College Sophomore 2013-01-09T02:21:21Z
As a research facility, undergraduates are given plenty of opportunities to land a research job. This looks great on resumes and also provides you with work experience that is relevant to your intended career. There are also a lot of traditions at Rice that make it a blast to attend. The residential colleges are one example.
College Sophomore 2013-01-09T02:15:04Z
The residential colleges provide a natural rivalry among students, and we take pride in what college we've been assigned to. Additionally, the campus is beautiful and offers many amazing facilities. The library is a wonderful place to study, given that there is a floor where silence is mandatory. The recreation center provides students with great workout equipment, and also offers other things such as a pool, ping pong tables, pool tables, and racquet ball and squash rooms, as well as providing the necessary equipment to play these games.
College Sophomore 2013-01-09T02:07:50Z
There seems to be relatively low school spirit with regards to athletics.
College Sophomore 2012-12-28T19:02:20Z
It was still 80 degrees at the beginning of December. If you like cold weather, you will seldom be rewarded. But if you like warmer climates, this is the school for you. I love the weather here. Then Houston has fits where it randomly wants to rain a lot, but just grab a raincoat and rain boots. You will need rain boots for sure!
College Sophomore 2012-12-28T18:51:33Z
Within Rice Village, there are many restaurants to enjoy on Saturday nights when the campus dining is closed. But some people typically stay in Rice Village to eat. I would highly recommend to go beyond the village, and hop on the Metro. Since the Metro is right near campus, we can go downtown and visit many different restaurants. Also, if you have a car, I would highly recommend going to Montrose or Kirby for some awesome late night bites.
College Sophomore 2012-12-28T01:40:34Z
Rice is really open and alot of students change majors in their first 2 years
College Sophomore 2012-12-28T01:35:34Z
Im switching tracks to Econ from Psych but Rice gives me the ability to change that easily
College Sophomore 2012-12-27T19:27:59Z
I am studying biochemistry and appreciate the kind and talented professors in the department and the many research opportunities at Rice and surrounding institutions (Baylor medical school, MD Anderson...)
College Sophomore 2012-12-27T19:23:50Z
Health & Safety:
The Rice University Police Department (RUPD) is really awesome! Although we are in the middle of Houston, people feel safe walking across campus at night. If not, people can call RUPD and be escorted back to their dorm.
At night, RUPD closes some of the gates so cars have to have Rice parking permits to enter the campus. Sometimes there are robberies, however, they are not in the central part of campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-22T06:18:52Z
Rice has state of the art computer labs in each dorm and throughout the campus. The wifi covers the entire campus and is very fast.
College Junior 2012-12-17T00:14:41Z
Rice is a wet campus, which means that students can have alcohol in the dorms. Having EMS on campus ensures the safety of the students as well.
College Junior 2012-12-17T00:12:33Z
Houston has a lot to do, and there is a little bit of everything. We have Hermann Park, which often has free outdoor concerts and other types of performances. We have the museum district, which holds the museum of art and the health science museum. We also have some good movie theaters (which is good for movie lovers like me). Reliant Park is right on the metro rail, so it's really easy to get to sporting events or concerts.
College Junior 2012-12-17T00:10:12Z
Even though I'm from the South, the humidity was really hard to get used to. I still don't like it. Also, the weather can be unpredictable sometimes. This December, it was actually in the high 70s. It is nice not to have unbearable winters, though.
College Senior 2012-12-12T16:59:36Z
Guys & Girls:
Guys Are OK – Rice is full of really smart people, and not all of them are super attractive. There are still a lot of good looking guys, they're just less abundant than one would like.
College Senior 2012-12-12T16:56:45Z
Rice has an awesome baseball team, and it's fun to go to the games especially because Houston's weather is so nice. The football and basketball teams are less impressive. But students are all very excited to tailgate for home football games in the parking lot which is a lot of fun even though the team doesn't do very well. IM sports and club sports are very popular. Rice's IM powderpuff football league is an especially big deal.
College Senior 2012-12-12T16:53:10Z
There is a shuttle around the inner loop at Rice. Really, anything on campus is walking distance, but it's nice if it's raining or if you're feeling lazy. There is also a late night escort bus that will pick you up almost wherever to get you safely to your destination.
College Senior 2012-12-12T16:49:34Z
There are a lot of on campus parties all the time, which is good for keeping people from drinking and driving. There are also a lot of fun bars walking distance in Rice Village or a short taxi ride away in Midtown Houston.
College Junior 2012-11-11T16:48:17Z
Nightlife here is super fun. The parties on campus are all pretty fun, though the scene can get repetitive after a couple of years. Willy's Pub is awesome In terms of off-campus nightlife, Houston has some really fun things to do. There are a few 18+ clubs that are awesome, though a lot of off-campus partying probably happens at bars in the surrounding areas.
College Junior 2012-11-11T16:41:08Z
The academics at Rice are top notch. Our professors are incredible and constantly challenge us. Most classes are very small, allowing for meaningful interactions with both our professors and our peers. I've learned so much since I've been here, and the opportunity to explore and take fun classes has even led me to change my major. So far, I think classes have been both extremely fulfilling and intellectually stimulating.
College Junior 2012-10-21T21:52:45Z
The linguistics department is fairly small, but the professors are all very dedicated to making themselves available through office hours. There is also a Linguistic society designed to find opportunities for undergraduates and prepare them for graduate school. The workload is pretty low compared to my other major, physics (which I'm not too far into yet).
College Junior 2012-10-21T21:47:31Z
Typical computer situation; plenty of labs all over the place, as well as in the library, but printing and internet are slow. Very reliable and high speed network though, so that's really good. Laptops are pretty much a must; at this point, almost all homework or assignments are found online.
College Junior 2012-10-21T21:44:51Z
Rice has been doing a great job of increasing their international presence, and it isn't common to always have at least a few international students in your class. Chinese students are the most common, but there are students from all over Europe and Asia.
Religious diversity seems to be pretty fair, mostly represented by a large number of christian groups, but no religion is really pressed or overbearing.
Rice has a pretty fair balance between liberal and conservative ideologies, maybe a little more on the liberal side, but politics isn't debated much and doesn't come into play often.
Because of the need-blind admission policy, there are definitely students from all economic backgrounds, with over 60% of students on some kind of financial aid.
Rice is really supportive of the LGBT community, and there is great diversity among sexual orientations.
College Junior 2012-10-21T21:40:53Z
There is on campus parking for students, but it's expensive. Off campus students usually bike to campus. Alumni always complain that they can't park anywhere without being ticketed. And the parking police are really quick to ticket any minor infraction.
College Junior 2012-10-05T14:57:49Z
The residential college system is amazing. You make so many friends, and there are so many fun activities and traditions. Each college itself has good and bad things about it: soem of the newer colleges have nicer rooms, but they have fewer traditions.
College Junior 2012-10-05T14:49:49Z
Not that many people do drugs, but there are definitely some who do. Alcohol is the much bigger issue: the alcohol policy at Rice is largely decided by the students, and most students drink. Many drink to excess. This doesn't mean that you won't fit in here if you don't drink, that's not true at all. But if you're living on campus, be prepared for parties every weekend.
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