Welcome Rice Class of 2027!

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. Check this website throughout the summer for updated information!

Before arriving for O-Week, be sure to watch our video playlist. These videos will be helpful as you prepare to navigate your time at Rice.

Make plans to download the mobile app, Navigate. This online tool helps connect students with faculty, staff, and campus resources.

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
Divisional Advisors
Peer Academic Advisors
UNIV 110: First Year Foundations Course
First Year Course Opportunities
Academic Calendars


AP Credit List (updated 07/2022)
IB Credit List
A-Level Policies
First Year Writing Intensive Seminar (FWIS) and Course Description


Chemistry Placement Information for New Students (updated 08/2023)
Math Placement Information for New Students (updated 07/2023)
Language Placement Information for New Students (updated 07/2023)
Physics Placement Information for New Students (updated 07/2023)
Composition Exam Instructions for 2023 (How to Access Exam Results) (updated 08/2023)


Engineering Undergraduate Advising Booklet 2023-2024 (updated 08/2023)
Natural Sciences Undergraduate Advising Booklet 2023-2024 (updated 08/2023)
Humanities Undergraduate Advising Booklet 2023-2024 (updated 08/2023)
Social Sciences Undergraduate Advising Booklet 2023-2024 (updated 08/2023)
Biosciences Undergraduate Advising Booklet 2023-2024 (updated 08/2023)
The Rice Environmental Initiative (TREI) Advising Booklet (updated 09/2023)


Monday - Friday

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 


Phone | 713.348.4060

Email |


Office of Academic Advising MS-529

Rice University, Ley Student Center, Suite 132

6100 Main Street

Houston, TX 77005