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

Weather: It is sometimes humid and hot but it is beautiful!

3 College Senior

Weather: The humidity and mosquitoes are unbearable for many. I could do without the bugs, but I'm definitely a fan of the heat so I like that it's more warm and cool most days.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Houston in August is really hot and humid. However, while the first few months of school may be pretty sweaty, fall and winter are very cool and pleasant. Weather ranges from the 90's and 80's in the early fall to the 50's and 60's in winter, then climbs back up. As someone who grew up in a dry climate, the most striking part about the weather is definitely the humidity.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Humid, but livable once you buy rainboots and an umbrella. The worst of the heat goes away after September, and it becomes paradise for the rest of the year.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's always warm in Houston, which is great, in my opinion! However, it's humid and it rains a fair amount.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 41st
    Hottest Summers
  • 455th
    Coldest Winters

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

When you arrive for O-Week in August, be prepared to sweat like never before. In the summer, Houston is unbearably hot and humid. Also be warned that when it rains, it pours. Think monsoon season. Several of the colleges have suffered flood damage in recent years, and a few upperclassmen tell very amusing tales about floating around the Inner Loop on inner tubes. After a particularly rainy spell, Rice campus will sometimes retain water for a long period of time, earning the affectionate nickname of "William Rice’s Marsh" (a play on the name of Rice founder, William Marsh Rice).

The good news is that Houston has fairly mild winters, and extended fall and spring seasons. Long after your Northern friends have dug out their sweaters and mittens, you can call home and brag to them that you went running outside in shorts and a tank top. You can enjoy outdoor picnics, pickup soccer games, or lazy reading in a hammock well into November. Once it cools off, Houston weather is rather delightful. Don’t be fooled, however; it does get chilly, so bring a coat!

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 79 °F
Spring - Low: 61 °F
Summer - High: 92 °F
Summer - Low: 75 °F
Fall - High: 80 °F
Fall - Low: 63 °F
Winter - High: 65 °F
Winter - Low: 47 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.73 in./month
Summer: 5.61 in./month
Fall: 5.17 in./month
Winter: 3.74 in./month
What to Pack
  • The occasional sweater for those chilly winter nights
  • Plenty of short-sleeve tees
Did You Know?
The number of sunny hours in Houston comes in at 2,578 per year.

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