Student Success Resources


Rice University supports your college experience by providing a variety of campus resources. It is important that you take advantage of these resources in order to maintain a productive and healthy lifestyle. The departments listed below are all ready to help you get the most out of your Rice experience.

Academic and Student Resources

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 713-338-3060 or e-mail to

Academic Calendar

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

Course Offerings

The Course Catalog is the most helpful resource in your search for academic opportunities and offerings at Rice. The specific semeters course offerings can be found here. If you're interested, take a look at the course offerings before O-Week to get a better feel for the wide range of opportunities. Actual course selection and scheduling depends on a number of aspects better discussed thoroughly in O-Week.

Course Websites

Rice offer various undergraduate degrees and many majors for students to focus on during their time here. To learn more about an area, visit the course websites. Specific degree and major requirements are listed in the General Announcements and on department websites. Students are responsible for making sure that their plan of study meets the degree and major requirements in the 2016-2017 General Announcements which you will receive during O-Week.

DACA and Undocumented Students at Rice

Resources and inforamtion for DACA and Undocumented Students at Rice can be found by visiting

Fondren Library

Affectionately known as "Fondren," Rice's campus library houses over 2 million volumes, 2.9 million microforms, and 33,200 current serials and periodicals. For more information about the resources available at Fondren, please visit the official website or review this listing.

Honor Code

Rice has an active and engaging Honor Code and System that relies on student self-monitoring and student adjudication. You need to be aware of it in your course work, and there are opportunities for students to serve on the Honor Council.

Humanities Research Center

The Humanities Research Center fosters scholarly research and intellectual community in the humanities. The Center funds some undergraduate fellowships and internships

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for a number of important student services, including course registration, enrollment verification, and ESTHER, Rice's student self-service system. For questions regarding your ESTHER account, please contact

Study Abroad

Rice actively encourages its students to spend a summer, semester, or full year abroad. Nearly 30% of our undergraduates participate in a Rice-facilitated international experience.

To learn more about how Rice students turn a study abroad dream into a reality, watch the Study Abroad Office's Step One Video, read Study Abroad Student Blogs, and search the Study Abroad Program Database. Recipients of both need-based and merit aid may apply those funds to study abroad, and there are several scholarships available for international study.

Student Success Initiatives

Student Success Initiatives office 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.

Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication

Visit the Center for Written, Oral, Visual Communication for feedback on written texts and oral/visual presentations. They serve undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff.

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 will be offered each fall and spring semester and will be co-taught by professional staff members and current students.

Campus Departments


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.

Center for Career Development

The Center for Career Development utilizes interactive learning techniques to equip students with knowledge and skills that will continue to serve them well in any professional environment. Here, students can explore post-graduate planning resources that will help them assess their suitability for different industries, fields, and graduate or professional schools.

Campus 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.

Housing & Dining

Housing & Dining is responsible for the facilities, operation, and maintenance of the residential colleges, graduate apartment housing, and on-campus serveries.

Identification Office

The Identification Office is responsible for Rice Identification Cards (student IDs) and electronic Building Access Control. They are operated by and housed in the Rice University Police Department near the football stadium.

Information Technology

Information Technology, or IT, provides and operates computer labs as well as email and web services, software troubleshooting, and computer repair.

Parking & Transportation

The Parking Office is responsible for overseeing and maintaining vehicle registration as well as the parking gates, garages, and lots. They also operate a fleet of on-campus shuttles and transportation.

Student Center

The Student Center is comprised of the Rice Memorial Center and the Ley Student Center. This building is a hub of daily activity on campus as it offers a number of dining options, the campus bookstore, and a convenience store (ReChargeU). The Student Center is also home to two of the more prominent Student Run Businesses– Willy's Pub and Coffeehouse. Students, faculty, and staff have access to the various meeting spaces throughout the building to hold meetings and events in a central location on campus.

Student Financial Services

Student Financial Services provide links to forms and information regarding financial aid, scholarships and on-campus employment.

Leadership & Involvement

Center for Civic Leadership

The Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) 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 the Leadership Rice Mentorship Experience.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Health, Safety, & Wellbeing

Dean of Undergraduates

The Office of the Dean of Undergraduates oversees a wide array of programming, departments, and resources for students at Rice. The Dean of Undergraduates brings together all aspects of the undergraduate student experience – from academics and advising, to research opportunities and community outreach, from the residential Colleges, to career services, health services, and clubs and activities.

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.

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.

Wellbeing Center

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.

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: 713-338-5193


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.



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) 338-3311 (23 hours)
Fax: (713) 338-5953
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 – 3 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 out[patient 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.

Rice University Police Department (RUPD)

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