Freshman application and checklist for Fall 2017

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.

Application checklist and due dates


Date Due


1. The Common Application and Rice Writing Supplement or the Universal College Application and the Rice Supplement or the Coalition Application and Rice Supplement.

2. A $75 nonrefundable application fee


December 1, 2016




December 1, 2016


3. Official high school transcript

4. Academic Teacher Evaluation*

*For home-schooled applicants, either the School Report or the Teacher Evaluation must be from someone who is not related to the applicant.


December 1, 2016
December 1, 2016


5. Midyear Report
(to be submitted when senior midyear grades become available)


February 1, 2017


6. Last test day for SAT and two SAT subject tests or


December 3, 2016
December 10, 2016


7. Financial Aid Forms (submit all three)

» Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Use 003604 for school code.

» Complete CSS PROFILE, use 6609 for CSS PROFILE Code.

» Submit 2015 Tax Returns and W-2s to IDOC.


March 1, 2017


8. School report (counselor recommendation)


December 1, 2016


Music Teacher Recommendation

In traditional letter format should be submitted directly from the teacher via email (, fax, or to the address below.


January 3, 2017


10. Audition Profile Form, preliminary recording, or portfolio for composition or music history applicants as described on the Audition Page


December 1, 2016


11. Complete the Shepherd School Financial Assistance Application


December 1, 2016

Submit items 1-8
Rice University
Admissions Office - MS-17
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Submit items 9-11
Office of Music Admissions
Shepherd School of Music - MS 532
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892