The Best & Worst

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Best & Worst

Best Of

  1. 1
    Amazingly brilliant, diverse, fun, and interesting peers and professors
  2. 2
    Beautiful campus with stunning architecture and stately live oaks
  3. 3
    Houston is a big-city setting with tons of art and cultural opportunities.
  4. 4
    Residential college system fosters the best undergraduate social experience possible.
  5. 5
    Lenient alcohol policy
  6. 6
    O-Week, Willy Week, and Beer Bike
  7. 7
    Undergrad focus, yet resources of a big university
  8. 8
    Take-home exams thanks to the honor code
  9. 9
    Walking around in shorts and a T-shirt in January
  10. 10
    Alumni network is very nurturing and supportive of Rice students during and after their time at the University.

Facts & Statistics

Happy Students
96% of students return after their first year.
Commitment to Teaching
There are 9 students for every member of faculty on campus.
Proven Success
92% of students will complete their education and graduate with a degree.
Knowledgeable Professors
97% of students surveyed rated the general knowledge of professors as above average.
Low-Stress Course Load
71% of students surveyed rated the manageability of work as above average.
Big Dorms
85% of students surveyed felt that dorms were more spacious than average.
Accepting Campus Community
75% of students surveyed said that the campus community as a whole is very accepting of members of minority groups.
Great Local Atmosphere
77% of students surveyed said that there is always something fun and interesting going on near campus.
Easy to Get By on a Student's Budget
69% of students surveyed felt that the amount it costs to live while at school was better than average.
Safe Campus
68% of students surveyed said that they feel extremely safe and secure on campus.
Campus Pride
55% of students surveyed said that they love everything about the school and have a lot of campus pride.
Highly Satisfied Students
80% of students surveyed would make the same school choice if they could do it all over again.
Help Finding a Job or Internship
52% of students surveyed said that the career center is very helpful and provides services to students beyond help landing a job.
Genders Equally Represented
A male-to-female ratio of 49/51 means there's a pretty even balance of students on campus.
Learn from the Best
96% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field.
Personal Attention
You can expect personal attention with 60% of classes having less than 20 students.
Help to Succeed
The school has academic and career counseling available to help you when you need it.
Get AP Credit
If you took AP classes in high school, you might be able to get college credit for them.
Work Part-Time During School
Employment services are available for students.
Help Getting Hired
Placement services are available to graduates.
Extremely Diverse
One of the most racially diverse campuses-58% of students are minorities.

Worst Of

  1. 1
    The humidity during the summer is nearly 100 percent, so get ready to shower often.
  2. 2
    Students are often focused on their future careers than engaging in the moment.
  3. 3
    Texas is big on cars, and Houston's public transportation is underdeveloped. As a result, parking at Rice is very limited, and the parking enforcement is notoriously strict.
  4. 4
    Each college throws similar parties every year. Although this isn't a problem for some, others may find the social scene repetitive.
  5. 5
    Professors are demanding, and it's often difficult to achieve A's without having to pull all-nighters on a regular basis.
  6. 6
    Sometimes, you can get stuck in only the social scene of your residential college.
  7. 7
    Dating can be either long-term relationships or hookups; there's not much in the middle.
  8. 8
    Interest in varsity sports is lacking.
  9. 9
    To host a party, you have to register with your college's chief justice.
  10. 10
    Lots of awkward people

Facts & Statistics

Tuition is a steep $37,292, one of the most expensive rates in the country.
Expensive Dorms
Living on campus doesn't come cheap, with an average housing price tag of $8,500.
Don't Move Off Campus
Average off-campus housing is a steep $12,600.
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