How to Write the Rice Supplemental Essays

Rice has two supplemental essays in addition to the main Common Application essay. Here are some tips for answering those supplements!

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

This question is twofold: it’s asking “why do you want to study what you want to study?” and “why do you want to attend Rice?” Those are two big questions to answer in just 150 words! To tackle this question, try to be as specific as possible. Don’t list everything you love about Rice or every class you want to take. Rather, choose one or two specific interests you want to pursue and give concrete details justifying why Rice is the best place for you to pursue those interests.

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

This might feel like an extension of the first essay, but be careful not to turn it into one. Use this space to discuss other, nonacademic aspects of Rice that attract you to the school. For instance, maybe you look forward to being at a school where students’ social circles are full of people with diverse perspectives and identities, and you know that Rice ranks #1 for race and class interactions. Or maybe you want to immerse yourself in the broader community of the city wherever you go to college, and you know that Rice’s “Passport to Houston” will enable you to do that. Take the word “experience” to mean whatever you want it to mean!