Everyone Wants To Be A Rice Owl

Apparently, times are tough right now or something. And when the going gets tough, the tough apply to Rice University.

The university reports drawing more than 10,000 applications for admission so far and says there's a good chance the final number for 2009 will top 11,000. The reason? People recognize that Rice University Is Still A Value. An Expensive Value, But A Value. According to a Rice announcement: "In a troubled economy, it's irrefutable evidence that many high schools seniors recognize the value of a Rice education."

The 10,936 applications Rice had received as of mid-January already represent 12.4 percent more than the university got in 2008. Also, it's getting more applicants who are not from Texas, more African-Americans, and more foreign nationals. Applications from women and up, and so are early-decision applicants.

So yeah, competition is stiff. On the other hand, Rice is accepting a record 850 undergrads this year, up from 789 last year.

Hurry and apply. Or, um, go to UT.

- Cathy Matusow

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