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Reviews 947 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Computer Friendly Campus – It's always helpful to have your own computer, but the ones provided at Rice are great. There are many labs scattered across campus in different buildings serving different students. There is easily accessible wifi everywhere and while having a personal printer is helpful, it is not necessary.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Hard to Get Far Away Without a Car – Rice has a lot of great activities and food walking distance, but if you want to get far away it is pretty impossible without a car. There is one great metro line that many students use to go downtown, but the rest of public transportation is not great and Houston is a city spread out.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Lots to Do Within Walking Distance – Rice is situated nicely between Rice Village and the Museum District. Rice Village is an area full to the brim with shops and restaurants and the Museum District has a solid Science, History, Modern Art and Fine Arts museum all within walking distance.

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4 College Senior

Administration: Laid Back – As long as you dont hit the very few rules that will get you in serious trouble, punishments are usually not severe and uncommon.

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5 College Senior

Local Area: Rice is located in the middle of everything! Restaurants, shopping, anything you could ask for you can get to within 10-15 minutes, whether by car, bike, or lightrail. Rice if you look at a map is in between large centers of activity - Downtown, Midtown, Rice Village, Montrose, Westheimer, and the Galleria areas.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Parking = Bad – Parking is not so great at Rice. It is pretty expensive to keep your car on campus, and when you park there is alway a long walk across campus to get to where you need to. On the other hand public transportation for off campus students is pretty tough as the Houston Metro can be spotty at times.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Better Than NASA Quality – Really--you have to ask this question--it's Rice U after all!

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5 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Take the Shuttle – If you part at the stadium, you can take a shuttle anywhere you need to go. The shuttles are timely!

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Not the Priority – Rice students enjoy social drinking on campus at the Valhalla, the on campus pub. The overall ambiance does not focus on drinking and partying like other schools. The rigor of the curriculum does not allow for all those destructive drinking habits to develop.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: A Valuable Transformational Learning Experience – Rice University provides the small campus feeling and personal attention from professors and is located in the middle of the bustling city of Houston, Texas. Students from all backgrounds will find the atmosphere comforting and the discussion is always mentally stimulating. I attended a large Texas public school for undergrad and the overall experience comparing the two are tremendous. I definitely recommend Rice University to anyone.

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4 College Senior

Campus Food: Eat What Want – There are several day time on the go options and a couple of sit down cafes. The Rice Village area is within walking distance and offers every type of meal option imaginable. Online delivery options are always available.

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5 College Senior

Local Area: Houston Is a Promising Future for Your Career – Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. and the most diverse population in the country. Many of the Fortune 500 corporate headquarters are located here and represent he most lucrative industries such as, energy, oil and gas, and healthcare. The housing market is much better here, so buying the dream house after graduation is a reality. Rice University is nestled within within minutes of downtown and the world's largest medical center. Every morning, the trail surrounding the school is filled with energetic inner loopers attempting to sustain healthy lifestyles. Food is DELICIOUS and the multitude of highly acclaimed museums and other entertainment venues should keep anyone from ever being bored.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great and Still Improving – The dorms, especially in the new buildings, are way better than you would expect for a college. The university is also committed to refurbishing the old buildings to bring them up to the new higher standards.

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3 College Student

Guys & Girls: Not Very Attractive People – The people at Rice are great- but it can be hard to find attractive ones. You have a split population, about 50% Texan, and about 50% from elsewhere, but while everyone is nice and very smart, it can be difficult to find people that I would call stunning out of a crowd of Rice students.

5 College Student

Campus Housing: The Residential College System Is Amazing – The residential colleges are what make a lot of people choose Rice. When you enter as a freshman you're assigned to a residential college that you'll be a part of for four years, where you can eat and partake in the college's particular social activities, and it's a great way to establish a network of friends and immediately get involved. The campus housing is less of a dorm environment than a community that you get to be involved in just for being admitted!

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4 College Student

Campus Food: People Complain, but It's World Class – Every residential college has a servery, and even though some are known for being better than others, in truth, the campus dining is world-class, and the students here are very spoiled when it comes to food, they just forget it because the food is so good, and available almost all of the time.

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4 College Student

Technology: Labs Only Get Crowded During Exams – The labs are available to the public, but there are almost always computers available, as long as you have your Rice id.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors Really Reaches Out to the Students and Offer Advice and Help – I am a Biochemistry major and even though it is one of the larger departments, the professors still try their hardest to get to know each students on a personal level. Professors would have open office hours for students to go to, and if students can't make it to them, students can easily email the professor to schedule a time. Professors also encourage students to find research in their labs and are very helpful with where one can go for one's special interests. They are also understanding of each students' special circumstances, so if one reach out to the professors, they are more than willing to accommodate.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Popular, but You Are Never Forced to Drink – Since Rice is a wet campus, it basically means that the authorities would not bug you about having alcohol in your room. Unless you are making a scene or someone complained, then drinking is a very visible culture at Rice. There will be private parties or public parties that have drinking, but no one would force you to drink. When other people offer you a drink, they are usually just trying to include you into the party instead of forcing you to drink. I give it a B+ because most people drink responsibly and look out for each other. However, there are just enough of those irresponsible people for it to not get an A rank.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Different colleges in Rice have different dorms. Some dorms have public bathrooms and a suit style of living, while some other dorms have private bathrooms and double rooms. However, generally speaking, I think the dorms are very nice since they are all air conditioned. And for the older dorms, many were renovated. I am in a newer college, so I have a large double room and share a private bathroom with one roommate. Also, it is very convenient to live on campus since we have a small campus, it is near everything.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: This is a touchy subject amongst Rice students. Being completely honest, you're not going to find many state school hotties at Rice. That said, your competition isn't going to be that strong either, and most people are pretty down to earth, albeit a touch socially awkward. Campus is pretty fit though.

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2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It Depends – How you enjoy the party scene at Rice will truly depend on your expectations and experience coming into college. If you want to rage, or were a heavy drinker before coming to college, this might not be the scene for you. Rice's party scene tends to be pretty repetitive. There's a public party around every other weekend, but they are generally just people awkwardly gyrating/standing/trying to get free beer. Beer Bike and NOD are arguably the only times when campus goes crazy, and even then it's not that intense.

However, if you're looking for a school that will break you into drinking, and you don't want to be around a pressure filled atmosphere, the Rice social scene is great, albeit repetitive.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very safe. RUPD and EMS everywhere. Can't get in trouble with EMS if you're drinking so students feel okay about asking for help if sick.

Health center not open after a certain time though so it can be annoying to make appointments.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Not That Bad – So warm. It's beautiful. Everyone is jealous. Also, not as humid as I thought it would be. Felt like I was on Spring break in January.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Decent – It all depends on what group you're in. Girls at Rice aren't that bad compared to their reputation. There are a good amount of athletes and attractive girls. Usually they are all friends with each other though. The rest are average and some are nerdy but there are attractive girls on campus. Also they are all smart and friendly.

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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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