Rice’s University Administration 

The following is a list of the administrative offices at Rice. Don’t hesitate to petition your GSA reps for help concerning administrative services before contacting an administrative office, however. The contact information below may change periodically.

If you are not within reach of a campus phone, all numbers can be called using the following: 713-384-xxxx.

Office of Academic Advising

132 Ley Student Center, x4060

The Office of Academic Advising leads and engages a community of advising that strives for an unparalleled environment for students to explore opportunities, identify goals, and implement plans to reach those goals. While their services are aimed at undergraduates, resources that might be of interest, include specialized advising tools for those students interested in pre-health professions, pre-law, or other pre-graduate tools.

Office of Alumni Relations, Association of Rice Alumni

Huff House, 2nd Floor, x4057

The ARA provides a link between the university and its alumni. Former students who completed a year or more of study at Rice are members; no dues are required. Directed by an alumni board, the ARA sponsors intellectual programs, homecoming and campus events, alumni/student recognition, and career networking. The Office of Alumni Relations is the professional staff that coordinates ARA functions and events. The Graduate Alumni Network (GAN) is a sub-group of the ARA that focuses on alumni who earned a graduate degree at Rice. For information on opportunities available to Rice Alumni, please visit: alumni.rice.edu.

Center for Career Development

Huff House, 1st Floor, x4055

The Rice University Center for Career Development (CCD) seeks to empower all Rice students to find and make their place in the world. The CCD realizes this vision by educating students on knowledge of self, career options and resources, connecting students with opportunities through the global Rice network, and empowering students with the confidence, skills and tools to achieve life long career fulfillment. The CCD provides individual career counseling appointments, a variety of career development workshops for both undergraduate and graduate students, career expos, on-campus interviews, company information sessions, and internship/job opportunities. To search for internships, full-time jobs, on-campus interviews, or to schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor, log-on to RICElink (powered by Handshake) by visiting the CCD’s website at ccd.rice.edu. Here you will also find a variety of online career development guides & resources, with some specifically for graduate students.

Center for Civic Leadership

Rice Memorial Center, 2nd floor, x2223

The mission of the Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) is to foster engaged citizenship through integrated curricular and experiential learning opportunities. These opportunities help students develop the capacity to exercise civic leadership by better understanding themselves, their responsibilities as citizens, the complexity of social issues, and the mechanisms for creating sustainable change in Houston and communities beyond.

Opportunities for graduate student involvement with the CCL include: serving as a team coach on a Houston Action Research Team project, which pairs interdisciplinary teams of Rice undergraduates with city offices and community organizations to address issues and challenges facing Houston and its residents; or participating as a learning partner on an Alternative Spring Break trip, which enables Rice students to engage with new communities through direct service work, and to gain awareness and in-depth education around a social justice issue.

Center for Teaching Excellence

129 Herring Hall, x2732

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) seeks to transform teaching at Rice through mentoring, innovative practices, collaboration, scholarship, and advocacy. An important aspect of our mission is to provide resources both for graduate students who are currently TAs or instructors of record at Rice, as well as for graduate students who wish to build academic careers in which teaching will play a significant role. We offer an accredited certificate program in pedagogy (4 credit-bearing courses), 3-hour graduate student institutes held each semester, TA trainings, lunchtime discussions on the scholarship of teaching and learning, campus-wide reading groups, and more. Please visit http://cte.rice.edu/for-graduate-students-postdoctoral-scholars/ for more information.

Continuing Studies

Center for Continuing Studies (Entrance 8), x4803

The Glasscock School of Continuing Studies offers non-credit courses (primarily during the summer) in the Humanities & Sciences with classes that range from rhetoric and public speaking to photography and the arts. Language programs are available for ESL, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian. Discounts are often offered to Rice students and their spouses. This is also a good place to get teaching experience.


425 Allen Center, x5147

The Finance Division includes the Budget Office, Controller’s Office, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Office of Institutional Research, and Internal Audit and Compliance.


4th Floor Allen Center, x6040

This office helps to maintain the nuts and bolts of the university machine. They oversee the non-academic departments and offices within the University, such as parking, the registrar, housing and dining, etc.

For the full list please go to the Vice President for Administration website: www.professor.rice.edu/professor/Vice_President_for_Administration.asp

Office of Financial Aid

250 Allen Center, x4958

This office offers financial aid to grad students in the form of Federal Direct Stafford Loans and private loans. Work-study opportunities are subject to the availability of funding. For these programs, a general application, FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid), must be filed with the US Department of Education to determine eligibility of the applicant. Students interested in long-term aid should start on the paperwork the October before the academic year for which they need assistance. Short-term, limited emergency loans are also available and must be repaid the same semester.

