why Rice is the best venue for you to explore this major. This does not have to be in depth, but concretely tying your interests to the institution helps make the case that you are well suited for Rice, and it is well suited for you.

Why Rice - Example

What aspects of the Rice undergraduate experience inspired you to apply? (150 words)

While other kids were gawking at Houston Zoo elephants and watching 4D-movies at the Children’s Museum, I was at Rice, scribbling on expansive whiteboards with one hand and clutching complimentary hot chocolate with the other. My drawings still stain the walls of my dad’s office in McNair Hall, Room 237. I had left my mark on Rice long before I was old enough to realize that Rice had left its imprint on me.

Auditing Intro to American Politics this past summer transformed Rice from merely a place of comfort to a place of possibility. I am eager to both expand on existing ventures and forge new connections in my beloved hometown. In addition to diving into coursework and taking advantage of opportunities like the CCL’s Loewenstern Fellowship, I will engage with organizations like the Pre-Law Society, Rasikas Dance, and Global Brigades, where I intend to start an Environmental Chapter.

Why Rice - Analysis

This is an incredibly broad question, which means that you have a lot of leeway in answering it. Due to the limited space, you can either cover several aspects briefly, or dive more in-depth on a single topic. Both are valid, and you should focus on what draws you most to Rice.

The essay above is a somewhat unique case, as the author clearly has a much deeper and longer personal connection with Rice than most. If you do have one of these connections with the school, then focusing on it is a good strategy. If you don’t have this kind of connection, then focus on what draws you to the school. Specificity is key here. Which programs do you want to explore? Which classes do you want to take? Which professors are doing research which you want to be a part of? Which clubs excite you?

There is no one right way to answer this question, but whatever answer you give should convincingly explain why you want to attend Rice, and why Rice is the only logical choice for you.

Community - Example

Rice is lauded for creating a collaborative atmosphere that enhances the quality of life (helping other members with anxiety) for all members of our campus community. The Residential College System is heavily influenced by the unique life experiences and cultural traditions each student brings. What personal perspectives would you contribute to life at Rice? (500 word limit)

“I’m coming!” The crowd of teenage girls surrounding Ananya backstage parted like the Red Sea. I rested my hands on her shoulders and guided her breathing, the lull of my voice cascading over the chatter of 50,000 people that echoed through the stadium. As her hyperventilation abated, I ran through my signature pre-performance pep-talk:

It’ll be over before you know it.

If the worst happens, will it matter in five years?

You can’t change the result, so there’s no reason to stress over it.

Five minutes later, she was on stage beside me and ten other Bharatnatyam dancers with a beaming smile, leftover tears flinging from her lashes with each jati. 

Until a year ago, I was the one having bi-weekly anxiety attacks; something as inconsequential as misplacing a pencil case would catapult me into panic, leaving me with little room to breathe. Not only were these episodes unpleasant in the moment, but the time and mental space they drained kept me from getting my homework done in time to read before bed or even eat dinner with my family. I began to avoid high-pressure situations; rather than auditioning for the school play, I stayed in the wings, free from the critical gaze of the audience. Despite practicing yoga and “taking deep breaths,” this persistent stress plagued me for years like a pinched nerve at the back of my skull.

In 10th grade, my hip young English teacher spent an entire class discussing nihilism. We were all captivated by the revolutionary (for our young minds) idea that life is meaningless. Despite the harsh nature of a useless existence, I was reminded of a key passage from the Bhagavad Gita: “You have a right to ‘Karma’ [actions] but not to any of the Fruits themselves.” Although there is no substitute for conscientious hard work and dedication, the outcome itself cannot be controlled.

It sounds gruesome, but my newfound understanding of the sacred text of my childhood and the calm “detachment” it produced in me was a direct result of recognizing my own finitude. While I don’t remind hyperventilating dancers that they’re going to die some day, I do remind them that no one will remember the second girl from the left missing a beat–including that girl herself. I soon became the rock of our dance group, offering reality checks with doses of encouragement:

Visualize the worst that can happen, and notice it’s insignificance and inevitability.

If you focus only on the result, you lose control of the process.

Getting worked up won’t improve your ability to perform.

A leader doesn’t have to be a cult of personality cracking the whip of achievement. A leader can be someone who shows that because determinations like success and failure are out of our hands, we are free to dedicate ourselves wholeheartedly to the process itself. I am eager to share this liberating blend of Eastern and Western thought with my fellow Residential College members at Rice University.

Community - Analysis

This prompt is confusingly worded, but in the end is just a community essay, if far longer than most such are. They want to know how you will contribute to the vibrant community on their campus, and how well you will fit with their idea of a Rice student. The best way to show how you will contribute is to provide examples of how you have contributed to a community in the past.

The essay above does this well, showing the author’s values and ability to contribute to the success of a group, and their ability to support others in their quest for a common goal. Above all, it shows who the author is as a person, what they believe in, what they value, and how they think about the world. 

For this essay, Rice wants to determine who you are, so they can determine how you will fit in with the current community. You can show this in any number of ways, but any essay should display your ability to contribute to a group or cause greater than yourself.

Rice lists their values as: Responsibility, Integrity, Community, and Excellence. Think about what these mean for a campus, and how you have demonstrated any or all of these values through what you’ve done. You don’t necessarily need to discuss these values explicitly, or attempt to cram them into an essay where they don’t fit. Instead, think about what values you best exemplify, and how they might be best portrayed in an essay.

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How to Write the Rice University Essays 2023-2024

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Rice University has three supplemental essays. Two of them are required for all applicants, while one of them gives you a choice between two different prompts. If you are applying to the School of Architecture, you are required to write two additional supplemental essays.

Rice is an extremely selective school, which means that your essays need to truly shine, to set you apart from other smart, talented applicants. In this post, we’ll break down each prompt, and explain how to write an excellent response that will maximize your chances of acceptance.

Read these Rice essay examples to inspire your writing.

Rice University Supplemental Essay Prompts

All applicants.

Prompt 1: Please explain why you wish to study in the academic areas you selected. (150 words)

Prompt 2: Based upon your exploration of Rice University, what elements of the Rice experience appeal to you? (150 words)

Prompt 3: The Rice Box: In keeping with Rice’s long-standing tradition, please share an image of something that appeals to you.

Prompt 4: Please respond to one of the following prompts to explore how you will contribute to the Rice community (500 words):

  • Option A: The Residential College System is at the heart of Rice student life and is heavily influenced by the particular cultural traditions and unique life experiences each student brings. What life experiences and/or unique perspectives are you looking forward to sharing with fellow Owls in the residential college system?
  • Option B: Rice is strengthened by its diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders and change agents across the spectrum of human endeavor. What perspectives shaped by your background, experiences, upbringing, and/or racial identity inspire you to join our community of change agents at Rice?

Applicants to the School of Architecture

Architecture applicants will not be required to answer Prompt 4 (above). Instead, they will answer Prompts 1-3 above, along with the following:

Prompt 1: Why are you determined to study architecture? Could you please elaborate on your past experiences and how they have motivated you to apply to Rice University and the School of Architecture in particular? (250 words) 

Prompt 2: Please expand on relevant experiences and motivations outside of your academic trajectory that have inspired you to study architecture, focusing on aspects that are not accommodated by other prompts in the application. (250 words)

All Applicants, Prompt 1

Please explain why you wish to study in the academic areas you selected. (150 words).

For this prompt, you want to discuss the reason behind your intended major and why you want to study that subject at Rice. It is particularly important to avoid giving the reader the impression that your chosen major attracts you because of the associated monetary reward or prestige—this will come across as shallow, and your passion for it will be deemed unsustainable. Instead, consider what excites you about your intended field of study, as well as the specific dimensions of this subject that fit your strengths and ambitions.

