Freshman Year

When you arrive for Orientation Week (O-Week), your College Magister and O-Week PAA teams will present you with an Introduction to Academics at Rice, a preview of which can be found below. Throughout the week, you will have numerous chances to interact with members of our advising community, including current students from your college and from other colleges, members of Rice’s distinguished faculty, and staff members, all of whom are available to support you throughout your time at Rice. O-Week is also the time for students to start exploring the array of academic opportunities at Rice and register for courses for their first semester.

Before arriving for O-Week, be sure to watch our 4-part series below, Introduction to Academics. This series of 4 videos will introduce to you:

  • Part I – Community of Advising
  • Part II – Graduation Requirements
  • Part III – O-Week and Course Planning
  • Part IV – Academic Assistance

At Rice, our hope is that you will create for yourself a rewarding individualized undergraduate experience. Your first year should be a time of exploration and discovery rather than a time to rush through as many requirements as possible. There are many excellent academic opportunities for you to consider, so we challenge you to choose and deeply pursue those that will help you reach your personal, academic, and professional goals. A few suggestions for your first year:

    • Reference your General Announcements for information on academics rules and regulations. Bookmark the Academic Calendar for important academic deadlines.
    • Schedule an appointment within the first few weeks to meet your Divisional Advisor. It will be good to put a face with a name and establish a relationship in case you have questions at any point.
    • Enjoy some of the events sponsored by your Peer Academic Advisors and get to know these fellow students who have a special interest in helping you navigate your way through Rice.
    • Begin to develop intellectual and personal relationships with the Faculty Associates at your college as well as faculty members across campus. We know from experience that those relationships help shape the choices students make throughout their time at Rice and beyond.
    • We know you will be busy with your coursework, but there is a lot of learning that goes on outside of the classroom, too. Throughout the year, academic departments and offices within the Division of the Dean of Undergraduates will host events designed to help you explore opportunities and plan a path that satisfies your interests on and off campus.

Academic Planning Information:

Academic Planning

Divisional Advisors

Peer Academic Advisors

UNIV 110: First Year Foundations Course

Registration Information:


AP Credit List 2017-2018

IB Credit List 2017-2018

A-Level Policies 2017-2018

First Year Writing Intensive Seminar (FWIS) Program and Course Description

Placement Information:

Biochemistry Lab Placement Information for New Students 2017-2018

Chemistry Placement Information for New Students 2017-2018

Math Placement Information for New Students 2017-2018

Language Placement Information for New Students 2017-2018

Physics Placement Information for New Students 2017-2018

Composition Exam Instructions for New Students 2017-2018 (How To Access Exam Results)

Engineering Course Selection Tool

Engineering Undergraduate Advising Booklet 2017-2018

Natural Sciences Advising Booklet 2016-2017

BioSciences Advising Information 2017-2018Save









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