Recent Alumnus 2011-05-17T17:49:01Z
Not for those who don't appreciate the unexpected – The weather here is erratic. It rains one minute and is humid the next. We've had hurricanes hit Rice too.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-17T17:45:52Z
On Campus Life – Living on campus is great because of the residential college system. The food could be better but it is much more convenient academically and socially to live on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-17T17:44:57Z
Houston and West U – The closest shopping area is the Village and is a bit pricey for college students. There is easy access to sporting events off the metro rail.
College Senior 2011-05-17T17:20:09Z
Very Diverse – Rice University tries very hard to represent a diverse cross-section of races and backgrounds, and does a good job of it. However, especially in terms of race, many groups become cliquey and do not branch out to meet those of a different clique. This is of no fault of Rice, just how it happens.
College Senior 2011-05-17T17:16:14Z
Food Is Varied and Plentiful – Although there is only one meal plan, it includes All-You-Can-Eat for every meal except Saturday dinner and $50 that you can use at other places other than the serveries. The chefs at the serveries are top-notch and take suggestions and comments about their food very well. Lastly, each one has a different personality, which adds to the Residential College system even more.
College Senior 2011-05-17T17:12:24Z
Professors Really Care About Students – Unlike many engineering departments at other Universities, the faculty really enjoy what they do and take time to interact with and help out students. They are very involved in student life and are very engaging, academically and otherwise.
College Senior 2011-05-17T16:22:22Z
With Enough Time, You Can Get Anywhere – It depends where you want to go. Directly around the campus, there is the Rice Shuttle System which will take you around campus and into the village on Friday and Saturday nights. The free access to the metrorail will take you into the museum district/downtown, and the free access to the bus system will take you just about everywhere else so long as you don't mind waiting a little while.
College Senior 2011-05-17T16:20:04Z
Relatively Lax – People sometimes complain about how the police force has been cracking down more recently. They still however, hold to the code that if you are in possession of or are consuming alcohol behind closed doors (e.g. in your room), they won't bother you. Even if you're drinking on campus publicly they won't care unless you're being belligerent. Common sense will keep you out of trouble with no problem.
College Senior 2011-05-17T16:13:24Z
Doesn't Exist – Rice prides itself on the residential college system, which takes the place of greek life. Everyone can attend any and every party and drink the alcohol (or not)
College Senior 2011-05-17T16:01:36Z
Comparable to Narnia – Rice University is its own world in the best way for a collegiate experience. The residential college system allows for a unique social dynamic that emphasizes community over any form of "eliticism". A unique balance between academia and socializing is created and maintained by staff, faculty, professors, etc - not just within the students. There is a huge range of students, but they all come together excellently in an eclectic, yet passionate and driven student body.
College Senior 2011-05-17T16:00:25Z
Perfect Place – Rice is an amazing, friendly, and open campus. It's very easy to meet new people or try something new. Students work hard and party hard.
College Senior 2011-05-17T15:57:50Z
Culture of Care – There's a place for everyone, but mostly, safety is a primary concern. Alcohol is definitely a part of life at Rice, but is by no means a determining factor. Hard drugs are rarely seen unless intently sought after... System of caregivers throughout the college system allows for safe drinking. Administration understands that discouraging/banning alcohol will only create problems with off-campus parties, drunk driving, etc. and would rather take care of its students with its own rules.
College Senior 2011-05-17T15:57:26Z
Off-Campus Living Not Popular – At Rice, which is a very student- and campus life-focused university, most students prefer living on campus. Most students are required to live off-campus for one year, but they come back to their residential colleges the next year.
College Senior 2011-05-17T15:55:22Z
Health & Safety:
I Always Feel Safe. I feel comfortable leaving my laptop in the library while I run to the restroom or something; I don't lock my dorm room door and have never had any problems with theft. The only thing to look out for is bicycle thefts. There's a nighttime escort service if you need to get across campus after buses stop running, so you don't have to walk alone at night. Rice also uses the blue light system, which they check/test often.
College Senior 2011-05-17T15:54:15Z
Health & Safety:
So Safe. I can walk home from the library at 4AM or after drinking at a party at similar hours and not worry about anything. The only crime is petty and trivial and in no way directs student life. If there are any concerns, RUPD, night escorts, etc. are all great resources that care primarily for student safety.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-12T01:12:35Z
we don't have greek life, we have residential colleges, check out Rice's website for more information
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-12T01:11:57Z
Several new buildings, clean dorms, spacious rooms, couldn't ask for more.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-10T23:00:34Z
On campus transportation at Rice isn't a huge problem, mostly due to Rice being a fairly small, very walkable campus, but off campus Houston is very unfriendly to anyone without a car. Rice triest to remedy this buy giving out free metro passes to students but the metrorail is very limited in the places it will take you. This is much more the fault of the poorly planned Houston cityscape than the university's lack of effort. They do the best with what they have.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-10T22:58:15Z
Very Diverse – Rice works EXTREMELY hard to draw minorities and international students, and as a result the student body is very colorful. There is still a majority of white and Asian students, but in general Rice is pretty diverse.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-10T22:55:13Z
High expectations – Rice expects a lot out of students academically, but that's usually no surprise. The people that come here are usually the most competitive of their high schools. Everyone is an overachiever, or was at one point, and the professors know they have to challenge us to keep up interest. The classes are definitely doable, but few classes could truly be considered "blow off".
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-10T22:50:42Z
Rice requires a LOT of information to process your financial aid, but it's so worth it. The aid I get is the difference between me being financial comfortable going here and not being able to go to this school at all. Do it! You never know how much you could get! I never considered myself to be too financially needy, but Rice is still generous to me.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-10T22:48:00Z
Laid Back Attitude – The administration at Rice in seems to view the student body as being pretty responsible, and as such they leave us alone most of the time. That's not to say that the campus police won't issue citations if they catch you doing something illegal! But they're not on a witch hunt. They don't really want to interfere with our lives too much.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-10T18:59:39Z
Sense of Community is Really Strong – It's easy for people to meet each other on the small, community-oriented Rice campus. Faculty and staff really appreciate student initiatives. They offer some good grants and scholarships in different departments!
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-10T18:46:29Z
Wireless Internet – Available everywhere. Computers and printers are available in every college, and plug ins (for personal computers) are available all over campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-10T07:22:05Z
Guys & Girls:
Students from All Over – Rice attracts students from all over the US and the world. Though people come from many different backgrounds and experiences, we enjoy working together and learning from each other. Interests (music, sports, games) and social life vary as much as our backgrounds do. Many people date, but there is absolutely no pressure to start relationships.
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