Transfer Applicant Instructions for Fall 2017

This is the most important page for successful completion of your application to The Shepherd School of Music.

The Shepherd School of Music strongly encourages applicants to submit their application by December 1 to allow for timely collection and review of applicant materials. Transfer applicants will be notified of their admission decision by the Rice University Admission Office on or before May 15.


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.

2. A $75 nonrefundable application fee


March 15, 2017




March 15, 2017


3. Final high school transcript

4. All official college transcripts: GPA 3.2 or better in recent college work, must show courses in progress.



March 15, 2017
March 15, 2017



5. College official's report

6. Two College Instructor Evaluations



March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017



7. Last test date for SAT

or ACT


January 21, 2017
February 11, 2017



8. 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.


April 15, 2017


9. Transfer Acknowledgement Form


March 15, 2017


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


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


December 1, 2016


12. Complete the Shepherd School Financial Assistance Application


March 15, 2017

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

Submit items 9-12
Office of Music Admissions
Shepherd School of Music - MS 532
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892