Houston, TX
Rice University


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Recent Reviews

Amanda
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When I first got to Rice, I'll be honest, it was nothing like how I expected it to be, and not in a good way. For instance, t...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

When I first got to Rice, I'll be honest, it was nothing like how I expected it to be, and not in a good way. For instance, there are traditions I thought were weird and wasn't a huge fan of (i.e., O-Week, Baker 13, Beer Bike, Room Jack, etc.) and limited major choices since it's a relatively small and predominantly STEM school; it wasn't nearly as diverse as the high school I was coming from; our dining halls (known as “serveries”) are open during very rigid hours; everyone on campus is required to have the same full meal plan, and the quality of your on-campus housing, laundry facilities, and when/whether you’re required to live off campus is entirely dependent on which of the 11 residential colleges you’re randomly assigned to when you first arrive. But now that my time at Rice is almost over, I've come to appreciate many of its quirks and have realized that ultimately it's a campus where the quality of your experience is determined by how much you're willing to invest in it. There are tons of resources and opportunities students can take advantage of both on campus and in the wider Houston community--ones that I’ll admit likely wouldn't have been available to me at other institutions. Despite the academic rigor of classes and the seemingly constant stress that Rice students are under, the school has grown on me tremendously, and I genuinely think it’s a good place to be. Why? Because Rice is known for its culture of care, something that’s evidenced by the fact that the university truly does its best to provide for and take care of its students. You can receive academic support from the staff at Student Success Initiatives and free counseling and 24/7 emotional support from the Wellbeing Center. You can get your resume reviewed, a free professional headshot, and receive career guidance and help with finding and applying to internships at the Center for Career Development; you can improve your leadership skills through individual and group leadership training at the Doerr Institute, through the Rice IMPACT program or the Center for Civic Engagement; and you can lean on the group of 6 adults--known collectively as the A-Team and comprised of your college magisters and residential advisors--that live at your specific residential college. Rice’s culture of care also extends to peer-to-peer relationships. While Rice does allow students to serve as your typical TA or tutor, students at Rice can also serve in a variety of other roles in which they can contribute to the overall well-being or success of members of the Rice community--whether that’s by being a Peer Academic Advisor, Peer Career Advisor, Study Abroad Ambassador, STRIVE (Students Transforming Rice Into a Violent-Free Environment) Liaison, Residential Health Advisor, leadership facilitator, or Rice EMT. Students can also serve in various student government positions at the residential college or university level (i.e., Honor Council, University Court, and the Student Association) to further support their peers and make meaningful changes on Rice’s campus. And if being in an extracurricular activity without holding a fancy title or position is more your style, you can choose from over 100 registered student organizations to join that span pretty much any interest, topic or hobby you can think of. Plus, if you ever change your mind about adopting a leadership role, you can always take on one within an existing organization or create your own club. You can also create and teach your own college classes as an undergrad and enroll in the courses taught by your fellow peers for college credit. There are probably so many more opportunities and resources I’m failing to mention, but the point is, I feel like Rice really does have something for everyone, even if it may not be obvious at first or takes you longer to find your footing like it did for me. Despite the fact I will be transferring at the end of this semester to pursue a major in Communications, I can honestly say that I've grown so much as a person while attending Rice, and I think that's all anyone can really ever ask for from their college experience.

Julia
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Rice University is amazing! Although the intro classes can be large (the largest I have heard of was 200 people), many of my ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Rice University is amazing! Although the intro classes can be large (the largest I have heard of was 200 people), many of my major-specific classes are quite small (less than 20 people). This makes the professors extremely accessible. Rice also has a really active student body. Students are encouraged to learn about a variety of issues and advocate for what is important to them.

Lemuel
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It feels like a place that I truly belong in. The atmosphere is calming and enriching, and since it is in a big city, there a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It feels like a place that I truly belong in. The atmosphere is calming and enriching, and since it is in a big city, there are many entertainment venues available. Rice University is a place where you can express yourself without being judged, and I enjoy an environment like that. Overall, Rice University is a great school and I hope to attend someday.

Stephen
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I came to know this school as a place for unique individuals who strive to push themselves farther, it is a competitive schoo...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I came to know this school as a place for unique individuals who strive to push themselves farther, it is a competitive school but one comes to realize that the competition is more internal than external. I appreciate that aspect of this school the most, their focus is on the students and even though they used to be a segregated school their diversity as well as overall student support is significant.

Olivia
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I'm so so glad I chose Rice over other top universities. It may not be as well known in the northeast (yet), but it has the p...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I'm so so glad I chose Rice over other top universities. It may not be as well known in the northeast (yet), but it has the perfect blend of stellar academics and friendly community. Everyone here is so nice and welcoming and there are numerous events throughout the year to take your mind off of studying!

Wendy
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Rice university is a very nice place, I like how everyone is treated there. The teachers, the principal, and students are all...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Rice university is a very nice place, I like how everyone is treated there. The teachers, the principal, and students are all very friendly and welcoming. The campus is a calm and clean place. I would love to attend the school sometime in the future.

Evan
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Rice is the upper epsilon of all univeristies. I would love to be an owl. The University is divided into 11 residential coll...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Rice is the upper epsilon of all univeristies. I would love to be an owl. The University is divided into 11 residential colleges (dorms) that you are “sorted” into before you matriculate. Usually you stay in the college for your entire time at Rice. Each dorm has its own governing body, committees, and, in some ways, personality. Additionally, each dorm is set up a little differently as far as rooms go. Some residential colleges emphasize double rooms with a private bathroom, others have suite set ups with shared bathrooms. They have 6 dining halls (called “serveries”) around campus. Although some are specifically designated for a particular college, you are welcome to eat at any of them. One aspect of Rice some people take issue with is the all-or-nothing style to the meal plan if you live on campus. With living on campus you must buy a full meal plan that covers all meals of the week (excluding Saturday evening, when the serveries close). The residential colleges and serveries offer a lot of opportunity for socialization and getting to know other people.

Sophie
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Anyone can make Rice the right school for them. Between academics and arts and athletics and professional pursuits and social...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Anyone can make Rice the right school for them. Between academics and arts and athletics and professional pursuits and social circles, Rice offers an abundance of opportunities to suit all kinds of interests– you just have to find them. If you get in, come. After your first Beer Bike, you definitely won't regret it.

Matthew
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I love Rice. Although it is a really hard school that challenges you to the extreme, I am learning so much. My academic life ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love Rice. Although it is a really hard school that challenges you to the extreme, I am learning so much. My academic life and social life are coexisting and although I'm still trying to find the balance, I love this school so much. I think anyone will love Rice, especially if you love a community that is tight knit and caring for each other, even strangers.

Aisha
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Rice university is my dream college. I love the place, what it stands for and everything in it.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Rice university is my dream college. I love the place, what it stands for and everything in it.

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  • 3,893
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $43,918
  • Acceptance rate
  • 15%

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