College Junior 2012-02-23T21:16:29Z
Plenty of Fun – As long as you're friends with someone who has a car, there's usually little problem getting to one of the Houston clubs or bars. There are plenty of 18+ shows as well, and they aren't all lame... The
College Junior 2012-02-17T23:29:56Z
Wet Campus – Rice police are pretty good about letting the students handle the alcohol policy on their own, but they will get involved if there's too much noise or drunken carousing and someone complains.
College Junior 2012-02-17T23:28:25Z
Fondren Library – Fondren library's study rooms are superb, until you get to the fourth floor. Then, it's basically a maze, and you can only hope that you find your room among the stacks. However, almost every other floor in the library is quiet, clean, and quite pretty.
College Junior 2012-02-16T22:43:44Z
For Nerds, by Nerds – Rice is simply perfection. Between the awesome o-week and party themes and the wonderful cultures that develop at each residential college and the excellent academics, there's no way Rice can go wrong.
College Junior 2012-02-16T22:39:49Z
Amazing, of Course – The classes are usually small, the professors range from super helpful to super harsh, and the workload is a doozy - but why would you be at Rice if you didn't expect to work hard for it?
College Junior 2012-02-08T22:20:30Z
The humidity is as bad as it gets, but that really only lasts for about a month at the beginning of the year. The rest of the year, you can wear shorts while your friends at New England colleges are shoveling their way to classes!
College Junior 2012-02-08T22:16:24Z
Good for the Most Part – Rice really tries to increase its diversity, but sometimes it is hard to see it. There is a good range of all kinds of races, backgrounds, and beliefs. It's very easy to find a club or organization supporting anything you're looking for - ethnic student associations, LGBT support, political groups. The only thing is, sometimes students of particular races can be a little cliquey, especially the foreign exchange students. I honestly do not understand why this is, because the community is more welcoming than anywhere else I've been. Most circles of friends are very diverse in themselves. However, I admit that there are two predominant groups: Asians and white Texans.
College Junior 2012-01-08T23:47:59Z
You can find many different kinds of people on campus.
College Junior 2012-01-03T22:30:50Z
Weather is never too bad to go to class and is nice pretty much year-round. Cold is 50 degrees, which is not bad at all for a Midwesterner.
College Senior 2011-12-27T05:47:07Z
Everyone knows that the food varies by servery... Or, at least, it used to. That was last year. This year, we had a switch in providers for food and the food is pretty *blah* wherever you go on campus. HOWEVER, the pizza at North servery is best and the desserts are good there too. While ethnic food options suck pretty much everywhere, East servery does a fairly good job.
As for other options, a new one has opened up this year. The new convenience store on campus is SO much better. They take tetra points and have all kinds of goodies for extraordinarily affordable prices. There is also the Hoot, which is also a late-night food option. It has pizza and Chick-fil-a and other tasty treats.
College Junior 2011-12-27T02:04:45Z
Wireless Easy to Access – I haven't used computer labs, so i don't know about those. But the wireless is almost always available.
College Junior 2011-12-27T02:03:53Z
Health & Safety:
Pretty Safe – There's very little crime on campus, though I have heard of two muggings nearby. Only thing I worry about is alcohol safety.
College Junior 2011-12-27T02:02:43Z
Lots of Internship Opportunities – I'm a freshman, so I haven't had a ton of time to get into my major, but I'm impressed by the amount of internships available.
College Senior 2011-12-08T05:04:40Z
I wouldn't trade my experience at Rice for any other college experience. The community here is incredible. Everyone is really caring, and supports each other. This is fostered by the residential college system, which is one of my favorite things about Rice.
College Senior 2011-12-08T04:52:50Z
parking for commuter students is way farther than some residential students, even after you are forced to move off campus due to shortage. our parking is significantly more expensive than University of Houston, and parking enforcement looks to generate revenue. they are really inconsistent with their ticketing
College Senior 2011-12-05T18:06:24Z
Incredible. Just Incredible. People are judged here based solely on what they do. It's awesome.
College Senior 2011-12-05T18:02:13Z
Great Classes, Great Profs – Every semester here, I have had at least one professor who has been absolutely brilliant, as well as several who I consider to have changed my life. That makes for a more-than-fair trade-off for the handful of very mediocre classes and professors I have had.
College Senior 2011-12-05T17:58:35Z
Lots of Alcohol – All you need to know is, the university placed its students under an alcohol probation policy which included a zero-tolerance liquor ban this past year. It was generally ineffective, reducing the number of alcohol-related medical emergencies but not curtailing the availability or usage of hard alcohol. Rice likes to party (shocking but true) and loves to drink. If you are thinking about applying here, this is absolutely vital knowledge.
College Senior 2011-12-05T17:49:25Z
No One Cares – Off-campus housing is generally easy to find thanks to a high rate of turnover among students thanks to the residential college system which leads to a propensity to live off-campus for only one or two years, & only when on-campus housing is unavailable.
College Senior 2011-12-05T17:41:22Z
The diversity of backgrounds and cultures at Rice is, in my mind, unparalleled. The residential college system, while it can be socially limiting at times, is generally incredible & really facilitates the forging of close friendships.
College Senior 2011-12-05T17:33:53Z
Residential Colleges FTW – Living at Martel is literally like living at a 5-star hotel
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-05T16:50:57Z
No Public Transit – Rice runs buses around campus all day, but the campus is not particularly big, so it is often better just to walk. The run buses to the Village area on Friday/Saturday nights (again, usually not worth waiting for the bus), and to Target on Saturdays (necessary, but slow and inconvenient). There is a night escort service, which is fabulous.
The public transit system in Houston itself is really inadequate. They have the light rail, which Rice is right next to and Rice students can ride for free. However, it only runs a few places. You can go to the museum (which is basically walking distance from campus anyway) or to Reliant Stadium, but that is about it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-05T16:46:32Z
Food in Houston – Rice students all have to go off campus for food on Saturday night.
If you don't have a car (and most underclassmen don't) you end up going to the Rice Village area every weekend. This is close walking distance from campus, and has a lot of great little restaurants. These are all non-chain, very friendly to large groups of students who all want separate checks, and really good. As a bonus, many offer discounts to Rice students.
If you have a car, then all of Houston is open to you (if you've never been there, Houston is really a driving-oriented city, not a walking-oriented city). You can find almost anything you want within about a 10-15 minute drive of campus, and Houston has some great restaurants.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-05T16:41:47Z
Residential College Dining – Since life at Rice is defined by the residential college system, dining is no different.
If you live on campus, you are required to purchase the all-inclusive meal plan, which covers every meal except for Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast (serveries are closed then).
There are four serveries that serve multiple colleges (North, South, West, and East). Sid Rich and Baker have their own serveries. Your meal plan allows you to eat at any of the serveries whenever you wish, although most people choose to eat at their own colleges with their friends. That makes dining a very social experience, I always looked forward to dinners when I knew I was going to see all my friends. Food is only available in the serveries during very restricted times, which means everyone goes to lunch at 12:00 and dinner at 5:30 or 6:00 (and there really aren't classes during those times).
There really aren't many food options other than the serveries. Coffeehouse is great, but it is more for snacks than actual food. There are a few other options, and they all take Tetra, but since you already have the meal plan, they are more for off campus students or if you miss a meal than a substitute for the servery. The system really encourages you to eat in your colleges (which may sound odd, but when you understand residential college life, it makes more sense)
The servery food is pretty good, except for on the weekends.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-05T06:37:18Z
No Extra Process – There was no extra procedure to go through to get into my programs. However, lax work once in is not acceptable.
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