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Rice University


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Recent Reviews

Brianna
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A great place to culture yourself and learn about yourself before you go into the world.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A great place to culture yourself and learn about yourself before you go into the world.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell myself to organize my time well. As an incoming student athlete, the transition between my high school and a University like Rice could prove to be a very difficult obstacle to overcome.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who is serious about academics and who is open minded and eager to learn about cultures different from their own.

Ross
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Architecture & Engineering, and generally being an incredible school with a great student atmosphere: sometimes called the Pr...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Architecture & Engineering, and generally being an incredible school with a great student atmosphere: sometimes called the Princeton of the South.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't wait around for the oppurtunities to come along - go out and pursue them!

What kind of person should attend this school?

One must be extremely intelligent, but relaxed enough to have a lot of fun - Rice isn't for everyone, there is a mutual respect and bond with all of the other students. This IS NOT the conventional college experience.

Julia
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

I live in the fourth biggest city in the country, yet I can go weeks without leaving campus. If asked where I'm from, I resp...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

I live in the fourth biggest city in the country, yet I can go weeks without leaving campus. If asked where I'm from, I respond with my college. If I go to the library at midnight, there's a good chance I might not be able to find a free computer. I worship the baseball team. I was a pre-med until orgo made me its two semester bitch, now i'm an academ. Beer bike is the biggest event of the year, yet 90% of people pass out before the races even begin. I am an Owl.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advice would be to visit the schools and get a feeling for the enviroment. If at all possible, they should do an overnight to see what the social scene is really like. There is nothing like visiting the campus and just knowing that this is where you belong. If you're like me, it may not be what you were looking for on paper, but in person it is all you could ask for and more. Also, talk about the school with current students. Alumni are useful, but may not have the current "411." Lastly, parents, "Lay off!" You're not re- visiting you're college years, let you're kid pick the school that's right for them, it may not be an Ivy, but they'll be a lot happier and get so much more out of the college experience if they're at a school they WANT to be at.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I feel like a lot of kids at my school are very tightly wound and way too concerned about their GPA or grad school, and they don't give enough thought to pursue other intrests. As a music major, I am very artistic and open to new, creative ways to express myself and how to grow as an individual. People at Rice, are too set in a very narrow track without wanting to expand their horizons.

Alexandra
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you are able to, go visit the college while it is in session so you can get a feel for how the classes are. At the same t...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you are able to, go visit the college while it is in session so you can get a feel for how the classes are. At the same time, you can get an idea of the students that attend the college. Staying overnight would be the best option so the prospective student can really gain a good understanding of all that makes up the university, during the day and night. Make sure to do extensive research on each university you are applying to so you are able to consider everything you would like the college to have. Once you select a university to attend, try to get as involved as possible to take advantage of all the opportunities available. Try being part of something you may find interesting but have never done in the past. Those are always the most rewarding experiences. Take classes that you find interesting, especially if you are undecided in your major. The major will come later. At the same time, continuously try to identify your primary interests and your skills to make your academic experience the most valuable.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Rice is the college system. It is similar to the Greek system but without the fees. The college system allows a random assortment of students, of all areas of study, to live together in their "college" or dorm for their entire undergraudate career. This way, you become part of a unique community and you get to know a good number of people really well. You still have many opportunities to meet people from the other 10 colleges but it is nice to know you have a family to come "home" to.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Rice is very geared for engineering students. Its other fields of studies are expanding greatly, which is really good, but there are still more opportunities available for engineers. When there are job fairs, most of the representatives that come are primarily from the engineering and science industry. A lot of times, humanities and social sciences students feel they don't have too many options besides business or law school, or going into consulting, because our career services program does not do too good of a job presenting these students will all their options.

Hadley
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Rice is intelligent, quirky, and fun. We have lots of school (and college) pride and love to show that off!

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Rice is intelligent, quirky, and fun. We have lots of school (and college) pride and love to show that off!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If you're able to do so, visit the campuses that interest you. Rice University wasn't one of my top choices until I took a campus tour and met some of its students; after that it became my top choice. Meet students! Ask them questions about things you might not be able/want to ask professors and admissions. For example, ask them about social life, the party scene, how students interact, etc. Gather as much information as you can! You'll be spending the next four years of your life there. Sit in on classes. If you can, sit in on an upper-level class in a subject that interests you, because after the first year, this is where you'll be spending your time.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I think the college system is one of the best things about Rice. It completely replaces the frats/sororities that other universities have; instead, these become your social network center, yet there are still plenty of activities around campus that allow you to meet people from other colleges. The people, too, are some of the most interesting and engaging people I've ever met. You can find people of all different religions, races, ethnicites, etc., and actually have a conversation with any of them.

