College Junior 2013-07-25T19:32:42Z
Most things can be taken care of on campus - very convenient.
There is public transportation - but very mediocre.
If you want to go somewhere, get a car - public transit is scary.
College Junior 2013-07-25T19:28:19Z
It's hot, but most days aren't too bad. Very nice in the fall and winter.
College Junior 2013-07-25T19:27:33Z
There are diverse cuisines for restaurants, but tends to get pricey. Not very many late night options.
College Junior 2013-07-25T19:25:22Z
Computers in every building that is open to students. Mostly mac desktops. Not hard to get computer access.
College Senior 2013-07-09T22:16:44Z
Available, Useful, and Well-Maintained – There is at least one computer lab and printer at every residential college (less than 400 students each). Sometimes these can be crowded in the early evening or during review sessions that have reserved the space, but everyone has their own computer and wifi is everywhere. I can't speak for those who manage without their own computer.
College Senior 2013-07-09T22:16:10Z
Permits cost a couple hundred dollars per semester, and as an underclassman you can't even get a good spot. Pretty much no free parking anywhere on campus. It's great that Rice loves its green space so much but they could do a better job on this.
College Senior 2013-07-09T22:13:22Z
Health & Safety:
The wellness center, counseling center, and recreation center are all awesome and staffed by great people. RUPD is always makes me feel safe - party busting usually isn't their thing and you'll usually get a fair warning if they are on their way.
College Senior 2013-07-09T22:10:26Z
Humid. Hot. If you're from around here, you're used to it. If you're not, the mild winters are a relief.
College Senior 2013-07-09T22:05:12Z
Great for 21+. There's really close access to bars in Rice Village, and public transportation gets you to a bunch of cool locations. Taxis or DDs are really your only option for real exploring, however. If you're underage there are plenty of places that will let you come in with friends, and on-campus nightlife is more lively than a lot of other places.
College Junior 2013-06-11T23:54:31Z
If you know where to go, Houston offers some incredible dining experiences, often for very reasonable prices. Rice Village has some pretty popular places, and most restaurants near Rice offer a student discount. Montrose also offers amazing cuisine, though this is harder to get to without transportation.
College Junior 2013-06-11T23:50:31Z
Off-campus housing around Rice is pretty average, I'd say. Most students live on campus, but living off can be nice. Living off campus is, generally speaking, much less expensive than living on campus. Parking at Rice is wildly expensive, so many students elect to either bike to campus or take public transportation. Unfortunately, neither of these options are very safe or extensive in Houston. However, there are many apartments very close to Rice along the Lightrail route, making a trip to campus quick and free (with tuition). Pricing varies, but it's possible to find very inexpensive apartments within a mile or two of campus, though you can get some very pricey apartments in the Med Center or Upper Kirby.
College Junior 2013-06-11T23:45:22Z
I think Rice makes an effort to produce a diverse student body, so this campus is pretty diverse. The people you'll know at Rice will be of many different religions and ethnic backgrounds. Most people like to mingle outside of their particular group, while also involving themselves in cultural and religious organizations on campus. Groups that tend to stick together are athletes and Chinese international students.
College Junior 2013-06-11T23:05:02Z
Put simply, you won't get in trouble at Rice unless you're making trouble. Campus police exists to protect students, not regulate them. They will not randomly search your rooms or breathalyze you for no reason. If you're acting obnoxious at a public party or carrying a drink in your hand, then you're in trouble. Otherwise, students are basically left alone. Campus police doesn't respond to things such as noise complaints but rather contacts students in the dorm designated to deal with these issues. Furthermore, infractions on the Rice alcohol policy/student code of conduct are dealt with by student-run judiciary processes--as far as university-punishment goes. Obviously, campus police must take action for legal infractions.
College Sophomore 2013-06-10T19:10:28Z
Humid, but can't complain. It's rarely cold. Weather can occasionally be unpredictable but Houston is usually tropical.
College Sophomore 2013-06-10T19:09:09Z
Super relaxed and easy to drink if you want. Not exactly a 'frat' atmosphere with crazy ragers though, more subdued. The college system kind of makes it harder to branch out and meet new people, so you have to make more of an effort to expand your friend group. Beer Bike though is the best day of your life.
College Sophomore 2013-05-28T23:00:43Z
Very diverse campus. People come from all socioeconomic, religious, racial, and political backgrounds. Rice is known for its diversity and recruiting well-rounded students.
College Sophomore 2013-05-28T22:58:32Z
Internships can be time consuming, but are very rewarding because they really allow you to immerse yourself within your major discipline. I have had the opportunity for several internships in a variety of research subject areas. You usually have to apply for these positions and they can sometimes be competitive.
College Sophomore 2013-05-28T22:56:53Z
Holistic view of an applicant's admission application
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-18T17:03:30Z
Tons of green spaces and art installations. Pretty good athletics facilities that are going to be renovated or rebuilt in the next few years. Library is great and there are tons of campus events for all sorts of people.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-18T17:00:51Z
Campus police are friendly and the school has been ok with underage drinking in the past but will be cracking down in future years. The honor code is taken extremely seriously and they will kick people out of school for first time violations depending on the violation.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-18T16:58:13Z
School has a multitude of research opportunities and wonderful facilities with up to date equipment. Great public parties at a wet campus. Not a ton of school spirit but a lot of college (dorm) spirit.
College Sophomore 2013-05-17T18:20:58Z
There's not much school spirit when it comes to athletics, except for from the Marching Owl Band (the MOB)--but they're a different story.
The blunt truth is that we really don't win a lot. It was a REALLY big deal when we beat Air Force in a bowl game this spring.
As a non-athlete, I haven't spent much time in the sports facilities, but from what I've seen, they seem well-maintained.
College Junior 2013-05-17T14:27:29Z
We are better than most schools, but still have a ways to go. We do have a significant number of ethnic minorities, but diversity in sexual orientation and socioeconomic status are still lacking.
College Junior 2013-05-17T14:25:54Z
Guys & Girls:
Rice students aren't all supermodels, but we aren't ugly either. Most students are athletic, involved in some type of sport, and have outgoing personalities. You can definitely find someone you are compatible with at Rice.
College Junior 2013-05-15T22:05:29Z
Rice has a pretty prevalent alcohol culture, which has caused some bad PR for Rice in the past. However, the vast majority of students and student organizations as well campus police and administration have safety on their minds. Non-alcoholic beverages are almost always provided in both public and private events (as a matter of safety and inclusiveness), and many students across campus are trained to take care of inebriated students. RUPD and administration aren't constantly on the prowl for alcohol use: they only approach you if you're causing trouble or very clearly drunk. Otherwise, they're not going to search your room or crash parties. Most drug use is marijuana, though there's really no pressure to do it.
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