Rice University will expand enrollment

Why other elites should follow suit

Spires overlooking the Rice Academic Quad

Rice University has announced a plan to increase its undergraduate enrollment by 20%, the equivalent of adding 800 undergraduate students over the next four years. The Rice plan was approved by its board of trustees this week, and it sets an agenda for growth in many aspects of the university, including faculty, facilities, research and graduate studies.

It may also set an example for other elite colleges that they can increase the diversity of their student bodies through well-planned enrollment growth.

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