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What is O-Week? What is LegO-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 and 50% social, 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, ice breakers, late-night food, and (possibly) 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 water balloons and academic planning, you’ll get a sense of Rice culture, community, and maybe begin to care about both.

Throughout the week, you’ll get to 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 after you’ll meet us (the Coordinators!), the Master, resident associates, 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 undergraduate students and more importantly, as people.

This all may sound like a lot, but we will ensure that you get some time to settle in and snuggle with your stuffed animal. O-Week is about making the goodbyes easier, and your beginnings at Rice and Duncan that much easier.

LegO-Week is Duncan College's 2014 O-Week theme!

What is an O-Week group? Who are these advisor people?

An O-Week group is a group of three or four upperclassmen (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) who were selected by the Coordinators to guide you through O-Week and to help you throughout the year. You’ll have two or three advisors from Duncan, one co-advisor from another college, and possibly one Peer Academic Advisor (PAA) or Diveristy Facilitator too! We’ll call them all advisors to make things easier. What your advisors can do for you:

  • Give you a tour of campus
  • Help you pick your classes
  • Introduce you to their friends
  • Eat servery meals with you when you forget everyone’s name
  • Give you great advice
  • Generally make your first year easier!

TL;DR: O-Week is your one-of-a-kind welcome to all things Rice & Duncan. By the end of O-Week, you will be prepared for every facet of your Rice experience, academic and socially.

Below is Rice University's O-Week video from 2013 if you'd like to watch it! (Keep an eye out for some famous Duncan advisors wearing yellow T-shirts.)