During the freshmen year, students meet with engineering divisional advisers associated with their residential colleges. These advisers provide general guidance on the various engineering majors.
Peer academic advisers in each college assist the divisional advisers, providing supplementary advice from the student perspective.
Undergraduate students must declare a major during or before the spring semester of their second year. As undergraduates declare their majors, they begin to consult with a major adviser in their chosen field. These departmental advisers can provide more specific assistance in navigating the degree options and finding enriching research opportunities. Sophomore (or second year) students are not allowed to register for the fall semester of their junior (or third) year if they have not yet declared a major. The major declaration deadline is listed in the academic calendar [https://registrar.rice.edu/calendars] each year. Undergraduates may declare a major at any time before this deadline and may change their major by completing the appropriate form.
In addition to this formal advising system, students are encouraged to engage the faculty at large, to consult with course instructors for advice. They are encouraged to investigate faculty web pages to learn more about ongoing research in the School of Engineering, then contact faculty whose work interests them for potential research projects.