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Lots of smart kids, obviously. I think in general Rice students are a little weird. You'll definitely find the "popular kids"...
Lots of smart kids, obviously. I think in general Rice students are a little weird. You'll definitely find the "popular kids" like anywhere else, but many quirky people, I think most people settle into a niche pretty easily.
The residential colleges take the place of fraternities and sororities. There are loads of student groups and clubs on campus...
The residential colleges take the place of fraternities and sororities. There are loads of student groups and clubs on campus with many leadership opportunities. Whatever you're interested in, you'll likely find it here. If not, you can start it yourself!
The academics at Rice are top-notch, as would be expected from a school of its caliber. I think it is difficult to compare the quality of teaching among top schools, though, since the faculty move around a lot among them. When professors who just arrived from Stanford and MIT teach us, their teaching does not change much. So, are we receiving an education that is better or worse than that of a student at Stanford? Probably not. In nearly every class I've taken here, the professor has learned my name. Rice students regularly chat, dine, and even hang out with our highly accomplished professors. It's also not unusual for them to exchange cell phone numbers and become friends on Facebook. More often than not, profs here have us use their first names, which was somewhat uncomfortable for me at first. But I discovered it makes for a more relaxed intellectual environment in which students are more comfortable with sharing their thoughts. Very nice.
Generally speaking, Rice students are quirky and laid back. There isn't a cut-throat competitive environment here. It's much more collaborative, which is quite refreshing.
Rice is quirky and nerdy, filled with intelligent students, headed by unmatched faculty, and never, ever dull.
Rice is quirky and nerdy, filled with intelligent students, headed by unmatched faculty, and never, ever dull.
You will be unprepared. Accept that, and know this - no one else is prepared for Rice, either, and so you're all on equal footing. Don't worry about homesickness; Rice is more than enough of a home to keep that at bay. Embrace your English major, because as much as the idea of being an engineer and making money right out the college gate sounds amazing, English is your true calling, and trying to change that will only hurt. And don't forget the frying pan at home. You're going to need it.
It's a school by nerds, for nerds: themes for popular events this year include Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Super Mario - just what any budding nerd enjoys.
I can't imagine anybody not thoroughly enjoying their experience at Rice. The uniqueness of this university is what really ap...
I can't imagine anybody not thoroughly enjoying their experience at Rice. The uniqueness of this university is what really appeals to me. The most significant contributing factor of this is the residential college system. The absence of greek life replaced by a family culture, long-standing traditions, amicable competition, and an overwhelming love for your college make it an experience like no other. The professors are incredibly easy to interact with and you know several on a personal level within your freshman year. They're always willing to spend an extra hour if you need help and the relationship that you have with the Masters and Residential Associates, who are often professors as well, are ones that you will remember long after you graduate. In terms of location, Rice is a little bubble in the middle of downtown Houston. When you're inside the hedges that surround the campus, you feel like you are isolated in a little paradise. However, as soon as you step out you're right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of one of the largest cities in the US. If you ever get bored with the countless activities and events happening on campus, there's an equally endless number of opportunities right outside. Something every Rice student remembers the entire time they're at Rice and after as well is their first week on campus: Orientation week. I can say without a shred of doubt that it is the most unique orientation week in the entire world. The amount of effort, planning, and emphasis Rice places on "O-Week" is testament to why so many students still say that O-week was the most fun week of their entire lives. The only complaint I would have about Rice is the weather. Houston weather is unpredictable and often unpleasant. Humidity is prevalent throughout the year and sometimes exacerbates the already high temperature. However, during late spring and autumn the weather is fantastic so it's a give an take. Many people like the weather year-round, mostly because they come from cold environments and enjoy the warm weather without condition.
The dorms differ by each residential college. They can range from a double for your freshman year to a 6 person dorm! Compared to other universities I've seen, the dorms in general are well above par. The 3 newest residential colleges all have really nice rooms with a bathroom for every room, even the doubles. Some of the colleges have communal bathrooms, but I can say from personal experience that you never have to wait or worry about it being dirty. The cleaning staff is amazing here and clean the bathrooms on a daily basis! The dorms are great, but the best part is the amazing, unique culture that's at each and every one because of the residential college system.
There are a lot of places to get work done on campus, it depends what time of atmosphere you would like. Fondren library is probably the most popular. There are 6 floors at Fondren, and each has a different feel to it. First and second have a lot more socializing going on, so if you don't mind talking while working that's the place for you. The top floor has a beautiful view of the academic quad and is a lounge for the undergraduates, with cubbies, tables, and couches. The coffeehouse is another popular place to get some work done and also grab some great drinks!
The student body at Rice is one of the most diverse of any university in the country. Students come from all over the world and each and every one has unique experiences and characteristics that have shaped Rice's culture into one like no other. Financially, they're all across the spectrum as Rice is indeed expensive but also has a very good financial aid program. Racially, there's a group for every denomination possible and while this helps many retain their culture and share it with the rest of the student body, it is in no way dividing as this diversity has created a very strong culture of acceptance. There are some cliques within campus, however the majority of students have a group of friends that accurately reflects the diversity of the entire campus. Most importantly, nobody can ever feel out of place at Rice. There's a extremely similar friend for everybody and an extremely dissimilar friend that you would never think you would get along with for everybody as well.
