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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's very tough to make an A because your classes are now full of geniuses.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: You will most likely end up with a job upon graduating/get into your desired graduate school.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Campus Housing: We basically get to do whatever we want, as long as we don't cause harm or damage to anything, ourselves or others. We are treated like adults.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Athletics: We're a small school that doesn't focus on athletics as much as the majority of public schools, so our facilities for the normal student body meet our needs. For the athletes, I wouldn't know.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Very high-pressure. There's a high pressure to be some exceptionally remarkable person & become the next child prodigy.... along with everybody else...

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Courses and professors have been fantastic. They are noted specialists in their fields, and teach courses that directly relate to their areas of interest and current research.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The campus career center is very active in reaching out to students notifying them of upcoming career fairs and workshops.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In my opinion, the campus is quite safe and secure. The RUPD is constantly patrolling the campus either in vehicles or golfcarts. There is an email and text message alert system in place to notify students of any suspicious or criminal activity on campus. Healthwise, the student medical center is very accessible, and the university also provides mental health assistance through their Wellbeing program (for both counseling and psychiatric help).

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall, I've had a fantastic experience at Rice. My program is very rigorous and structured toward gaining professional experience in academic settings. One of the unique qualities of Rice is that the university consistently leads the list of highest quality of student life in the country. I can vouch for this at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports programs are very average at Rice.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally feel safe on campus. RUPD is alway around to help and send alerts.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are a variety of courses to choose and I encourage taking a mixture your first two semesters at Rice. All of the professors care about their students and are very approachable; their goal is to see you succeed.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Center for Career Development is always sending out emails about internships and externships, and encouraging students to apply.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the residential college system. You are instantly welcomed into a family that cares and supports and helps you through all your rice endeavors.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Students at Rice do not pay much attention to athletics. I've talked to seniors that have never attended a Rice football game. While the culture is a little different in regards to spirit for athletics, students's pride is seen through Beer Bike and cheering on their respective residential college.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Rice University is a wonderful school with a culture of care that makes you always feel supported. Whether its at a party and someone is looking after you or having pride in your residential college or meeting your professor for lunch to discuss a project, Rice provides a sense of belonging that is almost impossible to find elsewhere.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus and the police are very evident which I think helps.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is a good range of courses available to choose from and the professors all really want to help students succeed.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm hoping that a degree from Rice will open many doors to employment as contact with employers and alumni is very good and they know how hard the students study here.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I like the College experience and it provides great housing.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Plenty of students do intra-mural and have lots of fun. Varsity sports are not as well supported as they could be but Rice is only a small populated university. I'm impressed with the facilities available to all students and I think a great effort is being put into trying to make the Varsity teams more successful. There are some great coaches at Rice.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Rice is a great place. The campus is magnificent and great to be on. The work load is plentiful but the students also know how to relax and there are many parties/social events going on throughout the term.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are really not an integral component of Rice culture. Though many people are fairly heavily invested in club and intramural sports, especially the ones that pit residential colleges against other residential colleges, our varsity sports receive very little attention.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Choosing Rice University was one of the best decisions of my 18 years on this earth. The academics are undoubtedly excellent, on par with the Ivies and all the other elite institutions. Our professors run laboratories that engage in groundbreaking research, but this dedication towards research does not prevent them from giving their students their utmost attention. Aside from the academic aspect, Rice provides a warm, welcoming social atmosphere. The students are organized in 11 distinct residential colleges, each with its own special flair. Though there is a spirit of friendly competition between each residential college, in reality, everybody takes care of everybody. I am quite proud to call myself a Rice Owl.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are helpful, kind, and knowledgable. The curriculum is very well put together. You need a certain amount of credit from humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, but not too much – this gives a great time for exploration outside of your major. The workload isn't bad – I actually find it the most manageable load since middle school.

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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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