Houston is the fourth-largest city in the U.S. With a ton of restaurants, shopping, music venues, museums, and theatres, Houston is a great city for college students, and is easily accessible from Rice’s campus. There’s also a beach and a 1,466 acre wood nearby for the sunbathers and mountain bikers.
Residential College System
Students at Rice have a different campus living experience than most. Freshmen are assigned to one of 11 residential colleges, each of which has their own dining halls, common areas, and dorms. Most students live in their residential college, and maintain membership in their college throughout their entire time as an undergrad. Through their college students can participate in events, student government, trips, and discussions, adding to the intellectual diversity of campus life and creating a strong feeling of community within each college.
Rice has ranked in Best Value lists a number of times over. Princeton Review ranked Rice #10 for great financial aid; Fiske dubbed Rice a “Best Buy School”; and Kiplinger ranked Rice #4 best value among private universities. A great school that’s also a great value? That’s what we like to hear.