Location
Houston, TX
Undergrads
3,803
Tuition
$37,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 786 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls are too hot to even be able to deal with. They are gorgeous, smart, and creative. Triple threat.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The girls are all really nice, smart, and beautiful.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Weather: It is pretty hot and humid here, but unless you are planning to stay here during the summer, the whether in general is not as bad as you might think of Texas weather.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into my Bioengineering major was easy. There is no special application process when applying to the school. Although you have the choice to declare your major until your sophomore year, if you are thinking of majoring in engineering, I suggest you start early because there are lots of general requirements you need to complete in order to graduate on time.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a Bioengineering major who just finished freshman year of college. So I cannot say much about the major itself in that I didn't get to take any major-specific courses yet. However, I could feel that the faculties in the BIOE department are generally accessible and caring. Also, I believe that the Rice curriculum is very helpful for those whose post-grad plan is going to grad school.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in Rice University and I've been satisfied with my education thus far. I'm a Bioengineering major, and since I just finished freshman year and didn't have an opportunity to take major-specific courses yet, I cannot really say how the major itself really is. However, from what I have heard from my upperclassmen, Bioengineering major at Rice is very comprehensive, meaning the major touches on a variety of engineering aspects but doesn't delve into the Bio aspect as much. So, the major is more conducive in preparing you for grad school instead of the job field.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's super easy to get involved in teams at Rice. Intramural sports are lots of fun and there are opportunities to get involved in club sports, even without experience!

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Rice students get free access to Houston public transportation. Shuttles run to Target and Fiesta on weekends.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Rice has a policy of wanting to allow students freedom and keep them safe, so they're more lenient than many other schools in their rules. For example, all dorms are coed and there are no curfews. Also, although underage drinking is illegal, the alcohol policy has precautions to keep people safe, should they choose to imbibe underage.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Rice is mostly a private school, and it only have about 3500 undergraduates. We rarely go outside during weekdays. However, on weekends, we have lots of choices. We can visit Museums abut Rice. We can go to theaters and concerts in downtown ( about 5 minutes driving). Also the Toyota center is not far from the campus, we can take metro and enjoy a game of Houston Rockets

4 College Junior

Computers: In very college, Rice provides big screen Macs and some Dells. The biggest surprise is that Rice renew all the computers in the library this summer. This action make students' life much easier. The new Dell Computers are very fast and constant.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Parties are held every weekend, but students study very hard during weekdays. Rice is a very school of "Study hard, Play hard". The alcohol policy here is very strict, though in some private party, kids under 21 can get alcohol drinks.

4 College Junior

Computers: The wireless connection is very quick. I work in IT and I am very impressed with how well they run their program. Printing on campus is also very easy. I cannot imagine being in college without a personal computer, but if you do not have access to one, you can always use the lab computers in the library, your residential college, or the many other locations on campus that have computer labs. A personal printer may be convenient but is certainly not necessary.

3 College Junior

Majors: My specific major - Visual and Dramatic Arts - isn't Rice's specialty, which is why I gave it a B-. It's a small department but I really love the laid back but still hard-working atmosphere. Rice is very well connected to Houston arts, so it's nice to have that network. Many other majors/schools of study at Rice (like engineering, science, architecture, and music) are, without a doubt, top notch.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are nearby apartments that are essentially dorms. The landlords just cycle through Rice students that need living accommodations.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The parties thrown on campus are generally better than the clubs.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: My parents make a good amount of money ($100,000-$149,000) and we got almost all of the aid we needed (44k a year).

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It will greatly depend on which college you get sorted into (residential system), but for the most part the rooms are pretty big. New buildings are VERY nice. Each room has its own thermostat, study lobbies are nice, decent number of kitchens, movie rooms, dining halls are all attached to the dorm buildings.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: Campus is pretty. Lots of trees. Good spots to sit outside and just relax.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: The residential system is pretty awesome - often times there is more college (dorm) spirit than university spirit. Lot's of college events throughout the year.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: Not very many academic/merit scholarships available. lot's of financial aid based scholarships.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Transportation: Most things can be taken care of on campus - very convenient.
There is public transportation - but very mediocre.
If you want to go somewhere, get a car - public transit is scary.

4 College Junior

Weather: It's hot, but most days aren't too bad. Very nice in the fall and winter.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are diverse cuisines for restaurants, but tends to get pricey. Not very many late night options.

4 College Junior

Computers: Computers in every building that is open to students. Mostly mac desktops. Not hard to get computer access.

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Lovett Hall
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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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