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Applying to the Undergraduate Program

Engineering QuadWelcome!

We are pleased that you are considering the Rice University Department of Bioengineering for your undergraduate education.

Engineering education has occupied a prominent and historical place since the university first opened as the Rice Institute in 1912. Since its founding in 1997, the Department of Bioengineering has been consistently ranked among the nation’s top 10 bioengineering/biomedical engineering programs in the nation. This year, our undergraduate program is ranked 7th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. 

Starting the application process

All undergraduate students must apply directly through the Office of Admission. On the application, students indicate an intended school of study and principal areas of interest. Bioengineering is one of nine academic departments in the George R. Brown School of Engineering.  During the undergraduate application process, neither the school of engineering nor the Department of Bioengineering will see your application, or make recommendations regarding your admission. However, upon acceptance to the bioengineering program, students seek out a member of the Bioengineering Undergraduate Committee as an advisor. 

Rice aspires to attract to its faculty, staff, and student body qualified persons of diverse backgrounds. In accordance with this policy, Rice does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Rice University's policy also includes affirmative action in seeking to recruit, hire and advance women, minority group members, individuals with disabilities, Vietnam era veterans and special disabled veterans.