Rice's small size and residential college system allows for a unique advising system. Referred to as a "split-supplemental model," Rice's advising system splits advising between new students and those who have declared a major. It also supplements faculty advising with a strong support network of trained professional staff and peer student advisors.
- Advising for the first two years
During their first two years at Rice, students typically begin work on their distribution requirements, exploring our curriculum before declaring a major in the second semester of their sophomore year. They are assisted in their degree planning by both divisional advisors and peer academic advisors within their residential college. Divisional advisors are faculty members from humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, who guide students until they declare a major. Peer advisors are students trained to offer advice regarding academic rules, regulations and procedures. Due to the highly specialized nature of study in music and architecture, these students are assigned to major advisors within the schools at the start of their time at Rice.
Learn more about the Rice Community of Advising.
- Major Advising
Upon declaring a major, students work with major advisors to ensure they are properly meeting the course requirements leading to their degrees. Major advisors also help students with discipline-specific course offerings, curricular sequence, independent study projects, research and internships, professional organizations, current trends, graduate schools and careers related to the field.
The Office of Academic Advising ensures that Rice students develop meaningful student-advisor relationships designed to increase student independence throughout the undergraduate experience.
- Pre-Professional Advising
The staff in the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) provides resources for students who are considering further study for specific occupations. While most students are familiar with medicine, law and business, there are many paths to seek these degrees. The OAA aims to expose all interested students to the variety of opportunities available in pre-professional pathways, assist students in identification of and participation in appropriate developmental activities in preparation for postgraduate programs, and guide students during the application process.
Learn more about the Office of Academic Advising.
- Career Advising
The Center for Career Development (CCD) offers programs, services and resources to guide students in pursuing their career goals.
The CCD offers career counseling, career and personality assessments, resume reviews and mock interviews, career panels, professional communication workshops as well as a network of peer career advisors. The CCD also connects students with prospective employers through the RiceLINK job and internship database, the iNet Shared Internship Database, Fall and Spring Career and Internship Expos, Employer Information Sessions, and the OWL Career Mentor Network.
The CCD can assist you from your first day on campus to your graduation and beyond. Their office provides a wide variety of resources to help you during every step of your career development process. This includes choosing a major, assistance with your internship or job search, planning for graduate school, resume and cover letter help, connecting with alumni and more.
Learn more about the Center for Career Development.