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Houston, TX
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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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Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe or endangered in all my time at Rice. There are 27 full-time police officers who are licensed by the state of Texas to protect us, and they have all of the authority of normal police officers. There are blue-light phones that are situated such that, no matter where you are on campus, you will be able to see one and get to it in a reasonable amount of time in case of an emergency, and police response is almost immediateHaving these systems in place makes Rice safe. This, however, does not mean that you can let your guard down. The key to staying safe, especially since we are an open campus in the middle of the fourth largest city in the country, is to stay alert and aware.

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Computers: The network is good, and the labs are rarely crowded, but owning a computer is a plus.

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Computers: I'd definitely suggest bringing your own computer. The computers in the library fill up quite fast at peak times. There are several other labs that are probably less busy, so I'm sure you could get away with not having a computer of your own, but I wouldn't suggest it.

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Computers: The network is fast, and going home and using dial-up is always a drag for me. There are plenty of computer labs on campus. They are probably rather underutilized because so many people have their own computers. In addition, the Unix computers found across campus are not as user-friendly for the uneducated Unix user as the computer-gurus like to think. This might also discourage people from using the computer labs as much as they might otherwise use them. One doesn't need a personal computer, per se, but I only know one person on campus that doesn't have one.

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Computers: The computer network at Rice is excellent. While bringing your own computer and printer is recommended, there are plenty of computers available both in the residential dorms and scattered throughout the campus for student use. Most of the labs are not overly crowded, though they can get congested during heavy projects and during finals and midterms.

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Computers: Have a computer in your dorm room. You don't want to always be on your roommate's, and you probably won't want them always on yours.

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Computers: Broadband kicks [butt]! I come from a 56k modem home, and the Internet connection here is much better for downloading stuff (while being sure to comply with all copyright laws, of course). The residential colleges all have computer labs of varying quality, but it's much more convenient to bring your own computer.

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Computers: People will say you don't need your own computer, but it is certainly recommended. I think if you can get one, it would be more to your advantage. Because nearly everyone at Rice has a computer, though, it is not a problem to use the ones on campus. I tend to use the ones in the library to write papers just because it helps me focus more.

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Computers: I can't imagine not having a computer because I used it all the time for my major. I would say that you can always find a computer to use if you need one and can't bring one of your own. The computer labs are also very nice. Aside from Mudd Lab, which is the main one on campus, there are lots of little ones spread around-in the architecture building and the physics hall, for example.

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Computers: The Ethernet computer network at Rice is highly advanced and very fast. There are numerous labs scattered around campus with plenty of computers (both Macs and PCs), but many students choose to bring their own computer and printer for convenience and/or entertainment.

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Computers: I would suggest bringing your own computer. It is very useful, but it is not necessary. Computer labs are not always crowded. I use the computer lab half the time, and my own computer the other half of the time.

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Computers: Computers are not necessary at Rice because there are computer labs located in all of the departments, major buildings, labs, colleges, and in the library. However, I recommend bringing a computer just for ease of use.

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Computers: I'd bring a computer. Laptop vs. desktop, PC vs. Mac-it really doesn't matter. It's entirely one's preference because all systems are supported here. There is a main computing lab on campus that's open to all students 24 hours a day during the week, and until late on the weekends. It's full of PC, Mac, and Unix labs, as well as all of the printing, scanning and burning equipment. There is also an Information Technology system in place with technicians who can help students with any problems they might have. The network is really nice at Rice, as well. We share a T3 line with the University of Houston and the Houston Med Center, so every room on campus has really fast Ethernet ports available for student use (one for each person in the room).

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Facilities: It's definitely nice, but because Rice is small, the student center facilities are not wonderful. The convenience store is really limited in its selection.

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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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