At Rice University, we aim to help our student-athletes become champions not only in their sport, but also in the classroom, and ultimately, in life. From their participation in sports, student-athletes inherently acquire a variety of attributes that are important to their future success, including commitment, confidence, team-building skills, determination, and time management. One of our goals is to provide expertise and knowledge to our student-athletes regarding how they can connect those skills to a productive future career.
By being committed to making exceptional career coaching available to our student-athletes beginning their freshman year, we hope to provide resources, access, and referrals to other appropriate resources to our athletes, in order that they may achieve their goals for their lives after Rice, whether that be entry into the workforce, graduate school, pursuit of a professional sport, or a yet to be discovered aspiration.
The Student-Athlete Development department works with the Center for Student Professional Development (with link) to assist student-athletes in achieving their professional goals by providing a variety of services and Opportunities to Win, Lead, and Succeed (O.W.L.S.), including:
By May 31, 2011, 85 percent of the Student-Athletes of the Class of 2011 who were seeking employment had a job post-graduation, with companies such as, Citigroup, Facebook, Dallas Cowboys, Mass Mutual, Deloitte, Schlumberger, Exxon-Mobil, and Under Armour.
This percentage of success represents 250% over the national average of all college graduates who had accepted positions at graduation. (per National Association of Colleges and Employers 5/5/2011)
Forty percent of those seeking graduate level education chose to attend graduate school for the 2011-12 or 2012-13 academic year, in fields such as law, medicine, sociology, physical therapy, sport management, and public health, at institutions such as University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Georgia, University of Texas School of Public Health-Houston, University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine, Texas Woman's University, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
The OWLS Career Network
We have developed a network of former student-athletes, alumni and friends who recognize the unique talents and attributes that our student-athletes bring to the table. To learn more about the network, click here
Rice Owls Group on LinkedIn
Connect with fellow Rice Owls Alums by joining the Rice Owls group on LinkedIn, the professional networking site. To join the group, click here For more information on Student-Athlete Development programs at Rice, contact Suzanne Boué