Freshmen

Welcome Rice Class of 2023!

The Office of Academic Advising is so excited to welcome you to campus! 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 professional staff advisors, all of whom are available to support you throughout your entire 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 3-part series below, Introduction to Academics. This series of 3 videos will introduce to you:

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

At Rice, our hope is that you will create 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 (including specific major requirements), and bookmark the Academic Calendar for important academic deadlines.
  • Schedule an appointment within the first few weeks of the fall semester to meet your Divisional Advisor. It will be good to establish a relationship in case you have questions at any point.
  • Enjoy 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.
  • Don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with an advisor in the OAA either!

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
First Year Course Opportunities

REGISTRATION RESOURCES

Registration
AP Credit List 2019-2020
IB Credit List 2019-2020
A-Level Policies 2019-2020
First Year Writing Intensive Seminar (FWIS) and Course Description

PLACEMENT INFORMATION

Biochemistry Lab Placement Information
Chemistry Placement Information for New Students 2019-2020
Math Placement Information for New Students 2019-2020
Language Placement Information for New Students 2019-2020
Physics Placement Information for New Students 2019-2020
Composition Exam Instructions for 2019 (How to Access Exam Results)

ADVISING BOOKLETS

Engineering Undergraduate Advising Booklet 2019-2020
Natural Sciences Undergraduate Advising Booklet 2019-2020
Humanities Undergraduate Advising Booklet 2019-2020
Social Sciences Undergraduate Advising Booklet 2019-2020
BioSciences Advising Information 2019-2020

Office | Ley Student Center, Suite 132

Phone | 713.348.4060

Email | aadv@rice.edu