Location
Houston, TX
Undergrads
3,803
Tuition
$37,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 786 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Houston provides a plethora of options

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4 College Student

Nightlife: Houston is a huge city with lots of options

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5 College Student

Campus Housing: The campus is beautiful and spacious.

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5 College Student

Scholarships: Rice is generous and understanding with aid.

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5 College Student

Majors: There are a multitude of majors to choose from.

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5 College Student

Majors: I adore the majors and the rigor of the courses.

3 College Student

Athletics: Sports are not the main focus at Rice

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: The honor code is strict but there are allowances

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Houston is a bustling and vibrant city.

4 College Student

Weather: It is sometimes humid and hot but it is beautiful!

5 College Student

Computers: The library is filled with the newest technology

4 College Student

Drug Safety: There is no Greek life and little access to drugs

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is in a beautiful area.

5 College Student

Academics: The science programs at Rice are beyond amazing.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The party scene at Rice can get kind of repetitive but the parties themselves are fun.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Rice Village is right next to campus so there are tons of restaurant options. Other than that you can find just about anything somewhere in Houston.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Residential College system is the best part of Rice. The colleges vary in facilities but all are nice compared to most schools. There is an incredible sense of community that cancels out any other negatives.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Rice is extremely diverse and there is little segregation between student groups.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Rice isn't particularly strict about alcohol unless it violates the hard-alcohol policy. Overall people who use common sense stay out of trouble.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are buses that run on campus and to Rice Villiage on Saturday nights. There is really little need to use them because everything is so close together. All students have access to the MetroRail which isn't ideal but works to go some places. There is also a shopping shuttle on Saturday that goes to Target and the grocery store.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Beer is definitely prevalent but there is absolutely no pressure to drink unless you want to. Lots of Rice students don't drink and lead great social lives. People here respect each other's decisions so nobody judges non-drinkers and vice versa.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. Rice is in Houston so you have to use common sense but there is little crime other than occasional bike theft on campus. RUPD does a great job responding to crime.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The school is well located in a neighborhood with lots of shopping, restaurants, museums and internship opportunities.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are amazing. Some of the intro classes can be quite large but its easy to get to know the professors with just tiny bit of effort. Courses are challenging but possible and are filled with stimulating discussion. There are also tons of great opportunities for undergraduate research.

4 College Senior

Majors: Not difficult at all to transfer majors, with the exception of the architecture program which is very selective. Each department provides ample resources for making the most of your time at Rice.

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Lovett Hall
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Lovett Hall Lovett Hall Visible in front is a statue of the founder, William Marsh Rice
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Overall, Rice students are highly satisfied with their college experiences. While they complain about some of the negative aspects of Houston (pollution, transportation, traffic, panhandlers), they also admit that there are many positive aspects to Rice’s location (cultural and social opportunities of a big city, great restaurants!). Similarly, students have gripes about the University, including the increasingly bleak parking situation and a somewhat repetitive social scene (the same parties every year). Many aspects of Houston and Rice can be seen as both positive and negative. Houston weather is warm and temperate for the winter months, but it is oppressively hot and humid in the summer. Rice’s small campus and student body are nice because they create a personal environment and allow students to meet more people and not just feel like faces in the crowd.

Rice students love the residential college system. They also find their courses to be challenging but manageable. With few exceptions, the instruction is very engaging, and professors are accessible and personally interested in students. Rice University is steeped in tradition, and some of these traditions (O-Week, Willy Week, and Beer Bike) are the most anticipated social events of the year. Rice is small enough that these events bring together almost the entire student body. The traditions, high academic standards, and amazing people that make up the Rice community create an extraordinary and irreplaceable environment, making Rice an incredibly unique and unparalleled university.

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