The primary goal of the Office of Academic Advising for Athletics is to ensure that each student athlete receives the help he or she needs to be successful in Rice University’s challenging academic environment. In order to guarantee success, our academic advisors meet individually with student athletes on a weekly basis to construct plans for academic achievement and monitor progress. Advisors assist student athletes with everything from selecting majors and scheduling classes to preparing for post-graduate scholastic, athletic, and career opportunities.
Among many other resources, the Academic Advising for Athletics staff offers academic planning assistance, tutoring, and supervised study sessions. The staff is available five days a week inside the Bixby Center located in the Youngkin Center of the Tudor Field House. The Bixby Center houses offices for advising, compliance, and student development. It also boasts computer access, study resources, and group/individual study space for student-athletes.
Rice University student-athletes are honored for their achievements inside the classroom with national, conference, and institutional awards every academic year. Student-athletes on each intercollegiate team with the highest GPA are honored with the Rice Scholar Athlete Award. From those honored, the male and female athletes with the highest GPA are recognized as the Scholar Athletes of the Year and receive the Hubert E. Bray and Margie E. Sass Awards. Hundreds of our student-athletes also receive conference and national honors each year.
In eight of the last nine years Rice has been a member of Conference USA, the Owls have captured the conference’s Institutional Excellence Award. The Institutional Excellence Award is given to the C-USA institution with the highest grade point average during the current academic year for all student-athletes who participate in conference sponsored sports.