Overall Niche Grade
- Party SceneA
- Campus FoodA+
- Student LifeA+
Rice University is ...
NCAA Division I-A
Rice University Rankings
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High School GPA
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Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.67 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.67 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.67 responses
Most Popular Majors
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology67Graduates
- Kinesiology and Exercise Science60Graduates
- Chemical Engineering59Graduates
- Computer and Information Studies56Graduates
- Mechanical Engineering56Graduates
- Mathematics & Statistics53Graduates
- Political Science and Government48Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.47 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.90 responses
After Rice University
- Very Good370
Campus housing is great! We have 11 residential colleges and you are put into one for your entire time at Rice (you can petition to switch, but it isn't common- most people love their college). Everyone lives on campus their freshman year, and after than you can choose to live on or off campus. Depending on the residential college and their housing availability, you may get kicked off campus for a year, but all seniors are guaranteed housing and you can usually stay on campus if you really want to since enough people move off campus voluntarily. Every residential college has a different room set-up, but you'll end up living in a double (with one roommate) or single (alone), and your room could be in a suite (common room with several doubles or singles attached). There are very few complaints about housing- they do a great job of pairing you with a roommate freshman year, most doubles/suites have their own bathroom, housing & dining staff cleans the bathroom and takes out the trash, and rooms are very spacious & clean. I love Rice housing, but the required meal plan is kind of a pain. Students usually move off campus because the rent and food is cheaper.
- College Sophomore
- 12 months ago
As a senior graduating this May, I could not be more satisfied with my experience at Rice. The small student population and the residential college system create a close-knit, family-like atmosphere, but because most students live on campus you still have the chance to meet new and interesting people every day. Overall, I would describe Rice as open-minded, quirky, competitive, supportive, intellectually stimulating, and fun. Due to its size, social structure, and focus on the undergraduate experience, Rice has many of the advantages of liberal arts colleges, but with the added benefits that come with its status as a top research university with resources and opportunities of much larger schools.
- 2 months ago
Rice is a fabulous school. A smart, interesting, and diverse student body, dedicated professors, amazing academics, the residential college system, and a not-too-small but not-too-big student population overall create a university that anyone applying to colleges would be sorry to pass over without further research. Everyone I talk to here says this is the college for them, and they cannot imagine being happier anywhere else.
- 24 days ago