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 Freshman

Campus Dining: Food Is Varied and Plentiful – Although there is only one meal plan, it includes All-You-Can-Eat for every meal except Saturday dinner and $50 that you can use at other places other than the serveries. The chefs at the serveries are top-notch and take suggestions and comments about their food very well. Lastly, each one has a different personality, which adds to the Residential College system even more.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors Really Care About Students – Unlike many engineering departments at other Universities, the faculty really enjoy what they do and take time to interact with and help out students. They are very involved in student life and are very engaging, academically and otherwise.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: With Enough Time, You Can Get Anywhere – It depends where you want to go. Directly around the campus, there is the Rice Shuttle System which will take you around campus and into the village on Friday and Saturday nights. The free access to the metrorail will take you into the museum district/downtown, and the free access to the bus system will take you just about everywhere else so long as you don't mind waiting a little while.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Relatively Lax – People sometimes complain about how the police force has been cracking down more recently. They still however, hold to the code that if you are in possession of or are consuming alcohol behind closed doors (e.g. in your room), they won't bother you. Even if you're drinking on campus publicly they won't care unless you're being belligerent. Common sense will keep you out of trouble with no problem.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Doesn't Exist – Rice prides itself on the residential college system, which takes the place of greek life. Everyone can attend any and every party and drink the alcohol (or not)

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Comparable to Narnia – Rice University is its own world in the best way for a collegiate experience. The residential college system allows for a unique social dynamic that emphasizes community over any form of "eliticism". A unique balance between academia and socializing is created and maintained by staff, faculty, professors, etc - not just within the students. There is a huge range of students, but they all come together excellently in an eclectic, yet passionate and driven student body.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Perfect Place – Rice is an amazing, friendly, and open campus. It's very easy to meet new people or try something new. Students work hard and party hard.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Culture of Care – There's a place for everyone, but mostly, safety is a primary concern. Alcohol is definitely a part of life at Rice, but is by no means a determining factor. Hard drugs are rarely seen unless intently sought after... System of caregivers throughout the college system allows for safe drinking. Administration understands that discouraging/banning alcohol will only create problems with off-campus parties, drunk driving, etc. and would rather take care of its students with its own rules.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus Living Not Popular – At Rice, which is a very student- and campus life-focused university, most students prefer living on campus. Most students are required to live off-campus for one year, but they come back to their residential colleges the next year.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I Always Feel Safe. I feel comfortable leaving my laptop in the library while I run to the restroom or something; I don't lock my dorm room door and have never had any problems with theft. The only thing to look out for is bicycle thefts. There's a nighttime escort service if you need to get across campus after buses stop running, so you don't have to walk alone at night. Rice also uses the blue light system, which they check/test often.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: So Safe. I can walk home from the library at 4AM or after drinking at a party at similar hours and not worry about anything. The only crime is petty and trivial and in no way directs student life. If there are any concerns, RUPD, night escorts, etc. are all great resources that care primarily for student safety.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: we don't have greek life, we have residential colleges, check out Rice's website for more information

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Several new buildings, clean dorms, spacious rooms, couldn't ask for more.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: On campus transportation at Rice isn't a huge problem, mostly due to Rice being a fairly small, very walkable campus, but off campus Houston is very unfriendly to anyone without a car. Rice triest to remedy this buy giving out free metro passes to students but the metrorail is very limited in the places it will take you. This is much more the fault of the poorly planned Houston cityscape than the university's lack of effort. They do the best with what they have.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse – Rice works EXTREMELY hard to draw minorities and international students, and as a result the student body is very colorful. There is still a majority of white and Asian students, but in general Rice is pretty diverse.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: High expectations – Rice expects a lot out of students academically, but that's usually no surprise. The people that come here are usually the most competitive of their high schools. Everyone is an overachiever, or was at one point, and the professors know they have to challenge us to keep up interest. The classes are definitely doable, but few classes could truly be considered "blow off".

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Rice requires a LOT of information to process your financial aid, but it's so worth it. The aid I get is the difference between me being financial comfortable going here and not being able to go to this school at all. Do it! You never know how much you could get! I never considered myself to be too financially needy, but Rice is still generous to me.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Laid Back Attitude – The administration at Rice in seems to view the student body as being pretty responsible, and as such they leave us alone most of the time. That's not to say that the campus police won't issue citations if they catch you doing something illegal! But they're not on a witch hunt. They don't really want to interfere with our lives too much.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Sense of Community is Really Strong – It's easy for people to meet each other on the small, community-oriented Rice campus. Faculty and staff really appreciate student initiatives. They offer some good grants and scholarships in different departments!

4 College Junior

Computers: Wireless Internet – Available everywhere. Computers and printers are available in every college, and plug ins (for personal computers) are available all over campus.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Students from All Over – Rice attracts students from all over the US and the world. Though people come from many different backgrounds and experiences, we enjoy working together and learning from each other. Interests (music, sports, games) and social life vary as much as our backgrounds do. Many people date, but there is absolutely no pressure to start relationships.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Great Variety, Great Comfort – The 11 residential colleges at Rice vary in style and quality. Due to the amazing college system, each college has its own character and acts like a family to the students. The newer buildings have become very environmentally conscious, which is a great step for the university.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Chill Atmosphere With Many Attractions – Houston has much to offer in terms of museums, athletic events, concerts, restaurants, and parks. Though the city is the third largest in the US, it does not have the crowded, dirty big-city feel. There is always something fun going on and the green spaces make the city very livable.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Humid but I Like It! It's humid in Houston. But, I think, in the top twenty schools, Rice is in the best location. Not only because it is in the middle of Houston (as a campus) but always because we enjoy the great Houston winter and spring.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Inner Loop buses are a great way of getting around campus. They also provide service to and from Target and Rice Village on weekends.

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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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