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Houston, TX
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3,803
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$37,292
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Very Hard
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Reviews 828 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Not the Priority – Rice students enjoy social drinking on campus at the Valhalla, the on campus pub. The overall ambiance does not focus on drinking and partying like other schools. The rigor of the curriculum does not allow for all those destructive drinking habits to develop.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: A Valuable Transformational Learning Experience – Rice University provides the small campus feeling and personal attention from professors and is located in the middle of the bustling city of Houston, Texas. Students from all backgrounds will find the atmosphere comforting and the discussion is always mentally stimulating. I attended a large Texas public school for undergrad and the overall experience comparing the two are tremendous. I definitely recommend Rice University to anyone.

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Eat What Want – There are several day time on the go options and a couple of sit down cafes. The Rice Village area is within walking distance and offers every type of meal option imaginable. Online delivery options are always available.

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5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Houston Is a Promising Future for Your Career – Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. and the most diverse population in the country. Many of the Fortune 500 corporate headquarters are located here and represent he most lucrative industries such as, energy, oil and gas, and healthcare. The housing market is much better here, so buying the dream house after graduation is a reality. Rice University is nestled within within minutes of downtown and the world's largest medical center. Every morning, the trail surrounding the school is filled with energetic inner loopers attempting to sustain healthy lifestyles. Food is DELICIOUS and the multitude of highly acclaimed museums and other entertainment venues should keep anyone from ever being bored.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great and Still Improving – The dorms, especially in the new buildings, are way better than you would expect for a college. The university is also committed to refurbishing the old buildings to bring them up to the new higher standards.

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3 College Student

Guys & Girls: Not Very Attractive People – The people at Rice are great- but it can be hard to find attractive ones. You have a split population, about 50% Texan, and about 50% from elsewhere, but while everyone is nice and very smart, it can be difficult to find people that I would call stunning out of a crowd of Rice students.

5 College Student

Campus Housing: The Residential College System Is Amazing – The residential colleges are what make a lot of people choose Rice. When you enter as a freshman you're assigned to a residential college that you'll be a part of for four years, where you can eat and partake in the college's particular social activities, and it's a great way to establish a network of friends and immediately get involved. The campus housing is less of a dorm environment than a community that you get to be involved in just for being admitted!

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4 College Student

Campus Dining: People Complain, but It's World Class – Every residential college has a servery, and even though some are known for being better than others, in truth, the campus dining is world-class, and the students here are very spoiled when it comes to food, they just forget it because the food is so good, and available almost all of the time.

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4 College Student

Computers: Labs Only Get Crowded During Exams – The labs are available to the public, but there are almost always computers available, as long as you have your Rice id.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors Really Reaches Out to the Students and Offer Advice and Help – I am a Biochemistry major and even though it is one of the larger departments, the professors still try their hardest to get to know each students on a personal level. Professors would have open office hours for students to go to, and if students can't make it to them, students can easily email the professor to schedule a time. Professors also encourage students to find research in their labs and are very helpful with where one can go for one's special interests. They are also understanding of each students' special circumstances, so if one reach out to the professors, they are more than willing to accommodate.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Popular, but You Are Never Forced to Drink – Since Rice is a wet campus, it basically means that the authorities would not bug you about having alcohol in your room. Unless you are making a scene or someone complained, then drinking is a very visible culture at Rice. There will be private parties or public parties that have drinking, but no one would force you to drink. When other people offer you a drink, they are usually just trying to include you into the party instead of forcing you to drink. I give it a B+ because most people drink responsibly and look out for each other. However, there are just enough of those irresponsible people for it to not get an A rank.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Different colleges in Rice have different dorms. Some dorms have public bathrooms and a suit style of living, while some other dorms have private bathrooms and double rooms. However, generally speaking, I think the dorms are very nice since they are all air conditioned. And for the older dorms, many were renovated. I am in a newer college, so I have a large double room and share a private bathroom with one roommate. Also, it is very convenient to live on campus since we have a small campus, it is near everything.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: This is a touchy subject amongst Rice students. Being completely honest, you're not going to find many state school hotties at Rice. That said, your competition isn't going to be that strong either, and most people are pretty down to earth, albeit a touch socially awkward. Campus is pretty fit though.

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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It Depends – How you enjoy the party scene at Rice will truly depend on your expectations and experience coming into college. If you want to rage, or were a heavy drinker before coming to college, this might not be the scene for you. Rice's party scene tends to be pretty repetitive. There's a public party around every other weekend, but they are generally just people awkwardly gyrating/standing/trying to get free beer. Beer Bike and NOD are arguably the only times when campus goes crazy, and even then it's not that intense.

However, if you're looking for a school that will break you into drinking, and you don't want to be around a pressure filled atmosphere, the Rice social scene is great, albeit repetitive.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very safe. RUPD and EMS everywhere. Can't get in trouble with EMS if you're drinking so students feel okay about asking for help if sick.

Health center not open after a certain time though so it can be annoying to make appointments.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Not That Bad – So warm. It's beautiful. Everyone is jealous. Also, not as humid as I thought it would be. Felt like I was on Spring break in January.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Decent – It all depends on what group you're in. Girls at Rice aren't that bad compared to their reputation. There are a good amount of athletes and attractive girls. Usually they are all friends with each other though. The rest are average and some are nerdy but there are attractive girls on campus. Also they are all smart and friendly.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Lots of Serveries – Rice food is pretty good compared to different colleges. Every residential college has their own servery so if you do not like something you can always go to another servery to get a variety.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Engineering Is Amazing – The engineering program at Rice is amazing!!! It is definitely a lot of work, but it is totally worth it. The engineering program prepares you very well for life after you complete your undergraduate.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: There is plenty of parking on campus, but parking permits are very expensive. The closer the lot, the higher the price.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's Required – At Rice University, students are only guaranteed 3 years of housing, so students usually move off during their junior year. There are several options ranging from apartments to actual houses. There is a large price range available.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: We've been ranked as having one of the most beautiful campuses in the US. The architecture has a somewhat consistent theme, but the buildings are varied and interesting. There have been a lot of capital improvements over the past few years and many of the buildings on campus are brand new. Students have access to some top-notch facilities.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Usually when you get a university of this caliber, its focus is relatively narrow and other parts of the college experience fall by the wayside. Conversely, at bigger state schools that fulfill the valuable social component of college, the quality of one's education suffers.

Rice is absolutely unique in the way that it harnesses the best of both worlds. A Rice student gets a a top-notch education from a world-class research university. For many students, it'll be one of the hardest things they'll ever do. At the same time, they can take advantage of a social scene that is flourishing, varied, and most importantly, all-inclusive. Rice takes the best parts of college and puts them together in a way that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

Rice students are the happiest students around.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Great Options – There are sooo many places to live off campus. If you choose to go this route, you will need a car otherwise it's too inconvenient. Most students choose to live on campus because it's so amazing, but those that choose to live off have lots of options and actually can save some money. Rice is in a really wealthy neighborhood and people will even rent out rooms in their houses. There are lots of good apartment options as well

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Being a physics major at Rice is challenging, but rewarding. The workload is consistent but the number of physics majors is relatively small so the professors are VERY accessible. Making a personal connection with professors makes all the difference. Our physics department facilities are state of the art. Lots of cool research going on at 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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