About Us


Welcome to the Office of Academic Advising! 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, and feel free to contact us at any time 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:

Rice's Advising Model

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. Here's a visual of our advising network:

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Advising Philosophy, Theory, and Resources

National Academic Advising Association

The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal

Chronology of Academic Advising in America

New York Times – The Residential Collage

Rice Ranks No 1 In Quality of Life

Office | Ley Student Center, Suite 132

Click here to schedule an appointment with an OAA advisor.

Phone | 713.348.4060, 713.348.2637

Email | aadv@rice.edu