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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are so many different events happening every night of the week, but not everything is what one might think of as a stereotypical college "party." Public parties are sanctioned by the university and put on by a residential college. They usually consist of a big dance room, alcohol and drinking games hosted in dorm rooms near the party. There are roughly two a month and turnout is usually 500-800 students over the course of the night. Private parties happen all the time and range drastically in size and activities. There are also many fun events put on by student organizations like Esperanza (a formal dance that takes place off campus) and Beer Bike (words cannot do it justice) which might be atypical college parties but very fun and very well attended.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: THEY ARE SAFE. Most parties are held on campus on the weekend. No one needs to worry about transportation or getting a DUI. RUPD only wants us to be safe, so you won't get in trouble unless you put your or someone else's safety in danger. I guess they are more tame than UT parties, but that's ok. You still get drunk with your friends, dance your tail off at the party, talk up the cute girl smiling at you, nail her back at your room, and then walk her back to her college like the Gent you are.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Will Friendly Rice!!! The residential college system is such an incredible thing for the college freshman. At Rice there are 11 residential colleges currently. They are our coed replacement to frats and sororities and everyone has their own. Students tend to identify with there college as much as they do with their university. I was the only person in my school to be accepted into Rice, so I was afraid transitioning into college life would be a lonely experience. However, upon arriving to my residential college, I was treated like a rock star. All of the upper classmen Will Ricers were excited to meet me and the rest of the incoming freshman. From there. it was easy to make friends within my residential college. Even after the school year started college events like fun in quad are held often, so that students from the same college can interact. I don't feel like I'm living with a bunch of strangers and that matters a lot to me.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I've only gone to varsity sporting events to support friends that were participating. It's not like we are bad; we won five conference championships. its just not a big part of the culture here. IM and club sports are Bae. They are great ways to make friends. The competitiveness of the residential colleges leads to tons of fun and college pride.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Rice University girls get WAY less credit than they deserve. Ok, they are not super models, but lets face it, neither are you. It is possible to meet really cute girls here, but what really sells me on Rice girls is talking to them. Talking to them you find out about their passions and drives. You're just left like, "Wow, you are an incredible person." Experiences like that happen frequently at Rice. It is part of Rice University being so selective, everyone here is amazing.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: Rice likes students having fun. We work hard all week, so during the weekend we let a little loose. adminstration just wants us to be ok. The honor code is Bae.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus and most students desire to stay on campus because the dorms and on-campus life is great.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are not important at Rice, and the varsity athletics department has trouble getting students to attend athletic events. However a lot of students like to participate in intramural sports and the recreation center is really nice.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe, however drinking is very prevalent and sometimes students go beyond what is safe.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is NO Greek life at Rice, instead we are put into "colleges" before matriculation and we live and graduate with those same people.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Rice students try to be very accepting of everyone, although I think previous lack of experience with people different from them leaves them at a disadvantage when it comes to trying to understand or sympathize with others.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I don't mind the servery, and most of the time it's edible.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Some are pricey and I'm very poor, but it is tasty!

4 College Freshman

Academics: As a sociology major I feel like the course load is very manageable. As opposed to a hard science or pre-med students, I definitely feel like I have enough time to do internships and/or activities around campus that really interest me!

4 College Freshman

Administration: Rice has a very work hard play hard atmosphere. Students are entrusted to be responsible and safe and help keep others safe.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is pretty prevalent. It has a positive impact on social life for the students.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was offered a small amount of financial aid due to my parents' income. It was retracted once I reported the outside scholarships I received.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: If you do your research, you can save a lot of money by going off-campus. However, most people prefer to live on campus because of convenience and the community.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Student life is high quality. Most people do not regret choosing this university. Every year, there are initiatives to improve the university experience, a sign of student dedication and involvement.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: While the dorms themselves are typical for college rooms (small, reasonable, and sometimes inconvenient), the social atmosphere is great. Most people want to live on campus, which is an indicator of the residential college system's success.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The plentiful opportunities for students -- jobs, internships, and research -- is a major selling point of Rice. The alumni network, career center, and recruiters are all top quality and easily accessible.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health and safety are mostly very good on campus. The only thing to watch out for is bike theft, but precautions can be taken for that.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: While affordable options are available, the average college student would save a ton of money by just cooking his/her own meals, which is what most off-campus students do.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Rice University is right by Rice Village, which is a very nice area of Houston. Restaurants and shopping are convenient, especially on weekends if you take the shuttle.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Houston is a surprisingly (for me, coming from California where I knew nothing about Texas) vibrant city with many opportunities for students: great food, Hermann Park right beside campus, and many museums and other attractions very close to campus. Public transportation is not great, basically consisting of one light rail line, but this has two stops at campus and leads downtown. Uber or Zipcar are generally used for trips to destinations not reachable by rail.

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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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