Arianna
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go where your heart leads you to go, no matter the distance and be prepared for a lot of work mixed with a ton of fun. Don't ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go where your heart leads you to go, no matter the distance and be prepared for a lot of work mixed with a ton of fun. Don't take hard classes your first semester, just get used to college life, because you have plenty of time for the hard stuff. Enjoy yourself, but not too much that your work starts to suffer. Go out with friends, try new things and when you look back on your college years, you'll know you made the right decision and picked the perfect school.

What's unique about your campus?

The residential college system that creates a bond that is unbreakable. Orientation week is coordinated by each college and it was the start of an incredible first year at college. My transition was smooth and my memories are countless. Rice University is equal on an academic level to Harvard but with the relaxed atmosphere of UCLA. There is no place like Rice University.

Malinda
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Rice is known for science and engineering, which also goes hand in hand with producing dozens of pre-med students. Rice also ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Rice is known for science and engineering, which also goes hand in hand with producing dozens of pre-med students. Rice also has an amazing baseball team, other than that sports are generally considered a joke. The same goes for majors outside of engineering, architecture and science, good luck with an english major from Rice, it won't take you far. Rice is also known for a giant endownment, along with many associates who live in the area and often frequent the campus either to interact with students, lecture, or to submit large donations.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding a college that is a fit is incredibly difficult. Just because its Harvard doesn't mean its the best school for YOU. I highly recommend visiting all the colleges and universities you're interested in applying to during the week and on the weekend to truly get a sense of campus life. Ask to attend a class, to which most colleges will be more than accomodating. Talk to students on campus of different backgrounds, don't take the advice of a single tour guide to reflect the entire school, remember its their job to impress you. Once you've found you're dream school and you're there, know that you'll get as much out of it as you put in. Freshman year can be make or break for a social life, academic career, notariety in campus clubs, internship opportunities, and professor relations. Remember that if you're at a competitive school, the game isn't over after you're accepted. If you choose a top 20 school, expect to be studying, applying for scholarships, and making academic and career connections from the very beginning because thats what who you're going to be competing against later.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Rice is the name. Its like buying Gucci over Walmart. Well Harvard is Gucci, Rice is more like Banana Republic. Employers and graduate schools recognise the name, which makes you look better than others in the pack. Also its got amazing financial aid for those who need it. There are also a plethora of scholarships that are specific to the school, but as a warning most of those go to the pre-meds and engineers, the same kids over and over who have amazing gpas and teachers in their back pockets.

Caroline
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are generally very accepting of everyone they encounter; they are inviting and well-meaning but occasionally ca...

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are generally very accepting of everyone they encounter; they are inviting and well-meaning but occasionally can be inconsiderate if they don't know someone's situation outside of school, although they don't mean to be.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Engineering and other science related fields. I am an English and Theater major and recieve very little support from the administration. Our administration is most concerned with science fields and therefore those departments recieve most of the funding. It's very unfortunate.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important thing to make the most of your college experience is to not limit yourself. There is so much to do on any college campus that just because you may not have any experience doing something doesn't mean you shouldn't try it. Try everything! These are the things you end up wanting to do for the rest of your life, or even if you don't, they are great opportunities to meet new people. College is about new experiences. Try everything! For real! Don't limit yourself by what other people say or what your parents tell you. And you don't always have to worry about your future career. I was worried about my career for half of my time in college when I should have been just doing things I was interested in. Try new things! That is the best advice I can give anyone.

Alexandra
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Rice is an academically-rigorous university, structured much like Hogwarts from Harry Potter since it has dorms called colleg...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Rice is an academically-rigorous university, structured much like Hogwarts from Harry Potter since it has dorms called colleges. These colleges become your home for the 4 years (or more you are at Rice). There are still ample opportunities to meet students outside of your college. The orientation program is fantastic and people are really friendly.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Findint the right college is really important for students and it is a long process. If it is possible, visit as many colleges as you (the student) are interested in, preferably while school is in session. This will allow you to get a good sense of classes, and the social life on campus (whether people are friendly, what goes on on a daily basis, extracurriculars available). It is very important to do a lot of research on each university to which you are applying. Everything you are interested in, anything you are involved in at your high school that you want to continue, anything new that you would like to try, academics, athletics. should be researched because this may help you as you narrow down your college choices. Do not take financial ability into account until the end, for you don't want to narrow down too soon. Don't get too stressed with work or you may not enjoy the years that go by fast. While in college, feel free to try as many new activtities because college comes only once and these experiences can turn out to be fantastic!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Students who are really prepared for the intensity of the academic workload should attend Rice. Students must be able to manage their time appropriately so as to not get really stressed out with all the work. Students should also be very open to new things and experiences, for there are many activities in which to participate at Rice. No particular person should attend Rice since it accomodates pretty much everyone!

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

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