Instead of mentioning the general advantages of a Rice education, such as the high standard of academic performance and the accomplished faculty, you should discuss explicit offerings such as the Century Scholars Program , which assigns participants a faculty mentor for guidance in undergraduate research.

If you’ve visited the campus, writing about the content of a lecture that you sat in on, or the reflections of current students in the same program can demonstrate your interest in the school. It would also provide a strong basis for your belief that you and Rice’s environment are a match. If you haven’t had such opportunities, do extensive online research to show that you’ve carefully reflected on your compatibility with Rice.

For example:

  • The School of Social Sciences emphasizes the professional development of students through the Gateway Program. If you’re interested in research, there are several social science institutes at Rice, such as the Shell Center for Sustainability and the Houston Education Research Consortium, that focus on understanding and solving specific social issues.
  • In the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, academic programs (such as the Department of Kinesiology) and research organizations (such as the Smalley-Curl Institute, specializing in nanoscience) offer opportunities in unique niches of science that lend themselves to important applications. Here, you will find out that those unique niches include everything from heterogeneous cell systems to plasmids in E.coli. This is the level of specificity that you should strive for.

All Applicants, Prompt 2

Based upon your exploration of rice university, what elements of the rice experience appeal to you (150 words).

In this classic “Why This College?” essay, the goal is to strike a balance between discussing the academic advantages of Rice, and the sociocultural elements of Rice’s campus that dovetail with your personality and goals. You want to be careful to avoid the pitfall of common sentiments—don’t cite the low student-to-faculty ratio and small class sizes that the university’s website advertises, as, while wonderful things, those are features of plenty of other schools as well.

You also want to avoid repeating the benefits of studying your intended major, as Prompt 1 already addresses that topic. Remember, you already only get so much space in your college application, so you don’t want to voluntarily limit yourself even further by repeating information that can already be found elsewhere.

Instead, dig beyond the first page of Rice’s website, to find details about the school that most other applicants do not have, and show Rice admissions officers that you already have a clear sense of how you would fit into their campus community. These could be details about student organizations, study abroad programs, research opportunities, or really anything that takes admissions officers outside of the classroom, to show them what your broader Rice experience would look like.

For example, if you are interested in interdisciplinary studies, you might spend part of your essay talking about your desire to join the Houston Institute Club, whose mission is to “explore the intersection of the humanities with the sciences and technology,” as that would show how this element of your personality overlaps with a feature of Rice.

Alternatively, if activism is important to you, you might mention wanting to join Rice for Black Life, a newly-formed racial justice group that raised almost $100k in a day for organizations fighting anti-Black violence. If you’re not sure exactly what you want to do at Rice, that’s also okay! Nailing down your desire to attend a particular school in the way this kind of essay requires is tricky, but there are a few different strategies you can use for getting started on your research.

Finally, keep an eye on the word count—150 words isn’t many to work with. You probably have a whole bunch of reasons for wanting to attend Rice, but you don’t want this essay to turn into a grocery list, as you need to give yourself room to elaborate on why you’re interested in the opportunities you’ve selected.  So, make sure you keep your focus narrow, on just 1-2 features of Rice that are particularly attractive to you.

All Applicants, Prompt 3

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so choose your image carefully! The image needs to make sense on its own, as you get to include a caption or accompanying essay, but you also want it to tell admissions officers something new about you. For example, if your common app essay is about kayaking, and you include a picture of a kayak, you’re essentially just repeating yourself in visual form.

What you want to do instead is take advantage of this creative “supplement” to show a side of your personality that doesn’t come across anywhere else in your application. College applications are, by their nature, somewhat limited in what they allow you to say about yourself. As you think about what image you want to include, think about something that’s crucial to understanding who you are, but doesn’t come across in your grades, extracurriculars, or essays.

That could be a photo of your childhood teddy bear, as that would show admissions officers you are sentimental, and hold onto things that are important to you. Alternatively, you could include a picture of your collection of Taylor Swift CDs, as that will show them that, when you love something or someone, you are dedicated and passionate.

While the Rice Box is a great chance for you to get creative, you don’t want to get too creative, as, again, you aren’t able to include any explanation with your image. So, if you include a photo of an abstract painting you did, admissions officers might not understand what they’re looking at. Make sure your image can stand alone, but other than that, don’t be afraid to (despite this prompt’s reference to the “Rice Box”) think outside the box here!

All Applicants, Prompt 4, Option A

The residential college system is at the heart of rice student life and is heavily influenced by the particular cultural traditions and unique life experiences each student brings. what life experiences and/or unique perspectives are you looking forward to sharing with fellow owls in the residential college system (500 words).

Rice’s Residential College System randomly places students in one of eleven colleges and the majority of students live in their college for all four years. Rice considers diversity of perspective and experience fundamental to the success of the Residential College System, so your response should demonstrate how you would add to this system and the broader Rice community. 

Although the question is framed around the Residential College System, this is a classic example of the Diversity Essay . That means you want to focus on some aspect of your background, culture, or life experiences that has given you a unique perspective to share with other Rice students.

The prompt itself casts quite a wide net, by asking you to write about your “life experiences and/or unique perspectives.” That certainly includes race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and other aspects of our identities that people often associate with diversity. But you could also talk about your passion for Egyptian mythology, or your family’s love of fishing, or really anything that has been influential in making you who you are today.

Once you have selected a topic, you want to be sure to show, not tell, as you explain how this part of your identity would enrich Rice’s residential community. In other words, use examples to show how going on fishing trips every summer (for example) has shaped your personality. Don’t just say “Fishing has taught me patience and respect for the natural world.” Rather, describe an experience that helped teach you those lessons. That detail will give your reader a much clearer sense of exactly how you grew into the person you are today, and how you see yourself sharing your values with your peers at Rice.

As you flesh out the feature of your identity you’ve chosen to focus on, you want to make sure that you address the “Residential College System” component of this prompt, as Rice admissions officers aren’t just looking for a diversity essay. They also want you to connect your experiences to this feature of their school, which would play a huge part in your experience there.

In drawing this connection, you want to go beyond generic college tropes like late-night conversations with your roommate, as those are things you can find at any school. Instead, find some element of the Residential College System specifically that you’re intrigued by. Obviously, you don’t know which college you would be sorted into, but detail will still show Rice admissions officers that you’re genuinely interested in this feature of their school.

For example, if your essay is about coming to terms with your sexuality, and how today you are finally unafraid to express yourself in whatever way feels best, you could connect that to Brown college’s holiday decoration contest, and how your flair and confidence would make you a serious contender.

One last word of advice: make sure this supplement gives your reader new information. The broad scope of the prompt means you may be inspired to write about something you have already written about elsewhere in your application (in your common app essay, for example). But space in college applications is already incredibly limited, so you don’t want to voluntarily limit yourself even further by passing up one of the opportunities you do have to share something new with admissions officers.

All Applicants, Prompt 4, Option B

Rice is strengthened by its diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders and change agents across the spectrum of human endeavor. what perspectives shaped by your background, experiences, upbringing, and/or racial identity inspire you to join our community of change agents at rice (500 words).

Like the first option for this prompt, this is a good example of the common Diversity Essay , but without the twist of incorporating Rice’s Residential College System. So, much of what we wrote above applies here too: you want to select some aspect of your identity that you feel is particularly important to understanding who you are overall, and use anecdotes to explain how this aspect has shaped you.

As noted in our breakdown of the first option, the part of your identity you focus on can be just about anything. In this prompt, the phrasing is slightly different, but Rice is still intentionally casting a wide net with the line “background, experiences, upbring, and/or racial identity.”

