New Families Orientation (NFO) hosts information sessions each year to present information from key offices, departments, schools, and resources across campus. These information sessions will be presented in a virtual pre-recorded webinar format this year. These webinars will remain on the website for the full 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 parenters, 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.
If you have difficulty viewing any of the videos below, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below for a list of Information Sessions hosted by various departments, offices, and resources on campus. Please contact the respective resource for questions.
Learn more about Student Health Services at Rice University. This session will introduce services offered to Rice students, discuss important updates, and introduce staff.
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.
The Office of Financial Aid | https://financialaid.rice.edu/
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.
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.
Learn about the unique advising system at Rice, academic rules and regulations, and academic resources. Presented by Aliya Bhimani, Director of Academic Advising.
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.
Presentations by Gary Smith, Associate Dean of the Shepherd School of Music and Geoffrey Scott, Director of Music Admissions.
Orientation to the Undergraduate Architecture Program with Q&A with Interim Dean John Casbarian, Director of External Programs and Harry K. & Albert K. Smith Professor in Architecture and Dr. Reto Geiser, Director of Undergraduate Studies & Associate Professor, Rice Architecture.
Rice Architecture is hosting a live Orientation Q&A Zoom session, tentatively planned for Sunday, August 16. Date and time is subject to change. An invitation with the zoom link will be sent confirming date and time. For families who have follow up questions, are unable to attend, and/or would like to arrange a call, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Reto Geiser at email@example.com.