Recent Alumnus 2011-05-22T01:23:28Z
People come to Rice because of what it offers them. The education and campus life is totally unique and unparalleled at other universities. The traditions are awesome as are the people.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-22T01:22:11Z
Administration & Police Very Lax – As a Rice student, you have the privilege of a very easy going police department (RUPD). The administration trusts students to act respectfully and take care of themselves.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-22T01:19:20Z
People from All Over – Rice has a reputation for attracting a lot of students from Texas, however in my experience this is not so true. There are students from all over -- just like at any top school. Also consider that Texas itself is large and diverse and bigger than the size of the Northeast.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-21T03:08:17Z
Shuttle Bus – We have Rice shuttles that take students around campus and to certain locations off-campus. They can be a bit slow but are reliable.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-21T03:06:46Z
Public Parties Every Weekend – Each residential college throws a public party almost every weekend so there are always parties to go to. As a wet campus with two bars ON campus, drinking is a big part of the social scene for everyone.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-21T03:04:17Z
Work Hard, Play Hard – The best thing about Rice is the high level of student/faculty interaction. The professors are not only brilliant but down to earth and friendly. Rice is known for its science and engineering, but as a humanities major, I never felt like I was getting second-rate classes. Be prepared to study hard and work hard.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-20T00:51:19Z
It's Houston – Well, Rice is in Houston, and so, of course, winters here are fairly mild compared to the rest of the country, and occasionally, classes will be canceled should there be a serious threat of ice. When it rains, it pours, and there's quite a bit of humidity during the spring. But, it's very nice during September, October, March, and April. Of course, being Houston, watch out for the heat in August and May.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-20T00:47:09Z
A Wet Campus – So, even though Rice has its drug users, just like other schools, the big thing on campus is alcohol. The idea of a drinking culture at Rice and how you interact with and react to the idea of it is important, given that Rice is a wet campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-20T00:44:46Z
Sports Are...An Option – Well, although Rice is a Division 1 school, there's not that much interest overall in attending games and matches. While there are certainly people who attend various games, there's just not the level of fan involvement you would normally see at a D1 school. IM and club sports are pretty popular overall, although different residential colleges will be more involved than others when it comes to some sports. Overall, I feel that most people at Rice view sports as just another activity to choose from.
College Senior 2011-05-19T18:52:43Z
Health & Safety:
RUPD is very kind and does a great job of keeping us safe. I run the outloop of campus early in the morning when it is still dark and feel safe. Sometimes after partying, I run the inner loop of campus around 2 am and feel safe because police officers are on campus, so I know I could find one within 400 meters at any time. The officers are really friendly. If you are nice to them, they are nice to you. Houston police are not as nice but they do a good job of keeping the area safe, so if you party off campus you are still safe.
College Senior 2011-05-19T18:49:22Z
Rice gives every student a "Passport to Houston," where all Rice students get into the zoo, museums, and shuttle for free as long as you show your Rice ID. We also get discounts on operas, plays, restuarants, frozen yogurt, etc. We even got to see Harry Potter 4 hours before everyone else! There are lots of culture festivals at Hermann Park, such as Japanese festival. The galleria is really neat and has an ice skating rink. Minute Maid park is very close and easy to get to. The attitude towards students around Rice is very kind, frienly, and safe. There are some cool clubs, but the parties on campus are even better.
College Senior 2011-05-19T04:04:08Z
Parking cops watch really closely to where and how long you are parked. They are vultures!
College Senior 2011-05-19T03:57:22Z
We don't have the typical Greek life. We have colleges with a huge amount of college pride for each. It's amazing, and every single student in the school is part of a college. There is not elitest feel.
