Update 08/03/2021: New Families Orientation 2021 will move to a fully virtual format. More updates to come as relates to Information Sessions, resources, and welcome messages from university leadership.

Please see below for our newsletter series sent to families during the summer months. Please note that newsletters reflect the most updates information at the time they are sent. Information as relates to resources will still be relevant and helpful, though details describing an in-person NFO experience have shifted.

Our newsletter series highlights information parents and family members need to feel comfortable, confident, and knowledgeable prior to their student's transition. These newsletters contained important information from various departments across campus. Faculty and staff also provided 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 2021, we will provide all parties with detailed move-in information prior to their arrival date. We are committed to making this a safe and special experience for your family.


Newsletters 2021

Newsletters will be uploaded below on a rolling basis as they are delivered via Mailchimp. Starting in July we will link our correspondence for 2021. Please direct questions regarding newsletter contents to our First Year Programs office oweek@rice.edu. For general inquires, you can reach SSI at success@rice.edu

* Please note NFO has shifted to a fully virtual program as of August 3, 2021. For more details, visit Rice University's COVID-19 webpage.

Newsletter 1
This newsletter features a welcome from our office and confirmation that New Families Orientation will return to in person for 2021. We also highlight recent correspondence from the Dean of Undergraduates to students and New Student Checklist information, both of which are essential planning tools created for new students and families. The newsletter introduces the Office of Information Technology and answers some Frequently Asked Questions regarding devices on Rice University's campus.

For full newsletter, please view here:
https://mailchi.mp/10e81da869b0/hello-to-rice-parents-and-families-5302578

* Please note NFO has shifted to a fully virtual program as of August 3, 2021. For more details, visit Rice University's COVID-19 webpage.

Newsletter 2
This newsletter features an overview from Student Health Services, the Wellbeing & Counseling Center, and the Disability Resource Center.

For full newsletter, please view here: https://mailchi.mp/4475590ba771/lets-talk-about-more-resources-5302582

* Please note NFO has shifted to a fully virtual program as of August 3, 2021. For more details, visit Rice University's COVID-19 webpage.

Newsletter 3
This newsletter highlights important information for incoming students and families. The newsletter introduces the Office of Financial Aid, Cashier's Office, and Housing & Dining.

For full newsletter, please view here: https://mailchi.mp/ff861445675a/lets-talk-about-resources-5302962

* Please note NFO has shifted to a fully virtual program as of August 3, 2021. For more details, visit Rice University's COVID-19 webpage.

Newsletter 4
This newsletter announces that NFO is transitioning to a fully virtual format.

For full newsletter, please view here: https://mailchi.mp/149d08127e26/nfo-goes-virtual

Newsletter 5
This newsletter gives details on the schedule for families for move-in on Sunday, August 15th

For full newsletter, please view here: https://mailchi.mp/9be94296ed02/sunday-schedule

Newsletter 6
This newsletter provides more information regarding move-in and the digital components of NFO. In addition, we introduce the Office of Academic Advising, the Center for Career Development, and the UNIV 110 Course - Foundations for Self-Discovery & Lifelong Learning.

For full newsletter, please view here: https://mailchi.mp/rice.edu/more-nfo-details-more-resources

Newsletter 7
This newsletter features information for families of First Generation (students who are first in their family to complete a degreed program at a comparable level) and/or Low Income (FLI) students. Learn more about FLI initiatives and accessibility resources at Rice.

For full newsletter, please view here: https://mailchi.mp/rice.edu/first-gen-low-income-connect-with-us-5302966

Newsletter 8
This newsletter features our Information Session Webinars, Campus Resources page, and details on Move in!

For full newsletter, please view here: https://mailchi.mp/rice.edu/its-almost-move-in-time-5326310

Newsletter 9
Our final newsletter for NFO. It features A Rice Welcome from President Leebron, Dean Gorman, and our O-Week Student Directors. It also includes an evaluation of for families to give feedback on NFO.

For full newsletter, please view here: https://mailchi.mp/rice.edu/a-rice-welcome-5327442

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