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Reviews 791 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some people love Rice, but the people who dislike it really hate it here. The college system can come off as extremely claustrophobic. Sometimes it's nice to have a little more anonymity. Everyone knows who the 'popular kids' are within a college, and it begins to feel like high school all over again - or even worse, middle school. Academics are good, but you'll be working so hard that students frequently break down because of stress. This just wasn't the school for me.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Rice University is a quirky school, and that's exactly what it prides itself on. The people are so friendly, and the academics are extremely high caliber.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school is very unique and provides a great learning experience. The residential college system provides an environment that is suitable to a lot of different personalities. It fosters bonding between students. The professors are here to help you learn and to make sure you take something out of the class

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Academic wise no gripes; socially it's a hit-and-miss.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The atmosphere at Rice is really great. I love being at a small school with such an interesting culture, and since there are people coming from around the world, I'm certain I'm exposed to many more cultures than I would be if I attended some predominantly white Texas public university.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Chose Rice for grad school because it is incredibly well known and respected.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Rice is a wonderful place. Amazing people, fantastic teachers, and an overall incredible learning environment.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People are nice & friendly for the most part

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe at Rice and I am very grateful for that.

3 College Junior

Administration: This year there were some internal issues with Student Judicial Program

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: Hard to get merit scholarships, but fortunately, I was lucky to get one.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't party much anymore but when I did, it was pretty fun I guess.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's pretty great. Rice Village can get pricey, but there's so many other options if you venture away from that.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: Noise violations could really use some work.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I came in off waitlist, so it was a struggle getting aid. I still don't think I'm getting the amount that I need.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is the BEST! I rarely complain about it. I just wish servery breakfast didn't run out at 9:15 AM every morning at Seibel :(

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Residential colleges are the best. I love the dorm I'm in, despite it being one of the oldest buildings. It's spacious and the AC works, and it (thankfully) didn't smell weird.

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.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: Academic honesty is taken very seriously.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The scholarship process went smoothly for me.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

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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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