Do keep in mind that, after the Supreme Court struck down affirmative action , the way colleges evaluate race in admissions will be different this year. While schools can no longer factor race into their broader admissions strategies, they can still consider it on an individual level, through essays. So, if you would like to share how your racial background has shaped you and inspires you to become an agent of change, you’re welcome to do so here.

As an example of a good topic, you could write about how your parents immigrating from Costa Rica and speaking Spanish to you at home taught you the value of working to preserve the things that are most important to you. But you could also write about something more unconventional, like how helping organize files at your dad’s law firm every summer showed you that every great achievement is the sum of many small, seemingly insignificant actions.

Neither approach is better or worse than the other. Just ask yourself honestly which aspect of your identity (which you have not already shared elsewhere in your application) is most important for admissions officers to know about, and structure your response around it.

What you do want to make sure to include in your response is a broader takeaway, along the lines of the ones highlighted in our examples above. Remember that Rice admissions officers are trying to get a sense of what you would look like as a member of their campus community, so they need to know more than just “my parents spoke Spanish to me at home” or “I worked at my dad’s law firm in the summer.”  

They also need to understand why these experiences are relevant to understanding what you’d look like as a Rice student, so make sure your response answers that question. For example, for the above examples, the Costa Rican student might write that they were once speaking Spanish in a grocery store with their mom when a stranger made a xenophobic comment and told them to speak English. Because she feels most connected to her roots when speaking Spanish, she wanted others to have a supportive space to learn and speak Spanish (both heritage speakers and non-heritage speakers), so she started a Spanish club at school and put on cultural events. She can write that she wants to continue to foster these spaces at Rice and beyond.

School of Architecture Applicants, Prompt 1

Why are you determined to study architecture could you please elaborate on your past experiences and how they have motivated you to apply to rice university and the school of architecture in particular (250 words).

This is an example of the traditional “Why This Major” essay, that you will likely become familiar with as you work through your supplements. Rice wants to know two things: why you want to study architecture, and why Rice is a good fit for you to pursue your architectural goals. Remember that you’ll also be submitting your response to Prompt 1, which is also about your academic interests, so be sure that this essay presents new information and isn’t repetitive. 

In fleshing out your motivation for studying architecture, you want to draw on your past experiences to demonstrate your personal connection to the subject. If you rely on abstract theories of how to design windows, or spend 200 of your 250 words talking about why Frank Lloyd Wright is your favorite architect, admissions officers will likely want to accept him, or install a new window in their house, rather than accept you.

Instead, you could talk about how your town renovated its bus station when you were starting high school, and your fascination with the choices they made to ensure the station would still run efficiently even during snowy winters. Rather than just telling your readers that you’re interested in infrastructure, you ground this interest in a personal narrative, which gives them a much clearer understanding of why you’re drawn to architecture.

You can also take a longitudinal approach to this essay, by explaining how your passion for architecture unfolded over time. 

For example, you could begin by describing your sense of wonder the first time you saw The Vessel in Hudson Yards, a relatively new development in New York City. You could then transition into talking about how, when you started researching the project, you learned about the controversial tax breaks the Hudson Yards development project received, which prompted a broader interest in the political side of architecture.

Regardless of the approach you take, you want to be sure that you don’t just answer “Why architecture?” but also “Why architecture at Rice ?” Rice isn’t the only school with an architecture program, so you want to make sure you explain why you are interested in theirs in particular.

For the bus station example, you could connect that experience to your hope to work with Professor Georgina Baronian, whose work explores “the interrelation of climate and aesthetics.” For the Hudson Yards example, you could talk about how you hope to delve deeper into the intersection between architecture and politics through courses like ARCH 350 (2): HOUSE: Historical, Representational, Political, which “considers the house typology as a connective thread through history with embedded representational imagery and political implications.” These connections to Rice specifically will give admissions officers confidence that you are ready to take advantage of all that Rice’s architecture program has to offer.

School of Architecture Applicants, Prompt 2

Please expand on relevant experiences and motivations outside of your academic trajectory that have inspired you to study architecture, focusing on aspects that are not accommodated by other prompts in the application. (250 words).

The key to this prompt is the phrase “outside of your academic trajectory.” You already have two essays that give you space to talk about your academic interest in architecture. But choosing a major, and potentially a career, is about more than just books and classes. In this essay, you want to show admissions officers what broader fulfillment architecture gives you, to the point that you want to dedicate your higher educational experience to the field.

There’s no one right way to do that, but one approach is to consider your informal experiences, or self-motivated educational endeavors, that contributed to your interest in architecture. That could be the story of how as a child you used to hold screws in place for your dad when he was building you the bunk bed you’d always wanted. 

Alternatively, you could talk about how watching a documentary on Italian Renaissance architecture inspired you to want to build something as beautiful and enduring as the duomo in Siena. Or you could connect your interest in architecture to more general values you hold, by, for example, describing how architecture allows you to combine your love of beautiful things with your belief in the importance of efficiency.

The only real rule here is that you’re honest. If you’re having a hard time crafting your response to this prompt, take a step back, from the essay and from your application to Rice in general, and ask yourself honestly: Why do I want to study architecture? In sports, athletes sometimes talk about the importance of never losing your love for the game, and a similar idea applies here. When you’re not in class or discussing building codes, what makes your heart burn for architecture? That’s the question you want to answer in this essay.

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How to Respond to the 2023-2024 Rice Supplemental Essay Prompts

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If you are applying to Rice University, do not underestimate the importance of its supplemental essays. Located in Houston, Texas, Rice University is renowned for their programs in science and engineering. The supplemental essay portion of the application gives you a chance to make a more personal impression at this competitive school. The three required prompts touch on how your interests and identity can be explored at Rice. Given that these are rather common questions, it is especially important to have stand-out answers. 

We will walk you through how to craft compelling, differentiated responses for each prompt. Our “questions to consider” help you identify the best stories from your own experiences to share. Let’s dive in! 

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“Please explain why you wish to study in the academic areas you selected. (150 words)”

The first thing to notice with this prompt is the 150 word limit. This signals you must be concise; however, it does not mean there is no room to express your personality! The key to succeeding with a tight word count is picking one thing and carrying it throughout your response. This question gets to the core of why you chose your particular school or major. Really consider what excites you intellectually! Once you’ve identified an academic passion, think back. What first inspired this curiosity? Do you have family members in a certain field you look up to? Did you discover a knack for a subject at an early age? 

You could elevate your answer by then tracing the ways you’ve channeled that interest. Perhaps you participated in a club during high school that allowed you to explore the topic in a new way. Finally, tie things up with how you can further your studies at Rice. Maintaining a cohesive storyline shows that you are intentional and sincere. Also keep in mind that the admissions team is likely not expecting a deep dive on specific programs and course offerings. With this short of a response, your biggest aim is conveying enthusiasm for your academic plans.  

Questions to consider: 

  • Have you ever received recognition for your excellence in a particular subject?
  • What need in the world do you want to fulfill, or what is your dream profession? How can your chosen route of study equip you with those skills?
  • How did you discover you were either a more creative or more analytical thinker?  

Also see: How to write a 250 word essay

“Based upon your exploration of Rice University, what elements of the Rice experience appeal to you? (150 words)”

Opening with “based upon your exploration of Rice University” should serve as an alarm bell to do your homework. Admissions assumes that you have researched Rice and all it brings to the table. Do an in-depth browse of Rice’s website, social media, and reports like its strategic plan. Make notes on everything that intrigues you or seems unique. With another short word limit, do not try to address every reason you find Rise desirable. Instead, think about what makes Rice truly distinct. “The Rice experience” can encompass any aspect of campus life, so don’t feel like there is only one right answer. Narrow down to a few specific university offerings that align with a personal goal of yours. Like the first prompt, examples that center around a key interest make your response seem thoughtful and genuine. 

