Recent Alumnus 2011-01-24T19:34:15Z
I Got Lucky – I knew someone who got me a half ride. Financial aide is not easy to obtain here at Rice unless you are paying for it yourself or get some minority handout
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-24T19:32:13Z
We have a residential college system which is all inclusive. It's basically like harry potter. Its a random selection process when you come in as a freshman
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-24T19:30:31Z
Guys & Girls:
Bad News – The girls at Rice are awful. The only attractive ones are the athletes, and they are way too busy playing sports and dating other athletes to give regular students a chance. Also, Rice is an awful place to date. Girls are super awkward and way too busy with studying to give a crap about decent guys here. If you're looking to meet a gf, this is not the place to do it. I'll give the guys a solid B; my group of friends can actually carry on a conversation. Most of the guys are socially awkward and nerdy. Rice is where normal people go to die socially. It's awful.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-16T17:36:24Z
Accepting and Fun – Like at every schools, marijuana is present on campus. But unlike some other schools, it's not the center of activity. For example, at a private party there might be a bong in a room, but nobody forced or even encourages you to go near it if you don't want to. It's a fun environment to be in because everybody feels welcome and has a good time.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-16T17:34:27Z
Health & Safety:
Unlike some schools with just a public safety department, Rice employs its own police department. They're affectionately called RUPD here on campus. The officers are not out to get students, only outside criminals. In fact, RUPD officers regularly eat lunch in the colleges with students. I feel totally safe on campus and on the outskirts of campus too.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-16T17:31:14Z
There's no shortage of computers on campus. There are plenty in Fondren Library, and each college also has its own computer lab as well.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-16T17:30:08Z
From what I can tell, the nightlife around Houston is geared towards the 21+ crowd. On campus activities are mainly for college students. However, since Rice is located in the heart of a major city there are always artists and performances coming to town.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-16T17:28:28Z
Clean and Fresh – Nearly all the dining facilities (we call them serveries) at Rice are new. That allows food to be fresh and delicious. For example, the pizza at West Servery is better than any take out around town. Rice also employs real chefs -- not food industry workers. There are people with white chef suits on, inspecting the food, and making sure students are enjoying every meal. The food at Rice compared to other universities is truly top notch.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-16T17:25:39Z
Top Notch – The student to teacher ratio at Rice is 5:1. That's lower than nearly all the Ivys. It means that there are a ton of opportunities to get involved in research and further engage in the material during office hours and such. The class registration system is pain free, and each department here is great, unlike some schools that only have one good program (think Georgetown SFS). Students are interested in their work, and the general campus attitude is geared towards somebody who wants to learn.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-16T17:19:04Z
Understanding and Easy – Rice's endowment per student ratio is second only to Princeton. That means that there's a lot of money to go around. If you are accepted, then Rice wants you here -- and will pay for it! The financial aid process reflects that mentality; it's easy and responsive to your needs.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-16T17:17:05Z
It's Awesome – You hear that a lot about fantastic schools like Rice, but I'm telling you from somebody who's visited friends at peer schools like Columbia, Stanford, Penn, and Yale that the college experience at Rice is unparalleled. If you get in, definitely come check it out for yourself.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-16T17:15:44Z
As a Northeasterner, the weather I've experienced here in Houston is worlds better than what you'll find in New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. Although it's hot and muggy in the summer... we're in in school then. The winters are wonderfully mild, with temperatures usually between 50 and 70. The fall and spring are terrific too.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T17:48:18Z
Not Perfect, but Not Overly Strict – For the most part, the police department and Rice students seem to get along well. Most notably is the drinking policy at Rice. Basically, if you want to drink in public, you need to be of age, but otherwise, you and your friends can can drink in private, in your room for example, and as long as you don't get too loud and disturb others, or take your drinks outside where a police officer can see you, you won't get in trouble.
There have been some parking issues, and some issues with the campus police being too strict at public parties, but for the most part they are not overly strict.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T17:40:42Z
The Residential College System Makes Housing Great – Rice students are sorted into one of eleven different residential colleges the summer before their first year at Rice. They then live at their residential college every year that they are campus. This creates a wonderful sense of family among the members of each college. Each college has its own unique culture that its members fully embrace. As for the rooms themselves, some residential colleges are hall style, while some are suite style. The suite style rooms tend to be a bit nicer, but overall the rooms at all the colleges seem to be nicer than the dorms you'd find at other universities.
College Senior 2010-12-31T02:33:51Z
Very Generous – Although I did not apply for Financial Aid here at Rice, I've heard amazing stories of the generous offers Rice University makes to students. Rice University is fully compromised to meeting every single student's needs and will not be hesitant in offering a very generous package.
College Senior 2010-12-31T02:31:02Z
Diversity interaction is certainly huge here at Rice University. At a simple look, you will see countless amounts of ethnic groups, and you will be even more surprised by the individual stories each person carries. Don't be deceived by looks!
College Senior 2010-12-31T02:28:07Z
Houston Is Amazing! Located at downtown Houston, students certainly have access to plenty of sites and activities with a simply ride down the metro. From concerts to restaurants, Houston is simply a place you'll never be done exploring. Also, Rice also provides free metro cards, free entrance to the Houston Zoo and Museum of Fine Arts, and etc.
College Senior 2010-12-06T06:13:30Z
Excellent Options – Rice Village is a small upscale shopping center close by. They have scores of restarurants, and they are all pretty good. There is a free bus that goes from Rice to Rice Village on Friday and Saturday nights.
College Senior 2010-12-06T06:06:34Z
Poor Choices for Vegetarians – Every servery is different, so the food choices vary greatly. At north servery, there is really good vegetarian food only on tuesday lunch, but the rest of the week is rather lacking. however, other serveries sometimes have better options, but they are on like the opposite side of campus, so its generally not worth the walk.
College Senior 2010-12-06T06:01:31Z
The academics are very estimable here at Rice. As a freshman, I have not found the transition from public high school to classes here at Rice to be unmanageable.
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-10T02:34:58Z
A person could get along with out a car, limited parking but easy campus to navigate.
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-10T02:32:02Z
You Pick – There is expensive and cheep ...but you get what ya pay for!
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-10T02:29:29Z
Nice Location – Rice is in the heart of Houston and is located by museums, the zoo and outdoor theater and loads of other cultural stuff. Campus is secure and has good aminities!
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-22T23:09:25Z
Good Education, Not a Great Crowd of People – Orientation week was perhaps the most exciting part of my entire experience at Rice so far. It's been downhill from there since I don't really like the campus life, but I'm a native Houstonian, so I've found my ways to cope. I wouldn't come here again if I had the choice since there's no active Greek life and the people are really stuck up.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-22T23:04:47Z
Mostly Just a Shuttle Around the Inner Loop – The shuttle seems to come right when you don't need it anymore all the time. Although it's supposed to come every 5 minutes or so, in reality you will often wait for about 10 minutes. This makes the shuttle fairly worthless in between classes.
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