Recent Alumnus 2011-06-18T04:35:10Z
Intra-Murals Trump Varsity – Most students are really into intramural or college sports. There are a lot of Division 1 varsity teams on campus, but the games aren't widely attended. Students are much more competitive with each other on campus then any other "rival" school.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-18T04:29:30Z
Good Apartments, University Doesn't Help – This is changing, but when I moved off campus for my junior year we weren't given any sort of help from the university. Since most students aren't from Houston, it can be a little challenging going to look at apartments. Luckily there are tons of places close by, so you can take the Metro rail, walk, bike, or drive. Also, apartments aren't that expensive. A lot of people end up saving money when they live off campus because you don't have to purchase a meal plan (which is required for living on campus).
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-18T04:26:50Z
Residential Colleges – Rice is very unique because of the residential college system. Similar to Hogwarts in Harry Potter, you are "sorted" into your college (or house) where you will remain all four years at Rice. Your college becomes your family and you each college is associated with different faculty members that are there to help you succeed. In very rare cases you can transfer houses, but most students have so much loyalty and pride those instances are uncommon.
Another great thing is that everyone WANTS to live on campus. You have a mix of students in all different grades, majors, countries, whatever in every college with little interference. There aren't RA's telling you when to be quiet or turn out your light. You are an adult and are treated like one.
The dorms/colleges themselves are pretty awesome. Everyone has bigger rooms than most other colleges and there are a lot of suite style rooms. In most colleges you get a single at least your senior year and sometimes when you're a junior too. Each college is set up differently so it's hard to compare.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-18T04:21:20Z
The best thing about the political science department is the opportunities. From day one, students are given individual attention and there is a strong focus on discussion. My largest class was 40 students, but that was only for intro courses. It was way more common to have classes with only 10-15 students. Also, your professors are there to help you! They can set you up with research opportunities and help you plan your future. The only thing that was lacking was help in getting internships. Don't go to career services, go to your professors!
College Senior 2011-06-06T19:48:43Z
I've Never Seen Any – Drugs don't really happen at Rice, and when they do you don't really hear about it unless you want to.
College Senior 2011-06-06T19:48:05Z
Parties Fun, but Not for Everyone – There is a public party thrown at at least one residential college almost every weekend. These parties can be pretty fun, but if you're not into drinking/awkwardly dancing/loud music you might not like them. If you aren't into that scene, you can always hang out with friends, go on late-night excursions, or study.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-02T07:35:20Z
Rice makes an attempt to create diversity, but it seems like most international students are from Asia.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-02T07:28:37Z
Houston Has Many Problems – The good thing about Houston is that its in the South and has therefore some Southern culture.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-31T06:13:00Z
Guys & Girls:
A lot of people will talk about how unique and special Rice students here and that makes them attractive. Lets be honest and sift through the bs- thats what unattractive people say to make themselves feel better and this is what a lot of the Rice community does. There are very few attractive Rice girls, I'd ballpark it and say 5% o f the female community is attractive by real standards. Rice kids with sense don't add 2 to the 10 point scale for nothing. This also makes the attractive girls unfortunately secure and aware of their attractiveness, which in turn makes them crazy or attached to one guy, and Rice girls have very strange taste in guys by the way. You can say Rice kids are special and unique. You can say they do their own thing and don't need to impress anyone. But in the end, youre basically skating aroud the fact that theyre ugly. Welcome to reality, Rice.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-29T00:26:44Z
Houston's Hot and Sunny – Going to school in Houston is terrific. It does get hot and humid in the summertime, but the rest of the year is gorgeous. Winters are especially beautiful.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-24T23:25:49Z
Since Rice isn't part of the Ivy League, it is able to offer competitive students merit-based scholarships. There are only a couple, and they are extremely competitive. Even if you don't win one, though, Rice is one of the few universities in the US with the resources to provide all applicants with need-blind financial aid.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-24T23:24:09Z
So Lucky to Go Here – Every time I think of all the other universities I could have gone to, I am so satisfied that I chose Rice. I've learned so much and grown so much in such a supportive community. I've met some of the smartest people I've ever known who are also some of the kindest. If you're lucky enough to get admitted, don't pass Rice up.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-24T23:16:44Z
Health & Safety:
RUPD Takes It Home – The campus police force known as RUPD is made up of the kindest, most helpful police officers that I've ever met. They offer shuttle service and have a visible presence on campus at all times of the day so you always feel safe.
