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Reviews 828 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Fantastic but Stressful Sometimes – Rice is great! There are so many opportunities! The professors are wonderful and really care about your academics. However, academics do get stressful sometimes - your work can really build up and weigh you down. Also Rice students are not openly competitive but there is a subtle competitiveness about the student body. Everyone there is just so smart, talented, well-rounded, and overachieving that you feel like you do not measure up sometimes. But the people are great!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Pretty Fair but Some Restrictions That Need to Be Taken Seriously – The administration is pretty good about giving us freedom with our social lives. However, recently our alcohol policy has been taken more seriously.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: So Much to See! We are in a lovely part of Houston, right across from Hermann Park, the Houston Zoo, and the museum district. All these attractions are a walk away and the area is beautiful with tons of live oaks. However, the city and its attractions are also so close - just take the metro to see an opera, a ballet, a movie, a sports match, or the Houston Symphony! It's fantastic!

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking on campus is expensive and far from the dorms. Traffic officers are extremely trigger happy when issuing tickets.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Never Leave Campus – Weekly parties are quite monotonous but are often varied enough to be fun. The off campus scene is pretty drab with the closest things being bars and pubs in the village. The Houston club scene leaves much to be desired.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Diverse as Can Be – Rice is one of the most diverse campuses. Rice consistently tries to but diverse student groups together. Many of the student run operations on campus also stress having a diverse team.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: College System a Unique Draw – The system of ten (really eleven if you include Martel) colleges at Rice University is really what sets the university apart. You immediately feel like you're a part of a community after O-Week. Most everyone feels a strong sense of pride in their college and the university as a whole. We're an eclectic bunch here at Rice, but that's what we love about it.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Varies Based on College – It really depends on which college you get placed into. Some have great facilities and others are kind of dismal. However the social life and atmosphere of each college are not affected that much by the living arrangements. They all have a strong sense of community and that's the best part about on-campus living at Rice.


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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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