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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everyone I know is extremely happy they came to Rice.

4 College Freshman

Technology: You can almost always find a computer at even the most popular labs, but the start up time is excessive.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Rice is ridiculously relaxed about pretty much everything. Our model is "Self governance" through the residential college system which will only crack down on students who are exhibiting destructive behavior to either themselves or their fellow students (i.e. blacking out every night and/or destroying campus property)

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: RUPD and EMS do a great job of keeping Rice secure.

5 College Student

Campus Housing: The residential college system is the best part about Rice. Different colleges, or dorms, have unique traditions and everyone thinks their college is the best one. They are also run by student governments, which manage a $44,000 budget each year with which they can buy luxuries like volleyball courts.

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3 College Student

Parking: There is plenty of parking on campus, but there are no places where visitors can park for free. Parking permits are expensive, costing $275 for freshman and $125 for upperclassmen. You don't necessarily need a car on campus, as most students get around on bikes or the campus bus. For transportation within Houston, students can ride the Metro for free.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Recent events have caused the University to look at the growing student body and how to keep student safe, particularly at public parties. No student deaths however, just some alcohol-related health concerns. But no more than at other Universities.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Kind of crowded at times, but fine. Tons of cultural events and attractions though, particularly countless museums nearby.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorms are either relatively new or well kept. Brown college has worst facilities, and lovett isn't as nice to look at. But McMurtry, Duncan, and Will Rice new dorm are the best.

4 College Senior

Technology: sometimes slow in library, but there are literally a ton on campus; at each dorm and most buildings.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Great restaurants in Houston. You can eat local, organic, or go to China town/India town nearby.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The Athletics at Rice University is not as good as some public schools such as university of Texas. However, last year, our football team won the ball game.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is cheaper than the housing at school. And you can have a lot of freedom. Most of the residential colleges will kick out students at least one year unless the athletes, so every student has the chances to experience living off-campus.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Since Rice is in Texas, people in here are very hospitable. You can make a lot of friends here and enjoy your life.

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4 College Junior

Parking: Parking at Rice is by the stadium, the farthest point from most of campus. There is a shuttle service from the parking lot that goes all over campus. Driving at Rice is easy and there are other smaller lots on the interior of campus.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am an Architecture major. A portfolio is required at Rice University. This is just a work sample of things you've done that show your potential. Other schools didn't require a portfolio but did recommended it. Most places I applied required a specific architecture essay. Some places required and others recommended an interview with someone from the school.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am an architecture major. I love it and at Rice there are a lot of resources to help. The workload is a lot and the curriculum is intense, BUT the professors have great contacts so I'm not to worried about internship/job opportunities.

4 College Junior

Majors: I highly enjoy my major and career choice (architecture). I would do it all over again and I would pick Rice University again for the program. I'm just as concerned as the normal person about finding a job in my field, but i feel more equipped by my program and professor's preparation and contacts.

5 College Student

Diversity: There is huge diversity here. Literally, there is people from every ethnic group and social class possible, but everyone is very nice and accepting.

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3 College Student

Drug Safety: Although there is not a huge hard drug scene at Rice, there is a very large drinking scene.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: The university as a whole presents itself as a very diverse and open-minded institution, but there are still some areas, such as gender & economic background, that are awkward and not really talked about.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Rice provides you with a Hedge Hopper card, which you can use as long as you remain a Rice student, that allows you to get discounts in the shopping center that's right next to Rice. Dining options are generally cheap. One perk of attending Rice is free use of the metro train that travels along Main street. This allows free and quick transportation to distant dining options.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: As a research facility, undergraduates are given plenty of opportunities to land a research job. This looks great on resumes and also provides you with work experience that is relevant to your intended career. There are also a lot of traditions at Rice that make it a blast to attend. The residential colleges are one example.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The residential colleges provide a natural rivalry among students, and we take pride in what college we've been assigned to. Additionally, the campus is beautiful and offers many amazing facilities. The library is a wonderful place to study, given that there is a floor where silence is mandatory. The recreation center provides students with great workout equipment, and also offers other things such as a pool, ping pong tables, pool tables, and racquet ball and squash rooms, as well as providing the necessary equipment to play these games.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: There seems to be relatively low school spirit with regards to athletics.

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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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