What is O-Week?
O-Week is your one-of-a kind, week-long welcome to all things Rice University and Duncan College that gives you an academic and social foundation for both your first year and the rest of your time at Rice!
O-Week, designed to be 50% academic integration and 50% social integration, includes a wide range of events and activities that many alumni cite as a week of learning and introductions. This transitional, slightly summer-campy week is packed with everything from first-day move-in to class registration, icebreakers, late-night food, and (slightly) ridiculous traditions.
Because Rice is no ordinary university, getting an introduction to all the quirks and institutional secrets takes a full week! Though O-Week might not be representative of the rest of the year, it sets the tone for your college experience, and between petting zoos and academic planning, you’ll get a sense of Rice culture and community. It’ll be your first chance to settle into your new home here on campus.
Throughout the week, you’ll meet not only hundreds of other New Students, but also returning undergraduates, faculty, and staff who will be resources to you for your entire career at Rice. You might be surprised to learn there is a support system army awaiting you at Rice: The first ones you’ll meet will be your O-Week group, including its Advisors and Co-Advisors, but afterwards you’ll meet us (the Coordinators!), the Masters, Resident Associates and Fellows, College Coordinator, and Duncan Associates. O-Week will be when you may begin to believe in SESF (Duncan’s motto: Somos equipo, somos familia) and its importance to our college: that we work together, live together, and learn to support each other in our efforts as both undergraduate students and as people.
This may sound like a lot, but we will ensure that you get time to settle in. O-Week makes the goodbyes and your beginnings at Rice and Duncan that much easier.