1. To begin with, how prestigious is Rice Arch? Say in comparison to Cornell or other known programs.
I think it is very prestigious. The Rice preceptor program (internship) places students in some of the best firms in the world renzo Piano, KPF, SOM, etc.). Most of them get job offers to come back after graduation.
2. Employ-ability. What sort of jobs could I expect? (Please elaborate experience and money wise)
A large number of graduates end up going back to their preceptor firms. But I think a Rice degree will serve you del anywhere you choose to go.
3. Is it super competitive like I've heard? With 24 kids only?
Yes, it is a very small class.