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3 College Junior

Athletics: Rice students have been generally apathetic towards varsity athletics in the past; however, in recent years, there has been a push to attend games and show more support. I am not a student athlete, but some of my friends have mentioned that the facilities are lacking. IMs are a huge part of sports at Rice and almost everyone participates in powderpuff.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: Alcohol policy bans hard liquor and people outwardly follow it (no hard liquor at big gatherings usually). I think it helps keep people safe because it is hard to get alcohol poisoning on beer only. Administration has our best interests in mind but lately has been trying too hard to be like all the ivy league schools instead of keeping Rice the quirky, fun, awesome school it has always been.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There's such thing as Rice goggles. Specifically speaking about girls for now, the girls are not exactly here for their looks. They're a few good looking ones. Not much more. Most girls have great personalities and are great to be around but don't come here looking for straight 10s and be prepared to heavily lower your standards. Should by no means be a deterrent though.

15 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: Most diverse place you will ever be in. You don't realize the importance of it until you're here and visit schools like A&M

10 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Food: If you're on campus you get an unlimited meal plan. Serveries are open at meal hours. However, it means you can only eat at reasonable hours which is good until you want food at like 11PM. Then you have to pay extra..

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Theres Public Parties which are hosted by Residential Colleges. They're sweaty and hot and cramped but could be quite fun. They have drinking for those of age. For those not of age, pregame hard. The party scene is a lot better than I expected it to be.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: It's Rice. Is as good of a school as any in the country. You're surrounded by brilliant students and professors and have great opportunities and career prospects.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: RESIDENTIAL COLLEGES ARE THE BEST. If you're reading this, you've probably heard all about the residential college system. There are 11 of them. All are great in their own way. Wiess is the really rich one that throws NOD every year. Hanzen is the "family" one. Will Rice is the one that wins everything so everyone hates on. Baker is the oldest one and has awesome commons. Sid Richardson is the only one thats a tower. Kind of bad living arrangement but cool culture. Lovett is a very ugly building but has good traditions and awesome people. McMurtry and Duncan are the new ones whose most defining feature is being new. Martel is relatively new and the one everyone picks on but honestly they have the best rooms at Rice. Jones is just really far away from everything but a nice college. They try to win Beer Bike and stuff but aren't as good as Will Rice at it. Brown is also just far. I really have nothing good or bad to say about them.

Don't take these stereotypes to heart. Want to know which one is the best college? THE ONE YOU'RE IN.

24 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Area: Houston is great but people simply don't explore it enough! Life within the hedges of Rice is so comfortable and self sufficient that people often just stay on campus for everything. However, the simple fact of being around buildings and people and the Texas Medical Center adds a lot. It's not NYU or BU or any of those city-centric universities, but being next to Houston truly does do a lot for the University.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is definitely safe. RUPD (Rice U Police Department) does a lot to keep people safe from thieves, creeps, assault, etc.. Never feel unsafe anywhere around campus. That said, one obviously needs to be smart (ex. Maybe 1AM runs on the outer loop of campus which isn't exactly Rice anymore aren't a good idea always). After midnight, all the entrances to campus except the one next to the police station are closed. This is obviously a good idea but is always a hassle when you're looking for late night food.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: Simply due to its small size, Rice Athletic competitions are not too attended. There is always people in the student section at football games but there are simply not enough students or fans around the city; therefore, the stadium always looks miserably empty. Intramural sports are very fun and very easy to partake in. Representing your residential college in IM sports is always really fun. The ones that are actually taken seriously are Powderpuff and Freshman Flag Football (for some colleges)

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: Intramurals are a large part of campus, however the support for varsity athletics is really lacking throughout.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: Yes, there are parties EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME, but for a person who doesn't enjoy partying it's basically hell on earth. You can't escape the peer pressure and it's hard to focus on classwork because of it.

20 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Area: Because of the location of this school (in the middle of Houston), it can be extremely unsafe at times. There are many things to do off campus, but be careful where and how you go somewhere.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Beware of lying roommates. My roommate said that she liked to study/work in silence/etc. but she completely omitted the fact that she parties until 3am and plays loud music even after I ask her to stop. There really isn't much to do on campus honestly. There's Coffeehouse, the library, and a few sitting areas. Other than that, the entertainment and amenities of campus are up to the individual.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: I don't mind the classes I'm taking that relate to my major, however, the classes here are MUCH larger than they advertise as. Don't be fooled! the 8:1 student:faculty ratio is including the small nearly one-on-one upper level classes. As a freshman, the smallest class I have is 50 people.

11 people found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel unsafe simply walking around campus because of the overbearing threatening presence of some people. I'm female and was completely ridiculed and basically laughed out of the rec center because I wasn't "using heavy enough weights". My roommate got sexually assaulted within the first week of school here. It's just very unsafe feeling overall.

10 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is not particularly strict, as long as you are respectful.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms at Rice are pretty spacious. I had more room than I knew what to do with.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Rice Village is pretty convenient, and there is a good number of places that offer student discounts.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are visibly passionate about the subject they teach and only hope to instill part of that passion into their students.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is a good support system for people who drink too heavily, and the parties are usually quite lively. The alcohol selection is unimpressive, and most parties lack a certain classiness, but that can be attributed to their college nature.

2 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It can be very difficult to find housing for a decent price, with a reliable landlord.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a foundation for athletics if it is in your interest, but it is in no way major to school life, as Rice Students tend to favor books and computers.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Administration: They treat their students generally like responsible adults, which leaves plenty of room for mistakes, learning and maturing.

2 people found this useful Report
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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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