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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.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Rice does not have any Greek Life or culture. Instead students are organized by the college (the dormitory they live in). Each college has its own personality, culture, government, and activities (theatre, sports teams, parties, etc...). There also is competition between the colleges and each college has its own arch-rival college. Overall though, Rice's college system tends to be more inclusive and less cliquey than fraternities/sororities. It also is probably why Rice is consistently rank the #1 university in student life and happiness.

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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

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4 College Student

Administration: Cars aren't necessary on campus

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3 College Student

Parking: The parking fee is reasonable

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4 College Student

Campus Food: The food is good and affordable

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5 College Senior

Majors: I worked at an architecture from so I got to see what it is like to have a business in the architecture world, it is not quite like school. I learned a great deal about architecture, business, and customer service.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: As a pre-med nerd, I get excited seeing the vast greatness of the Texas Medical Center and the museums of Houston from my residential college. Rice students tend to stay on campus though. Everything I need like food, friends, work and fun are all on campus, so I don't feel the urge to explore the local area very often.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Rice University preaches about the culture of care. Students are meant to look after another's well-being. From my experience it seems true. At my first college party I drank too much and got sick. Several students with out hesitation helped me get back to my room and made sure I was ok. Since then, I always ask people at parties whether I know them or not if they are feeling well just to make sure they are fine.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I chose to attend Rice over Johns Hopkins because of the food. It is pretty epic. However, I am not a fan of no Saturday dinner. I prefer spending my Saturday evenings working on homework and studying, so when Saturday night comes along I can get trashed with out worrying about the homework I need to do on Sunday. It is very time consuming to have to go off campus to get food.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I would not have been able to attend Rice University had I not received the amount of aid I did. Rice is loaded!

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of Damn liberals if that's what you're into.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: I'm fairly confident Rice has the best administration of any top college. The school actively seeks feedback and input from students and even has current students active on university governance committees. The student government itself can be disorganized and terrible, but Rice's administration is top-notch.

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College Freshman

Scholarships: I come from a well-off family and got no financial aid from Rice, but did get some from other external sources. Rice has a ton of socio-economic diversity (11th in the country) and therefore does not give quite as much aid to rich families, but this diversity makes for a much richer (hah) college experience in my opinion.

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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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