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies

3rd Floor Allen Center, Suite 323, x4002

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies advocates and supports graduate and postdoctoral programs at Rice. In addition to managing graduate admissions, degree requirements, and finances, GPS promotes the academic achievement, professional development, and wellbeing of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars through a diverse set of programs, including Succeed Workshops, GradStarter, 90 Second Thesis Competition, Night at the Museum, CIRTL, and Graduate Fellowship Coaching.

Dean Seiichi Matsuda oversees the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and holds open office hours once a month. Please, drop by to say hello, to talk about your research, to discuss issues of concern, or to chat about graduate education in general.

 Housing and Dining

411 Allen Center, x5441

H & D oversees student residences and most campus food preparation. For example, this is the place to call if the management at Sammy’s or the RGA doesn’t seem to be listening to you. H & D also maintains the university’s of off-campus rental properties.

International Students and Scholars

Lovett Hall, Entrance A , Second Floor, x6095

OISS helps students and visiting scholars at Rice maintain their legal status in the US. This department functions as university representative to the Department of Homeland Security, US Immigration, USCIS, and the Department of State. International students who make changes in dependent status or degree program should immediately consult OISS about its effect on immigration status. The department is also involved in cross-cultural programs and activities such as the host family program.

Multicultural Affairs

RMC Cloisters, x5124

OMA serves the entire Rice community, although the primary constituents are ethnic minority students. Through cross-cultural programs, OMA strives to educate the university community on racial and ethnic issues while celebrating campus diversity. Services include a reference/resource center, a referral network, and a myriad of academic, social, and recreational activities.

Provost’s Office

Allen Center Suite 430, x4026

The Provost is the chief academic officer of the University. The mission of the Provost’s Office is to promote and support excellence in all dimensions of the University’s academic, research, scholarly and creative programs and activities. The Provost works with the University’s deans, as well as a team of Vice and Associate Provosts in fulfilling the academic leadership and administrative roles of the University and Provost’s Office. The Provost is a member of the University’s major planning and academic committees, including the Strategic Planning and Budget Priorities Committee, and serves ex officio as a member of the Faculty Senate.

Student Center

2nd Floor of Student Center (Above Grand Hall), x4097

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From their three streams of operation, The Student Center is a resourcing hub for Rice Students. Facilities and Events allows students, through their registered student organizations, to utilize event spaces and reserve equipment. Under the umbrella of Student Run Businesses, Rice Bikes, Coffeehouse, and The Hoot provide various campus services. The Student Activities staff advises student organizations such as the GSA, maintains a register of all student clubs, and provides support and funding for club related activities. Within these three streams, The Student Center works to support the needs of both under grad and graduate students.

Student Health Services

Morton L. Rich Health and Wellness Center, x4966

Health Services provides confidential, on-campus health care for illness and injury, physical examinations, contraceptive counseling, pap smears, allergy shots, etc. Health Services also maintains students’ health records as well as performing related services. Be sure to bring your Rice ID to your appointment and keep in mind that students often have to pay for test results.

The Wellbeing and Counseling Center

Gibbs Wellness Center, x3311 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Monday thru Friday 9am – 5pm, Walk-ins Welcome

Wellbeing affects all of us. Rice’s professional staff are trained to assist graduate students through a variety of wellbeing and mental health concerns. We encourage you to contact staff in the Wellbeing and Counseling Center to begin meeting your needs and start the process of obtaining help and support. Assistance includes: Confidential Counseling, Title IX Support, and Wellbeing Advising.

Student Judicial Programs

Ley Student Center, 1st floor, x4786

Student Judicial Programs (“SJP”) articulates and enforces the expectations of the Rice University community. These expectations are written in our Code of Student Conduct, Alcohol Policy, Sexual Misconduct Policy, and in other Rice documents. The expectations for behavior at Rice arise from our shared values as a community; the written rules in these documents memorialize those shared community values. To contact SJP, please email sjp@rice.edu or call ext. 4786.
For more information on Student Judicial Programs, please visit www.sjp.rice.edu. On the SJP website, you will find: FAQ about the office functions and the disciplinary process, an informational brochure, the Code of Student Conduct, the Alcohol Policy, and the Sexual Misconduct Policy.