It is natural for questions arise as students trasition and persist at Rice. The following list will help parents find answers to their questions concerning college life and events, information about academics, parking and transportation, links to vital resources such as campus health services, campus security, housing, and dining. If you dont find what you need from the list of resources below, please contact us at

Academic Resources

Academic Calendar

Review a thorough listing of the 2019 - 2020 Academic Calendar for important dates, reminders, and holidays.

Office of Academic Advising

The Office of Academic Advising is located in the Student Center (RMC). Meeting with an academic advisor can be useful if you need personal academic advice or help for any reason, including difficulties in a course or if you are reconsidering your major or overall course plans. The office also offers academic support services for those in need.

You are able to schedule a meeting with someone in the Office of Academic Advising via phone at 713-348-4060 or e-mail to

General Announcements

General Announcements (GA) is an online version of the official Rice catalog.This catalog represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. The university reserves the right to correct or otherwise change any such information without notice at its sole discretion. With respect to course offerings, the departments have attempted to anticipate which courses will be offered, and by whom and when such courses will be taught. However, course offerings may be affected by changes in faculty, student demand, and funding. Although efforts have been made to indicate these uncertainties, course offerings are subject to change without notice. Review the GA by visiting

Student Success Initiatives

Student Success Initiatives office is a new department on campus that is dedicated to providing students with advising, support, and connections to campus resources. Our goal is to assist students in developing strategies to help them both inside and outside of the classroom. To learn more about our services please visit

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar has a site dedicated to helping parents and families find useful and important information to include: Academic Calendars, links to the Course Catalog, Course Schedule, Cashier's Office, Student Financial Services, Enrollment & Degree Verification, FERPA, Parents or Spouses FAQs, and more. Click here to visit their site and learn more.

Study Aboard

Rice’s study abroad programs offer some of the most exciting and academically enriching opportunities available to you as an undergraduate. Through studying abroad, we hope to give you a totally new perspective, one which will greatly enhance your life and shape who you will become. Study Abroad… Explore, Discover, Learn! Visit the Study Abroad Parent and Families page here.

UNIV 110 Course

First Year Programs has developed a course specifically designed to help new students become accustomed to life and academics at Rice while preparing for their future careers. UNIV 110 FOUNDATIONS FOR SELF-DISCOVERY AND LIFELONG LEARNING will be offered each fall and spring semester and will be co-taught by professional staff members and current students.

Health & Wellness Resources

Wellbeing Office

The Student Wellbeing Office supports student development and success by providing a good first point of contact for students who want to talk to someone about solutions to their wellbeing concerns. We connect with students in the residential colleges, graduate apartments, and other student spaces around campus to give advice and practical support to help students resolve personal challenges, such as conflicts with friends, difficulty making decisions, struggling with your identity, and academic concerns or problems that are more serious in nature.

Phone: 713-348-5194


Location: First Floor of the Barbara & David Gibbs Recreation & Wellness Center Building

Monday, Tuesday, & Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Closed on Weekends

Rice Counseling Center

The Rice Counseling Center is designed to complement the University's academic mission by assisting students' personal and educational development through a variety of psychological and psychiatric services to help students develop effective problem-solving and decision-making capabilities. Services provided at the Rice University Counseling Center include consultation and counseling for students, consultation for concerned parents and others, and crisis response.

We are a diverse team of psychologists, social workers, counselors, and consulting psychiatrists committed to providing professional, compassionate, and individualized care.


Phone: 713-348-4867

The Rice Counseling Center Office has two locations.

Primary Location: The Barbara and David Gibbs Wellness Center, 1st floor
Hours: 8:30 AM – 12 PM and 1 PM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday
Telephone: (713) 348-3311 (24 hours)
Fax: (713) 348-5953
Services Provided: Initial consultations, brief same day in-person consultations, and urgent care services.

Satellite Location: The Morton L. Rich Health Services Center (located next to the Brown Masters)
Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM, Monday through Friday
Services Provided: Counseling by appointment only (all staff may be reached by calling the primary location telephone number)

Student Health Services

Rice Student Health Services provides preventative and outpatient clinical care for the students of Rice. Student Health is located on campus and is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of undergraduate and graduate students, with an emphasis on prevention.

Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services coordinates and provides accommodations and services such as alternative testing formats, books on tape, sign language interpreters, accessible transportation, detailed building accessibility, and parking maps.

Campus Housing & Dining Services

Housing Services

Housing Services at Rice University combines Campus Housing, Residential Dining, Graduate Apartments and Summer Conference services in one department. We strive to make your college experience completely inviting and supportive of your life as a student at Rice University.

Campus Dining

Dining Services serves the integral role of providing the student body with nutritious and appetizing food. To best fulfill this service, Dining Services combines our meal plans with the traditional ingredients of wholesome food, convenience and a friendly staff. Visit Rice Dining for more information.

