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Location
Houston, TX
Undergrads
3,803
Tuition
$37,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone at Rice is very friendly, even the shy ones. The dating scene at Rice is somewhat underrated; while there are a lot of hookups and long-term relationships, there is also a happy medium to be found by students who put themselves out there. Most students care about one another's interests, personality, and looks in reference to members of the preferred sex.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's a nice mix. Of course there are occasional awkward boys who couldn't be assertive with a boy to save their lives, but for the most part, people are friendly and outgoing. Even more than that, 95% of them are legitimately brilliant and being able to hold intelligent conversations while drinking and having fun is completely underrated.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I haven't encountered too much casual dating on campus... I think that the guys are a little bit scared, honestly. A lot of them don't have a ton of experience.
Most people either are
1. in a long term relationship
2. are into casual hookups
or
3. don't really date.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Alot of cute asian dudes, if you're into that

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4 College Freshman

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

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 7th
    Smartest Girls
  • 13th
    Smartest Guys
  • 16th
    Friendliest Guys
  • 24th
    Friendliest Girls
  • 225th
    Most Creative/Artsy Guys

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The residential college system is a brilliant aspect of Rice University because it takes a large incoming class of intelligent/often socially awkward people and breaks it down into subgroups (residential colleges) giving freshmen an instant social network. During orientation week (O-Week), a group of randomly selected and diverse individuals is given something in common. They go through the same indoctrination process, have the same pranks played on them by upperclassmen, go on the same scavenger hunt, sit through the same boring meetings, and so on. They meet the College Masters (a faculty family that lives in a house adjoining or near their building), and discover that they have a set of parents and (usually) young siblings provided for them.

The dating situation at Rice varies for everyone. You may not find as many traditionally attractive hotties at Rice as you would at another school. Rice tends not to attract many stereotypical frat boys or sorority girls, although there are a few. Indeed, you can find whatever “type” you might be looking for (or not looking for) at Rice: athletic, romantic, poetic, intelligent, flirtatious, theatrical, geeky, genuine, graceful, player, elegant, or the boy/girl-next-door. In fact, "Seventeen" magazine some years back declared Rice the number-one choice school “for girls who want it all.” That diversity makes Rice a special campus full of truly amazing and talented people.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
49%
Male Undergrads
51%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
Rice Student Health Services offers contraception.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Class
  2. Clubs/organizations
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Dorm parties
  2. Single rooms
Social Scene
The college system makes the big step of making first social
connections a piece of cake. Some people feel that this can be a downside if students never choose to go beyond the walls of their own residential college. This isn't entirely negative, since each college consists of a very diverse population. However, the social scene may begin to feel limited by the end of sophomore year if a student doesn't make an attempt to venture out. Luckily, there are tons of easy ways to meet people at Rice if a person feels inclined to do so. Social involvement runs the gamut from social recluses who lock themselves away with their computers every day to social butterflies who seem to know every face they see on campus. Let it be noted, though, that the former is regrettably the more prevalent state.
Hookups or Relationships?
The running joke is that people come in as freshmen and
either meet someone during orientation week, date them
for four years, and then get married, or they will experience
nothing more than late-night party hookups for four years.
For better or for worse, the rumors are born of truth, with one-night stands being the more popular choice. In short, not much casual dating goes on at Rice.
Dress Code
The looks at Rice range from preppy to athletic to thrift store.
Clothes are just one of the many ways through which Rice students express themselves. People tend to find what works for them and what makes them comfortable, and develop their own style. There are girls that dress up in skirts and curl their hair every day, while other students regularly go to class in sweats or hospital scrubs. Seriously, as long as you're wearing something, you'll be fine. Actually, rescind that-sometimes clothing is optional (see NOD, Baker 13).

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 32 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 32 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 34 responses

  • 25% Casual dating at your school
  • 23% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 20% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 11% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 11% None
  • 10% Long-distance relationship
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 6% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 47% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 47% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
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