The biggest group that people engage in activities with is their Residential College. Rice is unique in this matter as every single undergraduate belongs to a residential college. Colleges host many activities and events throughout the year. In addition, every college has a student government and multiple committees that involve many at the college that really helps them shape the college culture. Rice is known for it's breathtaking cultural diversity and with that comes an equally extensive number of cultural groups. Everything from South Asian Society to the Hispanic Society exists at Rice and almost every group holds at least one major event during the year. Students are either involved by being in the group or frequenting events and activities put on by the group to expose themselves to a bit of culture, something that comes very easily at Rice. Lastly, leadership is a big theme at Rice. Many people at Rice seek out leadership positions in one way or another, whether it's within their college, the student Association, or one of the 350+ clubs on campus. There are no shortage of leadership positions on campus and at the same time, no shortage of people seeking them out either.
Academics at Rice are indeed difficult but that is expected as Rice is a highly ranked university. Students range across the spectrum in terms of competitiveness but are not annoyingly so by any means. One of the best things about academics at Rice is the professors. They are always willing to spend extra time helping you out and you will often see them at events around campus so you can build a relationship with them that transcends the simple student-teacher stigma. The major departments at Rice are Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences, Architecture, and Music. Engineering and Music are considered to be the hardest while Architecture is supposed to be the most time consuming and strenuous. I am an engineer and feel that the program is challenging but fair. The requirements are more than other departments but you can clearly see the need for each and every course and it reflects the value of your degree when you graduate. The diversity and number of classes at Rice is staggering considering the comparatively small student body. One of the most unique aspects is Student Taught Courses. These are 1 credit courses are taught by a student and can be of any topic they choose. Some examples are classes on Bollywood, Harry Potter, and a class on Jeopardy! Any student can apply to teach a course and they are responsible for making the curriculum, syllabus, and giving out grades as well.
Having talked to many high school students that are looking at Rice and referred to me by friends and family, a general trend I've noticed is they are concerned that they won't have fun because Rice students don't seem too social or fun to be with. This is completely untrue as I've noticed Rice, especially considering the caliber of students that go here, is an extremely sociable campus and actually defeats this stereotype that many have about highly ranked schools. The vast majority of students are very outgoing and never fail to find a good balance between academics and their social life.
Overall, I love Rice. I love the fact that I can easily switch majors in about a minute or so; all I have to do is talk to th...
Overall, I love Rice. I love the fact that I can easily switch majors in about a minute or so; all I have to do is talk to the major adviser.
The most popular student activity is of course the Beer Bike!
The students at Rice are nonjudgemental and really nice.
The science and engineering courses are very challenging; organic chemistry and physics are some of the least favorite classes for many students.
The most famous stereotype is that Rice is filled with nerdy, Asian students. However, this isn't true; the school is still very diverse in general, and it has the same proportion of Asian students as other top tier schools.
The student population is quite diverse starting off with having people from all over the world and having different cultures...
The student population is quite diverse starting off with having people from all over the world and having different cultures. While most people outside of the university hold the common stereotype that most people who attend are rich this is false and due to the great financial aid there are people from different socio-economic statuses. Most students dress casually for class and have casual interactions with one another. Different types of students interact with one another which is great for intellectual conversation where you can gain different perspectives on issues.
I love the size of most of the classes, they're small and the professors take the time to get to know you and for the most part are easily accessible. The class participation for most of the social science classes at least are common, and although this may have some personal bias some of the best classes are the psychology classes. In particular the social psychology course was the most interesting in both lecture and content. All students are willing to help each other out and are not competitive against each other.
Two of the most common stereotypes I heard about before coming were that the kids here were all the same (white, rich, snobby) and that they were nerds who never had fun. From the first day here during orientation week I found out how wrong both stereotypes were. Don't get me wrong, people do care about their academics but they also know how to have fun! Due to the college residential system and Rice's rich traditions there are more than enough opportunities to have fun and relax. Secondly, one of the greatest things is the diversity of the student population. You don't have to go very far to find someone who comes from a completely different background with their own unique perspective.
Rice is awesome! The Residential College System is very unique, and happens to be my favorite aspect of the university. Every...
Rice is awesome! The Residential College System is very unique, and happens to be my favorite aspect of the university. Everyone should come visit campus if you are able to and see what Rice is really like for yourself!
