Houston, TX
Rice University


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Recent Reviews

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

Rice is a small university (in some ways resembling a liberal arts college but with good engineering and natural sciences) th...

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

Rice is a small university (in some ways resembling a liberal arts college but with good engineering and natural sciences) that is strong academically and has a quirky/interesting student body.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Rice is very strong in the following academic areas: engineering, natural sciences, music and architecture. It is a very small school in Texas, a state where everything else is big. As far as the student body goes: they are very smart, not very sexual, quirky, introverted but still like to party, liberal for Texas and religious. The social scene at Rice is unique in that there are no fraternities or sororities--there is instead a system of residential colleges holding a friendly rivalry with one another.

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

Your academic interests may change while in college. Therefore, it would be wise to select a college with a well-rounded academic reputation if you are unsure of your interests. Visit a college before you decide to attend it--make sure that your lifestyle is compatible with the school and keep location in mind. While in college, focus primarily on academics and your future career. At the same time, do not lose sight of other other (non-academic) opportunities that exist in college. Now ignore my advice--you must make your college experience your own and live for yourself.

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

The best 4 years I have experienced in my life.

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

The best 4 years I have experienced in my life.

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

Make sure that the students choose a college that is the best fit for them, whether this is the programs associated with the college, extra curricular activities, surrounding environment, school size, etc. Parents, though it is tempting to want the best for your child and to provide "guidance" for his/her decision, parents must realize that utlimately the student will be spending 4 years of his/her life incollege. 4 years at a college that the student loves is a life changing experience.

What's unique about your campus?

The people, curriculum, and school life is amazing.

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

Focus more on the atmosphere of the university rather than its prestige when making a college decision. If you work hard, you...

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

Focus more on the atmosphere of the university rather than its prestige when making a college decision. If you work hard, you can find opportunities regardless of wherever you choose to attend. However, if you make a decision solely based on the prestige of an university, you may miss out on a truly worthwhile experience.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The inability of the administration to take student needs and wants into account when making decisions.

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

The science departments take up so much of the school's financial resources that the social science departments seem to suffer as a result.

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

First look through college books to get an idea for what is out there and then try to go the the campus for as many as possib...

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

First look through college books to get an idea for what is out there and then try to go the the campus for as many as possible. You can read all day but until you actually experience it first hand you don't really know what it is like. TRUST YOUR GUT. If you step onto a campus and it doesn't feel right, then it may not be right for you, but if you walk on the campus and suddenly feel at home then it is probobly a good fit.

What's unique about your campus?

The Residential College System.Upon entering Rice you are immediatly part of a community without having to worry about what fraternity or sorority to join. Also it allows you to get to know people you never would have met otherwise.

Kimberly
Describe the students at your school.

People at Rice are so different in their interests, cultures, personalities, talents, etc, but everyone has a venue to expres...

Describe the students at your school.

People at Rice are so different in their interests, cultures, personalities, talents, etc, but everyone has a venue to express/enjoy themselves, from college sports to acapella music groups, cultural festivals to crazy campus traditions (think, world record largest water balloon fight), and everyone is 'smart,' we all came from the top of our highschool classes, but at Rice everyone sort of fans out into their particular nitche.

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

It's always a good idea to choose a school with a strong department in the area you think you'll want to study. But plans and majors change, and in the end, you'll be happiest with your experience if you were able to fit in well with the other students and community surrounding your school. If you're Texan, be careful about choosing schools in the north (they have 'real' snow!), or if you've been close to your family all growing up, don't move so far away that you can only fly home once a semester. Pick a school that offers more than just the academics that interest you. Even if you want to study engineering, if you play an instrument and want to keep it up, think about a college with a good music school, where you can join an orchestra with non-music majors. Think about the city you choose - after freshman year, you may want to venture outside of campus, where a larger city could offer pro-sports teams and big concerts or a wider variety of interesting restaurants. Maybe you'd be comfortable in a smaller town, something to consider as well.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I think the most frustrated I ever felt was dealing with the Cashier's office, which doesn't communicate so well with the Financial Aid office, or the office of the Registrar. I felt like I was just a go-between, and such ridiculous amounts of legwork between offices on the same floor of the same building was a little unreasonable. This isn't to say that the staff themself weren't very friendly - certain among them were really great and helpful.

Gianmarco
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Research, engineering, quality of academics

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Research, engineering, quality of academics

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

Believe in your dreams and try the best you can, you would be surprised of what you can achieve. Believe in yourself!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Everyone can fit so long as he/she is open-minded and willing to accept differences...and to work hard.

Kathryn
Describe the students at your school.

Students here range from artsy and academically indifferent (minority of students) to academically intense and career-driven ...

Describe the students at your school.

Students here range from artsy and academically indifferent (minority of students) to academically intense and career-driven (majority of students).

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Rice's living arrangements are carefully constructed using the college system to create a very close-knit community. We are a small school with a big reputation for academic excellence.

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

The most important advice I can give to students is to study what you are passionate about. When I first came to college, my only goal was to prepare for medical school so I could be a doctor and make a lot of money. Along the way I realized that my true passion was in bioengineering. Although becoming a bioengineer is not quite as lucrative, I will have the academic background to choose jobs I love for the rest of my life. Take the classes you like with everything you have. Form close relationships with people you look up to. Use college as an opportunity to create your life and your passions. There are many students who follow the dreams of their parents without passion or success. They seem so unhappy to me. Parents, allow your children to choose their own future. I will always be thankful for my parents' support and understanding. College is an incredible rites of passage--a safe place to explore the world as an adult for the first time. Live it for yourself.

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

Find a college that is extremely expansive when it comes to different disciplines. That way, if you don't know what you want ...

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

Find a college that is extremely expansive when it comes to different disciplines. That way, if you don't know what you want to do, you can find that out in college. If you're set on what you want to do, find a college that is either very well rounded and developed in areas of your interest.

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

Mostly about how friendly the society is and how abundant in knowledge it is. Its extremly accessible and everything is sitting at your fingertips.

Ariana
Describe the students at your school.

People who are incredibly bright, friendly, humble, and hilarious all rolled up into one.

Describe the students at your school.

People who are incredibly bright, friendly, humble, and hilarious all rolled up into one.

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

Don't make judgements about at school or it's students until you've visited. Preconceived notions are the most dangerous aspect in choosing a university. Be sure to take a visit with a clear mind and no judgements. Sit in on a class, and ask students if this is a typical class for that university. Get the students talking. They were in your shoes once and are often eager to help.

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

The classes are incredibly difficult but that's why it's a top-tier institution.

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

Rice University is a medium sized university in Houston, TX full of highly intelligent and diverse students who study all fie...

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

Rice University is a medium sized university in Houston, TX full of highly intelligent and diverse students who study all fields of learning and who work to succeed in the betterment of the human ability.

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

Don't cross off any colleges for silly reasons. If you're unsure, be sure to visit.

What's unique about your campus?

The residential college system (think like Harry Potter housing, minus the personality quiz) allows for an automatic home and community for students. This allows for a great college experience both socially and academically, for you automtically have friends, as well as people to study with.

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

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