Questions to consider:  

  • Is your life currently devoted to any hobbies you can find at Rice?
  • What volunteer opportunities might you be interested in?
  • Is there something about Rice’s traditions like its unique housing system that make it unlike any other school? 

Also see: How to write a 500 word essay

Prompt #3 (choose one)

Option #1: “The Residential College System is at the heart of Rice student life and is heavily influenced by the particular cultural traditions and unique life experiences each student brings. What life experiences and/or unique perspectives are you looking forward to sharing with fellow Owls in the residential college system? 500 word limit.”

Rice is looking for unique and diverse individuals to join their university and thrive in their dorms or residential college system. To begin your response, try and think about any unique perspectives or experiences you may have had that can make you stand out from other applicants. This could include your background or culture and even aspects of your life such as skills, talents or extracurricular activities. However, don’t forget! This is about unique experiences you bring to the table so try to avoid discussing something that is more common. For example, talking about playing football in high school may not be unique, however discussing how you were team captain of the football team could highlight a unique perspective. Once you have figured out what you’re uniquely passionate about, be sure to discuss how you will enrich the lives of your Rice University community with your unique perspective. Are you able to teach this skill to others? Is there an aspect of your culture you wish to indulge in while living in the dorms at Rice? Whatever the method, be sure you spend a good chunk of this response focusing on how you will share your uniqueness with your fellow Owls and how it will benefit them and your residential community. 

  • What is unique about you? 
  • How are you different from others? Do you indulge in any unique hobbies, culture or extracurricular activities? 
  • Are you able to teach this unique skill? How will you share your knowledge with your fellow Owls?

Option #1: Rice is strengthened by its diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders and change agents across the spectrum of human endeavor. What perspectives shaped by your background, experiences, upbringing, and/or racial identity inspire you to join our community of change agents at Rice? 500 word limit. “

This is a very similar prompt to the the above option for prompt #3, however it focuses more on how Rice will be a catalyst for the change you seek. If you have a topic you are passionate about, this is the time to make your voice shine! In this response, you should detail any perspective you may have that is shaped by your background, experiences, upbringing and/or racial identity. Once you detail this information in your response, you should then focus on why Rice is the perfect place for you to join fellow students and change agents. This is the perfect time to get some bonus points with Rice by detailing some specific examples of aspects of their university that you are looking forward to joining (or even changing!). Some examples could be specific clubs, extracurricular activities, classes or more! Ultimately, be sure that you are sharing your unique perspective and how Rice is the perfect community for you to join to be able to thrive and keep fighting for your perspective and learning from its diverse community. 

  • What unique perspective do you hold that you are extremely passionate about? 
  • How can Rice help you achieve your goals and make your voice heard?
  • What specific aspects of Rice University are you looking forward to joining? Why? 

The “Rice Box”

“In keeping with Rice’s long-standing tradition (known as “The Box”), please share an image of something that appeals to you .”

This prompt throws you a curveball because it is so unconventional. Instead of using words to showcase you who are, the photo you select gets to do the talking. We understand that this question can cause many students stress. However, unless you submit something inappropriate, the admissions team says it should not harm anyone’s overall evaluation; rather, it should add more color to the stories you have shared throughout your application. 

Choose an image that supports your other responses about who you are and what you stand for. For example, you may have written about studying art history and discussed experiences while traveling. Submitting a painting from a museum in Spain that inspired you would be a great response! 

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Program-specific prompts

The Rice supplemental essays will vary if you are applying to Rice’s School of Architecture or the Rice/Baylor Medical Scholars Program. The two tracks’ prompts vary, but they mostly touch on why that specific field inspires you. One of the medical questions asks about obstacles you’ve faced. 

You might notice these share some overlap with topics you could discuss in the three general written prompts. It is always important to map out your answers to each question before working on any one. Although you should keep your key themes of interests consistent, you should not be repeating anecdotes.

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Final thoughts

The Rice supplemental essays share similarities with many college prompts. Why you selected a certain major, what perspectives you offer, and why this is your ideal school should not be too scary! Because two of the prompts are so short, it is essential to find strong examples to send your message. You may find it helpful to get all your thoughts down, then cut out the fluff later. With our tips, you should be well on your way to acing these responses. Best of luck! 

Also see: How to respond to the Common App essay prompts

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Additional supplemental essay guides

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Rice Supplemental Essays 2023-2024

The Rice University supplemental essays play an integral role in any student’s “how to get into Rice” plan . As one of the top universities in the nation, strong Rice University supplemental essays can help set your application apart. 

This means you should plan to ace the why school essay, the why major essay, and the long essay that Rice requires. So, if you’re looking for helpful tips on the Rice supplemental essays, then you’re in the right place. 

Rice Essay: Quick Facts

  • Rice acceptance rate: 9%— U.S. News ranks Rice as a most selective school.
  • 2 (~150 word) essays
  • 1 full-page (500 word) essay
  • Rice application: Students must submit their Rice application through the Common App, Coalition App, or QuestBridge application systems. 
  • Rice essay #1 tip: We recommend using the short and long Rice University essay prompts to highlight different aspects of your experiences that you haven’t highlighted elsewhere—Rice Box image included—to help your application stand out.

Please note that essay requirements are subject to change each admissions cycle, and portions of this article may have been written before the final publication of the most recent guidelines. For the most up-to-date information on essay requirements, check the university’s admissions website.

Does Rice University have supplemental essays?

Yes. In addition to the personal statement that you’ll write in the Common App or Coalition App , you’ll also have to answer both short and extended Rice supplemental essays. In total, applicants will write three Rice University supplemental essays. This includes two that are 150 words and a third that is 500 words. The prompts may look familiar—namely, a why school essay and a why major essay. 

Three additional Rice University supplemental essays may sound intimidating. However, we urge you to view them as a chance to share valuable information about yourself with admissions. Beyond any single Rice University essay prompt, you will have multiple chances to shine. 

The Rice supplemental essays are available on the Common App site . You can also visit the Rice University site for a full list of application requirements, including the essay details. You might also complete an optional alumni interview to supplement your Rice supplemental essays and application.

What are the Rice University supplemental essays?

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There are three school-specific Rice supplemental essays and an image contribution in the Rice application. The first two Rice supplemental essays each have a 150 word limit. One Rice essay is essentially a why major essay and the other Rice essay is a why school essay. 

The third of the Rice University supplemental essays allows students to choose from two different prompts. However, the prompts are relatively similar with slight nuances in their wording. Essentially, the last of the Rice University supplemental essays asks students to show how they will enrich the Rice community. This essay has a 500 word limit. 

You should use every opportunity in your Rice University supplemental essays to express yourself in a personal, engaging manner. And because each of the Rice University supplemental essays covers a different topic with a different word limit, you’ll use different strategies for each one.

Before starting your Rice University supplemental essays, do your research on Rice University. Check out our how to get into Rice guide in order to write your best Rice University supplemental essays. You may also want to read some successful college essay examples. Check out these why college essay examples for inspiration. 

Now, keep reading to learn how to tackle each of the Rice University essay prompts!

Rice University Supplemental Essay #1: Why Major Essay

The first Rice University essay prompt asks applicants to explore their academic study interests with a why major essay. If you still haven’t chosen a major , don’t worry. You are not bound to the academic area that you reference in this Rice essay. However, successful Rice University supplemental essays will need to specifically address a given field. When considering how to get into Rice, remember that you will select an academic area of interest in the application. So, start thinking about intellectual interests and browsing majors to see what matches up. 

