Location
Houston, TX
Undergrads
3,803
Tuition
$37,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 829 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Everyone is very supportive, I've never felt lost.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Parking: The main lots are very far from anything.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Rice is a wet campus, but strict about hard alc.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Public transportation is sketchy at night.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The campus wifi can be shotty.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Good financial aid lets a lot of students come.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There's huge variance in the personalities here.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't been exposed to a lot of it.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Each college is a microcosm of the whole school.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: School is hard but I always feel supported.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather can be pretty bipolar/hot/humid.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing quality really depends on your college.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Even though the administration has cracked down in the recent past (an updated alcohol policy), Rice recognizes that students are adults and treats them fairly.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: Rice places an emphasis on recruiting diverse classes and it shows.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Rice is directly in the center of one of the largest cities in the United States. There is always something to do if you are willing to explore a bit.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Rice, like most colleges, has its own police department. The officers are friendly and are there to ensure the safety of students, not bust them for petty offenses.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is no pressure to drink or do drugs at all. Those who partake enjoy it. It can be a little uncomfortable at times if you don't drink, but that can be easily remedied by finding a peer group with similar interests.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Rice is a fantastic school. My peers are outstanding people and are the reason why Rice has such a great community.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Many of my peers received large amounts of financial aid. I however, did not receive any aid. That's not exactly true, as Rice offered me a small amount but then took it away after I reported outside scholarships.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: Rice has a shuttle program to Target and Rice village on the weekends which is convenient. The cashier's office will give you a free "q card" for the metro light rail which has a station just across the street from campus. The best way to get to the airport is by taxi or airport shuttle. Taxis are much more expensive (about $60) while supershuttle will run around $25.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Rice has no greek life.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Facilities: Nice new rec center with lap pool and leisure pool, weight and cardio room, squash and basketball quarts, a ton of nearby tennis courts.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of good restaurants nearby in Rice village - a campus shuttle takes students to and from on the weekends. Also quite a few restaurants near the metro rail and otherwise accessible by car.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Hot August/September. Coming from Colorado, I miss the snow.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Rice offers shuttle services on the weekend to Target and local grocery stores.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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