First Generation and Low Income Student Support

Congratulations on being the first member of your family to attend college (“first generation” college student). As a first generation student you may likely face some unique challenges, but rest assured that Rice offers a variety of resources to equip you to handle whatever comes your way.

Rice’s Student Success Initiatives (SSI) Office is a great resource to be aware of not only as you make the transition to Rice, but during the next few years of your journey as well. SSI is dedicated to providing students with advising, support, and connections to campus resources. Our goal is to assist you in developing strategies to help you both inside and outside of the classroom.

The Office of Student Success Initiatives also houses Rice Firsts. Rice Firsts is a peer based mentoring program for incoming first generation students. By pairing you with peer mentor who is also among the first in their family to attend college, Rice Firsts aims to provide a personalized resource to first year students in the form of a mentor who is familiar with the first generation student experience. Mentors will serve as guides throughout a mentee’s first year at Rice, providing important insight into how to successfully make the academic, social, and interpersonal transition to college. Rice Firsts is a great way to get connected and meet other students that share similar experiences. We highly encourage you to sign up to be a part of the program by filing out and submitting the mentee application.

The SSI office is here and ready to help as you enter into a new and exciting chapter in your life. We would love to assist you in any way that we can, so do not hesitate to utilize us! We are located in The Cloisters--offices attached to the Rice Student Center.

Your parents will have an opportunity to learn about Rice’s resources and how you can be most successful during your time here by attending New Families Orientation in August. New Families Orientation is designed to introduce your family to life at Rice and answer any questions they may have. More information about this year's New Families Orientation will be listed on this webpage at later date.

If you have further questions regarding the first generation student experience at Rice, please contact Jessica Bowers Chukwu or 713-348-3479.

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