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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People are nice & friendly for the most part

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It's absolutely whatever you want it to be. There are so many different people here with different backgrounds it's very easy to find whatever you're interested in romantically or socially.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Everyone is a bit nerdy, but in a good way.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Rice University girls get WAY less credit than they deserve. Ok, they are not super models, but lets face it, neither are you. It is possible to meet really cute girls here, but what really sells me on Rice girls is talking to them. Talking to them you find out about their passions and drives. You're just left like, "Wow, you are an incredible person." Experiences like that happen frequently at Rice. It is part of Rice University being so selective, everyone here is amazing.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Rice students are friendly without exception, and I usually don't make blanket statements like that. Though many can be reserved, there are a wide spectrum of personalities from introverts to extroverts - however, a unifying theme is that everyone has hidden talents. A conversation with any Rice student will uncover amazing stories, interests, and insights.

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The residential college system is a brilliant aspect of Rice University because it takes a large incoming class of intelligent/often socially awkward people and breaks it down into subgroups (residential colleges) giving freshmen an instant social network. During orientation week (O-Week), a group of randomly selected and diverse individuals is given something in common. They go through the same indoctrination process, have the same pranks played on them by upperclassmen, go on the same scavenger hunt, sit through the same boring meetings, and so on. They meet the College Masters (a faculty family that lives in a house adjoining or near their building), and discover that they have a set of parents and (usually) young siblings provided for them.

The dating situation at Rice varies for everyone. You may not find as many traditionally attractive hotties at Rice as you would at another school. Rice tends not to attract many stereotypical frat boys or sorority girls, although there are a few. Indeed, you can find whatever “type” you might be looking for (or not looking for) at Rice: athletic, romantic, poetic, intelligent, flirtatious, theatrical, geeky, genuine, graceful, player, elegant, or the boy/girl-next-door. In fact, "Seventeen" magazine some years back declared Rice the number-one choice school “for girls who want it all.” That diversity makes Rice a special campus full of truly amazing and talented people.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Rice Student Health Services offers contraception.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Class
  2. Clubs/organizations
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Dorm parties
  2. Single rooms
Social Scene
The college system makes the big step of making first social
connections a piece of cake. Some people feel that this can be a downside if students never choose to go beyond the walls of their own residential college. This isn't entirely negative, since each college consists of a very diverse population. However, the social scene may begin to feel limited by the end of sophomore year if a student doesn't make an attempt to venture out. Luckily, there are tons of easy ways to meet people at Rice if a person feels inclined to do so. Social involvement runs the gamut from social recluses who lock themselves away with their computers every day to social butterflies who seem to know every face they see on campus. Let it be noted, though, that the former is regrettably the more prevalent state.
Hookups or Relationships?
The running joke is that people come in as freshmen and
either meet someone during orientation week, date them
for four years, and then get married, or they will experience
nothing more than late-night party hookups for four years.
For better or for worse, the rumors are born of truth, with one-night stands being the more popular choice. In short, not much casual dating goes on at Rice.
Dress Code
The looks at Rice range from preppy to athletic to thrift store.
Clothes are just one of the many ways through which Rice students express themselves. People tend to find what works for them and what makes them comfortable, and develop their own style. There are girls that dress up in skirts and curl their hair every day, while other students regularly go to class in sweats or hospital scrubs. Seriously, as long as you're wearing something, you'll be fine. Actually, rescind that-sometimes clothing is optional (see NOD, Baker 13).

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 40 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 38 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 43 responses

  • 22% Casual dating at your school
  • 22% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 18% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 14% None
  • 11% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 9% Long-distance relationship
  • 1% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 1% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 0% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 0% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 12 responses

  • 29% Colleges
  • 21% Public Parties
  • 18% Class
  • 18% Clubs/organizations
  • 9% Walking around campus. Just smile and say hi.
  • 3% Bars
  • 3% Dinner

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 50% Friendly
  • 14% Rice-y. Enough Said
  • 14% Work hard, Play hard
  • 7% Confident
  • 7% Overbearing
  • 7% Nerdy

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 40% Venture outside your room
  • 23% Mutual friends at other colleges
  • 13% Clubs/Organizations
  • 13% O-Week
  • 10% Classes

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 53% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 47% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 0% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 0% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 49% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 44% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 7% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
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