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Rice University


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Recent Reviews

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

Rice is a great university that will challenge you academically as well as provide you with a great quality of life.

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

Rice is a great university that will challenge you academically as well as provide you with a great quality of life.

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

You need to make sure and visit all of the schools you are deciding between. Schools look great on paper, and until you actually get there and walk around the campus it will be impossible to determine which one is right for you. Also, make sure you find a school that allows for an open learning environment. Too many colleges have become competitive to the point where students no longer feel comfortable working on assignments together. College should be a time when individuals not only learn academica subjects and grow intellectually, but also where they mature and develop on a personal and social level.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A close-minded person who is looking to go through college alone.

Arindam
Describe the students at your school.

Everyone is very sociable and concerned in your future.

Describe the students at your school.

Everyone is very sociable and concerned in your future.

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

The most important thing to consider is a good fit for your individual needs.

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

Take your time and start thinking about what you want early! Also, don't set your heart on some specific place or type of ex...

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

Take your time and start thinking about what you want early! Also, don't set your heart on some specific place or type of experience. It's important to be flexible and positive. No college experience is ideal, but you will have a much better time if you are making the best of things rather than looking for problems!

What kind of person should attend this school?

The usual Rice studnet was a "dork" in high school, but everyone is very intelligent and interesting!

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

The campus is beautiful and living in houston is really great!

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

Finding the right college is all about visiting. You can't know if a place will fit you until you go there and see it first-h...

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

Finding the right college is all about visiting. You can't know if a place will fit you until you go there and see it first-hand. It is possible for a place to look great on paper, but to rub you the wrong way when you visit, just as it is possible for a place to sound terrible on paper but fit like a glove when you go there. To make the most of your college experience, GET INVOLVED! Don't wait to start volunteering for organizations, running for positions, attending events, and doing all of the things that college offers. You'll meet people, make friends, and find out alot about yourself by getting involved in happenings around campus.

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

There is low accountability for professors to be good teachers rather than just good researchers.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish that I had known how much emphasis was given to science and engineerings studies, sometimes to the detriment of the humanities.

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

The college one chooses will shape the rest of their life, I urge students looking at colleges to take an active role in evaluating both their potential colleges and their own future goals. It is important for parents to advice their children, not to make the decision for them. Students should do all the research they can as well as take opportunities such as overnight stays when they are available. Choosing a college is an exciting yet important time in ones life, and the decision should be made only after adequate research.

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

Academics and the unique campus-wide social events.

Emily
Describe the students at your school.

Rice students are absolutely unique: conversations can drift from politics to repairing hard drives to Super Smash Brothers ...

Describe the students at your school.

Rice students are absolutely unique: conversations can drift from politics to repairing hard drives to Super Smash Brothers to a local indie band in a span of 3 minutes. We are all incredibly driven, talented, and curious individuals. Everyone at Rice is also incredibly friendly! There's a fair mix of people, and you can probably find all types if you look. Some examples of large people-groups on campus are: gamers, the environmentally conscious, religiously affiliated, technophiles, motivated sign-up-for-everything "doers", nerds, and partiers. None of these groups is mutually exclusive, and this yields some amazing people.

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

Choose schools with great consideration. Be honest about who you are and what you want out of your university experience. Make friends wisely. Relax; odds are, you'll turn out just fine.

What's unique about your campus?

The residential college system is one of our greatest assets. It provides a unique microcosmic glimpse of the university, and makes the school feel smaller and more closely-knit. I also am very appreciative of the independence the university's administration gives students. Each of the residential colleges is self-governed and the administration trusts us to maintain order among ourselves.

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

Put as much time and effort into the application process as possible, because your competition will always be working as hard...

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

Put as much time and effort into the application process as possible, because your competition will always be working as hard or harder than you. Once admitted, select the college that "just feels right" over the more prestigious school if you want to have a happy four years there. Make friends, get involved IN THINGS THAT INTEREST YOU, but don't lose track of your schoolwork--it is the primary reason you're here, and everything else should take backseat. Have fun, stay sane, but always remember that the best times of your life are still ahead.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone career- or academically-focused. This is not the place for partiers, or to goof around and waste your parents' tuition money.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Academic seriousness of peers, workload.

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

Grades are not the most important things in college, even if you are a pre-medical student. The most important thing is to f...

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

Grades are not the most important things in college, even if you are a pre-medical student. The most important thing is to find yourself and discover what you love and want to do. Studying is important, but do not neglect your social life and meeting new friends in the attempt to get into the best med school or grad school. Getting into the best medical school, but not having the network to back you up is miserable, remember to find the right balance for yourself.

What's unique about your campus?

I think the best thing about our school is the fact that everyone is so helpful and friendly. People help each other on problem sets and studies and you can trust people to turn in your homework for you withotu worrying about sabotage like other schools of the same caliber. Also, the no-cheating policy at our school is also wonderful in that it enforces professor-student trust.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I think it would have been nice to know about the partying scene prior to coming to school in that it was a lot more intense than I had imagined it to be. However, both drinkers and non-drinkers are at ease at parties and if you are a non-drinker, you will never be pressured to drink by your peers, which is another wonderful thing about Rice students.

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

A potential college student should choose a school that they best feel comfortable at and not a school that necesarily gives ...

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

A potential college student should choose a school that they best feel comfortable at and not a school that necesarily gives them the most money or has the highest academic ranking. Also, don't go to a school just because your friends from high school go there or nearby because chances are you won't even talk to them much after the first year and you'll meet bettter, life-long friends during freshmen orinetation or shortly afterwards.

What kind of person should attend this school?

People who are extremely academically orientied but not very sociable.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The lack of support for athletics. Also, if people aren't doing well in school, they tend to be shunned instead of being helped.

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

Rice is a really cohesive community because of the residential college system. The residential college system makes life inte...

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

Rice is a really cohesive community because of the residential college system. The residential college system makes life interesting and creates a strong focus on an enjoyable undergraduate experience.

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

Applying to college should be one of the most exciting experiences in a young persons life, not a period of unending stress. Finding the right college can be very difficult, but remember that there is a university out there that will fit all of your needs. In addition to universities own websites, there are hundreds of websites and other resources that you can use to get a feel for campuses across the country. Do not skimp on research! Pick a range of schools that you find attractive and spend more time getting to know those school. Ideally visit each school so your can get a chance to interact with students. Spend plenty of time working or your applications and make sure that your essays express genuine sentiments. Once you get to college the most important thing you can do is approach everything with an open mind. In order to get the most out of college spend your first semester exploring everything your university has to offer, from clubs to classes. Try new things and do not commit to a specific major just yet. Being undecided might be one of the best choices you ever make.

What's unique about your campus?

I think the best thing about Rice is how helpful and open the whole university is. From professors to students everyone always seems to help out in and out of the classroom.

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  • 3,893
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $43,918
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