Intramural sports are very popular on campus. Theatre also have a large community here. Each college does their own production once a year (possibly once a semester, but each college is different) in their own commons. Additionally, the Rice Players and the Theatre department each do a production each semester. Religious groups are also popular on campus, with groups available for every religion/denomination. Rice brings in a large number of lectures and seminars in every subject area. A lot of the student life at Rice revolves around the residential college system. Residential Colleges differ from dorms in that they are student-governed and that the entirety of their budget is dedicated to student life. Each residential college hosts a public party (open to the entire campus) each semester. Additionally, they plan lots of other fun college activities (barbecues, college nights, etc.) to foster community. Many students make their best friends in their residential colleges. Come visit campus to truly understand how awesome the Residential College System is. All campus dining halls (called Serveries on campus) are closed Saturday nights. Most students will go out to dinner off campus. The Rice Village is a restaurant/shopping area located within walking distance of campus. Rice runs shuttles there on weekends. Additionally, Rice students have free access to the Houston public transportation system, which includes the MetroRail. The light rail has two stops along campus and will take you straight into the heart of Downtown Houston.
Students at Rice are awesome! Some might describe them as a unique bunch. Most of us have a unique passion, hobby, or talent. We're okay describing ourself as a little weird...it's normal on campus. Rice students can be serious when they need to (midterms) and crazy when they want to be. The best way to get a feel for the type of students that come here is to come visit. Do it! If you're a senior, stay overnight in a residential college and experience a day in the life of a Rice student. I promise you'll understand what it'll all about afterwards.
Academics are top notch at Rice. Professors teach all but a tiny handful of classes (no, these are not intro classes - those are taught by professors). Most professors on campus have their doctorate in their field. They are very enthusiastic and want to share their knowledge with undergraduates.The professors are friendly and accessible outside of class. Academics at Rice are not easy. However, there are many resources here to help you succeed. Most courses have TAs (grad students or upperclassmen) that hold weekly help sessions and office hours as well. The spirit at Rice is very collaborative, and students here are encouraged to work together on finding solutions as long as each submits their own work. (This is particularly true in math/science courses.) Students tend to work together with others in their residential college. Professors place a lot of trust in students. You will have take home exams in some classes, during which you are expected to only use the designated resources and stop working at the end of the time limit. These expectations are bounded by a campus Honor Code. The Honor Code is student enforced, and violators will have to face the Honor Council.
Sports come in 3 different levels at Rice: Varsity, Club, and Intramural. Lots of Rice students are athletic in some way (playing on one of the above teams, enjoy walking/jogging/running the 3 mile outer loop of our beautiful campus). Intramural sports are extremely popular. They are played between the residential colleges, which have lots of rivalries. They generate a lot of support from other members of the colleges. Football games are moderately attended. Rice students can attend home games for free! Rice is well know for its baseball team.
It is best known for its dorm system and its location right next to the Houston Medical Center. It is known for having lots i...
It is best known for its dorm system and its location right next to the Houston Medical Center. It is known for having lots if undergraduate research centers.
The dorm system is unique in that it resembles the Harry Potter rooming system. There are different dorm buildings that have their own unique history and traditions, and there are some small rivalries during activities like Beer Bike. This school is also unique in that it is a small school in a big city. This means that students can easily contact their instructors and be known while experienceing the cultural eventsonly available in a big city.
If I could go back, I would tell myself not to be afraid of joining in new activities and clubs at the beginning of the year. I would tell myself to be open to all opportunities and realize college is a time to reinvent myself. I would tell myself that it is okay to move forward in my interests and with my new friends and not to worry too much about the past.
Rice taught me to be more accepting of diversity and of trying new things; it is definitely a place to explore and weigh your...
Rice taught me to be more accepting of diversity and of trying new things; it is definitely a place to explore and weigh your options and figure out who you are and what works for you.
Just because the college applications had a box for declaring your major does not mean that the words you entered in that box must determine your college education. You are not going to know what you want to be so early in life, so don't try to commit so early. Explore your options, because that 14 hours of your psychology major classes and the 6 hours of pre-med classes you will otherwise sign up for your first semester in college will be a complete waste once you realize that you do not want to major in psychology and that you do not want to go to medical school. Relax and have some fun--following a strict path was for high school. Your freshman year should widen your view and have you thinking about possibilities, not turning them down. You do not have to graduate in three years, and college is not solely about getting a degree, although an integral part. But do know that you should always study and give it your one hundred percent in classes--no more slacking, no more procrastinating. College is real.
The people at Rice are great and diverse. Education is flexible: majors and schools is left undeclared until second semester of sophomore year, it is easy to double major, and a pass/fail option is available in case you want to explore around before you commit to anything. Houston weather is great for most of the year.
If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now about college I would have alot of advice to give myself. I would tell my...
If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now about college I would have alot of advice to give myself. I would tell myself to buckle down in my highschool studies and get good grades, take advantage of the free financial aide applications, and sign up for as much scholarships that I qualify for. In highschool, it would have been a big help if I really understood how important it was to have acheived good grades and the impact that it would have made for me in college now. If I had paid more attention in highschool, I would have been able to be placed in higher college classes, instead of taking courses that I already took in highschool. It would have also been nice to know how important and easy the financial aid application and process was, so that I could have avoided paying out of my own pockets my first year in college. Last, if I had hustled more and really followed up on the scholarships out there, paying for college would have been alot more easier.
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