New Families Orientation

New Families Orientation 2024 will be in person and held on Sunday, August 18th.

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.

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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 the President of Rice University, and 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.

More updates to come as relates to Information Sessions, resources, and welcome messages from university leadership.

Additional questions? Need documents in alternative formats, languages, or other special access provisions? Please email at least two weeks prior to New Families Orientation to make those arrangements.