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Overnight Visits and Interviews for High School Seniors

Houston1021Houston1021 1087 replies16 threadsForum Champion Rice Forum Champion
edited August 9 in Rice University
Rice has calendar spots open for overnight visits and on campus interviews for high school seniors. Currently there are spots open in September-November for overnights and September-early December for interviews. Sign up soon as the spots fill quickly. https://riceadmission.rice.edu/portal/visit-overnight https://riceadmission.rice.edu/portal/interview-oncampus
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  • hs2020dadhs2020dad 92 replies3 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @Houston1021 - a question about the visits and demonstrated interest. We are in NorthEast and visiting is not easy (time and cost etc) - we did attend a local admission event of Rice (AO's were here presenting standard admission presentation material). Is attending a local event can show enough demonstrated interest or a physical visit off the campus is still advised? any thoughts/anecdotes ?
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  • Houston1021Houston1021 1087 replies16 threadsForum Champion Rice Forum Champion
    edited August 21
    Rice is looking for students who are genuinely interested in enrolling. If there is a Rice event in your area, or if a Rice representative comes to your school, definitely attend. The on campus interviews and overnights for seniors are a viable option for some people. Local or nearby applicants probably face stricter scrutiny if they don't take advantage of these things. However if you are a long distance away, I doubt Rice will hold it against you if you don't personally visit the campus. Once the applications are in, Rice will set up interviews with local alumni in your area. Be sure to request an interview timely as those spots also fill up.
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  • PrdMomto1PrdMomto1 84 replies5 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    While I wouldn't recommend it, my daughter is a current incoming freshman and showed little interest prior to actually applying. The decision to apply was a somewhat last minute one. We had not visited and Rice does not visit where we live. She did request an interview when she applied (but did not get one). I have heard that schools will sometimes track if the kids open emails that are sent and see if they click links, etc, maybe she did that and it helped? My suggestion though would be if you can't visit, attend any events Rice holds near your home, request an interview when you apply and be sure your child opens and reads emails sent from Rice. Good luck!
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  • ricegradricegrad 33 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    The entire point of gauging demonstrated interest is to discover whether students are willing to come when it is not easy to do so. That way Rice can get a handle on whether they are actually your first choice, which for a variety of reasons makes it somewhat more attractive from Rice's point of view to offer admission. It makes no difference whatsoever whether you take 10 seconds to open emails or click links, but it matters a little bit if you devote several hours to an information session and matters somewhat more if you devote a couple of days to an in-person visit.

    However please understand that demonstrated interest is only one of numerous factors that go into the admissions process and is much less important than people sometimes make it sound. Plenty of current students were accepted without doing a thing to "demonstrate interest."
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  • Houston1021Houston1021 1087 replies16 threadsForum Champion Rice Forum Champion
    The overnight and interview spots for September are almost all filled. There are still some overnight spots for October and November and on campus interview spots for October-December. If you are thinking about signing up for these opportunities, act quickly to have the most choices before the spots fill up..
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