As an incoming freshman at Rice, you have many advisors available to you. Each residential college has four Divisional Advisors who are associated with your college, one from each of the four major undergraduate divisions. Each residential college also has a group of Peer Academic Advisors available to assist the Divisional Advisors. These advisors help you explore the majors in each division based on your personal interests and short- and long-term plans.
When you declare your major, your department will assign you to a Major Advisor. These faculty members represent a specific department or discipline and know all of the requirements for the major or minor. They can provide you with detailed information related to their discipline, including research opportunities, career paths, professional organizations and graduate school. You do not need to wait until you declare a major to consult with a Major Advisor. If you are interested in pursuing a major and need specific guidance or advice, contact a Major Advisor.
Start talking to your advisors as early as possible. There are many paths to each degree and the best courses for you may depend on your preparation and career aspirations. Your advisors can provide you with input on taking classes in a sensible order and also on how to pursue research opportunities.