Please explain why you wish to study in the academic areas you selected. (150 words)

This Rice essay is short but sweet. At this point, your reader may have already glanced at your previous coursework and activities, as well as your personal statement . So, to add to that, what stories do you have about what you hope to study in college? The strongest Rice University supplemental essays will give readers an authentic window into an applicant’s intellectual life.

Specifically, this Rice University essay prompt lets you offer some background on an activity or experience that showcases your intellectual interests. You may choose to start your first Rice essay with an anecdote that illustrates these interests in action.

Highlight your passions

For this Rice essay, don’t be afraid to geek out about a topic and share how you have explored it in the classroom and beyond. This could be in a school club, a summer program , or a personal passion project . In fact, your description of your interests should take up most of this Rice essay—perhaps 90-120 words.

Additionally, if you don’t quite know what you’d like to study, that’s okay! Remember, the potential field or major discussed in applicants’ Rice University supplemental essays is not binding. So, use your Rice essay to talk about the thing that interests you most. 

Connect your interests to Rice

Most importantly, to wrap up your first Rice essay, connect your interests to something that Rice can do to help you excel. For example, if you have a penchant for the sciences , you might use this Rice University essay prompt to note unique research projects that previous Rice students have done with faculty. Or, if you’re interested in the humanities , you might emphasize Rice’s various unique minors like Museums and Cultural Heritage when responding to this Rice University essay prompt. This part of your Rice essay can just be a few sentences—perhaps 30-60 words. Remember to be specific about why Rice is the school for you.

Rice Essay Reflection Questions:

  • Does your draft share a narrative rather than just restating your activities list?
  • Do you limit your focus to a single field when responding to the Rice University essay prompt?
  • Does your Rice essay connect your interest to opportunities available at Rice?
  • Do you use clear and evocative language in the first of the Rice University supplemental essays?

Rice University Supplemental Essay #2: Why School Essay

While the first Rice University essay prompt asked students to write a why major essay, the second asks students “why Rice?” 

The Rice University acceptance rate is competitive at just 9% . Successful applicants will write Rice University supplemental essays that show just why they have to study at Rice. Rice University supplemental essays are your chance to show admissions that you’ve done your research and are set on Rice. 

Based upon your exploration of Rice University, what elements of the Rice experience appeal to you? (150 words)

This Rice University essay prompt is the classic “why school” essay . You may have encountered similar prompts on other applications. While it might be tempting to adapt a “why school” essay from another application, students will want to start from scratch to make sure their Rice University supplemental essays are as specific as possible.

No shortcuts on this Rice University essay prompt; you’ll have to do your homework. Begin by asking, “What about Rice suits you?” If you haven’t already, this Rice essay is a great chance to share if you have reached out to a current student, watched an official YouTube video , or attended an information session. And if you have not yet, it’s not too late! It all starts with a virtual tour . Do the Rice research before writing your Rice University supplemental essays so that you can speak about Rice like a pro. 

Keep it about you

However, remember that this Rice essay is still a chance for the reader to get to know you. Are there other interests that you have not been able to discuss in other parts of your application? As you approach this Rice essay prompt, as well as the other Rice supplemental essays, think about what might be missing from your application. For instance, maybe you already have written some responses to a few of your activities in the other Rice University supplemental essays. Perhaps there is another that you could highlight in this Rice essay.

Take this Rice University essay prompt as a way to share something new about yourself. When all is said and done, the admissions office at any school hopes to admit a class full of talented people with various pursuits and interests. The best Rice supplemental essays will reveal what a given student will bring to their class and community.

Before answering this Rice essay prompt, read some successful why school essays. Here are some examples of well-written essays from applicants to Northwestern and Yale .

  • Does your Rice essay draft include specific references to the academic community at Rice University?
  • Do you share how Rice’s resources connect to your personal education goals?
  • Does your Rice essay focus on just one or two aspects of Rice as they relate to your interests?

Rice Supplemental Essays – Long Answer

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The last of the Rice University supplemental essays offers students the choice of two prompts to respond to. However, each prompt asks students to explore the way in which they will contribute to the Rice community. 

The final Rice supplemental essay prompt offers much more room to write than the other Rice University essay prompts, with a 500 word limit. It may feel overwhelming, but there are many ways to meaningfully answer this Rice essay. 

Successful Rice University supplemental essays will use the word count wisely in order to impress admissions and overcome the low Rice University acceptance rate. In fact, the best Rice University supplemental essays will thoughtfully use the word count to show applicants’ unique experiences and qualities. The room this Rice essay allows you is by design. This is your time to shine.

The Residential College System is at the heart of Rice student life and is heavily influenced by the particular cultural traditions and unique life experiences each student brings. What life experiences and/or unique perspectives are you looking forward to sharing with fellow Owls in the residential college system? (500 words)

You might feel that you don’t have any traditions or experiences that you can discuss with the depth that the last of the Rice University essay prompts demands. “Life experiences” and “cultural traditions” are central to this Rice essay. For some, Rice University supplemental essays may reference meaningful touchstones like holidays, food, music, and dance. 

When responding to the last of the Rice University essay prompts, try to engage your reader’s senses. What do the surroundings look, sound, smell, and feel like? Just as you might envision an opening scene of a movie, you should use this Rice essay to make the reader feel like they are right there with you. Successful Rice supplemental essays will use vivid and evocative language to tell an engaging story.

Define “community” and “culture”

That being said, you don’t need to fixate on a single anecdote to make your Rice essay shine. Successful Rice University supplemental essays may also refer to cultural traditions more broadly than any key moment. In considering your cultural background, you might initially think about your family or the fact that you will be a first-generation college student . 

However, you can also use the last of the Rice University essay prompts as an opportunity to draw connections to a wider set of themes. Community and culture manifest in a variety of forms. From school clubs to youth groups, or even online Discord channels, we all engage in communities that inform our identities. All of these communities can give you useful material for your Rice supplemental essays.

Finding your story

If you’re still struggling with how to respond to the last of the Rice University essay prompts, don’t be discouraged. Everyone has a story to share, and the Rice supplemental essays are designed to help you do so. You could start by imagining how your friends would describe you. Or, it could be helpful to think of a simple timeline of your life so far. From birth to now, consider some milestones that have contributed to who you are today. You might also describe a hero or mentor who has changed your direction. There are a myriad of experiences that successful Rice University supplemental essays could touch on when responding to this Rice University essay prompt. 

Bring it back to Rice  

Remember that while the Rice University supplemental essays should center on you and your personal experiences, however, they also need to show what you will bring to campus. When answering the first long Rice University essay prompt, make sure that you clearly state how you will bring your personal experiences, culture, and traditions to the Rice community. Will you get involved in certain clubs? Will you share your family’s holidays with your hall in the dorms? And will you bring these experiences and perspectives to the classroom?

Rice University admissions wants to learn more about how you’ll fit into the Rice community. So, use the long Rice University supplemental essays to do just that.  

Now let’s check out the second of the long Rice University supplemental essays: 

Rice is strengthened by its diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders and change agents across the spectrum of human endeavor. What perspectives shaped by your background, experiences, upbringing, and/or racial identity inspire you to join our community of change agents at Rice? 

Remember those helpful tips on how to respond to the first of the Rice University supplemental essays prompt? Well, they can actually apply here, too. 

If responding the this prompt, students should focus on how the aspects mentioned in the prompt will make them incite change. Note how they refer to Rice’s “community of change agents.” Successful Rice University supplemental essays will show how students will contribute to this community. 

