Rice University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Houston, TX
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Large city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
17 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Amazingly brilliant, diverse, fun, and interesting peers and professors
  • Beautiful campus with stunning architecture and stately live oaks
  • Houston is a big-city setting with tons of art and cultural opportunities.
  • Residential college system fosters the best undergraduate social experience possible.

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • The humidity during the summer is nearly 100 percent, so get ready to shower often.
  • Students are often focused on their future careers than engaging in the moment.
  • Texas is big on cars, and Houston's public transportation is underdeveloped. As a result, parking at Rice is very limited, and the parking enforcement is notoriously strict.
  • Each college throws similar parties every year. Although this isn't a problem for some, others may find the social scene repetitive.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Rice Student Reviews

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Off-Campus Dining: Houston provides a plethora of options

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Nightlife: Houston is a huge city with lots of options

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5 College Student

Campus Housing: The campus is beautiful and spacious.

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5 College Student

Scholarships: Rice is generous and understanding with aid.

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5 College Student

Majors: There are a multitude of majors to choose from.

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