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Social Life: Rice is a small to medium-sized school with around 4000 undergraduates, which some like and some dislike. Personally, I enjoy the small atmosphere and it makes me smile every time I see someone I know when I walk around campus. People tend to form their primary social groups through their O-Week groups, residential colleges, clubs, or classes. Academic Life: People love helping each other out at Rice. I haven't experienced the toxic competition that I experienced in high school during my time at Rice, and I'm really grateful that both professors and students strive to foster a collaborative environment. I've felt supported by professors and TAs in most classes, and professors are very accessible and responsive to email.
Personally, I don't have any major complaints about Rice, but I think one thing to consider is that Rice is a fairly small school. For those who dislike seeing someone they know every time they walk on campus or want to be with people they don't know from time to time, this might not be ideal. In addition, hurricanes and rain can get pretty bad from time to time but it's manageable.
The academics at Rice are among the best in the United States, the professors are almost always wonderful, and there are boundless opportunities on campus, but the best part of Rice University is the residential college system. If you are looking for a truly unique, inclusive, supportive, and above all fun experience, look into the residential colleges at Rice. The residential colleges turn a school with strong academics into something truly special.
The one negative aspect of Rice University is the price tag. If you can't qualify for financial aid or can't get enough scholarship money to cover tuition, attending college at Rice is prohibitively expensive. However, Rice does tend to be very generous with need-based financial aid.
Culture of care.
Excellent opportunities and bonding!
Sometimes it may be too small.