Recent Alumnus 2011-05-10T07:17:57Z
Great Variety, Great Comfort – The 11 residential colleges at Rice vary in style and quality. Due to the amazing college system, each college has its own character and acts like a family to the students. The newer buildings have become very environmentally conscious, which is a great step for the university.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-10T07:14:35Z
Chill Atmosphere With Many Attractions – Houston has much to offer in terms of museums, athletic events, concerts, restaurants, and parks. Though the city is the third largest in the US, it does not have the crowded, dirty big-city feel. There is always something fun going on and the green spaces make the city very livable.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-08T03:10:37Z
Humid but I Like It! It's humid in Houston. But, I think, in the top twenty schools, Rice is in the best location. Not only because it is in the middle of Houston (as a campus) but always because we enjoy the great Houston winter and spring.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-08T03:09:09Z
Inner Loop buses are a great way of getting around campus. They also provide service to and from Target and Rice Village on weekends.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T22:12:32Z
Fantastic but Stressful Sometimes – Rice is great! There are so many opportunities! The professors are wonderful and really care about your academics. However, academics do get stressful sometimes - your work can really build up and weigh you down. Also Rice students are not openly competitive but there is a subtle competitiveness about the student body. Everyone there is just so smart, talented, well-rounded, and overachieving that you feel like you do not measure up sometimes. But the people are great!
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T22:08:41Z
Pretty Fair but Some Restrictions That Need to Be Taken Seriously – The administration is pretty good about giving us freedom with our social lives. However, recently our alcohol policy has been taken more seriously.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T22:03:40Z
So Much to See! We are in a lovely part of Houston, right across from Hermann Park, the Houston Zoo, and the museum district. All these attractions are a walk away and the area is beautiful with tons of live oaks. However, the city and its attractions are also so close - just take the metro to see an opera, a ballet, a movie, a sports match, or the Houston Symphony! It's fantastic!
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T19:44:36Z
Parking on campus is expensive and far from the dorms. Traffic officers are extremely trigger happy when issuing tickets.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T19:43:10Z
Never Leave Campus – Weekly parties are quite monotonous but are often varied enough to be fun. The off campus scene is pretty drab with the closest things being bars and pubs in the village. The Houston club scene leaves much to be desired.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T19:41:34Z
Diverse as Can Be – Rice is one of the most diverse campuses. Rice consistently tries to but diverse student groups together. Many of the student run operations on campus also stress having a diverse team.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T19:30:42Z
College System a Unique Draw – The system of ten (really eleven if you include Martel) colleges at Rice University is really what sets the university apart. You immediately feel like you're a part of a community after O-Week. Most everyone feels a strong sense of pride in their college and the university as a whole. We're an eclectic bunch here at Rice, but that's what we love about it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T19:23:58Z
Varies Based on College – It really depends on which college you get placed into. Some have great facilities and others are kind of dismal. However the social life and atmosphere of each college are not affected that much by the living arrangements. They all have a strong sense of community and that's the best part about on-campus living at Rice.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T19:20:05Z
Health & Safety:
Great Services – RUPD is very friendly and feel like more a part of the campus culture than most college police forces. One really gets the impression that they're here to keep us safe and not to get us in trouble. There is some petty theft by randoms from the Houston area, but I've never felt uncomfortable on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T19:04:37Z
Rice is known for being very good about financial aid and scholarships
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T18:59:28Z
Every student who lives on campus has to pay for a meal plan (3 meals a day M-F, 2 a day on weekends). Each college has its own commons (dining hall), and there are different serveries (cafeterias) that serve food. The big ones are North, West, East, and South. There are also Sid and Baker serveries. Each servery serves different food options each day; the vegetarian options could be better but there is always something vegetarian to eat, especially at Baker. In addition, the Brochstein Pavilion, operated by Salento Cafe, serves paninis and other upscale cafe food. Finally, you can buy cheap Vietnamese Sandwiches at Valhalla. Most places accept Tetra Points, which come with the meal plan. You automatically get 50 Tetra Points each semester when you have a meal plan, but you can always purchase extra or buy Tetra Points if you don't have a meal plan but want to eat at the serveries.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T18:30:39Z
Houston Dining – Rice is conveniently located in the best part of town with access to countless number of restaurants and dining options encompassing a spectrum of different cuisines. Rice provides a discount card to many local places as well as free Metro cards to get around the city. There is also a shuttle bus that goes to the Village which is main hub of restaurants. With Houston being known as one of the best cities in America for dining, being at Rice allows you to have this experience at an affordable price.You will never get bored, because there are more options than you have time to explore.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T18:27:53Z
