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 Senior

Majors: I like meeting many people with the same interests as me, and having opportunities to take part in activities alongside those interests with my fellow classmates and professors.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Scholarships: They supply sufficient aid, but I wouldn't say it is very generous.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Not anywhere near 6th street in Austin, but i've had my share of fun nights in Midtown and in Rice Village, AND on campus.

College Senior

Greek Life: We don't have a greek system.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Love the transportation provided by the university, the shuttles are so very helpful and convenient. On the other hand, Houston Public Transportation is not quite as reliable...

4 College Senior

Athletics: Love the rec center. Intramural sports are a pretty big deal. Wish people felt the same about varsity athletics. Football game attendances were often pitiful, but I think it's getting better.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Didn't realize how much diversity there was at Rice until I visited other places and universities. Very thankful for it as it makes everyone more open-minded.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Drug Safety: They're getting stricter, so we're seeing more problems. Did problems exist before they started cracking down? I'm not sure, but I liked how life was when the alcohol policy was more lax when I was a freshman.

4 College Senior

Academics: I've learned a lot, although I do think there could be some improvements.

3 College Senior

Weather: The humidity and mosquitoes are unbearable for many. I could do without the bugs, but I'm definitely a fan of the heat so I like that it's more warm and cool most days.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Houston in August is really hot and humid. However, while the first few months of school may be pretty sweaty, fall and winter are very cool and pleasant. Weather ranges from the 90's and 80's in the early fall to the 50's and 60's in winter, then climbs back up. As someone who grew up in a dry climate, the most striking part about the weather is definitely the humidity.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone at Rice is very friendly, even the shy ones. The dating scene at Rice is somewhat underrated; while there are a lot of hookups and long-term relationships, there is also a happy medium to be found by students who put themselves out there. Most students care about one another's interests, personality, and looks in reference to members of the preferred sex.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I don't think I could be as happy anywhere else as I am at Rice. The student body is very cohesive and friendly; the college system allows for close friendships and meaningful interactions, and while the coursework is extremely challenging it is also very rewarding. Every student has a school that suits both their personality and their habits, and if you are someone who is academically motivated but also community-driven, Rice could very well be that place for you.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Students eat at serveries- our word for cafeteria- for most meals. The food is high caliber and diverse, although like any university it can get old sometimes. We also have a few student-run restaurants on campus, which cost money but can also provide even more diversity. There are two late-night snack stops run on campus for students who are working or socializing late at night.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The residential college system really defines a lot of the social interactions at Rice. The quality of your housing depends largely on which college you are assigned to- the most recent colleges were built 4 years ago and are very modern, while the oldest were built 100 years ago and are still nice, but not as fancy as the others. Social interactions within the colleges provides students with people whose interests are diverse but who can be resources to one another. By second semester of freshman year, most students have found a close group of people in their college with whom they can relate.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking can be expensive and the student lot is somewhat distanced from the dorms and classroom buildings. However, there are buses around campus that can take you to the parking lot, and it really isn't very necessary to have a car on campus. Students can ride the metro and the bus for free, and most necessities like a pharmacy and a grocery store are within walking distance of campus.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Rice is a very safe campus. Students trust one another and can leave doors unlocked or computers on a table unmonitored without fearing that they will be robbed. Campus security is very responsive and their primary goal is to keep students safe, which they do well.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Houston is an interesting city if you know where to go. The Galleria is great shopping but it is somewhat hard to get to. Sometimes there are concerts or attractions downtown, which are convenient by train (which students ride free on) but it sometimes takes some digging to find things to do. Mostly, the attractions offered on and very close to campus are rich enough to occupy most students' time and interests.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Rice is really close to Rice Village, which has shopping and a large variety of cuisine including sushi, Indian food, Thai food, and crepes. The food is all really good and within a ten minute walk from campus, but it can sometimes get expensive.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: For me, nightlife at Rice is great. Not very many people go out until Thursdays, but then students go to the school Pub on thursdays and can attend college parties Fridays and Saturdays. Once about every two weeks one of the residential colleges will throw a themed public party, which is normally pretty big and popular even among the non-drinkers.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are readily available in the library and in each residential college's computer lab. Internet access is readily available and the network is rarely slow or disconnected.

College Freshman

Scholarships: For outstanding personal reasons, I did not apply for financial aid from Rice.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Facilities: The residential college system does a lot to enhance students' experience; through your college you become close with a smaller group of people who have different interests and goals than you, and you are given lots of opportunities to become involved in sports, social outings, and other events with the people in your college. The college system allows every student to be as socially involved as they are comfortable- there are parties and get togethers for those who enjoy them, and there are other outlets for those less interested in partying, which are equally popular with the students.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Rice students are exceptional at managing their time between making use of the library and other academic study facilities, running the outer loop or getting fit at the gym, and spending time together in the student-run coffee house or at an event hosted by one of our many clubs. Traditions are popular and mostly oriented towards the residential colleges, in which students have the opportunity to be very involved with one another and develop pride in the residential college and the university.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are well appreciated, and lots of students participate in intramural sports, but in some sports there is not an enormous amount of support or team spirit from the rest of the school, especially for the varsity sports.

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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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