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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Good Safety Considering Large City – I have never felt unsafe at Rice. Whenever anything comes up, RUPD (Rice University Police Department) handles it quickly and with ease. Houston is a huge city, so I thought there would be a lot of crime within the university. I was wrong! Rice is an extremely safe haven.

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4 College Junior

Weather: If you're not from Houston, you may feel like a warm blanket is smothering you for the first few months of school. However, as the year progresses, the humidity and heat go down and except for a few downpours, the weather is pretty good. If you're from the Northern US and you're tired of the cold, you will definitely enjoy winter in Houston.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Very Diverse, Just Like Houston – Rice is very diverse, and provides a safe and accepting environment for all of its students. However, while I do have a fairly diverse set of friends, certain people do tend to segregate themselves.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Everything but the Parking Is Great – The cheapest parking lots are ages away from the rest of campus, and they're still not that cheap. However, cars aren't really needed on such a small campus, and students get free access to the Houston Metro system, so you can get pretty much anywhere in the city easily. There's a shuttle system to the Hobby airport that's also free at Thanksgiving, so no trouble there.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Plenty of Fun – As long as you're friends with someone who has a car, there's usually little problem getting to one of the Houston clubs or bars. There are plenty of 18+ shows as well, and they aren't all lame... The

3 College Freshman

Administration: Wet Campus – Rice police are pretty good about letting the students handle the alcohol policy on their own, but they will get involved if there's too much noise or drunken carousing and someone complains.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Fondren Library – Fondren library's study rooms are superb, until you get to the fourth floor. Then, it's basically a maze, and you can only hope that you find your room among the stacks. However, almost every other floor in the library is quiet, clean, and quite pretty.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: For Nerds, by Nerds – Rice is simply perfection. Between the awesome o-week and party themes and the wonderful cultures that develop at each residential college and the excellent academics, there's no way Rice can go wrong.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Amazing, of Course – The classes are usually small, the professors range from super helpful to super harsh, and the workload is a doozy - but why would you be at Rice if you didn't expect to work hard for it?

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4 College Freshman

Weather: The humidity is as bad as it gets, but that really only lasts for about a month at the beginning of the year. The rest of the year, you can wear shorts while your friends at New England colleges are shoveling their way to classes!

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Good for the Most Part – Rice really tries to increase its diversity, but sometimes it is hard to see it. There is a good range of all kinds of races, backgrounds, and beliefs. It's very easy to find a club or organization supporting anything you're looking for - ethnic student associations, LGBT support, political groups. The only thing is, sometimes students of particular races can be a little cliquey, especially the foreign exchange students. I honestly do not understand why this is, because the community is more welcoming than anywhere else I've been. Most circles of friends are very diverse in themselves. However, I admit that there are two predominant groups: Asians and white Texans.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: You can find many different kinds of people on campus.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Weather is never too bad to go to class and is nice pretty much year-round. Cold is 50 degrees, which is not bad at all for a Midwesterner.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Everyone knows that the food varies by servery... Or, at least, it used to. That was last year. This year, we had a switch in providers for food and the food is pretty *blah* wherever you go on campus. HOWEVER, the pizza at North servery is best and the desserts are good there too. While ethnic food options suck pretty much everywhere, East servery does a fairly good job.

As for other options, a new one has opened up this year. The new convenience store on campus is SO much better. They take tetra points and have all kinds of goodies for extraordinarily affordable prices. There is also the Hoot, which is also a late-night food option. It has pizza and Chick-fil-a and other tasty treats.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Wireless Easy to Access – I haven't used computer labs, so i don't know about those. But the wireless is almost always available.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – There's very little crime on campus, though I have heard of two muggings nearby. Only thing I worry about is alcohol safety.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Lots of Internship Opportunities – I'm a freshman, so I haven't had a ton of time to get into my major, but I'm impressed by the amount of internships available.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wouldn't trade my experience at Rice for any other college experience. The community here is incredible. Everyone is really caring, and supports each other. This is fostered by the residential college system, which is one of my favorite things about Rice.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: parking for commuter students is way farther than some residential students, even after you are forced to move off campus due to shortage. our parking is significantly more expensive than University of Houston, and parking enforcement looks to generate revenue. they are really inconsistent with their ticketing

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Incredible. Just Incredible. People are judged here based solely on what they do. It's awesome.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Classes, Great Profs – Every semester here, I have had at least one professor who has been absolutely brilliant, as well as several who I consider to have changed my life. That makes for a more-than-fair trade-off for the handful of very mediocre classes and professors I have had.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Lots of Alcohol – All you need to know is, the university placed its students under an alcohol probation policy which included a zero-tolerance liquor ban this past year. It was generally ineffective, reducing the number of alcohol-related medical emergencies but not curtailing the availability or usage of hard alcohol. Rice likes to party (shocking but true) and loves to drink. If you are thinking about applying here, this is absolutely vital knowledge.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: No One Cares – Off-campus housing is generally easy to find thanks to a high rate of turnover among students thanks to the residential college system which leads to a propensity to live off-campus for only one or two years, & only when on-campus housing is unavailable.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The diversity of backgrounds and cultures at Rice is, in my mind, unparalleled. The residential college system, while it can be socially limiting at times, is generally incredible & really facilitates the forging of close friendships.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Residential Colleges FTW – Living at Martel is literally like living at a 5-star hotel

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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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