Please see below for our newsletter series sent to families during the summer months. Please note that newsletters reflect the most updated information at the time they are sent.

Our newsletter series highlights information parents and family members need to feel comfortable, confident, and knowledgeable prior to their student's transition. These newsletters contain important information from various departments across campus. Faculty and staff also provide information on how to connect with them to learn more about their services and as you have questions. Your student's wellbeing and safety is at the forefront of our planning.

For Rice students who will be moving on campus mid-August 2023, we will provide all parties with detailed move-in information prior to their arrival date.

Newsletters 2023

Newsletters will be uploaded below on a rolling basis as they are delivered via Mailchimp. We will begin our 2023 communications in mid-June and will link our correspondence here. Please direct questions regarding newsletter contents to our First Year Programs office For general inquires, you can reach SSI at

Newsletter 1 - June 13, 2023

This newsletter features a welcome from our office - Student Success Initiatives. The newsletter introduces the Office of Information Technology and answers some Frequently Asked Questions regarding devices on Rice University's campus. We also highlight the days and times that NFO will take place and the New Student Checklist information. All of which are essential planning tools created for new students and families. For the full newsletter, please click here.

Rice First Look Book - June 14, 21, 30 and July 8, 2023

This newsletter introduces the First Look Book from Student Media. It provides details on the keepsake and how to publish your Parent Message for your student on the First Look book. The deadline to submit a Parent Message is on July 2, 2023. The deadline to order the parent and families copy of the First Look Book is July 15. For the full newsletter, please click here.

Newsletter 2 - June 20, 2023

This newsletter features an overview of from Student Health Services, the Wellbeing and Counseling Center, and the Disability Resource Center. For the full newsletter, please click here.

Newsletter 3 - June 28, 2023

Our third newsletter provides families an introduction to the Office of Financial Aid, Cashier's Office and Housing & Dining. For the full newsletter, please click here.

Residence Hall Linens - July 6, 2023

Order bedding, decor, storage, organization essential and more for your student's room. The newsletter includes links to a move-in checklist and the online store to purchase items for their room. For the full newsletter, click here.

Newsletter 4 - July 11, 2023

Connecting families to academic resources, this newsletter provides important information about the Office of Academic Advising, Centre for Career Development, UNIV 110 and the Office of Study Abroad. For the full newsletter, please click here.

Newsletter 5 - July 25, 2023

Initial details on New Families Orientation are provided in this newsletter. For the full newsletter, click here.

Newsletter 6 - Aug 9, 2023

This newsletter provides details on move-in and a full schedule for New Families Orientation. Additional information on campus maps, hotels nearby and directions to Rice are also included. For the full newsletter, click here.