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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The center for career development, though I haven't used it that much, brings a lot of employers from all around and provides a strong motivation for students to search for jobs. Companies especially around Texas know how good Rice students are for the jobs offered.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus makes it really easy to know what's happening around Rice. The dorms are pretty spacious. But they are also saturated. Basically every room across campus has somebody living there, and many people have to volunteer to live off campus. We just like being on campus a lot. The housing gives us a nice experience of being on campus all the time. It's all set up quite well, with private bathrooms, staff cleaning up a lot of our mess, and air conditioning always running.

3 people found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Really, the residential college system is the Greek life. We just don't call it that. But people actually find it a great alternative. No one really wants Greek life the way the residential college system is set up.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics isn't really big here. There is some school spirit, but it's actually most residential college spirit. Most announcements and excitements happen with regard to college intramurals. And even that isn't big. Students sure love getting involved with intramurals, but the support isn't at the level many would like. Varsity is especially lacking that support.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This place is the culture of work hard, but enjoy yourself. There is such a great organization of parties, formal events, and informal occasions. Each one is planned ahead for with passion and dedication from many students. The students basically run and coordinate the entire experience. It makes it so much fun and awesome. The student life is thus very active and there is so much to do every day. Want a study break from a midterm you and many other students had? It is quick and easy to organize one. Want to help contribute to events happening soon? Organizers are always around to talk to and are happy to use your help. Want better guidance in your academics? Advisors, including student advisors, are looking to help you whenever. It's all about students supporting one another.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Bathrooms can get a little nasty, but other than that, facilities are fantastic.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: People know how to have fun and be responsible at the same time/

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Again, people have fun but know when to stop and how to care for others.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not too much passion on Athletics, but we all still play and enjoy sports together.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: A incredibly support-filled and caring community.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The academic demands are tough but they really make you a stronger student.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: A lot of great support systems are in place at this school.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Rice is a challenging but wonderful university that has really pushed me to new limits.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have never witnessed intolerant actions targeted toward ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, etc. I have heard of very rare occurrences that are definitely condemned by the majority of the community, however. Rice isn't perfect, but it does a great job with diversity.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The only crime I hear of on campus is bike theft and drug use/underage drinking (lol).

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: No greek life on campus - instead, we have residential colleges. Everyone is randomly placed in a college, a system which is frequently compared to houses in Hogwarts, and could be described as a co-ed fraternity of sorts. Learn more about it, it's one of my favorite things about Rice!

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Marijuana is the most visible/common drug, but it's probably used by less than 10% of the student body. Culture of care applies here and people definitely look out for each other. Harder drugs are much less visible/common, but you could probably find it if you know the right people. Drugs aren't really a part of the party culture and I think they're used responsibly on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Biggest thing that separates Rice from other schools is the residential college system! Learn more about it - it's a huge part of the culture here and is one of my favorite things about Rice.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Oil & Gas is pretty big around here, whether you're going into chemical/mechanical/electrical engineering, finance/management, or chemistry/physics/geology. If I had to guess, the biggest industries hiring would have 30% of students going into oil & gas, 30% going pre-med, 10% going into IT, 10% going into consulting. The Center for Career Development is very involved and supportive, and there are many opportunities for internships and post-graduation job prospects.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety and Security in general are excellent at Rice, with a large, secluded campus, a safe subdivision next to half of the campus, plenty of security personnel, and multiple organizations concerned with campus safety/security (involving student input). As with any college campus, sexual assault is a problem, but over the past few years Rice has really been stepping up its game in preventing this and offering services for victims, with many new organizations, support services, and trainings. Rice also just became the first campus in the country to approve a required sexual assault/sex-ed course for incoming freshmen.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Courses are difficult but engaging. The Distribution system replaces Gen Ed requirements at other universities, so that there aren't required courses every student takes. Instead, students choose multiple courses within different broad academic fields to take in addition to their major requirements, meaning that it is easy to explore diverse interests without feeling bogged down by taking required courses not everyone may be interested in. Professors are all experts and most are excellent instructors who are more than happy to meeting with individual students who either need help or want to ask the professor about their field.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: As an excellent school in a huge city with very few other schools, Rice offers fantastic career/internship opportunities especially in Houston. Outside of Texas, Rice may not be a household name but is certainly respected in any academic circles, and job/internship/research opportunities will be easy to come by anywhere in the country with the Rice degree and all the opportunities for relevant experience Rice offers its undergraduates.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus Housing is centered around the Residential College system, which is one of the best selling points for Rice. The dorms themselves are great places to live, and each has its own strong culture and traditions. Each student is automatically sorted into one of eleven residential colleges, and they remain associated with that college for the remainder of their time at Rice, developing close friendships both within and between the colleges.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Athletics: Rice has a huge emphasis on intramural sports and a very high percentage of the student body is involved in either intramural or club sports. Varsity sports, and particularly football and men's basketball, have been rising a lot in popularity recently, but overall are still relatively underattended.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It took me a long time to decide on Rice when looking at schools all over the country, but after visiting and taking a closer look, Rice became my top overall choice, and it absolutely has not disappointed. As a great school in a huge city without many other schools, Rice offers the unique opportunity to both find easy employment/internship opportunities nearby and to plug into a great local community. Rice has done a great job recently of promoting community involvement and leadership opportunities, which give students like me a chance to apply our learning to the real world and to pursue all kinds of different interests. My favorite things about Rice are its academic flexibility, its unique and tight-knit social life, and its emphasis on interdisciplinary study/application.

6 people found this useful Report
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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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