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People are really friendly and receiving.AverageChemistry
People are really friendly and receiving. If you don't have friends when school starts you will if you engage in clubs or other on campus activities. The dorms are generally quiet with the exception of some rooms playing music louder than necessary and being noisy, I was lucky to be in a generally quiet part of the dorm. Teachers are said to be slightly intimidating although if you are like me and have been surrounded by strict teachers before, they are actually really friendly and willing to help out. The teachers aren't there to make you fail but rather to succeed as much as possible. The Chemistry program is very good and, by looking at Rice's General Chemistry review sheets, I feel like I was able to learn the same material as in other top notch schools in my required courses. We are getting a new science building next year which means we will get improved labs, so that's always fun. The school also is apart of HOSA which tries to help Pre-Med students get into Medical Schools by connecting them to research opportunities, helping them get community service hours, and get tutoring help for the MCAT among other things.

The school boasts about its Philosophy program and I can see why as there seems to be no limits on it in comparison to other schools programs. You get to understand the ancients and modern thinkers while learning how to critically think and ask better questions. Although, as a disclaimer, your teacher isn't going to tell you all the answers or be able to cover everything about the philosophers and their philosophies in the intro classes which is why the library is such a big bonus (Although I wish they would get even more books still). If you go to the second floor and go to the section on the right, on the end of the right side of the right side you will find the Graduate philosophy collection, which is rather impressive even though some of the books are written in different languages. There you can find multiple books on the most famous philosophers to date. The only downside is you can't check those kinds of books out so you have to read them in the library. The scientific books are in the basement and there are a lot of good books on Chemistry, Organic chemistry and even inorganic chemistry. One might read those books to prepare for the more rigorous classes.

At this school, even if you are a science major, be prepared for essays, lots of essays... And don't do the the night before either because it won't end well.

Grades for each class are usually more dependent on Tests and there are usually very few tests in a semester so if you bomb one you usually can't recover very well.

As for the people there, there are a variety of people so you can find all kinds of humans. The school is mostly Hispanic so there is a strong Latino culture but I couldn't tell you much about it even though I'm Hispanic because I never got involved.

Another thing to note is that the school is really Catholic and some of the students are too. That might be a downside to most people but the student Catholics aren't really out to convert anyone else (usually it's the reverse that happens) but that makes for a rather libertarian or conservative campus with a sprinkle of liberalism here and there. Ultimately the campus is pretty balanced for it so, for example, after the elections the campus life continued without any disruptions. There were no angry protests or rallies and the Muslim and the Hispanic population was left alone. The most we got were the more opinionated teachers on both sides of the spectrum questioning us about the election in a tranquil fashion. (Of course I'm not in a PoliSci class so I wouldn't be able to tell you what happened there)I find this advantageous as a community on campus and thus it also makes the student body feel more safe.

1st Year Female -- Class 1920
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Campus Aesthetics: B
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This University has absolutelyBusiness - Management and Administration
This University has absolutely no reputation within the business world. Good luck getting a real job with a degree from this institution. Career services is an absolute disgrace.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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The Bad: Each class costs about $2100! TheBrightBiology
The Bad: Each class costs about $2100! The incomming freshman scholarships are good but the best will only pay about 1/3 of the cost. It's pretty expensive and unless you're in line for some major financial aid cash you'll be paying for most of it out of pocket or in loans. The food choices are terrible on campus. There's the cafeteria with burgers and pizza and then some sort of chicken everyday and then a quiznos and smoothie place. Plus you're charged PER food item you get and everything closes at 7:00pm. The school won't allow you to take summer school anywhere but there. The core requirement needs a ton of Theology and Philosophy classes that are NOT blowoff classes. They require alot of work and reading and are all Catholic based (due to it being a Catholic University). The Biology Program also does Service Learning Projects where they expect you to find community service projects having to do with the subject and log in a certain amount of hours. The Good: The campus is beautiful with lots of trees, it's like a big park. Dorms are the best I've seen and living in them was a good experience. Of course you're in downtown Houston so there's always something to do and even though it's "dry campus" there's house parties and clubs to go to every day of the week. Also you get into things like the zoo and museums for free if you're into that kind of thing. The Biology program is top notch and extremely challenging and the staff is extremely helpful with anything you may need. The campus is small so you're teacher will know you're name and you'll be saying hey to everyone you pass on your way to classes because everybody knows everybody (if you like that).
1st Year Female -- Class 2015
Surrounding City: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: C-
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