How has your background informed your future academic and career goals? What has motivated your path forward to creating change in the world and essentially leaving it a better place than it was before? Students should write on their own experiences, upbringing and (if applicable) racial identity. 

Similar to the first prompt, there are many routes that students could take when writing this essay. So, how can you choose what to write about? These essays need to be passionate and genuine. If you aren’t excited about the topic you’re writing about, then your reader won’t be, either. Remember that these Rice University supplemental essays need to truly add a new dimension to your Rice application. Namely, you want to share more about you and how you will be a perfect fit for the Rice community. 

No matter the prompt, focus on you

This Rice essay gives you up to 500 words, which lets you discuss a lot. However, successful Rice University supplemental essays will not lose sight of the fact that this essay is about applicants as individuals. If you choose to describe how other people have made an impact on your life, remember to bring it back to yourself and your experiences. Above all, your Rice essay should center on how your experiences and traditions have made you the person you are.

As with the other Rice supplemental essays, make sure you remain centered on your own story and clearly communicate this story to your readers. Though it may be tempting to wax philosophical when writing your Rice University supplemental essays, you should focus on writing explicitly about yourself and your experiences. When in doubt, be more direct while trying to engage the reader in your Rice supplemental essays. Metaphors and quotes can help ground your Rice University supplemental essays at times, but be careful not to overuse them.

How do you wrap up the conclusion of such an open, personal essay? While there is no one “correct” way to end the Rice supplemental essays, take a moment to reflect on how these experiences have made an impact on you. How would you be different without them? Where have these milestones taken you to where you have been, where you are now, and perhaps where you hope to be in the future? Successful Rice University supplemental essays will answer these questions and more.

  • Do you write between 400 and 500 words in this Rice essay?
  • Does your Rice essay center on yourself and your development?
  • Is your response to the third of the Rice University essay prompts concrete and specific?
  • If applicable, do you use specific examples of how you have shared your perspectives or learned from those of other people?

How to write Rice Supplemental Essays

Writing impactful Rice University supplemental essays that catch the attention of Rice University admissions officers may seem like a daunting task. However, the Rice supplemental essays are extremely important, especially given the low Rice University acceptance rate. 

Luckily, there are certain tips you can follow to ease the writing process when approaching the Rice University supplemental essays. 

5 Tips for Writing Rice Supplemental Essays: 

#1- be specific.

When responding to both the why school essay and the why major essay, you should be specific. One of the worst mistakes students can make in their Rice supplemental essays is being generic in their responses. When writing the Rice supplemental essays, reference specific programs and offerings only available at Rice. Also, when talking about your life experiences, describe why they are meaningful to you. It may be helpful to make a college resume in order to organize all of your important activities and draw on the most important ones when writing your Rice supplemental essays. 

#2- Provide context to the reader

Above all, your reader wants to know what makes you the person you are. The Rice supplemental essays are your chance to show the admissions team that you’re more than a statistic. Tell them who you are, what you value, and why you belong at their school. Strong Rice supplemental essays will leave the admissions committee with a clear, authentic understanding of an applicant’s background and aspirations.

#3- Choose your topics carefully

You want to be authentic and unique in your responses to the Rice University essay prompts. The topic you choose to focus on makes a huge difference as your passion will be evident in the writing. Write on themes that are genuinely exciting and impactful to you. 

#4- Start early

Give yourself plenty of time to thoughtfully and carefully respond to the Rice University essay prompts. Remember that you will be writing essays for the majority of the schools you apply to. Factor that into your college application timeline. You’ll need time to brainstorm, draft, and revise each Rice essay. 

#5- Be creative and grammatically correct

Don’t shy away from getting creative with your writing style and responses to these Rice supplemental essays. That doesn’t mean you should write a poem, but, feel free to use vivid imagery and descriptive language in order to fully immerse your reader in your subject matter. However, your writing also needs to be grammatically impeccable. Have another set of eyes look over your final Rice University supplemental essays to make sure you’ve expressed your point and have no mechanical errors. 

Additionally, if any special circumstances have influenced your academic or personal development, you may want to discuss them in your Rice University supplemental essays. This can help the admissions team gain insight into your perspective.

Additional Rice Requirements – An Image for “The Box”

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One of Rice’s long-standing traditions is “The Box,” a question on our application where we ask all of our applicants to share an image of something that appeals to them. The Box gives you the opportunity to present us with an image that shares something about yourself, your interests or what is meaningful to you. This image is not used for evaluative purposes in the application, but allows you to put your stamp on the application about who you are aside from what you have achieved. Be sure to choose an image that speaks for itself and does not need an explanation. The Box must be a two-dimensional image that is uploaded in the Common Application or the Coalition Application, or uploaded in the Rice Admission Student Portal.

This Rice university essay prompt is not an essay at all. However, the Rice Box does a lot of the things your Rice essays do—namely, it gives the admissions team a window into who you are and what you care about.

Understandably, this unique prompt throws many students off. Remember that while the Rice Box might let you stand out, it should not detract from the effort you put into the required Rice University supplemental essays.

Don’t sweat your image choice

Notice the part of the prompt that reads, “This image is not used for evaluative purposes…and does not need an explanation.” In short, this image will not make or break your application—instead, it should be a fun addition to your overall profile.

Your submission should be able to speak for itself without a supplemental description. Some ideas for your Rice Box image might include a section of your bookshelf, a place you enjoy, an important memento, a project you enjoyed, or a hobby you mention elsewhere.

Don’t get hung up on the Rice Box! Find an image that speaks to you, and leave it at that. Then, spend the bulk of your time crafting your Rice University supplemental essays.

Rice Box Reflection Questions:

  • Is your image clear enough, while staying within the file size limit?
  • Is your image tasteful and appropriate for an academic context?
  • Does your image reveal something interesting about you?

Does Rice care about essays?

Forbes ranks Rice University as #22 on 2023 Top Colleges list and the U.S. News Best Colleges list ranks it #15. And, the Rice University acceptance rate is quite competitive at 9%. For these reasons, when considering how to get into Rice University, one of the best colleges in Texas , applicants will want to focus on making their application as competitive as possible. The Rice University supplemental essays play a vital role in the admissions process. 

Rice’s application philosophy is holistic and committee-based. That means that your Rice University supplemental essays are extremely important within the context of your Rice application narrative. Rice University admissions will evaluate applicants on more than just hitting certain academic marks. However, given the low Rice University acceptance rate, it’s important to have a good SAT score and above averag e GPA . 

Using the Rice essays to your benefit

The Rice University supplemental essays are applicants’ opportunities to share new information that they weren’t able to display in other parts of their application. In evaluating Rice essays, the admissions team also looks to see whether you’ve done your research on why Rice University is the right school for you. So, the why school essay and why major essay are extremely important in showing off the specifics of what you’ve learned about Rice. The longer Rice essay is also an excellent opportunity to point out parts of campus life and community in which you would thrive thanks to your unique background. 

Rice University admissions needs to see your understanding and enthusiasm for the university within your Rice supplemental essays. The entire Rice application is important in the admissions evaluation process, however, the Rice supplemental essays will allow Rice University admissions to get a truer picture of who you are and why you’d fit in at Rice. 

More admissions requirements for Rice University

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Applicants working on their Rice supplemental essays will need to make sure that they meet the Rice requirements and deadlines. In addition to well-written and unique Rice University supplemental essays, applicants should aim to take rigorous academic courses throughout secondary school. GPA is an important factor as a part of the admissions process. 