College Senior 2011-05-24T20:39:35Z
Unique and Accepting Students and Fantastic Location – Unlike at most other universities, Rice students are very accepting and respectful of each other. They won't pressure you to drink or do things that you don't want to, but you can still do things like go to parties and have a great time. The absence of Greek life and the strength and community aspect of the residential college system means that students can find their close groups of friends to have fun with, but everyone knows each other well and is friendly and open. The Greek life system isn't missed here at all; the residential college system definitely defines student life at Rice and should not be overlooked since it isn't common at most other universities.
Also, being in Houston is fantastic. At Rice it doesn't feel like you're in a city since the campus is enclosed and well-kept, but you can just walk across the street, take the Metro, or drive downtown and find countless opportunities--restaurants, parks, museums, zoos, outdoor concerts, etc. Houston is beautiful and you'll never run out of things to do there!
College Senior 2011-05-24T20:30:22Z
Not Neccesary, but Helpful – First year students will get West Lot parking which is on the edge of campus by the stadium. You can ride the Inner Loop shuttle out to West Lot if you don't feel like walking.
You don't need a car to be happy at Rice, but because Houston is very much a driving city there will be times when you'll want one. However, because of the residential college system, I can almost guarantee you'll be close friends with at least one upperclassmen with a car who would be willing to take you wherever you need to go.
College Senior 2011-05-24T20:25:20Z
Lots of Options Close and Affordable – There are lots of off-campus dining options near Rice. All students get to ride the Metro unlimited for free, and there are 2 different Metro stations that are just outside campus that can take you to various eating places downtown (ex. Chipotle, Starbucks, Subway) only a few stops away. Also, Rice Village is a 15-25 min. walk away and has lots of restaurants and other places to eat (including frozen yogurt!) as well as shop. There are a good number of student discounts at various places nearby as well.
College Senior 2011-05-24T20:21:31Z
Rice doesn't have a Greek life, but instead every member of the undergraduate community is placed in one of eleven residential colleges that they will be affiliated with for the next four years and beyond.
College Senior 2011-05-24T20:19:38Z
The nearby (walking distance) Rice Village is brimming with great restaurants. Rice provides a shuttle from campus to the village on Saturday nights for dinner if you don't feel like walking. You can find almost every type of food: Italian, Mexican, Thai, American, you name it. Some of my favorite village restaurants are Black Walnut Cafe and Le Madeline.
College Senior 2011-05-24T03:01:08Z
Rice has the best Fitness&Recreation center I have seen in all my tours of college campus, hands down. It's free for students, never crowded, has two pools, endless machines, basketball courts, dance rooms, a dance theater, a multipurpose rink, handball courts, racquetball courts, equipment rental, and an outdoor programs desk. New buildings keep popping up, like the new physics building. Labs are everywhere. The library has a space for everyone. Even the lawns are awesome. There is also space in each residential college for students with a key to use for study, fun, or reserve as club space (ex common rooms, classrooms, music rooms, computer labs)
College Senior 2011-05-24T02:58:29Z
Very Diverse – The Rice student body spans a huge variety of races and religions, and it seems to me that they all mingle very well. At parties and in class people of different ethnicities and beliefs blend together cohesively.
College Senior 2011-05-24T02:54:17Z
Guys & Girls:
No complaints. Rice girls used to have a bad rep, but it's not true anymore. So there aren't beautiful women everywhere you look and there are a lot of Asians. But I think Rice girls are pretty cute and super friendly. Also, your guy competition is generally not too smooth so if you're looking for a girl you have a good shot. The dating culture is big; lots of people have boy/girlfriends across campus. Use caution with hookups because campus is small enough that you're likely to see that person again.
College Senior 2011-05-24T02:44:34Z
There are five dining halls called "Serveries" and they are all very good with a variety of options each night. Sometimes meals will get repetitive at your usual servery, but you can check out the menus for all of them online and go to whichever one sounds the most appetizing that night.
College Senior 2011-05-24T02:43:53Z
Great Staff, Regular Food – There are only two meal plans, which makes it simple: on-campus and off-campus. Dining hall food is trying to get better at Rice. As it stands, you won't ever go hungry or be forced to eat something you don't like. The staff is friendly, very responsive and will always try to help get what you want. Sometimes the chefs try too hard and end up making something gross with the intention of being fancy, but there is always pretty good pizza/salad/etc as a backup. Healthy eating isn't tough either.
College Senior 2011-05-24T02:41:06Z
The Gym Is Awesome – The athletic facilities are all gorgeous. The Recreation center is beautiful and brand new with all new exercise equipment and an awesome olympic swimming pool as well as a fantastic leisure pool. It makes working out totally enjoyable!
College Senior 2011-05-24T02:38:38Z
Computer Use – Most students have their own computers, it's just really convenient. There are a lot of computers available, but it seems like pretty much everyone uses a personal laptop. There is wireless internet everywhere, but it can sometimes be very slow.
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