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iPREP & O-Week

The incoming freshmen class is a busy bunch in August. To help with some of the scheduling, here’s a breakdown of what to expect.

All incoming internationals should pick up their keys to the colleges on August 12 from the Rice Police Station (RUPD) which is located at Entrance 8.Their office is open 24 hours per day and they will have a welcome packet and keys available for you.The welcome packet will have a lot of important information about scheduling, maps, and also a schedule of meals before O-Week starts.If you arrive at night by yourself, you can ask the Police for a night escort.

**Please note that if you have not completed your meningitis vaccine, you will not be allowed to receive your key nor will you be allowed to move on campus.

You are welcome to move into your college anytime during the 12th. During the day, we will have an activity planned from 1-5 that is optional, but will give you a great opportunity to meet some other students.There will more information about this program in your welcome packet.  There will be a meal card available in your packet when you pick up your keys at RUPD and the meal schedule is below:

Thursday -12th

ØLunch (12:00pm – 1:00pm): in OISS for pizza and immigration check-in

ØDinner (5:00pm – 6:00pm): on-campus at the South Servery *


Friday13th

ØBreakfast (8:15am): Rice Catering-Continental breakfast outside of iPREP meeting room

ØLunch (12:00pm – 1:00pm): Sammy’s (Ley Student Center) with ticket only

ØDinner (5:00pm – 6:00pm): on-campus at the South Servery *


Saturday14th

ØBreakfast (9:00 am -10:00am): on-campus at the South Servery *

ØLunch (1:00pm – 2:00pm): on-campus at the South Servery *

ØDinner (5:30pm – 6:30pm): on-campus at the South Servery * 

* Special iPREP seating near bay window. Optional seating outside or upstairs for picnic-style meal options.

On the 13th will be your International Orientation, otherwise known as iPREP. This will be a busy day of learning about regulations, academic issues, and fun opportunities just for you.There will also be a parent’s orientation that day for those of you who bring your parents to campus.This orientation is mandatory.

All international students must attend the orientation and do a check-in with our office.There are designated check-in times and you are expected to come with copies of all your immigration documents (the passport identification page, I-20, visa page, and I-94 card).You can make copies at the Copy Center in the Student Center.Their office hours are Mondays-Fridays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.The check-ins will be held in the Founders Room, Lovett Hall, Entrance A or B, 2nd Floor at the following times:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Friday, August 13, 2010

1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

On Saturday, there will also be a free Shopping Shuttle to take you to local shopping areas if you need items for your college room such as sheets, pillows, groceries, etc.

President Leebron talking with students

That afternoon (Saturday, August 14), you and your family are invited to a reception at the Brochstein Pavilion which will give you an opportunity to talk to Dean Hutchinson, President Leebron, and other university officials!  Your invitation will be in your Welcome Packet when you pick up your keys from the Rice Police.  This event will be from 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and light refreshment will be provided.

Sunday is when the rest of the incoming undergrads move in and will be a hectic time on campus.This is a great time to lend a hand to some of your future friends or even take a nap. Starting in the afternoon, you will be incredibly busy, so be prepared for all the great activities planned for you.

**Please note that if there are any activities that you do not feel comfortable participating in during O-Week that you are welcome to not join in.Always feel free to talk with your O-Week coordinator to express your concerns.

The rest of the week will be a blur of sessions that range from serious academic issues to getting to know your college to games with other colleges.This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the college that you’ll be in for the next four (ahem, maybe longer) years.

Don’t forget that you can get a comprehensive look at O-Week from the website.You can also get O-Week activities specific for your college!

~Written by Cory Owen, Senior International Advisor

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