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Reviews 852 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Football might be the most popular here in Rice, fantastic atmosphere and passion.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Campus is moderately diverse. Lots of asians.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties are a hit or miss.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is kind of isolated from others.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Meal quality declines as the year goes on.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Just be yourself when writing the essay portion

2 College Sophomore

Majors: It is fairly difficult to maintain good grades

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I really enjoy living on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Everything about the school is great.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There could be more internships available to students

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I dont know it think it is okay i guess i can deal with it and its flexible

5 College Junior

Majors: Internship with prof is really easy to get

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Lovin every bit of it

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Everything is great anytime I leave campus I feel I have another community waiting right outside!

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5 College Junior

Academics: Everything is great! Profs are amazingly fun and helpful. Registration is unbelievably smooth and easy, having experienced the process at a state school. You don't even need to worry about registration til the week before classes.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Majors: You apply to the school, not to any specific major (exceptions for architecture and music schools). I really liked this better.

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5 College Junior

Majors: Do your work and you'll be fine. If you got in you're definitely capable. I've found the curriculum is great and research opportunities abundant .

2 people found this useful Report
College Junior

Nightlife: Don't really participate in the nightlife, but others seem fine


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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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