Transfer International Applicants 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 CSS PROFILE, use 6609 for CSS PROFILE Code.

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

» Rice International Financial Statement



April 15, 2017




March 15, 2017


9. TOEFL: If your first language and language of instruction is English OR you have received two years of instruction in English, you are not required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS. Otherwise, you are required to take either the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score on the TOEFL is 600 on the paper-based test and 100 on the internet-based test. The minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is 7. Rice's TOEFL code is 6609.

  February 2017

10. 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


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


December 1, 2016


13. Complete the Shepherd School Financial Assistance Application


March 15, 2017

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

Submit items 10-13
Office of Music Admissions
Shepherd School of Music - MS 532
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892