College Senior 2011-05-19T03:50:39Z
On Campus Life Is Amazing! I've had the time of my life this year, and I can't wait to go back already.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-19T02:55:36Z
Easy as 1-2-3. Received a generous amount of aid. If there is any complications it is very easy to get in touch with your advisor and talk it out. The return for setting up an appointment and talking will be positive in the end.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-19T02:50:14Z
Everything You Need – There is a lot of options near the school, from fast food to high-end dining. There is a lot out there: the Rice Village Area which is within walking distance, there is also the Galleria and River Oaks Shopping center nearby. Costs are varied. Benjy's for a nice date spot, and smash burger for the occasional saturday meal with the friends.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-18T21:15:02Z
Fun, but Not the #1 Priority – Students get into all Rice Athletic events for free, so it is easy to attend. In fact, Rice heavily encourages students to attend athletic events and incentivizes attendance with give-aways and point systems. However, the Rice student body does not focus on athletics and attendance at these events can be somewhat low. Also, although Rice is a Division 1 school, Rice is not highly ranked in most sports. Nevertheless, attending sporting events is fun and easy.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-18T21:12:01Z
Guys & Girls:
Great People – Students at Rice are generally brilliant, friendly and laid-back. People dress casually and enjoy a variety of activities. They typically enjoy academics and work hard to do well, but they are not highly competitive and often support one another both in and out of the classroom.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-18T21:08:25Z
Beautiful Campus – Rice has an amazingly pretty campus. It is full of trees and nice buildings. Walking across campus is very nice. The classroom space is modern and plentiful. Many of the buildings are new or recently updated.
College Senior 2011-05-18T17:39:33Z
No parking on campus is free. I personally don't have a car, but I have heard that the University charges some pretty hefty fees for parking. Most people park in West Lot, which is fairly far away from the rest of campus, but a shuttle comes every 10 min or so to pick people up. I also know that seniors can sometimes get parking spaces in lots that are much closer to their residential college.
College Senior 2011-05-18T17:35:45Z
Rice is wonderful because it does not have any system of Greek life. Because of this, each of the twelve residential colleges hosts a "public party" once or twice a semester on a Friday or Saturday night. These parties are well-staffed with volunteer security teams, as well as Rice police officers, and they present a safe way to have fun. Rice is a wet campus, so alcohol definitely has its presence on campus, but this system keeps the partying on campus and helps to discourage drinking and driving off campus. I have heard some people complain about how the public parties are the same every year, but they are fun and offer a wide amount of variety. There are also many, many options for people who are not into drinking or partying, both on and off campus.
College Senior 2011-05-18T17:30:15Z
Living Off-Campus – Living off campus is considerably cheaper than living on-campus, and there are many great apartments nearby, as well as houses for rent. Rice is located in a great neighborhood (West University), but the abundance of fancy, sprawling homes means that the nearest apartment complexes are about 1-2 mi away. However,the area is extremely safe. I know many people who regularly bike to and from campus at all times of the day (even 2 am), and none of them have ever felt unsafe. Some apartments even have shuttle services that go to the medical center, which is directly across the street from Rice. Rice also offers many resources for off campus students. There is a website geared toward helping people find houses or apartments to rent, and many dorms have something called an "Off-campus lounge," which is a place for many off-campus students to hang out while they are on campus. The one at my residential college even had a bed, so students who needed to stay really late studying could just sleep on campus. The only drawback to living off-campus is the fact that you may feel less connected to the residential college system on campus, but that situation is really what you make of it. Some students are called "deep-OC," because you never see them on campus at all, but other students spend their entire day hanging out at their residential college, working on homework with friends and eating in the serveries.
College Senior 2011-05-18T02:29:37Z
Dedication to Meeting Need – The financial aid office is excellent. Rice feels obligated to ensure that any accepted student does not turn down Rice because he or she cannot pay.
College Senior 2011-05-18T02:23:20Z
The Village behind campus is very convenient for students. There are a variety of ethnic food available which can satisfy almost any type of eater. Be sure to check it out!
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-18T02:16:27Z
Almost everyone I know at Rice brings a laptop. However, there are lots of IT labs all over campus, including one in every residential college with a printer. I can always find somewhere to print if I need to.
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