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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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict in certain aspect of social life such as underage drinking but mostly only when it comes to "hard" alcohol such as liquor.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I don't go off campus much but there's always something fun to do in Houston. The campus plans events outside of the school in order to encourage students to explore the city.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Thanks to the generous donors to Rice University, I am able to attend school with an amazing financial aid package. Rice accepts on a need-blind bias which means they don't look at family income until after the student is accepted. Then, they cover anything that they expect the family not to be able to afford which is quite a lot in some cases.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: Our school greatly emphasizes diversity in all areas. The atmosphere of the campus is so welcoming and open minded that people are nothing but themselves here. It's a great place to meet people with similar interests as well as completely different ones. Everyone has respect for one another and is accepting in every way.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not a giant sports fan but a lot of people get pumped up for game days. There's tailgating, free food, a student sections to cheer our teams on, and big crowds huddle into the stadium. It's a fun experience.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: They have a lot of variety at every dinning hall and the chefs are always reaching out to students and asking in what ways they can improve. A couple of days after students respond, you can usually see the chefs implementing the suggestions.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Weather: It's always pretty warm, even in the winter. But in the summer the humidity can become overwhelming

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Most weekends have public parties that a lot of the student body goes too. There are also private parties before.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Computers: The actual computers are very nice. There's just not enough of them

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Houston is a cultural hub with SO many restaurants and cultural opportunities. From visiting the Houston Zoo or the Fine Arts Museum, to attending a Brazilian festival, to going downtown to a cultural restaurant, there is always something to do. Really far downtown by the UH station is a little sketchy though with several panhandlers, but if you walk with a group you should be fine.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The extra financial aid I got made the difference between being able to afford attending here and having to go to my state school.

13 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: So good! There's always something good to eat at the dining hall (we call them serveries). You have to get a meal plan with on-campus housing anyways, but it's really good, especially when compared to other university dining.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: HOT in the spring, summer and fall. Moderate in the winter.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: Rice has just about any major that you can think of.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many sophomores must live off campus in order to accommodate in-coming Freshmen. The people I know who are living off campus seem to be okay with it.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: SMART! Easy to get to know. Upper classmen are very helpful and don't treat Freshmen any different from older students.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are plenty of activities sponsored by the University. You can get all the night life you want by attending them.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Rice Village is just down the street from the University. You can walk there. The restaurants serve great food and are open late to accommodate students.

5 College Freshman

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

6 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
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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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