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3 College Freshman

Administration: Nothing bad to say. All are well but nothing spectacular.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is pretty good overall, but after a while it can feel a bit tedious. For an international student like me I keep missing home food a lot but my access to home cuisine is very limited.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The Rice community is a very accepting community. Your ideas on alcohol, gender, sex, religion, etc. will be pretty much accepted. In terms of international students, Chinese and Korean students have their organizations that support one another and can be a bit cliquey. If you use a different language to communicate with people you know from your own country it is likely to be accepted, but in a group of mostly the same language background the non-speaker can feel a bit left out as the same language speakers already have the connection of their own community and sense of belonging.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: With certain restaurants in the Rice Village, you can get discounts when you present your student ID. There is a great variety of food, and if you have a car, you can go to even more places. I've heard Houston has the highest restaurants-to-people ratio in the US or something similar to that.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Within Texas and in the south, a RIce degree is pretty much well-recognized. I'm still a freshman and cannot say for sure about career prospects though

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Rice has the culture of care. With public parties, security and caregivers, all of them students, are always existent to care for incoherently drunk people, handle disputes and simply run the party smoothly. In private settings students are on the watch out for one another. EMS and RUPD are easily accessible and students are addressed over and over again during O-week about what to do when safety concerns arise.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing quality can vary very much depending on which residential college you're assigned to and which wing, if they exist, you are assigned to. The newer buildings are of great quality and space, with bathrooms inside rooms or pretty close by, while older buildings may be less spacious, sometimes have pest problems and have floor bathrooms. Social atmosphere is pretty friendly and great; the college commons is a great place to study or hang out. Trampolines, pool tables, table soccer, etc. are pretty much existent in every college, as well as computer labs. Also, serveries are connected to each college commons (and there are six different serveries on campus) so food is pretty close.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm considering Ecology&evolutionary Biology and an English double major. A good thing about English is that only 36 hours total are required and only 30 for double majors. For EBIO the labs are pretty interesting, and it is also not the most rigorous major in the school. Engineers and architecture students go through more rigorous programs that leave not much space for other classes after they fill in their major requirement classes.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The Honor Code is taken pretty seriously. You do not want to be messing with that part; all or most students adhere it quite seriously as well, which allows for take-home exams to be possible. Alcohol regulations can be strict but in practice they are pretty lenient as long as underage students don't walk outside with alcohol-filled cups or bottles and do not act drunk. Even with that, RUPD won't be around every corner of the campus anyway, though you may possibly encounter them.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are pretty fun. There are public parties spaced throughout the year hosted by residential colleges, which have students that serve to create a safe and fun environment for everyone. For private parties, a lot of them are held on Friday and Saturday nights or for people's birthdays when you get to sit in a circle and talk to people you know but haven't really known or know pretty well.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm actually not sure about this topic, as I've never gone to a game yet. Football games can be pretty big but I'm not sure if we win a lot though. Powderpuff (women's football) games between residential colleges are more closely felt by students.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors are very nice and open. The faculty to student ratio of only about 5 to 1 gives you a lot of small classes you can attend, in which you can get to know your classmates and professors. A lot of the courses are very interesting and engaging, though workload can be a quite different story. Even for larger classes like General Chemistry (about 400 students probably divided into three sections), you'd find a lot of resources available for you to study with and prepare for exams with.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I've actually gotten an increase in my aid after my acceptance results were out. I'm not sure about the exact processes but it was pretty great to receive more aid.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There are many museums that are very close by. The Houston Zoo is also pretty close, and for certain attractions like ballet or opera performances, students are given free tickets by the university to attend. Students can get Metro cards that the university charges for us, which allows us to go around the city - which helps when we're going to places in the downtown area but not much for other purposes, as Houston is quite a large city and public transportation is usually not sufficient.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Rice Village is a 20-25 minute walk away, with a shuttle that will take you there on weekends. The variety is astounding here, and you'll definitely find those vegan/vegetarian options. However, Rice Village is a bit on the pricy side. If you want cheaper, you can look the other way toward the Medical Center. There are chain restaurants (Chipotle, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Burger King, etc) and a few good non-chain spots as well. But the vegan/vegetarian options aren't as abundant. TL;DR Rice Village has better quality and options, but if you're looking to save money try the Med Center. All in all, I'm not complaining.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The reason why we all chose Rice is academics really. I have learned so so so much in this first semester alone. There are some courses that are infamously bad (looking at you General Chemistry I), but for the most part professors are incredibly knowledgeable and the courses themselves are insanely informative. The Freshman Writing Intensive Seminar requirement can be a bit hit or miss though, you can pick a really good FWIS or a really bad one.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't care about sports at all but neither do a lot of people but I mean if you want a typical Texas sports school this is not it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You get randomly sorted into a college and that's your college, very simple. You'll probably get kicked off one year, and that's fine, the university helps you sort out living off-campus. Once you come back on, if you so choose, you're welcomed back with open arms. The designated year to get kicked off at my college is sophomore year. After that housing is pretty much guaranteed. The actual housing depends on your college, but I personally love Wiess rooms. Every college is different though, so you really have to ask different people.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: In my own experience Rice has paid a very large amount of my cost of attendance, however I do know people who are disenchanted with Rice University financial aid thinking they can afford to pay more than they really can. Basically just make it very clear that the cost of attendance is not something you can easily afford.

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4 College Junior

Administration: I feel like administration is good, but I also haven't had any personal encounters with them.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I haven't had to use the Student Health Center too often, but when I have it's been great. Doctors are nice and could schedule me in quickly.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: Each of the residential colleges throws parties once a semester. I'm not really into the scene but I've heard they can be fun.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I've really enjoyed exploring the Houston dining scene in the past two years that I've had access to a car. My freshman year, my friends and I mostly stuck to Rice Village which, in truth, does have a lot of great options.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: As the fourth largest city in the country, Houston is extremely diverse and full of cultural events. The museum district is awesome with a lot of different kinds of museums that Rice students get into for free! There's also a lot of great dining options, though many require a car to get to.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: While there are many off-campus housing options that are pretty fantastic, students go through the process almost completely on their own and administration is unhelpful.

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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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