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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors are top of their fields and most really care about teaching, not their own research. Get to know your professors during their office hours, especially in larger lecture courses.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Center for Career Development is incredibly helpful and well connected. Definitely use their services starting as a freshman or sophomore.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is great. You're guaranteed housing 3 years, but many people are able to live on campus all 4 if they want.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity athletics are not really part of the culture.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The police department is great at responding to crimes, but they are still a little ineffective when it comes to actually helping the victim. If the perpetrator is a Rice student, then the perpetrator will usually get off pretty easily, as Rice doesn't want to get a bad image. An example is the recent sexual assault at Sid Richardson College during a party, as Rice worked hard to make sure local news stations didn't cover the event.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Lots of opportunities. As an Electrical Engineer, I am basically guaranteed a job after graduation.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is hard to get into classes some times, as Rice has decreased the amount of classes offered in order to move up in college rankings. A couple departments also have troubles with maintaining a good student-professor number as Rice doesn't feel like hiring more professors despite an overwhelming number of students wanting to major in one of the affected departments.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: We pay a ridiculous amount of money to share a small 12x14" room with another person. It would be cheaper to live in a mid-scale apartment with a large living room and built in laundry facilities than to live in a dorm.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Students don't really attend events unless there's free stuff. I'm usually not aware that there is a game going on unless I get an email that says that there'll be free food or shirts at the game.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All of the classes I have taken so far have been taught by professors who typically don't seem enthusiastic about teaching. None of my classes, the teacher doesn't even try to engage with the students. Also, the administration doesn't respect the student body's opinion, and is limiting the number of credits we can take, despite 87% of the student body disapproving the proposal. The administration wants to keep a facade that they care about the students, but they are just doing what is best for themselves.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The quality of the courses are great and the professors, who may be too stern at times, make sure that you are getting your moneys worth. The class sizes start of large with about 100 people then as you get to your junior and senior year, they are around 30.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Many employers in the Houston area will hire you if they see that you are from Rice because of it's status in the community. Your department will send you emails frequently advertising opportunities for work, internships, programs, and events that will help you to advance your career.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There's not too much crime on campus and I feel safe walking around campus at night. There was a sexual assault at my dorm during a party and it was taken seriously for a month then forgotten about and parties that were supposed to be canceled because of the assault happened anyways.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus makes it easy to leave your dorm 10 minutes before class starts and still get there on time. You get guaranteed housing every year except when you are a junior. That is the only year you have to go through a lottery with the other juniors. Athletes and students with positions in the dorm or university government also get guaranteed housing. Some dorms are directly attached to surveries so you don't even have to go outside to get food.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Rice is unique because it is a small top tier school with a beautiful campus and great academics. It's a nice environment for students who are there to actually learn and not pay thousands of dollars to blow of their classes and party.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Athletics: Student involvement is pretty low. The Rice Football stadium has never been full, not even when John F. Kennedy gave his speech about going to the moon.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't really go off campus much... why would you? Parties on campus are really fun and safe. And cheap. But I know a lot of people go to Midtown for bars. Transportation is easy (Metro, Uber) and you can go even if you aren't 21. OC parties happen but aren't super common, people usually just stay on campus because it's convenient

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties are so much fun here!! We have a lenient alcohol policy, fun people, and cool themes. Also, you tend to know a lot of people at parties so they're much more enjoyable than standing in a crowded room clinging to your friends because you don't know anyone else. I have much more fun at Rice parties than I do when visiting friends at big state schools.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics aren't a walk in the park, but you're definitely learning. If you work hard, you'll generally do ok. Just because you got straight A's in high school does NOT mean you'll get straight A's in college (in fact, it's very uncommon to do so). However, if you're smart enough to get into this school and you put the work in you're going to do fine.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Rice is unbelievably diverse. Racism, sexism, etc. is not tolerated here. It's an amazing atmosphere, honestly one of the best things about Rice. You learn so much about diversity and acceptance here

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: We're a wet campus, but this "doesn't trump state law." What this means is that if you're underage, you aren't ~technically~ supposed to drink/do drugs. However, as long as you're reasonable, respectful, and responsible, the administration kinda just lets us do our own thing. They definitely do punish students who clearly disobey the alcohol policy, but in general as long as you are a reasonable drinker you'll be fine. Same goes for smoking weed, though harder drugs are much more frowned upon.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Never felt unsafe in any way shape or form, even in back alleys of campus at 4:00 AM.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love it here! Send Rice your money before you make a mistake!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Career Center is awesome. You will get a job if you want one.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Residential college system is as good as it gets.

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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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