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College Freshman

Greek Life: Rice does not have a Panhellenic system on campus.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is NO Greek life at Rice, instead we are put into "colleges" before matriculation and we live and graduate with those same people.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: There isn't any Greek life at Rice; instead we have the much more inclusive and accessible residential college system.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: Rice does not have Greek life; instead we have the residential college system. Everyone is assigned to a college randomly (unless they have a close family member that went to/is currently in a college, in which case you can choose to be in the same college as them or request to be placed into a random, different college), in which you have your own community. Through O-week you get to have a group of freshman and some upperclassmen friends you can find and rely on throughout the freshman year and beyond.

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College Junior

Greek Life: Rice doesn't have Greek Life, so I wouldn't really be able to make any rating.


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Rice students love the fact that Rice has no Greek life. It is nearly unanimous amongst students that the residential college system is far superior to the Greek system because it offers many of the positive aspects of the Greek system while eliminating the negatives. The college system provides you with a small, tight-knit group of people from the time you enter Rice as a freshman. These people become a support network and a family. The colleges help you make friends and contacts with whom you share a common ground. The residential colleges also sponsor social, athletic, and cultural events. However, because of the random assignment, there is no degrading or stressful selection process to go through, and each college is home to individuals of all backgrounds, personality types, styles, strengths, and interests.

While most students feel very positive about the college system, many even naming it as one of the top reasons they chose to come to Rice, some students also point out that the system can limit students in their social life. By the end of your first or second year, your residential college may begin to feel a bit confining: knowing everyone, knowing everyone’s business, and knowing that they also know your business. Fortunately, you can branch out to people in other colleges by participating in extracurricular activities.

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Did You Know?
The college system at Rice eliminates the need for any sororities and fraternities.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 0% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 0% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 100% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 19 responses

  • 16% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 63% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 5% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 16% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.
  • 11% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 89% No special housing is available.
  • 0% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 18 responses

  • 22% Very easy.
  • 17% Somewhat easy.
  • 11% Somewhat difficult.
  • 50% Very difficult.
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