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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Rice will build you up or break you down. What experience you have is up to what effort you put in.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It depends on your career path, but if you're in STEM, you'll be set. You will (assuming you actually TRY) be able to find a job related to your career easily.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Health & Safety: If you are sexually assaulted and you try to bring charges on the offender, the administration will block you at every avenue possible and if the offender is found guilty, they will only be given a slap on the wrist.

10 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is essential to be part of the Rice community; you'll really miss out on the close connections that 2am study parties make.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have Greek Life at Rice. What do I type now?

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Junior

Athletics: Our athletes are here because they are smart, not because they are good at sports.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Rice has an amazing atmosphere in which you can grow as a person and learn from others, classes, and yourself. OR, you can hang in the same group of people, all the time, talking about the same things, all the time. Rice has the avenues for you to become an amazing life-learner. It's up to you to take those avenues.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Courses at Rice University are difficult and challenging, but it is the challenge they present that make taking classes there worth the effort. The majority of professors are diligent and open, very willing to help those students who make an active effort in class and to learn the material. The classroom environments motivates through competition with my peers, competition with the professor to prove myself, but it does not overwhelm me or put me down.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: A degree from Rice is a highly regarded degree. The residential college system automatically provides a network of connections, and the career services office of the school work diligently to help students find jobs.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Rice's Health Services is extremely accessible, and the staff there is very friendly. The doctors and nurses are amiable, easy to talk to, and open in answering any questions or concerns presented.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Our residential college system could not be better! The social atmosphere is extremely close-knit and supportive. The culture created at each residential college is so unique and colorful.

3 College Junior

Athletics: While we aren't the best in the country, we have some of the smartest athletes in the country.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Rice is truly unique and amazing. I could not be happier at any other school.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Public parties get a little repetitive. Most people stay on campus for nightlife, especially if they're underage.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's usually one or two public parties every weekend, and they're all fairly similar.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The vast majority of my professors have been excellent and top of their fields.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Looks pretty good on paper, but white and Asian students make up majority of students on campus. Politically, Rice leans liberal, although there isn't much political activity on campus.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is everywhere, many people drink but others do not and no one (explicitly) treats them differently. There is some pressure to drink but it's not overwhelming in my opinion. Other drugs are present on campus, but there isn't a drug culture in the same way that there is a drinking culture.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Rice is high-stress. That's just the way it is. If you can handle it, you'll get a lot out of it. If not, you'll just have a lot of breakdowns.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The RCEL program in particular has helped me a lot with internship and job hunting.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: On campus, I feel completely safe. However, DO NOT assume this means that the area in Houston around Rice is safe. It's not. Even one block away from campus you can feel it start to get creepy.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's very expensive, but living on campus, having your meals taken care of, and having your bathroom cleaned is a huge relief when you're working 14 hour days trying to keep up with everything you have going on.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Rice. It gives me so many opportunities. I feel like many of the bad experiences I've had at Rice are largely due to my personal failings, and I've learned a lot from them. The only thing I find myself disliking about Rice is that some of the professors are there only to do research, and it shows in their class preparation, which is generally awful.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is good but there are strict rules about alcohol.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are parties around campus which can be fun.

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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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