College Senior 2012-07-23T21:09:55Z
Excellent Natural Sciences Program – All Natural Sciences majors provide a diverse curriculum with several required courses and many electives. Undergraduate research is often an integral part of each program.
College Senior 2012-07-23T21:08:36Z
Available but Expensive – Most undergrads can get parking in the West Lot, but the cost is prohibitively expensive and is quite distant from classes. If you are lucky, you can get one of the nearer lots, but these are even more pricey. Honestly, you are better off without a car.
College Senior 2012-07-23T21:06:56Z
Rice provides strong foundation courses, though class sizes are fairly large. Success in these courses is dependent on student effort, but should easily prepare for more advanced courses.
College Senior 2012-07-23T21:03:07Z
Student life and academics are two strongest points about Rice. Rice is very welcoming from day one, and the residential college system fosters a family-like atmosphere.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-11T04:26:30Z
Computer Friendly Campus – It's always helpful to have your own computer, but the ones provided at Rice are great. There are many labs scattered across campus in different buildings serving different students. There is easily accessible wifi everywhere and while having a personal printer is helpful, it is not necessary.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-11T04:25:07Z
Hard to Get Far Away Without a Car – Rice has a lot of great activities and food walking distance, but if you want to get far away it is pretty impossible without a car. There is one great metro line that many students use to go downtown, but the rest of public transportation is not great and Houston is a city spread out.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-11T04:23:00Z
Lots to Do Within Walking Distance – Rice is situated nicely between Rice Village and the Museum District. Rice Village is an area full to the brim with shops and restaurants and the Museum District has a solid Science, History, Modern Art and Fine Arts museum all within walking distance.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T15:48:03Z
Laid Back – As long as you dont hit the very few rules that will get you in serious trouble, punishments are usually not severe and uncommon.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T15:43:42Z
Rice is located in the middle of everything! Restaurants, shopping, anything you could ask for you can get to within 10-15 minutes, whether by car, bike, or lightrail. Rice if you look at a map is in between large centers of activity - Downtown, Midtown, Rice Village, Montrose, Westheimer, and the Galleria areas.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T15:36:19Z
Parking = Bad – Parking is not so great at Rice. It is pretty expensive to keep your car on campus, and when you park there is alway a long walk across campus to get to where you need to. On the other hand public transportation for off campus students is pretty tough as the Houston Metro can be spotty at times.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T04:04:13Z
Better Than NASA Quality – Really--you have to ask this question--it's Rice U after all!
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T03:56:08Z
Take the Shuttle – If you part at the stadium, you can take a shuttle anywhere you need to go. The shuttles are timely!
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-03T20:13:05Z
Drinking Is Not the Priority – Rice students enjoy social drinking on campus at the Valhalla, the on campus pub. The overall ambiance does not focus on drinking and partying like other schools. The rigor of the curriculum does not allow for all those destructive drinking habits to develop.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-03T20:09:22Z
A Valuable Transformational Learning Experience – Rice University provides the small campus feeling and personal attention from professors and is located in the middle of the bustling city of Houston, Texas. Students from all backgrounds will find the atmosphere comforting and the discussion is always mentally stimulating. I attended a large Texas public school for undergrad and the overall experience comparing the two are tremendous. I definitely recommend Rice University to anyone.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-03T20:03:43Z
Eat What Want – There are several day time on the go options and a couple of sit down cafes. The Rice Village area is within walking distance and offers every type of meal option imaginable. Online delivery options are always available.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-03T19:44:46Z
Houston Is a Promising Future for Your Career – Houston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. and the most diverse population in the country. Many of the Fortune 500 corporate headquarters are located here and represent he most lucrative industries such as, energy, oil and gas, and healthcare. The housing market is much better here, so buying the dream house after graduation is a reality. Rice University is nestled within within minutes of downtown and the world's largest medical center. Every morning, the trail surrounding the school is filled with energetic inner loopers attempting to sustain healthy lifestyles. Food is DELICIOUS and the multitude of highly acclaimed museums and other entertainment venues should keep anyone from ever being bored.
College Senior 2012-05-28T22:12:25Z
Great and Still Improving – The dorms, especially in the new buildings, are way better than you would expect for a college. The university is also committed to refurbishing the old buildings to bring them up to the new higher standards.
College Sophomore 2012-05-07T21:12:41Z
Guys & Girls:
Not Very Attractive People – The people at Rice are great- but it can be hard to find attractive ones. You have a split population, about 50% Texan, and about 50% from elsewhere, but while everyone is nice and very smart, it can be difficult to find people that I would call stunning out of a crowd of Rice students.
College Sophomore 2012-05-07T21:11:24Z
The Residential College System Is Amazing – The residential colleges are what make a lot of people choose Rice. When you enter as a freshman you're assigned to a residential college that you'll be a part of for four years, where you can eat and partake in the college's particular social activities, and it's a great way to establish a network of friends and immediately get involved. The campus housing is less of a dorm environment than a community that you get to be involved in just for being admitted!
College Sophomore 2012-05-07T21:09:35Z
People Complain, but It's World Class – Every residential college has a servery, and even though some are known for being better than others, in truth, the campus dining is world-class, and the students here are very spoiled when it comes to food, they just forget it because the food is so good, and available almost all of the time.
College Sophomore 2012-05-07T21:05:23Z
Labs Only Get Crowded During Exams – The labs are available to the public, but there are almost always computers available, as long as you have your Rice id.
College Junior 2012-05-06T02:59:13Z
Professors Really Reaches Out to the Students and Offer Advice and Help – I am a Biochemistry major and even though it is one of the larger departments, the professors still try their hardest to get to know each students on a personal level. Professors would have open office hours for students to go to, and if students can't make it to them, students can easily email the professor to schedule a time. Professors also encourage students to find research in their labs and are very helpful with where one can go for one's special interests. They are also understanding of each students' special circumstances, so if one reach out to the professors, they are more than willing to accommodate.
College Junior 2012-05-06T02:49:20Z
Drinking Is Popular, but You Are Never Forced to Drink – Since Rice is a wet campus, it basically means that the authorities would not bug you about having alcohol in your room. Unless you are making a scene or someone complained, then drinking is a very visible culture at Rice. There will be private parties or public parties that have drinking, but no one would force you to drink. When other people offer you a drink, they are usually just trying to include you into the party instead of forcing you to drink. I give it a B+ because most people drink responsibly and look out for each other. However, there are just enough of those irresponsible people for it to not get an A rank.
College Junior 2012-05-06T02:35:50Z
Different colleges in Rice have different dorms. Some dorms have public bathrooms and a suit style of living, while some other dorms have private bathrooms and double rooms. However, generally speaking, I think the dorms are very nice since they are all air conditioned. And for the older dorms, many were renovated. I am in a newer college, so I have a large double room and share a private bathroom with one roommate. Also, it is very convenient to live on campus since we have a small campus, it is near everything.
College Senior 2012-04-25T01:53:45Z
Guys & Girls:
This is a touchy subject amongst Rice students. Being completely honest, you're not going to find many state school hotties at Rice. That said, your competition isn't going to be that strong either, and most people are pretty down to earth, albeit a touch socially awkward. Campus is pretty fit though.
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