Rice University is test-optional so students aren’t required to submit their standardized test scores. However, half of admitted students had scores within the range of 1490-1570. If you fall within that range, or above, submitting your scores will likely bolster your Rice application. 

Letters and interviews

Rice requires applicants to submit three letters of recommendation . These letters are extremely important within the Rice admissions evaluation process. You’ll want to ask your counselor and two teachers for their recommendations well in advance so that they have sufficient time to submit them. 

Students are able to complete optional interviews which are either with an alumnus or current Rice University senior. This is a great opportunity for applicants to learn more about the Rice experience. It also lets them share more of who they are both academically and personally. 

Addition materials for special programs

Students applying to the Shepherd School of Music , School of Architecture , or Visual and Dramatic Arts department will be required to submit additional Rice University supplemental materials. You can look at all the Rice requirements here . 

Remember that Rice partners with the QuestBridge application process. So, in addition to the Rice University supplemental essays, students should check out the match requirements when completing the application. 

Applicants should also consider the cost of college and financial aid packages when starting their college search . This should be an integral part of building a college list . So, check out Rice’s financial aid options in order to compare with other colleges as you go through the college application and eventually enrollment process. 

Rice University Supplemental Essays — Final Thoughts

As you craft your Rice essays, remember to be intentional and specific. Also, these tips are just a starting point. Every Rice University essay prompt is different, and you’ll want to examine each of them on their own terms. There are multiple ways to approach your Rice essays; as you draft, you’ll learn what works best for you.

Your Rice supplemental essays give you the creative latitude to make them your own, so use this to your advantage. There are many student success stories that come from writing strong essays that bolster a competitive application. Check out one student’s journey below and remember that you could be one too. Good luck!

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Rice University in Houston, Texas has decided to add a new essay requirement to its first-year application that explicitly mentions race just weeks after The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that colleges can no longer admit students on the on the basis of race .

Previously, Rice only had two 150-word short answer response requirements on its supplement to the Common Application. Now, it also gives students a choice between responding to one of two new prompts in up to 500 words.

2023-2024 Rice Supplemental Essay Prompts

1. Please explain why you wish to study in the academic areas you selected above. Required (150 words max)

2. Based upon your exploration of Rice University, what elements of the Rice experience appeal to you? Required (150 words max)

3. Please respond to one of the following prompts to explore how you will contribute to the Rice community: Required (500 words max)

Option 1: The Residential College System is at the heart of Rice student life and is heavily influenced by the particular cultural traditions and unique life experiences each student brings. What life experiences and/or unique perspectives are you looking forward to sharing with fellow Owls in the residential college system?

Option 2: Rice is strengthened by its diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders and change agents across the spectrum of human endeavor. What perspectives shaped by your background, experiences, upbringing, and/or racial identity inspire you to join our community of change agents at Rice?

The two prompt options from which first-year applicants have to choose are interestingly phrased. The first requires the respondent to show himself or herself sharing traditions, experiences, or perspectives with fellow future Rice students, while the second only requires that respondents share perspectives shaped by their background, experiences, upbringing, and/or racial identity that inspires them to join a future community of change agents at Rice. The reason this distinction is important is that it could be read as meaning Rice will be assessing respondents to the first option based on what they choose to share with future fellow students while assessing respondents to the second option based only on their choice of background, experiences, upbringing, and/or racial identity. Of course, only Rice admissions officers know for sure how they will be instructed to assess applicants’ responses to this new required essay. In the context of the current post-affirmative legal environment, Rice admissions officers will of course need to adhere to The Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, that included this critical paragraph:

“At the same time, as all parties agree, nothing in this opinion should be construed as prohibiting universities from considering an applicant’s discussion of how race affected his or her life, be it through discrimination, inspiration, or otherwise. See, e.g., 4 App. in No. 21–707, at 1725–1726, 1741; Tr. of Oral Arg. in No. 20–1199, at 10. But, despite the dissent’s assertion to the contrary, universities may not simply establish through application essays or other means the regime we hold unlawful today. (A dissenting opinion is generally not the best source of legal advice on how to comply with the majority opinion.) “[W]hat cannot be done directly cannot be done indirectly. The Constitution deals with substance, not shadows,” and the prohibition against racial discrimination is “levelled at the thing, not the name.” Cummings v. Missouri, 4 Wall. 277, 325 (1867). A benefit to a student who overcame racial discrimination, for example, must be tied to that student’s courage and determination. Or a benefit to a student whose heritage or culture motivated him or her to assume a leadership role or attain a particular goal must be tied to that student’s unique ability to contribute to the university. In other words, the student must be treated based on his or her experiences as an individual—not on the basis of race. Many universities have for too long done just the opposite. And in doing so, they have concluded, wrongly, that the touchstone of an individual’s identity is not challenges bested, skills built, or lessons learned but the color of their skin. Our constitutional history does not tolerate that choice.”

I wish students good luck as they draft their responses, and I also wish Rice admissions officers good luck with adhering to the law, internal directives, and their consciences when assessing these essay responses as part of their holistic review process.

As the vast majority of high school seniors applying to Rice do so through the Common Application, most Rice applicants will also need to respond – and respond well – to one of the Common App’s main essay prompts in order to be considered for admission at Rice.

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Proulx, Daniel. "Le parcours philosophique de Henry Corbin phénoménologie-herméneutique et philosophie prophétique." Mémoire, Université de Sherbrooke, 2009. http://savoirs.usherbrooke.ca/handle/11143/2627.

Cusson, Marie. "Herméneutique philosophique et littérature, une étude de trois concepts." Thesis, National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada, 1997. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk2/ftp02/NQ41544.pdf.

Marcucci, Laetitia. "Histoire philosophique de la physiognomonie de l'Antiquité à l'Age classique." Thesis, Nice, 2014. http://www.theses.fr/2014NICE2020.

Contreras, Sanchez Andres. "Herméneutique et sens de l’être : éléments pour une interprétation du rapport philosophique de Heidegger et Gadamer." Thesis, Paris 4, 2013. http://www.theses.fr/2013PA040016.

Méthot, Jean-François. "Qu'est-ce que le récit? : sémiotique et herméneutique à l'épreuve de la grammaire philosophique de Wittgenstein." Thesis, National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada, 1994. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk3/ftp04/nq26134.pdf.

Desroches, Daniel. "La voie longue de la compréhension : le projet herméneutique et la réception philosophique de Paul Ricoeur." Thesis, National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada, 1998. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk2/tape15/PQDD_0007/MQ33613.pdf.

Varlik, Selami. "Herméneutique coranique et objectivité du sens : la critique philosophique de Fazlur Rahman dans la Turquie contemporaine." Paris, EHESS, 2012. http://www.theses.fr/2012EHES0056.

Artous-Bouvet, Guillaume. "Statut de la littérature dans le discours philosophique français après 1950." Paris 8, 2007. http://octaviana.fr/document/133291286#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=0.

Bourgoin-Castonguay, Simon. "Entre histoire et vérité : Paul Ricœur et Michel Foucault : généalogie du sujet, herméneutique du soi et anthropologie." Doctoral thesis, Université Laval, 2014. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/25206.

Kuhry, Emmanuelle. "La Compilatio de libris naturalibus Aristotelis et aliorum quorundam philosophorum ou Compendium philosophie : histoire et édition préliminaire partielle d’une compilation philosophique du XIIIe siècle." Thesis, Université de Lorraine, 2014. http://www.theses.fr/2014LORR0290/document.

Marinescu, Paul. "La problématique de l'universalité de l'herméneutique." Thesis, Lyon 3, 2011. http://www.theses.fr/2011LYO30036.

