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Reviews 786 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Within Rice Village, there are many restaurants to enjoy on Saturday nights when the campus dining is closed. But some people typically stay in Rice Village to eat. I would highly recommend to go beyond the village, and hop on the Metro. Since the Metro is right near campus, we can go downtown and visit many different restaurants. Also, if you have a car, I would highly recommend going to Montrose or Kirby for some awesome late night bites.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Rice is really open and alot of students change majors in their first 2 years

4 College Freshman

Majors: Im switching tracks to Econ from Psych but Rice gives me the ability to change that easily

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am studying biochemistry and appreciate the kind and talented professors in the department and the many research opportunities at Rice and surrounding institutions (Baylor medical school, MD Anderson...)

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Rice University Police Department (RUPD) is really awesome! Although we are in the middle of Houston, people feel safe walking across campus at night. If not, people can call RUPD and be escorted back to their dorm.
At night, RUPD closes some of the gates so cars have to have Rice parking permits to enter the campus. Sometimes there are robberies, however, they are not in the central part of campus.

5 College Senior

Computers: Rice has state of the art computer labs in each dorm and throughout the campus. The wifi covers the entire campus and is very fast.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Rice is a wet campus, which means that students can have alcohol in the dorms. Having EMS on campus ensures the safety of the students as well.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Houston has a lot to do, and there is a little bit of everything. We have Hermann Park, which often has free outdoor concerts and other types of performances. We have the museum district, which holds the museum of art and the health science museum. We also have some good movie theaters (which is good for movie lovers like me). Reliant Park is right on the metro rail, so it's really easy to get to sporting events or concerts.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Even though I'm from the South, the humidity was really hard to get used to. I still don't like it. Also, the weather can be unpredictable sometimes. This December, it was actually in the high 70s. It is nice not to have unbearable winters, though.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys Are OK – Rice is full of really smart people, and not all of them are super attractive. There are still a lot of good looking guys, they're just less abundant than one would like.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Rice has an awesome baseball team, and it's fun to go to the games especially because Houston's weather is so nice. The football and basketball teams are less impressive. But students are all very excited to tailgate for home football games in the parking lot which is a lot of fun even though the team doesn't do very well. IM sports and club sports are very popular. Rice's IM powderpuff football league is an especially big deal.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: There is a shuttle around the inner loop at Rice. Really, anything on campus is walking distance, but it's nice if it's raining or if you're feeling lazy. There is also a late night escort bus that will pick you up almost wherever to get you safely to your destination.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: There are a lot of on campus parties all the time, which is good for keeping people from drinking and driving. There are also a lot of fun bars walking distance in Rice Village or a short taxi ride away in Midtown Houston.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife here is super fun. The parties on campus are all pretty fun, though the scene can get repetitive after a couple of years. Willy's Pub is awesome In terms of off-campus nightlife, Houston has some really fun things to do. There are a few 18+ clubs that are awesome, though a lot of off-campus partying probably happens at bars in the surrounding areas.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics at Rice are top notch. Our professors are incredible and constantly challenge us. Most classes are very small, allowing for meaningful interactions with both our professors and our peers. I've learned so much since I've been here, and the opportunity to explore and take fun classes has even led me to change my major. So far, I think classes have been both extremely fulfilling and intellectually stimulating.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: The linguistics department is fairly small, but the professors are all very dedicated to making themselves available through office hours. There is also a Linguistic society designed to find opportunities for undergraduates and prepare them for graduate school. The workload is pretty low compared to my other major, physics (which I'm not too far into yet).

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Typical computer situation; plenty of labs all over the place, as well as in the library, but printing and internet are slow. Very reliable and high speed network though, so that's really good. Laptops are pretty much a must; at this point, almost all homework or assignments are found online.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Rice has been doing a great job of increasing their international presence, and it isn't common to always have at least a few international students in your class. Chinese students are the most common, but there are students from all over Europe and Asia.
Religious diversity seems to be pretty fair, mostly represented by a large number of christian groups, but no religion is really pressed or overbearing.
Rice has a pretty fair balance between liberal and conservative ideologies, maybe a little more on the liberal side, but politics isn't debated much and doesn't come into play often.
Because of the need-blind admission policy, there are definitely students from all economic backgrounds, with over 60% of students on some kind of financial aid.
Rice is really supportive of the LGBT community, and there is great diversity among sexual orientations.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There is on campus parking for students, but it's expensive. Off campus students usually bike to campus. Alumni always complain that they can't park anywhere without being ticketed. And the parking police are really quick to ticket any minor infraction.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The residential college system is amazing. You make so many friends, and there are so many fun activities and traditions. Each college itself has good and bad things about it: soem of the newer colleges have nicer rooms, but they have fewer traditions.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not that many people do drugs, but there are definitely some who do. Alcohol is the much bigger issue: the alcohol policy at Rice is largely decided by the students, and most students drink. Many drink to excess. This doesn't mean that you won't fit in here if you don't drink, that's not true at all. But if you're living on campus, be prepared for parties every weekend.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many different races represented at Rice, along with international students from many different countries. Political beliefs tend to fall everywhere on the spectrum: it is Texas, but Houston is the most liberal city in Texas. The one area where I feel Rice really fails in diversity is in economic diversity: most people I know are rich kids from private schools.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computer quality is not all that good, but the internet at RIce is undoubtably one of the best in nations.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Two Seasons – It's going to be really warm and humid from late Spring through mid Fall
and fairly wet and mild temps from late Fall through early Spring.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Never Saw/Heard – During mt first year at Rice, I have never witnessed even a conversation about drugs or alcohol. The community at Rice is extremely academically serious and into sports and arts. I think that in such a small community I would have noticed something if there were anything. All the professors know the names of every single student with whom they are working, and all in all, Rice is a great environment for studying and improving one's skills.

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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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