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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got what I needed.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's really good for the amount of people they have to feed. They sometimes take a risk and get creative. Sometimes it's great and sometimes it's not so great.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the living situation here. The residential college system is wonderful and unique. The only downside is that you have a chance of having to live off campus for one year, but it is a good experience.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Rice village has some good options but apart from that most other things are a little inaccessible.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Lately the administration has taken to babying the student body which is unwelcome. Need to go back to treating students as the adults they are.

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Always parties happening that you can go to.

5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: No problems! Filled a few forms and I was set.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Great balance of healthy options and indulgences. Hours are good too. Different serveries have different specialties which is nice.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: On-campus life is a cornerstone of the experience. Everyone wants to live on campus and the warm, accepting social atmosphere is the reason why.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Rice is next to the historic district, museum district, and metro line. There is also a lot of interesting restaurants and (slightly expensive) shops in the Rice village (which is kinda in walking distance from campus).

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Everyone is a bit nerdy, but in a good way.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The student health center is located on one side of a campus and can be a hassle to get there if you live on the other side of campus. However each college (dorm) has student health adviser who have a basic supply of over-the-counter medical supplies (band-aids, aspirin, condoms, etc..).

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The Residential College system is really great.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It is a really good school. Great atmosphere and interesting classes.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Rice is well known to companies in the Southern US but is less known in the Northern US. As such, southern companies are more likely to be impressed with your Rice alumni status than northern companies. The career center will provide a lot of help and counseling if you reach out to them. The career fairs are dominated by oil companies and are not very useful for non-chemical engineering majors.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Rice has a good baseball team. The best thing about the football team are the half-time shows (preformed by the M.O.B.). Rice also has a very nice gym for non-athletes. There is a wide variety of intermural and club sports.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Almost everyone lives on campus. Living off-campus is a hassle. Rice provides information booklets that help you choose the best places to live off-campus.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: You will need to take the campus bus, the metro, or have a car to reach most of the off-campus places to eat. Rice Village has a wide variety of places to eat, but can be a little expensive. Rice provides an off-campus discount card that can give pretty good discounts on food off-campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Rice uses the Honor code system. The university trusts you not to cheat. As a result of the honor code you can have take-home or unproctored tests which are nice. However, if you break the honor code Rice will be very strict. Honor code violations are arbitrated in front of the Honor Council, a student body.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Rice has an opt-in party culture. If you want to party then there are plenty of fun parties you can go to. However if you don't want to party you can easily avoid them without facing any social stigma. The residential colleges each host one party a semester in their college commons. The parties are themed and will have music, dancing, food (usually pizza), and alcoholic drinks (usually a keg). A notable party is NOD, a decadent Halloween party that occurs a Weiss College. Individuals and groups will also host private parties in their dorm rooms. Residential colleges also host college-only parties with really, really good food.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: There are several serveries at Rice where you can get excellent food. There is always a wide variety of food to choose from. Each servery has an excellent salad bar, which has both make-your-own salad options as well as delicious pre-made salads. A meal plan gives you access to all-you-can breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and lunch and dinner on Sunday. About once a week each servery has a special offering such as pho, crepes, cinnamon buns, depending on which servery it is. The main serveries (North, West, South) tend to have better food than the smaller single college serveries. At lunch and dinner times there are usually food trucks (not covered in meal plan) where you can buy tasty snacks or meals. You can also use your university money (tetra points) to buy food at convenience store, cafe, bar, or coffee store on campus.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Rice has a wonderful campus atmosphere! Most people live on campus for 3-4 years. Rice uses a college housing system similar to the house system in Harry Potter. You matriculate with a certain college and usually stay with the same college until you graduate. This system generates really friendly and close-knit college communities. Each college has a slightly different culture, government, dormitory style, and housing process.

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4 College Student

Athletics: best part of the school life

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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Some of the restaurants are expensive

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Administration: Cars aren't necessary on campus

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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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