Rice University

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Overview

College guides written by students for students.

Your ultimate source for honest, unbiased information, College Prowler delivers an inside look at the top colleges and universities in the United States. While writing our series of college guides, we felt it was critical that our content was unbiased and unaffiliated with any college or university.

We think it’s important that our readers get honest information and a realistic impression of the student opinions on any college campus—that’s why we intend to publish information about all aspects of a particular college, even the terrible parts you wouldn’t find in a campus brochure. While we do keep an eye out for the occasional extremist—the cheerleader or the cynic—we take pride in letting the college students tell it like it is. We strive to create a college guide that’s as representative as possible of each particular campus. Our guides cover both the good and the bad, and whether the survey responses point to recurring trends or a variation in opinion, these sentiments are directly and proportionally expressed through our guides.

College Prowler guides are in the hands of students throughout the entire process of their creation. Because you can’t make student-written guides without the students, we have students at each college campus who help write, randomly survey their peers, edit, and perform accuracy checks for every college guide that we publish. From the very beginning, student writers gather the most up-to-date stats, facts, and inside information on their colleges. They fill each section with student quotes and summarize the findings in editorial reviews. In addition, each college oruniversity receives a collection of letter grades (A through F) that reflect student opinion and help to represent contentment, prominence, or satisfaction in each of our 20 specific categories. Just as in grade school, the higher the mark the more content, more prominent, or more satisfied the students are with the particular category.

Once a college guide is written, additional college students serve as editors and check for accuracy even more extensively. Our bounce-back team—a group of randomly selected students who have no involvement with the project—are asked to read over the material in order to help ensure that the guide accurately expresses every aspect of the university and its students. This same process is applied to the nearly 300 colleges and universities College Prowler currently covers. Each guide is the result of endless student contributions, hundreds of pages of research and writing, and countless hours of hard work. All of this has led to the creation of a student information network that stretches across the nation to every college that we cover. It’s no easy accomplishment, but it’s the reason that our college guides are such a great resource.

When reading our guides and looking at our college rankings, keep in mind that every college is different and that the students who make up each college are not uniform—as a result, it is important to assess colleges on a case-by-case basis. Because it’s impossible to summarize an entire college with a single number or description, each guide provides a dialogue, not a decision, that’s made up of 20 different topics and hundreds of student quotes. In the end, we hope that this guide will serve as a valuable tool in your college selection process. Enjoy!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427401205
  • Publisher: College Prowler, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/12/2006
  • Series: COLLEGE GDES
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 0.40 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Schwent, a native of the tiny mid-western town of Festus, Missouri, spent her childhood years dabbling in writing, reading, make-believing, and attending summer camps. In high school, she unleashed her inner ham through speech and theater, made beautiful music through marching and concert band, helped to run a few honors and service clubs and organizations, and stayed busily involved in general until graduating valedictorian from Herculaneum High School in 1999. She packed up her things and headed south to the Lone Star State in search of a higher education, a vocational calling, and a livelier social life than Festus had previously provided.Julia spent the next four years at Rice University, thoroughly enjoying her higher education and newfound social life, while still managing to avoid any pesky vocational callings. In college, she continued to pursue her love of fine arts through photography, drawing, and theater (directing, producing, and starring in such shows as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Nunsense, Pippin, and Company). Unable to let go of her childhood, she returned to Missouri to reclaim her summer camp glory days, and spent four summers as a camp counselor, sporting a whistle, a campy nickname, and a vast repertoire of kiddie campfire songs. In addition to writing this book, Julia currently works as a social research assistant for the National Center for Early Development and Learning. She hopes to work abroad in the upcoming year in order to further master the Spanish language, and afterwards plans to pursue graduate studies in the area of her vocational calling, if she should ever happen upon it. Julia would like to thank her family and friends fortheir love, friendship, and unconditional support, and God for guiding her always. She would like to dedicate this book "To Dad, Mom, Laura, and Alex, the most important people in my life, through it all."Feel free to contact Julia at JuliaSchwent@collegeprowler.com.
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Table of Contents

By the Numbers 1
Academics 4
Local Atmosphere 11
Safety & Security 19
Computers 24
Facilities 29
Campus Dining 34
Off-Campus Dining 41
Campus Housing 50
Off-Campus Housing 59
Diversity 65
Guys & Girls 71
Athletics 78
Nightlife 86
Greek Life 98
Drug Scene 102
Campus Strictness 107
Parking 112
Transportation 117
Weather 124
Report Card Summary 128
Overall Experience 129
The Inside Scoop 134
Finding a Job or Internship 148
Alumni 152
Student Organizations 154
The Best & Worst 156
Visiting 158
Words to Know 164
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