Location
Houston, TX
Undergrads
3,803
Tuition
$37,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 829 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Plenty of people. Students here are attractive, smart, and sooo nice.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Rice village/West University have some great restaurants, many different types of cuisines.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Athletics: Great intermurals. Some great varsity sports, but not as big a focus.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Many green spaces, visual arts around the university that are intended to create an aesthetically pleasing environment for the students.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: This place has literally the best of everything in a college experience.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Never had any problem getting internships or jobs.

College Freshman

Nightlife: i dont go out at night.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: i see the security people everywhere. feels very safe

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: i don't know anything about off campus living

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: not a bad seene at all.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Really nice when it's not super humid.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Ethnically - Rice is super diverse. Never been in a more diverse setting in my life. Economic status is also pretty diverse, as well as number of internationals (most of them hail from Asia). The political views tend to be moderate, if a little on the liberal side, but I wouldn't say they're super liberal either. There's also definitely a republican constituency as well.

Lots of gay males, fewer gay females.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of weed on-campus. You'll definitely find people who do that. There's definitely a harder underground drug-culture, as evidenced by the two deaths this year, but that's not noticeable at all. You'd really have to seek it out.

The public parties are fun for people who don't drink if they like dancing, but more private parties would be pretty awkward if you don't drink. However, people who don't drink have fun if their friends don't as well.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: Easy to use SuperShuttle to get to one of the two airports. The Rice Shuttle makes trips to Rice Village on Friday and Saturday nights and trips to Target on Saturday afternoons. The metro system is pretty easy to navigate to get downtown or to Reliant Stadium. A lot of people have cars though, so you're likely to have a friend that has a car.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's tons of things to do off-campus, in terms of going to restaurants and coffee shops. Students with IDs have a lot of fun going into the Montrose and Midtown area bars. The museum district is right next to campus, as well as Hermann Park. But, the public transportation is pretty limited and Rice is located in a really nice, but rare bubble of Houston.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are of top quality if you're in STEM subjects. For humanities and social sciences, the number of class options you have is significantly decreased. While the professors are of top quality in STEM subjects, be aware that freshman year sucks with pretty much all of your classes having at least 150 students and are super super hard.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus police don't care at all about underage drinking and will be present at public parties and not do anything. They only get strict when it comes to hard drugs/hard alcohol, where there's a strong chance of getting rusticated or expelled. The school is super strict about its honor code. Even a minor infraction can become an enormous deal.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's completely centered around the Residential Colleges

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Houston provides a plethora of options

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Nightlife: Houston is a huge city with lots of options

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Campus Housing: The campus is beautiful and spacious.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Scholarships: Rice is generous and understanding with aid.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Majors: There are a multitude of majors to choose from.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Majors: I adore the majors and the rigor of the courses.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Student

Athletics: Sports are not the main focus at Rice

2 people found this useful Report
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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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