College Junior 2012-10-05T14:45:15Z
There are many different races represented at Rice, along with international students from many different countries. Political beliefs tend to fall everywhere on the spectrum: it is Texas, but Houston is the most liberal city in Texas. The one area where I feel Rice really fails in diversity is in economic diversity: most people I know are rich kids from private schools.
College Senior 2012-09-17T20:44:15Z
The computer quality is not all that good, but the internet at RIce is undoubtably one of the best in nations.
College Junior 2012-09-02T03:32:47Z
Two Seasons – It's going to be really warm and humid from late Spring through mid Fall
and fairly wet and mild temps from late Fall through early Spring.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-01T00:57:05Z
Never Saw/Heard – During mt first year at Rice, I have never witnessed even a conversation about drugs or alcohol. The community at Rice is extremely academically serious and into sports and arts. I think that in such a small community I would have noticed something if there were anything. All the professors know the names of every single student with whom they are working, and all in all, Rice is a great environment for studying and improving one's skills.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-22T21:58:27Z
Houston Has a Ton of Great Restaurants – There is basically an unlimited amount of dining options in the West U area near campus. On weekends there's a shuttle that runs to the Village where you can find all kinds of different options. My favorite places are a little further away, but still totally accessible.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-22T21:55:39Z
Readily Available, but SUPER Expensive – There's a TON of parking at Rice, it's mostly on the far end of campus near the stadium, but I have never seen it anywhere near full and there are shuttles if you can't make the walk in the killer Texas heat. Only drawback: it's really expensive.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-22T21:52:53Z
Amazing Experience – I loved my time at Rice and I would do it all over again if I had the chance! The academics are rigorous, but while most Rice students spend a lot of time studying, we also now how to party. There will always be at least one person around for you to let loose with (any day of the week).
College Sophomore 2012-08-21T01:49:09Z
Best Servery Food! The serveries at Rice (that's what we call our cafeterias, dining halls, whatever) are amazing. They've got different food at each location on any given day and it's always done well. If it's not to your liking, you can get pizza or a chicken sandwich at any lunch or dinner (at my servery, at least.)
The only reasons I give it an A- instead of an A:
Our food is so good that sometimes it gets a little crowded :D
The servery at my residential college (NOT every single one on campus) is closed on weekends. I can still go to other serveries to get food, but it's not as convenient.
College Junior 2012-08-15T15:52:26Z
Every residential college has a computer room, and the library has computers all over. Printing is available wherever there is a campus computer, however, the res. college labs tend to be out of paper frequently so keep a few extra sheets in your bag.
College Junior 2012-08-15T15:46:14Z
Parking is always possible, and conveniently located. However, you are charged daily and parking is over $10.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T15:45:26Z
You can certainly land any number of internships in the area if you have the grades.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T15:40:06Z
Too Much Money for Little Results – The athletics in general are all around good, but they funnel too much money into sports like football, where we rarely win half the games in the season.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T15:37:41Z
Definitely a Great Deal – The school has discount deals with many of the places near campus, and others offer it anyway. There's a decent variety within a one-mile radius from Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, French, South American, Spanish, Greek, Turkish, etc.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T15:28:47Z
A Nice Variety – There are random labs strewn throughout campus, many of which are open to all students (read: don't require swipe access). There is also a nice variety of PCs and Macs from which to choose, though less Macs than PC's. The also tend to crowd around a certain time in the day, and especially during finals.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T15:25:56Z
Sometimes it'll rain on a 20% forecast and be bone dry on a 70% forecast, sometimes it rains in torrents with no clue as to when it'll stop, sometimes the downpour lasts all of 5 minutes. But as long as you have rain boots and an umbrella, you're semi dry.
College Senior 2012-08-15T04:07:15Z
Living off-campus isn't too bad. There are options close to campus for people who don't have vehicles, and the MetroRail opens up several neighborhoods for students with limited transportation. However, acquiring a place to live can be a HUGE hassle. In downtown Houston, apartments will go in a hurry. You'll have to move very quickly to grab a place to live, and there's a good chance you'll have to settle for some pretty high rents.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-09T02:43:48Z
Guys & Girls:
Nerds can be sexy – For a small school known primarily for its academics, Rice has its fair share of attractive students. That said, if your looking for the kind of people who can skate by on looks alone, try somewhere else. The school is remarkably healthy so there are not many overweight students of either gender. Dress comes in two extremes: free-shirts-and-gym-shorts casual and interview-ready-senior classy. Some grad school departments have a reputation for poor hygiene, but it isn't really a problem among the underclassmen. As a female student I will say I find many guys here intelligent AND social adept.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-09T01:37:54Z
Misleading Stats – Rice boosts that not one race holds the majority at Rice, but this wording easily allows for two racial groups to dominate, which I'm not sure is much better than one. The school population consists mostly of white and Asian students. Other groups are not nearly as well represented, especially in contrast to the surrounding city of Houston's demographics. However things are surprisingly diverse politically because while it located in a conservative state, the more liberal atmosphere of Houston balances things out. There does not seem to be a large LGBT community on campus and have met people who say they've face intolerance of this nature.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-09T01:10:00Z
The Alcohol Policy Is Fair – Rice University has smartly chosen an alcohol policy that encourages students stay on campus while drinking. Some students complain that their lax policy on underage drinking is not explicitly stated in any rule book, but remember that Rice does have to at least pretend it is enforcing the law. The reality is, at many colleges, a notable part of budget ends up going towards alcohol at public and private parties. The latter is open to those of all ages. Just don't let your own personal party spill out into the open and keep your cups at the door.
College Junior 2012-07-31T00:25:31Z
Most of the internship opps at Rice are focused on the sciences and engineering. For academic majors, there's little to none.
College Junior 2012-07-31T00:23:53Z
The linguistics program at Rice is subpar, at least in terms of the teaching staff (with a few notable, popular exceptions). It's a small program, so the flaws are noticeable.
College Junior 2012-07-31T00:22:29Z
Not a very large program, but still an interesting, welcoming program with good professors and a wide variety of study topics.
College Junior 2012-07-31T00:20:37Z
Outstanding Academic Programs – What you hear about Rice University most is its engineering program, but don't be afraid - the "academ" major programs are just as rigorous, if not as widely advertised.
College Senior 2012-07-24T16:00:23Z
All meals are provided except Saturday dinners (to give the cooking staff a break). When meals are good, they are amazing, but especially on Sunday dinners, the servery tends to fall short. Otherwise, there's an abundance of taco nights, dessert arrays, crepes, omelettes, even chocolate fondue to look forward too.
College Senior 2012-07-23T21:11:49Z
Options Available but School Doesn't Help – Rice Housing and Dining refuses to help you find off-campus housing, even when you go to their offices. Thankfully, there are many options for off-campus housing in the vicinity, many within walking/biking distance. Only caveat is, avoid traveling off-campus late at nights alone.
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