Log in with your netID to the Incoming Grad Student OWL-Space site to catch up on new student news, chat with other new students, and more.
Get familiar with life as a graduate student by following the quicklinks below:
Mandatory training requirements for all new graduate students include:
Sexual harassment prevention
Responsible conduct of research
Familiarize yourself with the Code of Student Conduct.
If you haven't done so, download the Student Health Data form available from Student Health and make any necessary doctor's appointments. The form is due on or before July 1st. Check with Student Health for all vaccination requirements.
You will be able to log on to the Student Health Insurance site before the end of July. There you can register for or waive Rice health insurance (all students must have health insurance) or with questions about your health insurance.
You never know when an emergency might strike. You can indicate in Esther who you would like us to contact in the event that you, personally, are involved in an emergency situation. You can also indicate your cell phone number and non-Rice email so that in the event of a campus emergency (such as a flood) the university can notify you as quickly as possible.
Familiarize yourself with the university's Emergency website and resources.
Rice University is committed to equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. In keeping with the university's mission to provide an unsurpassed education, Disability Support Services (DSS) provides accommodations and support services to students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities. Rice University is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and continually strives to make programs and facilities accessible. Disability Support Services is a university resource providing professional services. Standards for excellence from the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) are the guiding principles of DSS at Rice University. For more information, visit the Disability Support Services website.
Check out the orientation schedule. Orientation attendance is required for all new graduate students. Students paid stipends will be docked one week pay if they fail to attend.
Please note, you will not be able to register for classes until after the general student orientation.
Check the academic calendar for the applicable deadline.
Need a place to study or just relax? Don't forget to balance your life. Mark your campus map! Favorite places include the graduate student lounge (basement of the Rice Memorial Center (61), the Brochstein Pavilion (10), and the sixth floor of the library (25). More places and things to do to relax are available on the GSA Website.
Plan to check your Rice email at least once a week. These tools will help you navigate your Rice email account.
Information for graduate student housing can be found here. The student center maintains a database of available off-campus housing in the area. The Office of International Students and Scholars also provides resources for all students to locate temporary and permanent housing. Not sure where you'd want to live? The Graduate Student Association has assembled information regarding housing in the area including neighborhoods convenient for Rice students and those that require an extended commute.
Do you need everything from bookcases to toasters to get settled in your new home? Consider joining the Graduate Student Loan Closet. Registration gives you the privilege of selecting available goods at any time during the year. Items borrowed must be returned to the closet when you no longer need them or when you leave Rice.
Whether you've lived in Houston all your life or you've never set foot in the city, you'll want to learn more about the fourth largest city in the United States and take advantage of the city. The Passport to Houston program provides discounted access to public transportation and free or discounted admission to cultural arts venues. Already in Houston? Beyond the Hedges will help you find entertainment off-campus.
Print a Rice University map for your future reference. If you have an iPhone, download the free Rice app.
Pay your bills via your Esther account. Information on fees and how to pay them can be found here. If you plan to complete a medical insurance waiver at the end of July, you may subtract this amount from your payment if you are ready to pay your balance. You will not be penalized.
For more information, visit the Student Accounts and Cashier's Office.