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Houston, TX
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Diversity: Rice is pretty diverse. There are a lot of Hispanics, African Americans, and Asians. We also have a pretty large international population. However, the campus is still mostly white, both among the students and faculty.

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Diversity: Rice is very sexually diverse, which may or may not scare you. We also have lots of minorities, but in Texas there is no affirmative action, so there are no minorities here just because they're minorities. Although there is often a perception that rich, white, prep-school students make up the student body, I would beg to differ, and say that they are a very small percentage. Rice is made up of mostly middle- to upper-middle class students.

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Diversity: Rice is a fairly diverse campus. It's not as diverse as some schools, but it has its share of different people. And there are definitely people from all kinds of different backgrounds-religions, home state (and country), urban, rural, and more.

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Diversity: It depends on where you are coming from. There are definitely representatives from all different cultural groups at Rice and clubs that promote both cultural unity and awareness. I was surprised by how few African American students there were at Rice, but there are a decent number of Asian, Indian, and Hispanic Students.

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Diversity: Rice is highly diverse, with significant numbers of nearly every conceivable type of minority. Especially prevalent are those with backgrounds from all corners of Asia. Numerous clubs and associations exist to provide people of all races with a chance to explore other cultures and participate in traditional events.

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Diversity: We're big on diversity. There are all sorts of people on campus, and all sorts of racial groups, political groups, and different sexual orientations. There's plenty to get involved in-Rice is pretty open to anything. You'll make a lot of diverse friends, but of course, only if you want to.

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Guys & Girls: The saying around here goes: `Brains before beauty at Rice University.'

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Guys & Girls: Rice is pretty dorky at first glance, but there are a lot of amazing, interesting, intense, and yes, beautiful people out there. If you're not meeting them at big college parties, try looking at off-campus parties, Rice theater events, and student organizations. I don't think it's really possible to characterize the entire male or female population of the school, but there is definitely someone out there looking for what you are looking for, whether that is a serious, deep relationship or a hookup. You'll probably run into the latter more often than you'd like, but the former is entirely possible and likely within a student body as diversely talented as rice. I recommend the architecture students, personally.

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Guys & Girls: There are attractive as well as unattractive people everywhere. People will tell you that Rice has a shortage of good-looking students, but Rice is such a small school. You don't really pick your friends. It's more like you're presented with about 100 of them at your dorm the day you get here, and you will know all 100 very well when you graduate together. At that point, looks really cease to matter.

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Guys & Girls: The students (though not all of them) can tend to be somewhat geeky. As a whole, most aren't `hot,' although they're definitely out there. For the most part, they're just fun and stimulating to be with-for staying up with `til 5 a.m. talking, studying, partying, or having a fun, late-night Houston expedition.

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Guys & Girls: You aren't going to find any incredibly beautiful people with nothing substantial about them at Rice. Everyone here is intelligent-everyone here cares about or is passionate about something. The amount of dating that goes on might be less than at larger schools, maybe because many students sometimes limit themselves to their own residential colleges when looking for a significant other. One unfortunate thing about that is that everyone will soon know all the messy details of the hookup/relationship. One thing is certain, Rice guys are much less aggressive/assertive than your average college guy. If a Rice guy asks you out on an actual date, then that is a pretty impressive thing.

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Guys & Girls: Everyone at Rice is weird and is a nerd in his or her own way. So there's no fear of sticking out because of that. It's easy to meet people you get along with, have great conversations with, and can relate to on an intellectual level. However, it's hard to meet people you want to have a relationship with.

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Guys & Girls: Rice is small. You end up knowing a lot of people. This tends to limit the dating pool. Most people at Rice are actively searching for a significant other, and at the same time, no one really has the time to invest in a healthy relationship. On the other hand, it seems like most couples you find are either hookups or long-term relationships. It's really quite confusing. Rice also has a very high intermarriage rate after graduation. I've heard that as many as 70 percent of Rice grads marry other Rice grads (although they didn't have to be dating while they were students here). So, in general, there seems to be some hope for finding someone at Rice, but it may be down the road after graduation. Dating while here doesn't seem to be all that successful for most people.

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Guys & Girls: Rice guys joke that there are no cute girls on campus, and vice versa. I don't know how true that is. It seems that many Rice students don't feel like they need to take lots of time getting ready for class in the morning, but I think that most Rice students clean up nice.

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Guys & Girls: At least the guys are already smart-they have that going for them. They can be somewhat socially inept, though, because they are not used to dating. They're used to studying. One thing that is awesome about this, though, is that you can develop awesome relationships with guys because they are really good friends. So many guys will become like brothers to you, and that is really cool. I think there are hot guys. But it's the type of `hot' that comes from getting to know a guy honestly. There are no `hot state school guys,' so you won't see models strolling around campus, but you will meet a lot of really cool people with the same values and aspirations you might have.

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Guys & Girls: Not necessarily `hot,' but there are enough attractive people around campus. And most people you meet are amazingly interesting-I have friends who major in all kinds of different fields, which leads to some fun conversations. I continue to be amazed by how much some of my friends know.

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Guys & Girls: First, you must understand that the guys and girls at Rice are all very intelligent people at the minimum. Now, standard stereotypes would customarily dictate that all such people compensate for this gift with decreased social skills and general unattractiveness. There are plenty of jokes based on this concept told by those inside and outside of Rice, and it is a popular thing for students to complain about, as students everywhere will do. In my opinion, although there definitely are those who conform to, and help perpetuate, that stereotype, there are quite a good number of attractive girls who also happen to be really cool and a lot of fun.

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Athletics: Varsity sports aren't too big at Rice, but we won the National Championship in baseball recently, so it could be on the upswing!

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Athletics: Support of varsity sports is virtually non-existent, but IM sports are big.

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Athletics: Despite the fact that Rice is a Division I school, varsity athletics are not followed as much as at other Division I schools. However, IM sports are huge, especially when Residential colleges are pitted against each other. Most students participate in IM sports as players or fans. It's a great feeling being out on the field and having friends from your college cheer you on to victory.

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Athletics: IM sports are big. Not a lot of people go to sports games. You won't find intense school spirit here for sports. Most people don't have the time to go to them; they're always busy studying.

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Athletics: Varsity sports on campus are taken fairly seriously, but are not the epitome of college life. Rice football is followed by most students, as is Rice baseball, but other sports are usually followed sparsely. IM sports are taken fairly seriously, and many students actually do partake in them actively.

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Athletics: Not many people care much about varsity sports on campus, except baseball. IM sports are pretty popular, as are college sports when the colleges compete against each other.

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Athletics: Rice is Division I, but not very good. Many people go to football games, and our baseball team is ranked highly in the country. However, there are not a whole lot of varsity athletes around. IM sports are very good. There is a team for everything, and just about everyone plays something. They're a lot of fun.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are pretty big, since we are a Division I school. However, most of our varsity teams are not exactly top-ranked, except for the baseball team, which won the 2003 College World Series for the first time in Rice history. Besides varsity sports, though, club, intramural, and college sport participation is huge. We have one of the highest sport participation rates in the country because there are so many options to choose from. By far, though, most people participate in the college sports. All of the residential colleges compete against each other for the President's Cup, so everyone wants to support his or her college and get outside and away from work for a while. Plus it's no pressure, and no experience is necessary to play in club and IM sports.

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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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