NFO Information Sessions

New Families Orientation (NFO) hosts information sessions each year to present information from key offices, departments, schools, and resources across campus. In 2020, these information sessions were presented in a virtual pre-recorded webinar format. These webinars will remain on the website for the full 2020-2021 academic term to promote access and allow you to revisit important information.

Each resource has been selected based on parents and families Frequently Asked Questions. The content of each webinar is thoughtfully developed by each respective resource, based on the information they know is most crucial to incoming students' transition and success. Each webinar aims to provide parents and families with an overview of their services, as well as contact information for your important questions and comments. While each video only provide a snapshot of the amazing work of our campus partners, we encourage you to visit their websites and learn more about their services.

To request a copy of a presentation included in the webinar, please direct these inquiries directly the respective resource. Contact information is provided in the video and outlined on their websites, included below.

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Webinars 2020

See below for a list of Information Sessions hosted by various departments, offices, and resources on campus. Please contact the respective resource for questions.

Student Health Services |

Learn more about Student Health Services at Rice University. This session will introduce services offered to Rice students, discuss important updates, and introduce staff.

The Office of Student Success Initiatives |

Learn more about how to support your student as they make the transition to college and life at Rice. This session is ideal for parents of first generation college students or families sending their first student off to college.

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The Office of Financial Aid |

Learn more about the Office of Financial Aid and support your student as they make the transition to college. Brooke Barbieri, Assistant Director of Financial Aid will provide a brief overview of the need-based financial aid award process at Rice University. This session is ideal for parents who want to know more about the upcoming year and returning years at Rice.

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Student Wellbeing & Counseling |

Learn about the mental health and wellbeing resources available at Rice University. Presented by Dr. Tim Baumgartner, Director of Rice Counseling Center, and Agnes Ho, LMSW, Director of Student Wellbeing Office.

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The Office of Academic Advising |

Learn about the unique advising system at Rice, academic rules and regulations, and academic resources. Presented by Aliya Bhimani, Director of Academic Advising.

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Health Professions |

Learn about the preparatory pathway to the health professions, including medical, dental, and other health related professions. Presentation by Christine Martinez, Associate Director of Academic Advising.

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The Shepherd School of Music |

Presentations by Gary Smith, Associate Dean of the Shepherd School of Music and Geoffrey Scott, Director of Music Admissions.

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