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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Rice students are exceptional at managing their time between making use of the library and other academic study facilities, running the outer loop or getting fit at the gym, and spending time together in the student-run coffee house or at an event hosted by one of our many clubs. Traditions are popular and mostly oriented towards the residential colleges, in which students have the opportunity to be very involved with one another and develop pride in the residential college and the university.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The residential college system does a lot to enhance students' experience; through your college you become close with a smaller group of people who have different interests and goals than you, and you are given lots of opportunities to become involved in sports, social outings, and other events with the people in your college. The college system allows every student to be as socially involved as they are comfortable- there are parties and get togethers for those who enjoy them, and there are other outlets for those less interested in partying, which are equally popular with the students.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are well appreciated, and lots of students participate in intramural sports, but in some sports there is not an enormous amount of support or team spirit from the rest of the school, especially for the varsity sports.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Rice is the best school in the world, and I can't recomend it highly enough.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: You don't need a computer at all (there are a million and one available labs), but the convenience outweighs the cost.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nightlife is a lot of fun. There is always a really great combination of people you'll know and people you can meet because of Rice's student body size.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is a frustrating endeavor, but manageable. The only real complaint is cost.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: Again, RUPD is great. Except for parking citations. Those suck.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Your college is your family. Living on campus is great, but you're only guaranteed housing for three years.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Houston loves food, and there is are honestly endless possibilities.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Rice is insanely diverse, and it's possibly the most wonderful aspect of the community.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The servery is great. People inevitably will get tired of it midway through the semester, but there is a good variety of food options on campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking culture is a little difficult to avoid being around, but no one will ever pressure you to partake. If you do want to drink, the options are endless. The drug scene is a more behind the scenes. If you look for it, it's definitely there, but you probably wouldn't notice it otherwise. It's not highly visible, but the community that partakes in drugs is super inviting.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Humid, but livable once you buy rainboots and an umbrella. The worst of the heat goes away after September, and it becomes paradise for the rest of the year.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Houston is an incredible city. There's something here for everyone. (Also, despite being in Texas, Houston is super liberal. It's an oasis of leftism in this red state. Don't let the Texas Conservative stereotype be a deterrent.)

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Economics is a small program here, because it is a largely engineering-focused school, but it forces you to learn the material backwards and forwards.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Rice is hard academically but doable and endlessly rewarding.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's a nice mix. Of course there are occasional awkward boys who couldn't be assertive with a boy to save their lives, but for the most part, people are friendly and outgoing. Even more than that, 95% of them are legitimately brilliant and being able to hold intelligent conversations while drinking and having fun is completely underrated.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student life is great. There is always something going on on campus. I live three hours away and have only been able to make it home once this last semester, because events pop up every single weekend. It's a lot of fun and hard to find the motivation to step away for even two days.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus is beautiful. The people are wonderful. Professors are incredible. This is honestly the best place in the world.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Rice University Police Department is honestly wonderful. They are there exclusively for our safety, and they do a great job of ensuring that campus is protected.They offer a free escort service for late night transportation across campus, and have a response time of (what it always seems like to me) less than five minutes. We're encouraged to call RUPD instead of 911 because they're so incredibly efficient, and everyone does. The officers themselves are lovely people who adopt a don't ask, don't tell policy when it comes to students. If you need help, they're there to provide assistance without any fear of probing questions. This is so important because it allows for students to feel comfortable in seeking medical help. RUPD is the best.
We also have an on campus clinic that is staffed by really friendly people. It's usually not very difficult to schedule an appointment. They're only open until 5, so the afternoon slots get filled fastest because students don't want to miss class, but I've never not been able to get a same-day appointment if I set an early alarm reminding me to make the call.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is definitely doable. Houston itself isn't the friendliest city for pedestrians, but Rice's Passport to Houston gives students a free refillable metrocard that makes transportation more convenient. Parking kinda sucks, but only by Rice standards. If you missed the shuttle and don't want to wait 10 minutes for the next one, it only takes 15 minutes to walk from the opposite end of campus to the farthest parking lot. Our campus is very small, and so those 15 minutes are comparatively massive to the 7 minutes it takes to get anywhere else. The biggest complaint is the cost, but it's semi-understandable given that the lot is in a highly demanded area in downtown Houston alongside the medical center.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Unless you're an upperclassman, you can't get a parking space in the lots by the dorms. Instead, you park in West Lot, which is by the stadium. It's a 5-10 minute walk, but there's a shuttle that can take you around faster.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: It's always warm in Houston, which is great, in my opinion! However, it's humid and it rains a fair amount.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I haven't encountered too much casual dating on campus... I think that the guys are a little bit scared, honestly. A lot of them don't have a ton of experience.
Most people either are
1. in a long term relationship
2. are into casual hookups
or
3. don't really date.

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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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