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Houston, TX
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$37,292
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Very Hard
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Campus Housing: The living situation varies from college to college and even within colleges, but overall, Rice does a great job of taking care of its students. All forms of rooms are available-suites, hall-style bathrooms, doubles, singles, single sex, coed, and more. It just depends on what college you're in. The rooms are generally quite spacious compared to those at other universities, and all necessary furniture is provided. Room choice almost always gets better as one gets older, and you acquire more room draw points. So, by senior year, you almost certainly will not be disappointed.

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Diversity: Diversity does exist, but not that much since it's a highly expensive school. Mostly, you will see whites and Asian students on campus.

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Diversity: Rice is pretty diverse. People of all different ethnicities, political viewpoints, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and economic backgrounds come to Rice. The general attitude on campus seems to be that everyone has the right to do their own thing and not be bothered about it.

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Diversity: Rice is, all in all, a good place to come out and discover/experiment with your sexuality. Students do try to embrace differences. Occasionally, however, the conservative values of the surroundings prevail, making it seem like all the talk of gay tolerance is really nothing more than lip service.

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Diversity: Rice is not very diverse, I don't think. I grew up in a diverse town, so it didn't really impress me. In general, I'd say the campus is certainly liberal, and it embraces all different backgrounds and ethnicities, but I can't really say statistically what the population breakdown is.

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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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Nightlife: Parties are on campus every weekend. It's nice to have a social scene on campus. It's more fun and safer, too.

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Nightlife: Rice has good parties, and there are good bars and clubs off campus. `The Village' right behind the University has a great number of excellent Houston bars within walking distance.

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Nightlife: The bar and club scene is like the restaurant scene. There's a wide variety in the Rice Village, downtown, Richmond Strip, and the Montrose area. There are several good bars very close to campus, and dance clubs are closer to downtown. There is a really good live music scene here, as well.

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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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