New Families Orientation

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The New Families Orientation (NFO) program is designed for parents whose students are about to begin their first (freshman or transfer) year at Rice University. The program will acquaint parents with various aspects of the university’s academic, residential, and student life. Emphasis will be on the transitions and adjustments new college students and their parents typically experience. Parents will have an opportunity to hear from members of our faculty, administrative staff, student body, and current Rice parents.  It is intended that, as a result of participating in the program, parents will have an enriched sense of sharing in their student’s college life.

While NFO 2020 was presented in a fully virtual format, we plan to return to an in person format for NFO 2021.   

On the afternoon of Sunday, August 15th, while you're moving into your College and getting to know your O-Week group, your family is invited to a special orientation program acclimating them to your new home, resources for support, and connect with campus leadership. The day's events should conclude around 6pm.

After your new student begins their orientation experience, families will have their own official welcome to Rice University
followed by informal information sessions which will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Families will have the opportunity to hear from David Leebron, President of Rice University, and Dr. Bridget K. Gorman, Dean of Undergraduates, and the Magisters of your student’s College.
 

Various departments from across campus will be available for you to ask questions and learn more about their services. After
you say goodbye to your new student, we hope that you will join us to learn more about the Rice community.

Additional questions? Need documents in alternative formats, languages, or other special access provisions? Please email success@rice.edu or call (713) 348-4345 at least two weeks prior to New Families Orientation to make those arrangements.

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