Collaborative Offices

The Office of Academic Advising (OAA) helps students develop a personalized undergraduate experience, but we cannot do so without our collaborative offices, and few students take full advantage of their services without some prompting. Most students intuitively create academic plans that include courses offered by academic departments, but our collaborative offices help students explore options and identify goals to weave into a more holistic and deliberate undergraduate plan. While the list below does not exhaust the many opportunities at Rice, each provides a variety of educational experiences, internships, research, and practical life skills that change the lives of our students. In fact, Rice alumni consistently report that some of their most impactful experiences have stemmed from conversations that started here:

Center for Career Development

The mission of the Center for Career Development (CCD) is to educate, facilitate connections, and empower students to pursue their professional aspirations. The CCD plans and executes the fall and spring career and internship expositions that bring over 200 employers to Rice. They also provide workshops and one-on-one appointments for students to create job application documents and develop a student’s interview skills. 

Center for Civic Leadership

The mission of the Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) is to foster engaged citizenship through integrated curricular and experiential learning opportunities. It provides mediums for the Rice community to engage within the Houston area and the world at large through scholarship, service, and leadership roles.  The CCL supports three tiers of programming:

  • LEARN programs serve as the gateway to civic leadership development, enabling students to deepen their knowledge of society and introducing them to reflective practices that enhance their self-awareness.
  • ACT programs develop students’ civic leadership capacities by pushing them to integrate and apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in a variety of experiential settings.
  • CREATE CHANGE programs provide opportunities for students to make positive, sustainable impacts in their communities. Drawing on knowledge and skills acquired in LEARN and ACT programs, students are prepared to name and frame an issue, design an appropriate and feasible course of action, and collaborate with a partner to achieve meaningful impacts in diverse communities.

Center for Teaching Excellence

The mission of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) is to transform teaching through mentoring, innovative practices, collaboration, scholarship, and advocacy. In order to achieve this mission, the CTE actively engages faculty, students, and staff through a variety of programs and services, including workshops, individual consultations, and campus-wide events.

Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication

The mission of the Center for Written, Oral and Visual Communication (CWOVC) is to help the Rice community develop the communication skills necessary for success. The CWOVC provides resources such as written and oral presentation workshops and one-on-one appointments to help students with their various oral and written drafts. The CWOVC also supports the First-Year Writing Intensive Seminars (FWIS). 

Office of International Students and Scholars

The mission of the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is to provide the best service and support possible for our international visitors. 

Student Success Initiatives

The Office of Student Success Initiatives provides holistic support to any undergraduate student needing assistance in his/her transition to Rice.  If you are uncertain as to where to start, SSI advisors are well versed in helping students develop concrete academic and non-academic strategies for success.  Resources discussed in SSI advising sessions can include information on problem solving, goal setting, time management, and study skills among other topics.

Advisors are available for walk-in appointments between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm or an appointment can be scheduled at

Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services will facilitate reasonable accommodations for students with a wide range of disabilities including learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and physical, psychological, or other medical conditions. Accommodations are academic adjustments, services, and/or equipment that allow a student with a disability to have equal access to academic programs. If you think you may need disability support, complete an online Preliminary Notification of Disability-Related Needs form available at


Student Wellbeing

The Wellbeing and Counseling Center supports student development and success by providing wellbeing advising, confidential counseling and Title IX support. Professional staff in the Center are trained to assist students in getting support and resolving personal challenges. Students are able to seek services for a wide range of mental health issues including feeling stressed or distressed, difficulty making decisions, struggling with identity, creating and maintaining healthy relationships, communication issues, academic concerns and problems that are more serious in nature.

Study Abroad

The mission of the Study Abroad Office is to provide opportunities for students to experience other cultures, improve their foreign language skills and study specialized subjects. Programs are designed to enhance a student’s academic field of study.

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