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Yes! You will be placed in one of the residential colleges freshman year, and you will be able to stay there all four years if that is what you want. The system is random, but generally most students are happy with it... One of the many benefits of going to a smaller school where the administration cares about all the students.
NO. Entering freshman are guaranteed housing for their freshman year, as well as 3 out of their 4 years at Rice. Each undergraduate is put in a residential college (sort of like Harry Potter houses), and will be a member of that residential college whether actually living on campus or not. Each residential college has their own housing system that determines whether you will receive housing in a given year. For instance my college, Hanszen, has something called "room draw." Simply speaking, you decide who you're going to room with, and choose a room. Your room is given points based on an average (1 point for rising sophomores, 2 for juniors, and 3 for seniors). Highest points get their preferred room. As you can see, this system makes it more likely for sophomores to be placed off-campus. However, other colleges may favor sophomores over juniors. It all depends!
you mean for in the classroom ?
for on campus housing.
No. Though the mattresses might not be the best, so people bring mattress pads/toppers if they want to.
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Written by Eli Spector
Rice students tend to be very pleased with campus living and the residential colleges. Unlike most universities, you do not get to pick your dorm at Rice. As an incoming student, you will be randomly assigned to a college, and most students stay at this college until graduation. You will be associated with the college even while living off campus. Transferring between colleges is an option, but no more than a handful of students take this route. Students are more likely to move “deep OC (off campus)” if they are highly dissatisfied with their college.
Each residential college becomes something like a family unit, and each has a special personality, spirit, and unique set of traditions. During freshman orientation week, freshman advisers have a high success rate of thoroughly brainwashing the newbie students into believing that their college is head and shoulders above all the other colleges. The buildings themselves vary because they were built with different architectural styles and at different times.
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