Sautereau, Cyndie. "Éthique et herméneutique : une réponse des herméneutiques de Paul Ricoeur et de Hans-Georg Gadamer à l'énigme d'autrui." Thesis, Université Laval, 2013. http://www.theses.ulaval.ca/2013/29937/29937.pdf.

Scandella, Martine. "Introduction à la philosophie de Wilhelm Dilthey : épistémologie et herméneutique." Lyon 3, 1995. http://www.theses.fr/1995LYO31007.

Lacour, Philippe. "Logique de la raison pratique : réflexivité, herméneutique, clinique." Aix-Marseille 1, 2006. http://www.theses.fr/2006AIX10071.

Boulnois, Marie-Odile. "Le paradoxe trinitaire chez Cyrille d'Alexandrie : herméneutique, analyses philosophiques et argumentation théologique." Paris, EPHE, 1993. http://www.theses.fr/1993EPHE0000.

Barre-Laroye, Marie-Odile. "Herméneutique et langage : l'approche de Paul Ricoeur." Lyon 3, 2003. http://www.theses.fr/2003LYO31009.

Beaupte, Gilles de. "Êtres : recherches d'ontologie phénoménologique et herméneutique." Poitiers, 2011. http://www.theses.fr/2011POIT5022.

Kikuchi, Kéisuké. "La pensée herméneutique de l'histoire : temporalité, narrativité et historicité." Paris 12, 2002. http://www.theses.fr/2002PA120044.

Peer-Brie, Jérôme. "Le problème des sciences humaines dans la philosophie herméneutique de Gadamer." Master's thesis, Université Laval, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/27668.

Znepolsky, Boyan. "L'herméneutique moderne entre philosophie de la conscience et philosophie de la communication." Paris, EHESS, 1999. http://www.theses.fr/1999EHES0033.

Lelièvre, Samuel. "Image et sens dans l'herméneutique et la philosophie de l'art de Paul Ricoeur." Thesis, Paris, EHESS, 2020. http://www.theses.fr/2020EHES0078.

Desmons, Ophelie. "Les présupposés du libéralisme politique : quelle justification? John Rawls et l'hypothèse herméneutique." Thesis, Université Laval, 2014. http://www.theses.ulaval.ca/2014/30518/30518.pdf.

Ascarate, Coronel Luz Maria. "Psyché ranimée. Imagination et émancipation dans la philosophie de Paul Ricœur." Thesis, Paris, EHESS, 2019. http://www.theses.fr/2019EHES0063.

Federau, Alexander. "Philosophie de l'Anthropocène : interprétations et épistémologie." Thesis, Dijon, 2016. http://www.theses.fr/2016DIJOL006.

Kim, Hye-Ryung. "Habiter : perspectives philosophiques et éthiques : de Heidegger à Ricoeur." Strasbourg, 2011. https://publication-theses.unistra.fr/public/theses_doctorat/2011/KIM_Hye-Ryung_2011.pdf.

Richard, Thomas. "Prolégomènes à une herméneutique existentielle des antéformes architecturales." Thesis, Lyon, 2020. http://www.theses.fr/2020LYSE3002.

Beauvais, Jean-Baptiste de. "De la métaphore à la perception : une herméneutique du visible au sein du christianisme." Paris 1, 2005. http://www.theses.fr/2005PA010664.

Plas, Jacques. "Onirologie et onirocritique : perspectives anthropologiques et philosophiques." Thesis, Metz, 2011. http://www.theses.fr/2011METZ005L/document.

Mazabraud, Bertrand. "De la juridicité : approche de phénoménologie herméneutique." Thesis, Poitiers, 2013. http://www.theses.fr/2013POIT5009.

Bougès, Louis-Marie. "Autoréférence et alternance : la formation comme accompagnement d'une herméneutique expérientielle." Pau, 2009. http://www.theses.fr/2009PAUU1002.

Kardos, Gábor. "La répétition fondatrice herméneutique fondamentale et ontologie de l'ipséité : lecture compréhensive confrontant Platon, Kierkegaard et Heidegger dans la perspective d'une critique principielle de l'interprétation historico-critique d'après la différence originaire entre œuvre et interprétation." Paris 4, 1998. http://www.theses.fr/1998PA040116.

Rockhill, Gabriel. "Logique de l'histoire : la pensée contemporaine aux prises avec le passé." Paris 8, 2005. http://www.theses.fr/2005PA082513.

Mihali, Ciprian. "Pour une hermeneutique du quotidien." Université Marc Bloch (Strasbourg) (1971-2008), 2000. http://www.theses.fr/2000STR20013.

Giraud, Vincent. "La condition herméneutique : signification et manifestation dans la pensée de Saint Augustin." Bordeaux 3, 2010. http://www.theses.fr/2010BOR30088.

Harada, Masaki (1967 ). "La physique au carrefour de l'intuitif et du symbolique : une étude épistémologique des concepts quantiques à la lumière de la phénoménologie herméneutique." Paris 7, 2005. http://www.theses.fr/2005PA070004.

Simon, Kunnath Annie Mary. "De l’homme faillible à l’homme de la reconnaissance : une relecture de l’anthropologie herméneutique de Paul Ricœur." Poitiers, 2009. http://www.theses.fr/2009POIT5017.

Chardel, Pierre-Antoine. "Étude des enjeux ontologiques et éthiques de l'écriture dans le champ de l'herméneutique et de la déconstruction : M. Heidegger, H. G. Gadamer, E. Levinas, J. Derrida." Paris, EHESS, 2000. http://www.theses.fr/2000EHES0064.

Bourgault, Jean. "L'invention de la méthode dans la philosophie de Jean-Paul Sartre." Nice, 1999. http://www.theses.fr/1999NICE2020.

Nys, Philippe A. "Eléments pour une herméneutique et une phénoménologie des lieux de l'habiter: jardin-architecture-paysage." Doctoral thesis, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, 1995. http://hdl.handle.net/2013/ULB-DIPOT:oai:dipot.ulb.ac.be:2013/212514.

Riado, Benjamin. ""Parergon" : une herméneutique documentaire dans l'art contemporain : le cas du Land Art." Paris 1, 2013. http://www.theses.fr/2013PA010518.

Bonnec, Damien. "Pierre Boulez et Stéphane Mallarmé : essai d’une herméneutique comparée." Thesis, Rennes 2, 2019. http://www.theses.fr/2019REN20054.

Simonin, David. "« Éléments pour la théorie du sentiment de puissance ». Affectivité et herméneutique de la puissance dans la philosophie de Nietzsche." Thesis, Sorbonne université, 2019. http://www.theses.fr/2019SORUL129.

Arghirescu, Diana. "Zhong Yong - Traduction et commentaire herméneutique de la continuité dynamique, source de sens pour la pensée chinoise." Paris 7, 2003. http://www.theses.fr/2003PA070020.

Cusset, Yves. "Autoréflexion et communication : à propos d'un changement de paradigme dans la philosophie allemande contemporaine." Paris 4, 2000. http://www.theses.fr/2000PA040027.

Ndeh, Dominique. "Religion et éthique : une relecture herméneutique des Discours sur la religion de Schleiermacher." Université de Marne-la-Vallée, 2002. http://www.theses.fr/2002MARN0145.

Poché, Fred. "Langage et vérité, pour une théorie du sujet parlant : entre pragmatique, psychanalyse et philosophie de la communication." Paris 10, 1994. http://www.theses.fr/1994PA100082.

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Moreau, Jérôme. "Abraham dans l’exégèse de Philon d’Alexandrie : enjeux herméneutiques de la démarche allégorique." Thesis, Lyon 2, 2010. http://www.theses.fr/2010LYO20115/document.

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