Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T04:16:09Z
Fast and Pretty Reliable – Every room on campus has high speed internet access. Labs are different based on dorm, but every dorm has at least one. Most also have study rooms with computer access. The running joke on campus is that you can go to the library at midnight and not be able to find an open computer. There are also several larger labs in buildings across campus. All the academic buildings are also blanketed with high speed wifi. Campus computers in the labs and library are outfitted with all the programs necessary for classes, in case students can't afford them for themselves (MatLab, Office, etc.). The labs are usually outfitted with both Mac and PC workstations, and it is also easy to network with Linux based computers.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-03T04:09:00Z
I haven't lived off campus yet because I'm a freshman, but most people live on campus for 3 and sometimes 4 years. There's decent places to live near campus (a short bike ride) that are relatively cheap, but campus housing and the residential college system draw students on campus. I love the family feeling of the college system. We have the chance to get close to a small segment of campus and stay close to them during our time here.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T23:11:23Z
I feel in love with this school the first time i heard about it.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-31T23:07:52Z
Health & Safety:
My Safety – I belive that my safety is not a problem at all.At times when its dark or when im without my roomate i feel unsafe.
College Senior 2010-03-18T05:39:17Z
Drug Use Is Uncommon – most people drink but the use of drugs is not very popular
College Senior 2010-03-18T05:36:08Z
High Standard of Living – schools that spend so much money on student living and study environments are hard to find. Rice is one of a kind because, apart from research, it has a huge financial budget on improving the standard of living of students. it has even been rated as the no. 1 college with the best value of life. the dorms are beautiful and the food is great!
College Senior 2010-03-18T05:29:26Z
Environment Is Very Conducive for Studying – Rice is a top research institution with with a small student body and an extremely friendly and beautiful environment. The professors are always available in and out of the classrooms. the curriculum is quite flexible with a reasonable course-load of about 12-20 hrs for full-time undergraduates. registration process is easy compared with some other schools, as all of the work is done online, eliminating long lines at the beginning of the semester. however, there may be some issues like slow internet connection especially when there are a lot of students trying to register at the same time.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-13T01:34:32Z
Rice is located in the heart (practically) of Houston. SO much to see and do. It's near-by the Houston Zoo, the Museum of Natural Science, and many fun little cafes. The University of St. Thomas is about 20 minutes away.
Recent Alumnus 2009-04-25T07:40:38Z
The police officers are amazing. I've drank outside a residential college talking to the police officer assigned to my college, and I'm 19. I also was going 10 over the speed limit on campus, and the officer gave me a warning, and we ended up just having a chill conversation. I've heard horror stories from other people about the campus police at their school, so I'm definitely pleased with the situation we have.
College Student 2009-03-04T16:20:13Z
Health & Safety:
The cops are great, you'll find yourself easily getting along with them. Every night they patrol campus on foot, vehicle, and golfcart. You'll feel pretty safe considering you're in the 4th largest city in the U.S.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-01T01:44:59Z
Rice's athletic facility is tiny, considering its student population, but a brand-new recreation center is being built and will open next semester, while the current rec center will be remodeled to be available only to student athletes. The library, which has recently been remodeled, is very nice, and a choice place to study. The student center is a central part of campus and includes a lot of offices, lounges, and halls for all sorts of events.
College Student 2009-02-24T22:01:10Z
Rice just built a huge new athletic facility which looks beautiful. There's also an obscenely large football stadium. The library is great too. Overall, the facilities are extraordinary for the size of the school.
College Student 2009-02-24T18:31:20Z
This question is different at Rice than at other universities, because nobody gets a choice about which residential college they wind up in (unless they have a parent or sibling who's a Rice alum, in which case they can request to be in the same college). The nine, soon to be eleven, colleges are architecturally varied, having been built at various times in the past 60 years, but in general they all offer comparable facilities. Renovations are continual, generally with one or two colleges per summer undergoing major work, so as to keep them all in a good state of repair. Newer colleges tend to offer more suite-like arrangements, with a few single bedrooms surrounding a central common room and sharing one bathroom.
College Student 2009-02-24T17:06:17Z
The parking situation is getting worse everyday, although it is still very much tolerable. Cars are handy at Rice, but you can definitely get around without owning one. Several of your friends (especially those from Texas) will probably have cars, there's a MetroRail, a bus system, shuttles that run all over campus, and even a zip car program where you can rent cars from Rice.
College Student 2009-02-24T17:03:09Z
The drug scene is pretty minimal on campus. You'll here the occasional drug story, but these are definitely few and far between. You don't have to do drugs to enjoy the social scene at Rice. Many more students choose to drink rather than smoke or take pills.
Recent Alumnus 2009-02-24T06:03:56Z
Weed is very accessible here, and you probably will not get in trouble for it. I haven't seen any harder drugs here at all, although I'm certain a very small minority does them. You will not notice drugs at all if you or your social circle is not interested in them. Alcohol, on the other hand, is a very noticeable and popular drug. As far as tobacco, smoking cigarettes has caused a little controversy over here in terms of where you can light up.
College Student 2009-02-24T05:11:20Z
We don't do Greek life. We are a residential college system. It's basically like Harry Potter. It's a really great environment, because there is a great deal of competition between each college, but we are all unified as Rice students. It makes for a great party scene too.
College Student 2009-02-24T02:30:24Z
At Rice, we live in Residential Colleges. Each college is different and is its own sort of family. They're all relatively nice, but setups vary. Some are suites, some are doubles and some have a mixture of both. Arguably, the best residential colleges are the ones at the north part of campus because the servery food is better there.
College Student 2009-02-24T02:17:19Z
The newer dorms (Martel and Weiss) are the nicest, with nicer amenities like bathrooms and common rooms in each suite. The older dorms, like Baker and Hanszen, have communal bathrooms in their old sections but the rooms are much more spacious (especially after freshman year.)
College Student 2009-02-24T00:31:58Z
Health & Safety:
I have always felt save here. The Rice police are very visible and they are super-friendly. You can call anytime for an escort, which is really great. There is some crime on campus, but overall I feel safe.
College Student 2009-02-23T23:37:52Z
The residential colleges replace Greek life here. In my mind, it gives you most of the benefits of a Greek system without all of the negatives. There is no exclusivity; everyone is a member of a residential college from day one. You have a built-in network of people who are like your family - you eat with them, study with them, and party with them. That's not to say, however, that the residential colleges are insular; it is very possible to transcend the college system while still maintaining an active role in your own college. I'm in an executive position at Lovett, but one of my best friends is at Brown, and my girlfriend is from Will Rice.
College Student 2009-02-23T23:01:20Z
Freshmen can bring a car, but parking is expensive and most of it is pretty far from civilization.
College Student 2009-02-23T22:59:48Z
Health & Safety:
There is not a lot of crime, although muggings and robberies have been known to happen. Rice has a 24-hour police force accredited with the city of Houston but that has undergone special training to understand college students. They are here to protect us and leave us alone and respect private space.
College Student 2008-03-01T05:00:00Z
Oh, Houston restaurants are amazing. I think we have the most restaurants per capita in the nation, and there are all sorts of awesome foods nearby.
College Student 2008-03-01T05:00:00Z
There are tons of great places all around Rice, especially in the Rice Village-all cuisines, price ranges, and atmospheres, from buffalo wings, to tapas, to pizza, to Chinese, to Cuban. There's just anything you could possibly want. Chinatown is close too, and there are tons of great places there.
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