About Us

Our website is dedicated to helping Rice students navigate the abundant advising resources available to them. Please take the time to thoroughly explore our site! Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Mission Statement

Academic Advising at Rice University strives for an unparalleled environment for undergraduates to explore opportunities, identify goals, and implement plans to reach those goals.

Our Role

The Office of Academic Advising (OAA) directs, coordinates and supports campus wide advising by providing training and comprehensive resources to all faculty, staff and student advisors. Training and information sessions address our advising philosophy and model, academic rules and regulations, general graduation requirements, academic resources and  educational opportunities, as well as guidance on advising strategies, techniques, and skills. The OAA also disseminates academic information directly through systematic programming in the residential colleges. Individual advising on general topics is available to all undergraduate students, and specialized advising is afforded to:

  • new students
  • student athletes
  • students interested in health professions
  • pre-law students
  • transfer students
  • readmitted students (or those seeking readmission)
  • students undecided about their major
  • international students
  • students in need of academic support services

Rice’s small size and residential college system allow for the utilization of a unique advising system, referred to as a “split-supplemental model.” Rice’s advising system splits advising between new students and those who have declared majors. Faculty advising is supplemented with a strong support network of trained professional staff and peer student advisors. The advising system offers individual attention to each student by faculty advisors with unique educational perspectives and experiences, while also affording constant access to professional staff members and peer academic advisors.

Advising Philosophy, Theory, and Resources:

National Academic Advising Association

The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal

Chronology of Academic Advising in America

Current Practices in Academic Advising

Help! Do I Have to Advise New Students Too

Characteristics of the Millennial Generation

New York Times – The Residential Collage

Harvard Guide to Happiness

Rice Ranks No 1 In Quality of Life

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