Financial Services

Student Accounts and Cashier's Office

The Student Accounts and Cashier's Office is a unit of the Controller's Office that provides quality service and information by maintaining accurate financial records and communicating policies and information to students concerning their accounts.

Office of Financial

The Office of Financial Aid can guide your student through the financial aid process at Rice University.


For college-bound students looking for financial help, the search just got easier. Rice University's Multicultural Community Relations in the Office of Public Affairs has compiled a list of scholarships that are available to local students.

Career Services

Center for Career Development

The Center for Career Development offers programs, services and resources to guide your Rice Owl in pursuing his or her career goals. They equip your student with the skills and confidence needed to discover their interests and navigate their career journey from college to graduation, and throughout their life. The CCD is here to help you support your student on his or her career journey by keeping you informed of the programs, services and resources available to Rice Owls.

Student Leadership & Involvement

Center for Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) promotes a culture of civic engagement across the Rice academic community through research, service, and leadership. CCE is comprised of the Center for Civic Research and Design, the Community Involvement Center, and Leadership Rice.

Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities houses resources for the more than 100 clubs and organizations on Rice's campus as well as provide opportunities for leadership and development for all students.

Rice Program Council

Rice Program Council provides campus wide programming for all Rice students and is committed to organizing events and opportunities on and off campus that enhance the quality of life at Rice. Some major events include Willy Week & Beer Bike, Homecoming, Esperanza, Rondelet, and Screw Your Roommate.

Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is dedicated to coordinating and implementing comprehensive educational, cultural, and social programs designed to emphasize inclusiveness, while promoting intercultural dialogue, awareness, and respect for diversity.

Student Media

The Office of Student Media allows students to experience and develop a variety of media including The Rice Thresher, our weekly newspaper, The Campanile, Rice's yearbook, KTRU, Rice's online radio station, and RTV5, Rice's television station.

Athletic and Campus Recreation


All Rice students are admitted free to all home sporting events by presenting their valid Rice ID. Visit the Rice Owls website for sports schedules and more information.

Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center

The mission of the Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center is to encourage a lifetime of health and wellness for the students, faculty, and staff of Rice university by promoting the physical, social, and emotional benefits of physical activity. The Recreation and Wellness Center offers informal recreation opportunities as well as formal programs in aquatics, dance, fitness, intramural and club sports, and outdoor recreation.

Student Handbook & Conduct

Rice Honor System

Rice has an active and engaging Honor Code and System that relies on student self-monitoring and student adjudication. A signed pledge to uphold the code accompanies all student course work and taking examinations.

Student Judicial Programs

Student Judicial Programs mission is to articulate and enforce standards of conduct behavior among all students. These standards are not intended merely to prohibit misbehavior and to punish violations of regulations but to educate about behavior and character traits that the community wishes to promote or discourage; to protect members of the community from harm or unwarranted interference; to hold individuals and groups responsible for their actions and the consequences of their behavior; and to cultivate an environment conducive to our community’s primary purpose — education.

University Court

University Court is a part of that student governance. The Court’s responsibility is to administer justice according to and provide student perspective on violations of the Rice University Code of Student Conduct (unlike Honor Council, which reviews academic violations of the Honor Code.)

When a student decides to engage in behaviors that may be seen as irresponsible or destructive toward oneself or another member of the Rice community, those choices will be reviewed by Student Judicial Affairs and University Court under the rules of the Student Handbook, The Rice Alcohol Policy, the Student Code of Conduct, and the General Announcements. University Court exists so that students who find themselves in trouble have the option of being evaluated by their peers.

You can find more information on UCourt, the Judicial process at Rice, the Code of Conduct and the Alcohol Policy from the links below:

Parking and Transportation

Rice Parking

The Parking Office is responsible for overseeing and maintaining vehicle registration as well as the parking gates, garages, and lots.

Transportation Department

The Rice Transportation Department is committed to providing safe and convenient transportation services and commuting information to the Rice community.

Campus Safety

Rice University Police Department (RUPD)

The Rice University Police Department takes the lead in providing a safe environment for the university community.

Rice EMS

Rice University Emergency Medical Services (REMS) strives to provide the Rice Community with quality emergency medical care. REMS seeks to accomplish this goal through rapid response to calls for emergency service, standby coverage at special events, education of the Rice community, and a commitment to compassionate patient care, quality improvement, and professionalism.

Campus Bookstore

Rice University Official Bookstore

Located on the first and basement levels of the Rice Memorial Center, the Rice Bookstore is a convenient stop for textbooks, memorabilia, and clothing and accessories to support Rice or your College.

Navigating Campus

To help navigate your way across campus we have attached copies of our Campus Map and Student Center Map for you to review.

Rice University Campus Map

Rice University Student Center Map – The student center is comprised of Farnsworth Pavilion, Ley Student Center, Miner Lounge, Rice Memorial Center, RMC Grand Hall, and RMC Chapel.


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