Psychology program first-class – The Psychology Department is amazing! The professors are extremely approachable and great advisors. From research experience to applying to graduate school, the professors in the department have been a great asset. There are plenty of research opportunities in the department, and a lot of emphasis on independent study and collaboration. The professors really want you to pursue your interests and they help make connections and give you the resources to carry out projects that students want to do. If you want to do something with psychology and medicine, they help you make connections with the Texas Medical Center or collaborate with other departments. The curriculum is very flexible giving students an opportunity to explore different specialties within psychology. What attracted me was that there were so many courses offered in a wide variety of subcategories that I always found something that interested me. The knowledge I gained from these classes has helped me grow individually and challenged my intellect. It has given me a strong foundation in the field and has helped me secure jobs, internships, and scholarships. The faculty generally cares about their students and will do whatever they can to help you develop your academic interests. The classes are small and personal but moreover interactive which makes the learning environment one-of-a-kind.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T17:17:51Z
Athletic events on campus aren't typically well attended. There are some games that are, however, just like the big Harvard/Yale game, Rice has a football game against UT every year that draws a huge crowd. Rice is also one of the top schools for baseball in the nation. In 2003, Rice beat Stanford to win the College World Series title. Reckling Park is also beautiful. Besides Division I sports, Rice offers a lot of club teams such as rugby (state champions this year), water polo, and crew. The spirit for those teams is high.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T17:14:08Z
Beautiful Buildings, Functional Interiors – The old Spanish style architecture on campus shouldn't lead one to believe that they are dilapidated inside. Quite the contrary: Rice maintains all its buildings so that the interiors are clean and new inside. Over the past five years, Rice has invested in its facilities substantially. Construction on campus was massive, but now it's over. There is a new fitness center, two new colleges, two new additions to colleges, a new food pavilion, and two new serveries. Everybody on campus seems pleased with how beautiful the campus has developed over the past few years.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T17:07:42Z
Ubiquitous and Top of the Line – There are a ton of public computers on campus: in Fondren Library, in most academic buildings, and there are computer labs in each of the colleges. Printing is cheap and easy. The campus is totally wireless too, which is super useful in the colleges so you don't need to use ethernet.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-05T17:02:33Z
Best Student Life (On Campus) Ever! The university does not have dorms, but rather residential colleges, taken after the British system in Cambridge and Oxford, and the like (Harvard also follows residential college system). The system does away with dorms and greek houses, as it incorporates features of both: it is fairly easy to transfer from one college to another, there are no initiation requirements (you are automatically accepted, though you are placed at random unless you have family that is a member of that college), and each college has unique traditions and characteristics that give a sense of camaraderie among the residents.
Including the residential colleges, the majority of other student activities are student-led, student-proposed, and in many cases student-funded (through budgets allocated by the school, and through fund-raisers), giving the students more of a sense of ownership of their activities and school.
There are many tings available, and the school does make an effort to make students' life a bit less stressful, given the academic rigor.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-05T16:52:36Z
Shuttle Service Is Pretty Cool – The shuttle services run from about 6am to 12am every day, and runs into the nearby Rice Village, and to Target/Fiesta for grocery shopping on the weekend. Shuttles to graduate housing and to the Medical Center (redundant, in my opinion, since the Med Center is right across the street) are also available.
It would be nice if the shuttles could run to the airports more often than once a year (during TG) - perhaps extend it to Fall/Spring Recess, Spring Break, and even Winter Break.
I also like that every student is issued a Q card for the metro, for transportation not serviced by the university, however I feel that street smarts are not advertised very much on campus; it would be nice if there were someone who knows the bus lines and connection stops well enough to be able to help students get to where they want to go.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-05T16:46:51Z
Leaves Much to Be Desired – Though it could certainly be worse, parking availability for resident students is limited to the lots on the far side of campus (about a 15 min. walk if the shuttles aren't running), and off-campus students must walk further. Additionally, there is no free parking; the lot that *was* free now charges. Even though it's only $1/day, it's inconvenient that students must adhere to the school's decisions in order to keep the community off of Rice property.
Also, parking is limited to those who can afford it; many resident students park in the "off campus" parking lot because $400 for different inconvenient spot does not seem worth it to them, and the closer you want to park to the colleges (dorms) the more the price increases on those spots.
It also seems unfair that what few spots students have must be relinquished to visitors and alumni during special events. Granted, it may be necessary, however the least the school could do is have it NOT be at the students' expense.
College Senior 2011-02-02T07:48:10Z
Guys & Girls:
Guys Are Extremely Variable – In my experience the guys here have been average at best. Many of them are quite nice, yet you will see this veil of kindness evaporate as soon as they've got a drink in their hand or when they're having guy talk. There is some sense of "bro-ish-ness" in my particular college, though this does vary from college to college and year to year. Be warned that this variation from college to college can sometime be HUGE as well; don't listen to Rice when they say that college placement is random. It's not. Guys at one college can be completely different socially, racially, and intellectually in different colleges and years. Lastly, a PSA to the guys: the backwards hat and necklace makes you seem desperate.
College Senior 2011-02-02T07:39:29Z
Many of the newer building are quite nice (even though the new dorms lack carpeting), but some of the older buildings are kind of gross.
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