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5.0 of 5 stars
Residential college system is what distinguishes Rice University from other top 20 schools. As expected, the academics at all of these schools are great (Rice is no exception), but what Rice does best is create a unique social atmosphere that allows for a close-knit community filled with friendly inter-college rivalries and college pride. Harvard and Yale also advertise their own residential college system, but Rice's is way more defining of the overall culture. Definitely check this out to see if you'll like it (most people do) before coming here.
Since summer jobs are easiest to find around Rice, many students endure the summer heat/humidity and it isn't exaggerated (but this is more than made up for by being able to wear flip flops every month of the academic calendar). Parking is kind of a hassle, but for being in the middle of the 4th largest city in the U.S., it's probably worth it.
Can't emphasize enough how much you should look into Rice's residential college system - it is a huge part of the culture here.
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3.0 of 5 stars
Good academics, a lot of big companies from Houston recruit at Rice.
The food is terrible, not a very well-run school, parking is a hassle
Consider the size of the school before you come. I would recommend only if you like being in a small environment.
a great college system that helps navigate your way from the beginning, access to a good job market, small class size
there is less student diversity. too many of them are from texas
if you want to be an engineer, go to grad school, want a job in houston, go to rice.