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Reviews 921 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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1 College Sophomore

Athletics: Snowboarding at the school is a joke, especially because of the fact that anyone who goes here can't place first in anything expect when facing kids that are 3 years younger than them. Snowboarding is not even a sport, it is a competition, as said by a certain english teacher at this school, for gravity does all of the work for you. There is no athletic ability involved.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not a lot of pressure to drink, but a huge part of campus culture.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Rice reports 42% White, 15% Latino, 7% Black, 5% Multiracial, 22% Asian, 11% International, and 1% other. (<1% Native American)

Past the veneer:

- Asian and international is all essentially Chinese

- White or 1/2 Latinos get counted as full Latinos, most international Latinos come from white families who live in Latin America

- 7% Black includes all athletes, who largely don't like interacting with the rest of campus. I'll put it to you this way: there are maybe 10 Black students in my college.

Diversity is dismal and Rice is dishonest about reporting it.

A more honest report would be: 53% White, 9% Latino, 1-2% Black, 5% Multiracial, 30% Asian, 3% Non-Chinese International, and still no Native Americans

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1 College Junior

Party Scene: Vibe on campus: contrived, forced, and overplanned fun. For me, fun should have an element of spontaneity and joy. It's hard to have that when everything is planned out weeks in advance, talked up by virgins, and filled with the same virgins who are desperately trying to lose their virginity week after week and failing.

Imagine frats with social anxiety, mild depression, and sexual frustration out the roof. Oh, and cops standing around and freshmen pouring you beer.

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2 College Junior

Academics: At Rice, the emphasis is on quantity over quality. Students take up to 6-7 classes and this takes a huge toll on the quality of the classes: students can't read or study as much for each which takes away from the richness of discussion and engagement. In fact, the students created an uproar when the school tried to reduce the credit limit to address this problem. In that campaign, we saw the worst sides of Rice come together to reveal our more permeating issues. We have sheltered pubescent suburban kids who are pining to attach to a cause and are insecure about their intellect and think crusading to be able to take 20 credit hours will make them seem passionate and smart.

There's a lot of rote learning here. We have too many pre-meds, engineering students, and international students who come from toxic education systems and this makes the academic environment here very difficult for someone who is learning for the sake of learning. Very rarely do I walk through the commons or servery and hear conversations that are about anything other than the petty happenings around campus.

If you want to come here to prepare a neat portfolio of accomplishments, lab experience, and grades for medical school, come. If you want a rich campus culture of discussion and embracing of difference, don't.

The intellectual culture of Rice is dead.

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1 College Junior

Overall Experience: Rice advertises a low class size. I know of two ways that Rice manipulates this statistic:

Rice strictly caps class registration to 15 in the fall, preventing professors from adding even one additional student. However, spring registration is uncapped. US News runs rankings on fall statistics.

Senior design courses in engineering are taught in a 20-30 person classroom, but students special register in "classes" of 5 students.

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2 College Junior

Overall Experience: Rice is great if you 1) want to work in Houston 2) want to work in oil and gas, or, 3) want to go to medical school

Rice is not particularly respected for social sciences or humanities

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is quite good and facilities staff are competent, hardworking, and care about their jobs.

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2 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports are largely irrelevant. It's a nerd school and most students don't even know the rules of football or baseball. Nerds also like to look down on the athletes for being less accomplished on paper, and this makes for a big divide that gets athletes to live off campus and disintegrate from campus.

The school pines for support. It desperately sends out pathetic emails begging students to attend athletic events, giving out free t-shirts, pizza, and even has an awards app to incentivize attendance. None of this works. Hardly anyone goes to any athletic events, or even knows when they're happening.

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1 College Junior

Overall Experience: Rice is the perfect school for people who struggled socially in high school and need to overcommit themselves to compensate for their low self esteem. Even one of the deans admitted that Rice continually admits very immature students and this damages the academic environment.

The reason Rice is not the Harvard of the South is that although Rice students are cut throat and ambitious, they don't actually have the illustrious accomplishments or raw talent to back up their try-hardy attitudes. Normal kids with average accomplishments are a dime a dozen here. It's easier to find an inexperienced and socially clueless student than it is to find someone who will blow you away.

It's an infuriating environment if you are content with who you are and like the idea of subtlety and restraint. Maybe it's a Texas thing, but everything here is overdone and handled heavy-handedly. Hell, even parties have t-shirts with gaudy alcohol-themed slogans on them. "Alcohol City Limits."

If you had a normal social life in high school, don't come here. If you believe in work-life balance, don't come here. If you want to develop an authentic sense of self, don't come here. It's more likely that Rice will suck your soul and spit you out as a corporate zombie than cultivate your humanity. You become who you are surrounded by, or you become bitter.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Getting an appointment at the health center can sometimes take a little while.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors are top of their fields and most really care about teaching, not their own research. Get to know your professors during their office hours, especially in larger lecture courses.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Center for Career Development is incredibly helpful and well connected. Definitely use their services starting as a freshman or sophomore.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is great. You're guaranteed housing 3 years, but many people are able to live on campus all 4 if they want.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity athletics are not really part of the culture.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The police department is great at responding to crimes, but they are still a little ineffective when it comes to actually helping the victim. If the perpetrator is a Rice student, then the perpetrator will usually get off pretty easily, as Rice doesn't want to get a bad image. An example is the recent sexual assault at Sid Richardson College during a party, as Rice worked hard to make sure local news stations didn't cover the event.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Lots of opportunities. As an Electrical Engineer, I am basically guaranteed a job after graduation.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is hard to get into classes some times, as Rice has decreased the amount of classes offered in order to move up in college rankings. A couple departments also have troubles with maintaining a good student-professor number as Rice doesn't feel like hiring more professors despite an overwhelming number of students wanting to major in one of the affected departments.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: We pay a ridiculous amount of money to share a small 12x14" room with another person. It would be cheaper to live in a mid-scale apartment with a large living room and built in laundry facilities than to live in a dorm.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Students don't really attend events unless there's free stuff. I'm usually not aware that there is a game going on unless I get an email that says that there'll be free food or shirts at the game.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All of the classes I have taken so far have been taught by professors who typically don't seem enthusiastic about teaching. None of my classes, the teacher doesn't even try to engage with the students. Also, the administration doesn't respect the student body's opinion, and is limiting the number of credits we can take, despite 87% of the student body disapproving the proposal. The administration wants to keep a facade that they care about the students, but they are just doing what is best for themselves.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The quality of the courses are great and the professors, who may be too stern at times, make sure that you are getting your moneys worth. The class sizes start of large with about 100 people then as you get to your junior and senior year, they are around 30.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Many employers in the Houston area will hire you if they see that you are from Rice because of it's status in the community. Your department will send you emails frequently advertising opportunities for work, internships, programs, and events that will help you to advance your career.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There's not too much crime on campus and I feel safe walking around campus at night. There was a sexual assault at my dorm during a party and it was taken seriously for a month then forgotten about and parties that were supposed to be canceled because of the assault happened anyways.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus makes it easy to leave your dorm 10 minutes before class starts and still get there on time. You get guaranteed housing every year except when you are a junior. That is the only year you have to go through a lottery with the other juniors. Athletes and students with positions in the dorm or university government also get guaranteed housing. Some dorms are directly attached to surveries so you don't even have to go outside to get food.

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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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