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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are several restaurants nearby in Rice Village and the bus will take you there on Friday and Saturday nights.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can go to parties on Saturday hosted by one of the residence halls, go on "crawls," or attend private parties.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Academic honesty is taken very seriously.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The scholarship process went smoothly for me.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I love the food here. There are several dining halls with a variety of food, the Whoo Deli, mediterranean food from Droubi's, and late night food from the Hoot. Food trucks occasionally come by as well.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Each residence hall, or college, is built very different so your experience depends on which hall you are randomized into. The colleges range from apartment style to communal. The social atmosphere is great at all of the colleges.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of variety, great student discounts, and perfect places to hang out with friends on Saturday nights!

5 College Junior

Party Scene: Party scene isn't too rowdy at times, but there's pretty much a party somewhere on campus once or twice per week.

5 College Junior

Administration: This campus isn't really strict, just don't do things that will be unacceptable in the real world and you'll be fine.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Rice can be pretty generous in terms of financial aid, but with its tuition going up recently, I've had to pull out some extra loans.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: The food on campus is great and satisfying. At least it's food, but if you go off campus like in the Rice Village for dining, you would find more variety and more palatable options.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The best part about campus housing is the residential college system because it not only creates a sense of community and identity amongst the students, but contributes to the social atmosphere.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It's absolutely whatever you want it to be. There are so many different people here with different backgrounds it's very easy to find whatever you're interested in romantically or socially.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Rice is my favorite place in the world. The people here are brilliant and also kind, which is the defining factor of campus.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Wouldn't rather go anywhere else in the world. Professors and students hang out regularly, tons of different awesome courses are offered, very lax distribution requirements... classes are incredibly hard but that's what you sign up for

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There's a crazy amount of recruitment around campus from big companies. Consulting and tech companies are huge, as are research institutes and entrepreneurial organizations. Student projects get picked up/funded regularly.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: 6 Different serveries plus the 6 different restaurants in the Student Center plus the Hoot plus free food/snacks from various clubs around campus leads to a great time.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: On saturdays, they force us off campus to explore Houston and find food, which is actually a really cool thing, because often a lot of your friends will be going to different places and you can choose whichever one sounds the most appetizing. There are so many choices off campus, and the food is excellent. As Rice students, we have access to the metro rail system for free, and a bus runs to the Rice Village (where there are tons of food options and shopping locations). We get discounts at almost every place imaginable. The only problem is late night food options, because walking around late at night in downtown Houston may not be the safest idea.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration generally understands student concerns well, and acts accordingly. I feel that they have our best interest in mind most of the time, however sometimes decisions are made that are more political in nature than what is really good for the student body.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's a lot of parties on campus, including giant themed public parties put on by the residential colleges, smaller private parties that are hosted by students in their residential colleges, mixers on different floors, crawls, and everything in between. One of the great things about the residential college system is that the party scene is super-inclusive, and you'll often meet more people at parties than you would at a college with frats and sororities because everyone is invited. In general, more people party here than they do at other colleges because of the inclusiveness, and it's a healthy outlet (not everyone drinks or does drugs, however). Highlights include NOD, (Night of Decadence), a hypersexualized party where people wear underwear (or less), Sensation, which is basically a rave, and Bacchanalia, a toga party. Pretty much every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday there are multiple parties to be found on campus, with the public parties about every Saturday.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Five star chefs; the food is fantastic. If you don't like the menu at one servery, you are free to eat at any other servery, which is great. Every college is connected to a dining hall and has its own commons to eat (although some share serveries, each residential college has its own place to actually eat). The cooks are very accommodating and there are tons of options for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc. They are also open to suggestions and take feedback very seriously.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: While not all of the residential colleges are created equal in terms of housing facilities, even the "lesser" dorms are still some of the nicest I've seen. In general, the old colleges/dorms have been remodeled, and the new colleges are very nice. Rooms are large and there's plenty of space. Other colleges I've visited squeeze three people into 2/3 the space that my room,ate and I share. Also, unlike a lot of larger schools, you will usually only have a single roommate. Some dorms are organized into doubles with a shared bathroom (such as McMurtry), while others have communal bathrooms (such as Brown), and others are Suite-style with a common room (such as Weiss)

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We're right by Rice Village, so there are plenty of options.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Sometimes they overstep their bounds.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I like it a lot, but go with friends otherwise it can get dull because you get lost in the crowd. I go sober so I need friends.

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Lovett Hall Lovett Hall Visible in front is a statue of the founder, William Marsh Rice
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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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