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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Houston Is Great – There's tons of stuff to do in the city, and since the serveries are closed on Saturday, students really get to explore the dining options and the numerous other attractions.

The University is well-connected to the city, too, and offers tons of internship opportunities, plus the usual free public transportation and a host of discounts at local businesses.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Center of Attention – Located in the heart of Houston, Rice University offers a wide variety of entertainment opportunities. A shopping area located adjacent to the university, regular discounts to the opera and other cultural venues, and a culture of care that nurtures the personal growth of the students combine to make Rice one of the most unique experiences in the world.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Excellence in Education – Rice University offers a wide variety of excellent and challenging courses to pursue. With attentive and enthusiastic professors, a moderate workload, and a wide variety of options in undergraduate research, students are assured that they are receiving one of the best educations available.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Houston TMC – Rice is next to the Medical Center and the Metro Rail, so there is convenient public transportation nearby. There are free shuttles on the campus's inner loop, between Rice and the Medical center, and shopping shuttles on Saturday.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Some Dorms Have It Easier. You don't really need a car on campus. The shuttles are free and most buildings are within walking distance. For off campus housing students, parking can be a hassle. Some of the lots are rather far away. Many students manage to get convenient parking in lots at residential colleges, but that varies for Northern/Southern colleges.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They Trust You – RUPD is rather lenient. Rice is a wet campus, and many students drink. Residential colleges are tasked with enforcing most of the rules. RUPD isn't looking to bust you, but they will enforce the rule if underage students drink in public.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Intramural Trumps Varsity – With the exception of Baseball, Rice students aren't very enthusiastic about varsity sports. But the University does provide free tickets to sporting events all over Houston. Intramural sports between residential colleges are immensely popular.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Pretty Decent – Rice is very helpful in regard to student aid. Just do the CSS Profile and FAFSA. Under $80,000 is pretty much a free ride. After that expenses rise. Financial aid department is very approachable regarding concerns.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: This Is Texas! Weather is warm in the summer, cool in the fall, winter, and spring. We rarely get snow, but even the threat of snow can cancel classes. The weather is great great during the school year, but always carry an umbrella in your bag, just in case.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Pretty Cool – The Library is open 24 hours on weekdays, and long hours on Saturday and Sunday. The Rec Center is pretty new and has state of the art facilities. The RMC also has plenty of spots to hangout at, though they are most popular with graduate students. Each residential college has its own unique commons, which are open to students from other colleges. They often have TV/game rooms and are immensely popular.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most of the Dorms Are Nice – The newest dorms on campus are the nicest. And they are distributed differently in different residential colleges. At Baker, freshmen have equal chances as upperclassmen at getting great rooms. And Baker is at the heart of the campus.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe Within the Hedges – Within Rice's borders, there are no real concerns. the Rice Police Department also provides escorts if one ever feels threatened. Just make sure to lock the college doors during Beer Bike Pranks.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Computational and Applied Mathematics – The professors are great and very approachable. The department also has lots of money to offer students for summer internships.

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5 College Sophomore

Technology: Each residential college has its own computer lab. And then there's a few public one in the library, Mudd lab, and various academic department. WiFi is pretty fast at most of the dorms.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The engineering and chemistry departments are simply amazing. Biology/medical connection with the TMC also provide a plethora of professors to talk to and do research with. Classes aren't easy, and there is plenty of work to do, but it's all very rewarding.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students prefer living on campus, even if they live in Houston. Parking can be a hassle. It's simply convenient to live on campus. Also, since it's next to the TMC, nearby apartments/houses aren't cheap since medical students also look for housing in the area.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Rice has a very lenient alcohol policy. Administration trusts students to be responsible and foster a culture of care. However, at the moment alcohol policies are undergoing changes at Rice University. Peer pressure is basically non existent; students really can make their own decision here.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is something for everyone at Rice. There are cute guys and nerdy guys just like at every other school. The great thing about Rice University is that interests and social lives are diverse that there is something for everyone.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: This Program Gets You Where You Need to Be – At Rice University, the architecture program is very intense. The work load is hard and expectations are high. However, the trade off for the work is the reward. Professors work closely with students and care about the education of each individual. Rice is none for having a tough architecture program, but the professors and the courses will get you to the level of education you need to be at to be great at architecture.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: NO Regrets Here! Rice is everything I wanted in a college and more! The professors are wonderful, the class selection is great, and the friends I have made are awesome. I love everything about campus. By far the best part is the college system - it gives you your own built in family and neighborhood. I've known people who have turned down Harvard for Rice and have never regretted it solely because of the social atmosphere of the campus, both through the college system and with the faculty.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Rice prides itself on diversity. In a single class, you can find people from Thailand, England, and Washington. It's great to get so many different perspectives!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: One of the main reasons I chose Rice was because it has such a good reputation for its professors being helpful and eager to teach. I have yet to be disappointed! The academics are Rice are some of the best in the nation, but that does not always mean that the teaching environment is the best. Rice, however, has gotten the best of both. Professors are eager to answer questions and help you with anything you don't understand. The advising system is great too. There are professors from your field of study assigned to you that you can make appointments with and PAAs (peer academic advisors) that are available anytime for you at your college (which is the community you live in). There are many great class options, and many people are eager to experiences areas of study outside their majors. Overall, the atmosphere for learning and expanding your understanding is superb!

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5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Everyone Says It: Residential College System – It's the most common response when we are asked this question.and most people don't understand what makes it so special until they experience it themselves. Rice doesn't have a greek life. Instead, everyone incoming freshmen is sorted into houses (think Harry Potter) right before they arrive. Each "house" has its own set of initiation rituals, traditions, holidays, songs, mascots, secrets, etc. Its essentially a co-ed fraternity that everyone gets into and therefore has a "no man left behind" attitude. As a result, from the moment you kiss mommy goodbye you already have a sense of pride in your residential college and a huge support group.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: Treated Like Kings – The H&D here is amazing. there are many serveries on campus that serve different styles of food and are all within 10 minute walking distance although usually people eat at their own residential college. The chefs offer cooking and baking classes free of charge and every so often will surprise us with a no-cost chocolate banquet or full-scale thanksgiving dinner!

5 College Senior

Academics: It's a Quirky Family! The eco-evo department at Rice is very close-knit and interactive. After my first year, I knew nearly every student, professor, and even a fair few of the graduarte students! Professors know the name of each student and jump at the chance to help them get research positions, recommendations, and other academic/career opportunities. Of all the biological science departments, Eco-Evo is by far the most accepting and laid back. Make no mistake, its still just as rigorous.

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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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