I'm one of the new admitted students to Rice, and I was wondering about the political atmosphere. I'm fairly conservative, a Trump supporter even, and part of why I applied to Rice was the Texas atmosphere. I'm pretty much committed to attending (paid my deposit!), but after the recent furore over the Pence visit, I was second guessing myself. I know that most colleges are at the very least left-leaning, and I was quite excited to get out of my echo chamber to have my views challenged. However, the protests over the VPs visit were fairly concerning.
I have to ask, will I still be welcomed at Rice, or would I be shunned for my political views?
What really prompted this question were the articles in the Thresher, and in particular, this one: http://www.ricethresher.org/article/2019/04/does-rice-really-want-honest-political-dialogue
Did I make a mistake? Or is this just all colleges these days?