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Houston, TX
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$37,292
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Very Hard
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Academics: The teachers are wonderful at Rice. They are not out to get you, and they genuinely want to help the students learn the material. As a result, they are very approachable and friendly. All of them hold office hours and will make appointments to see you. Most often, all it takes is a few words after class.

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Academics: The classes tend to be pretty interesting, at least the ones that I've taken. Some of the core classes are obviously not as fun to attend as the electives you can choose to take. However, there is a lot of variety, and there's always something for everyone.

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Academics: The teachers are very amiable. It's hard to generalize because they're varied. But generally, they're nice people, easy to get in touch with, and willing to help if you have a problem. I find most of my classes here interesting. I'm an English major, so most of my classes are discussion-based, which I really enjoy.

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Academics: The teachers are excellent in their knowledge about the subject, but they give hard exams and are really strict about homework and assignments. Since my major was engineering, I have had the most challenging teachers.

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Academics: The professors that I have had, so far, vary. I have had excellent instructors, and not so good instructors. But overall, they are extremely understanding. For example, if you have a situation that keeps you from turning in some assignment, they are willing to give you an extension. And you can always get in touch with them through e-mail!

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Academics: Professors are very approachable. If you make an effort, you can definitely make sure they know your name. Most profs are willing to help out whenever you have questions-either via e-mail, or if you stop in at their office hours. It was really helpful for me to be at such a small school when I needed to get recommendations for summer programs. I feel like my professors have gotten to know me well. It's more difficult to hide or get lost at Rice because it is so small.

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Academics: The teachers make it easy to do well here because they really go out of their way to make sure everyone understands what they need to understand, and they encourage thinking outside of the box, so that you get a well-rounded education on top of it all.

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Local Atmosphere: Houston is a huge city, but I find it a little boring. Fortunately, because Rice has such a strong and tight-knit campus life, you don't really have to go out to have fun.

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Local Atmosphere: Houston is a big town with lots of stuff to do, but Rice is pretty isolated from Houston. Theoretically, you could go a whole year without leaving campus and still enjoy yourself. There are other universities in Houston, but since Rice is so isolated, you don't meet many people from them, unless you make an effort to do so. Something to stay away from would be wandering around Houston at night, on foot. There's lots of stuff to visit: Hermann park, the zoo, the Astros, the Texans (unless you're a diehard Cowboys fan, like myself), Hurricane Harbor, the art museum, the Museum of Natural Science, the opera, the symphony, the Alley Theater, lots of really good restaurants, neat little coffeehouses, tapioca places in Chinatown, and more. There's tons of neat stuff to do.

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Local Atmosphere: I just go out to eat on weekends, that's about it. Everything I need is on campus. Houston has some rough spots, but it has never been a problem. There are a few other schools in Houston, as well.

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Local Atmosphere: Houston's a big, growing city. There's plenty to do, like going to sporting events, concerts, and restaurants. We're really close to downtown, the museum district, and the medical district. A big city also means a lot of traffic. It'll take a while to get across town, but there's really no need to go far unless you want to.

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Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere, I would say, is pretty decent. It's a very fun place to live. There's plenty to do-from clubbing, to partying, to museums, to visiting the zoo and the tons of restaurants-not to mention that it becomes an adventure when you try to get around Houston, due to the construction!

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Local Atmosphere: Houston is big, and Rice is near the center. The campus and its surroundings do have a very suburban feel to them, though. There are other universities and stuff to do in the city, but you rarely really venture beyond the Rice `hedges' anyway.

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Local Atmosphere: Houston is a great city if you know where to go, which can take a while to figure out. It has a small but thriving alternative community for those interested in modern and/or independent music, art, film, and politics. The Westheimer/Montrose district is a great place to find thrift stores and quirky cafes. The Menil Collection, the contemporary arts museum, and the Rothko Chapel are three stunning examples of smallish art venues. For film, try the Aurora Picture Show in the Heights.

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Local Atmosphere: If you're interested in contemporary classical music, there are occasional concerts at the Axiom theatre (another great place for new theatre and rock shows). For more traditional fare, you can get decent student tickets to the Houston symphony and the Houston Grand Opera.

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Local Atmosphere: Honestly, I am not a big fan of Houston, mostly because it's such a large city and I am more comfortable in more of a natural environment. But I certainly have to admit that it does offer a lot to do and see, with great museums and fantastic restaurants. And the good news is that if you don't like big cities very much either, the atmosphere on the Rice campus is entirely different. Total seclusion from the urban jungle can be found `inside the hedges,' if you so desire."?

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Local Atmosphere: Just keep in mind that Houston is a very large city and appropriate caution should be taken after dark. Don't run alone on the outer loop at night, and don't walk anywhere alone when it's late out-even if you live two blocks from campus.

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Local Atmosphere: Houston's a city that grows on you. Rice can be an island in the middle of the city-there's enough to do on campus that you never have to leave. But if you get out and look for stuff to do, there's plenty to be found.

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Health & Safety: Considering that Houston is such a big city, I feel very safe on the Rice campus. The campus police are amazing, and their constant presence around campus makes me feel really secure.

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Health & Safety: I have always felt safe on campus. Rice students are trustworthy, and I don't worry too much about people who don't belong on-campus being on campus. Houston is a large city with a crime problem, but Rice seems to be left out of that mess.

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Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus. All the entrances except for one are locked after midnight, which can be a pain, but it helps to prevent random people being on campus late at night. The campus police are always around, and they're generally good about staying in touch with the students.

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Health & Safety: The security officers are helpful, but I would advise you not to go out at night alone, and always be around friends because it is in the downtown area. Since it's an open university, people can get in and out easily. So yes, the security is good, but nothing is perfect. I myself have never faced any kind of problems; neither has anyone I know.

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Health & Safety: Security is pretty good here. There's a campus escort if you're uncomfortable and it's late. It's in a nice part of Houston, even though it is downtown, so it's not scary around campus.

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Health & Safety: On campus is pretty safe. Once you leave the hedges, you are in Houston, which can be unsafe-like any city. You just have to be aware of your surroundings. I feel completely safe walking back from the library to my college at 2 a.m. all by myself.

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Health & Safety: I always felt safe walking around on campus whatever the hour, but a rash of on-campus crime the last few months has made me retrospectively more wary. However, the campus police are around all the time, there are lots of blue-light phones, and the small campus means you're always near some building or another. So, in general, I'd say the campus is very safe.

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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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