Rice University Reviews

  • 83 Reviews
  • Houston (TX)
  • Annual Tuition: $47,350
100% of 83 students said this degree improved their career prospects
100% of 83 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

onja Razafindratsima
  • Reviewed: 6/1/2014
  • Degree: Biology
"Rice is an excellent school with supportive faculty."
Rajoshi Biswas
  • Reviewed: 6/1/2014
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"The electrical engineering graduate program offers a great deal of freedom to the student to pursue challenging problems that they feel passionate about and encourage collaborations, multi-disciplinary projects. The close proximity to Texas Medical Center, the world's biggest medical center, allows good collaborative projects."
Xin Chen
  • Reviewed: 11/19/2013
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"Pros: Professors here are extremely knowledgeable and patient. The campus here is the most beautiful one among hundreds of universities I have ever visited. With no doubt that you would get whatever source you need in academic field or in career paths. Most courses are very well developed. New courses are being created and modified each semester. Seminars, as mandatory for graduate students, provides students great opportunities to meet with different professionals from other top universities, and to get to know latest techs in various fields. Cons: The way to manage honor code system might be the only con from my point of view (however, on the other hand it can be viewed as a pro, since it guarantees the academic discipline and education quality): The graders here are quite sensitive and suspicious -- sometimes mis-report the case, which often negatively affect the involvers' regular study."
Debashis Dash
  • Reviewed: 11/19/2013
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"I was fortunate to have an opportunity to come to Rice and do my M.S. and Ph.D. I love the environment at Rice with friendly and top notch professors, intelligent students and helpful staff. Good recreational facilities, inter-departmental activities and international programs make it a more enjoyable stay here. All the inbuilt support networks like OISS, Media center, Professional communications, music school, etc. add to the all round developement of the academic and non-academic abilities of all students."
Mayank Kumar
  • Reviewed: 11/19/2013
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"It is more like a family, everyone helping each other out and improving the system. Every school has some great things, and some not-so-great things, but here you get to work and improve yourself and your school collectively."
Shiqiu Lu
  • Reviewed: 11/6/2013
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"The courses are diverse, you can choose different kinds of courses from economics, management, biology, and statistics. Also the program provides a lot of networking opportunities. It's interesting and equipped you with knowledge in different fields."
William Rothwell
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2013
  • Degree: Sociology
"I absolutely love my program and am extremely happy with the decision that I made. The faculty are top-notch and the graduate students are all extremely supportive of one another. Overall, it is an amazing learning environment and I am extremely grateful."
Zhengjia Wang
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2013
  • Degree: Mathematics
"I'm saying about Mstat program in Rice University. 1.Life in Rice is quite convenient and pleasant. However, 2. it can be also very tiring if you do want to learn well. 3. Usually you can choose direction like banking, consulting, machine learning or bio-stat freely and 4. it's very easy to get jobs here. Most students work in oil companies, banks, M.D.Anderson or other institutions after graduation. However, the department is small and seldom directly get phD students from overseas. For MStat students, you may find it tiring at the beginning. However, it will pay off some day."
Heather Dial
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2013
  • Degree: Psychology
"I feel that the department has a lot to offer a student, but there are several major shortcomings. First, funding for stipend feels barely above the poverty line...18,500 is a ridiculous amount of money to be paid for the amount of work we do. Further, we are not allowed to unionize, which makes fighting for a better stipend difficult. Second, I think that the university could do a bit more to help with networking. I am fortunate to have an advisor that goes above and beyond the other advisors."
Andrew Baker
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2013
  • Degree: History
"Rice's history doctoral program maintains high standards and a rigorous workload without the cutthroat competition and high stress level of other programs."
Shams Imam
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2013
  • Degree: Computer Science
"The low student to faculty ratio means you can get quality time spent with your professor and almost weekly personal meetings. This coupled with an excellent research program (one that suits my interests) means the work I'm doing is very interesting. Additional perks are the department funded opportunities to travel to conferences of my choice."
Ian Lowrie
  • Reviewed: 11/4/2013
  • Degree: Anthropology
"The program is fantastic, given that you do your research and are here for the right reasons. Rather focused in its ethnographic specialties. Theoretically oriented."
S K
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2013
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"I think this is a great program for working adults looking to expand their intellectual mind outside of the work place."
Benjamin Shashack
  • Reviewed: 7/18/2013
  • Degree: Business
"Rice's professional MBA program is a full time program, but they have designed the courses, workload, and learning environment to allow you to complete the program while working full time. The entire support program from admissions, professors, Career Services, is A+."
Elaine Phillips
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2013
  • Degree: MBA
"The MBA program at Rice is rigorous, but well worth it. You are truly getting a world-class education here. I was blown about by the breadth of opportunities outside the classroom here. The career services are close in contact with students and employers to help everyone achieve their professional goals. Additionally, the generosity and strength of the alumni network is a great asset to this program."
Bin Huang
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2013
  • Degree: Chemistry
"Rice is good, and it is a place to do some real research!"
Yongji Gong
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2013
  • Degree: Chemistry
"Great school! I have a good life and enjoy the research here!"
Ra Raphael
  • Reviewed: 1/6/2013
  • Degree: Business
"The MBA program at Rice has surpassed all my expectations and has provided all the opportunities I could ask for coming out of business school. The career center is an excellent resource for students and I am proud to say that I am part of the Rice family."
Jeff Dickerson
  • Reviewed: 1/6/2013
  • Degree: Business
"Excellent education, peers, career center, and school overall."
Wolf von der R.
  • Reviewed: 1/5/2013
  • Degree: Business
"The Rice MBA is very competitive (not in a sick way) and it will require thorough preparation and hard work (make no mistake, workload is almost insane, and your social life away from school is close to zero, but it is worth it). In return you will be rewarded with a top and relevant business education, excellent faculty and peer atmosphere. Almost everybody is quite easy to be around (students and faculty) and the campus cannot be better. I feel incredibly calm walking around it and the school is a stone's throw away from a very good gym. Diversity in terms of international students is excellent; although most nationals are from Texas. Network is very decent (it is limited since both Rice's undergrad and graduate population is small) but almost everybody is willing to help. The school and program per se is INCREDIBLY reputable in Houston and Texas, but away from the State it is not as known...still, why would you want to leave Houston?!"