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Reviews 852 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is a good support system for people who drink too heavily, and the parties are usually quite lively. The alcohol selection is unimpressive, and most parties lack a certain classiness, but that can be attributed to their college nature.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I have not been involved in an internship to date.

College Sophomore

Majors: As stated, I haven't participated in an internship

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It can be very difficult to find housing for a decent price, with a reliable landlord.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a foundation for athletics if it is in your interest, but it is in no way major to school life, as Rice Students tend to favor books and computers.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They treat their students generally like responsible adults, which leaves plenty of room for mistakes, learning and maturing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are several neat places, and there is a suttlebus over to them, but they are not that astounding

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They have their own police force, and they are understanding and helpful. The EMS team for Rice is especially good.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Heavy workload, and not all of the professors are good at what they do.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: We are proudly referred to as the Ivy of the South or the Harvard of the South. Easily the best university in the state by a landslide.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It is slowly becoming a bit more difficult to take the classes you want because more students are being accepted, but we aren't hiring enough extra instructors to compensate.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I haven't experienced nightlife off-campus because there are plenty of parties and events going on on-campus that are completely free and very fun.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not available at Rice. We have the residential college system where students are randomly placed into one of eleven residential colleges and stay a part of that community for the rest of their undergraduate career.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We have an excellent variety of off-campus dining to choose from & a great quantity of them are available at Rice Village right across the street from our campus.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: All students have the opportunity and are very encouraged to participate in sports, whether it be as a spectator or as a participant or both!

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Rice is an extremely diverse campus and additionally, a very accepting campus. Students are comfortable with being themselves and are not ashamed or afraid to express themselves as they wish.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Rice University has the residential college system, so it depends on which residential college of the eleven existing you're randomly placed into. Although a few are not outstanding, the majority of them are great to live in and Rice is constantly working on improving old residential buildings.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Peers are very helpful in helping you find off-campus housing; however, I have chosen to stay on campus for convenience in getting to my classes and labs.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off-campus this year. It's safe and convinient. The cost here is not very expansive and parking is good.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are very comfortable with wonderful social atmosphere and the cost is acceptalbe.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dinning is interesting. I have many choice to go. The price is reasonalbe and it's very convinient.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Football may be the most popular here in Rice, the students here are eager to exercise with facilities of high qualities.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dinning is great with different kinds of food and is welcomed by most students.

4 College Junior

Diversity: As Rice welcomes students from all over the world, differerent races lead to diversity. Still, we accept and welcome the racial diversity and enjoy the colorful life.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have not yet met any kinds of safety problems, living here around Rice seems very safe and is great.

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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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