Freshman application and checklist for Fall 2018

This is the most important page for successful completion of your application to The Shepherd School of Music. Final admissions decisions will be released by April 1.

Submit items 1-9 to Rice University Admissions Office

Application Step   Checklist   Date Due
1   The Coalition Application or the Common Application and Rice Writing Supplement.   December 1, 2017
2   A $75 nonrefundable application fee   December 1, 2017
3   Official high school transcript   December 1, 2017
4   Academic Teacher Evaluation (For home-school applicants, either the School Report or the Teacher Evaluation must be from someone who is not related to the applicant.)   December 1, 2017
5   Midyear Report to be submitted when senior midyear grades become available   February 1, 2018
6 or   Last Day for SAT Test and Two SAT Subject Tests* OR   December 2, 2017
7   Last Day for ACT   December 9, 2017
8   Financial Aid Forms: (1) complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) use 003604 for the school code.
Financial Aid Forms: (2) complete CSS Profile, use 6609 for the CSS profile code.
Financial Aid Forms: (3) Submit 2016 Federal Tax returns and W-2's to IDOC.
  March 1, 2018
9   School report (counselor recommendation)   December 1, 2017

* SAT Subject Tests are recommended, not required for all freshman applicants. Applicants who do not take the SAT Subject Tests will not be disadvantaged in the review process.

Submit items 10-12 to The Shepherd School Office of Music Admissions

Application Step   Checklist   Date Due
10   Music Teacher Recommendation.  In a traditional letter format, this should be submitted directly from the teacher via email (, fax, or to the address below       January 2, 2018
11   Audition Profile Form, preliminary recording, or portfolio for composition or music history applicants as described on the Audition Page   December 1, 2017
12   Complete the Shepherd School of Music Financial Assistance Application   December 1, 2017

Submit items 1-9
Rice University
Admissions Office - MS-17
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Submit items 10-12
Office of Music Admissions
Shepherd School of Music - MS 532
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892