Admissions | After Admission

Overview & New Student Checklist

Welcome to Rice! We're so glad you're here. The information and resources in this section will help you prepare for the coming academic year and ease your transition into graduate school. We encourage you to use this page as a checklist for your entry in to Rice.

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Get Connected



Have a question? Contact your graduate program administrator!

Follow the GPS Office on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Meet other grad students on Facebook and get to know the Grad Student Association.

Join a club, affinity group, or international student group!

Check your email and read the Grad Digest Newsletter and the GSA Weekly Announcements!

Read our full list on getting connected.

Before You Arrive



Activate your NetID, Esther account and Rice email as soon as possible! (Further reading: What is a NetID? What is Esther?)

Login to Esther to update your address, emergency contact information and affirm the honor code and student financial responsibility agreement.

Check your Rice email regularly.

Apply Blogs about applying to grad school for on-campus housing or explore off-campus housing options.

Explore your new city, Houston!

By July 1: Complete and submit the required student health forms.

By August 28: Register for or waive Rice Student Health Insurance (Jan. 17 for spring admits).

By Oct. 1: Complete required online trainings (Sexual Harassment Prevention and Responsible Conduct of Research) Due Feb. 15 for spring admits.

By Oct. 1: Submit your final transcripts (Feb. 15 for spring admits)

International Students: Connect with OISS. Complete the Financial Declaration Form and download and review checklists and flow charts.

Read the full list of what to do before you arrive.

Moving to Houston



Explore on-campus and off-campus housing options.

Review the GSA's guide to grad student life in Houston.

Join the Grad Student Loan Closet if you need help on furnishing your new place.

By the deadline: Apply Blogs about applying to grad school for Grad Housing if you intend to live on campus.

Learn your way around the Rice campus.

Familiarize yourself with the Rice shuttle system and the bus tracker.

Download the Rice iPhone App, which includes shuttle schedules.

Learn how to get around using the Houston Metro System.

Apply Blogs about applying to grad school for a parking permit!

Plan to arrive in Houston before scheduled orientation, if possible. For 2020, plenary orientation will be available online via Canvas, and will be due for completion August 19. More details will be sent in early August. International Student Orientation will be August 17-18. Individual departments and programs may require additional orientation activities; we encourage you to check in with them when making plans.

Read our full list on moving to Houston.

After you arrive



Check in with your department and attend your program's orientation.

Pick up your Rice ID card from RUPD!

By Oct. 1: Attend all required trainings. Sexual Harassment Prevention and Responsible Conduct of Research are online; Lab Safety Training is required for all new grad students in Engineering and Natural Sciences, and any student working in a lab. This is an in-person training.

File your payroll information. Submit your I-9 and W-4 forms, and setup direct deposit in Esther.

Register for classes by the deadline set by the academic calendar.

Pay your bills via Esther by the deadline for new students (Sept. 10).

Master's students: Check your degree progress.

Read the full list of what to do after you arrive.