Rice University
Office of the Registrar
Working with the Rice community to provide quality service and records management

 Transcript Requests 

  • Rice University provides official hard-copy transcripts and electronic transcripts
  • Rice University charges $10 per transcript ordered.
  • Hard-copy transcript processing takes 1-2 business days during non-peak periods; however, during peak periods, an additional 1-2 days may be required to complete transcript orders.
  • Hard-copy transcripts are sent first-class mail via USPS (approximately 2-3 day delivery time for domestic destinations).
  • Electronic transcripts must be ordered through the National Student Clearinghouse and are sent via secured email as a PDF file.
  • Rice transcripts do not contain social security numbers, which may make it difficult for the receiving institution to match your records.
  • If a hard-copy transcript order needs to be expedited, additional fees will apply.  Please email  transcripts@rice.edu to discuss your specific request. 
  • Per university policy, official transcripts will not be released to anyone whose financial obligations have not been met.

How to Request

Transcripts can be ordered online via ESTHER external_link or via the National Student Clearinghouse external_link. While both methods of online transcript ordering offer 24/7 convenience and secure transactions via major credit cards, ESTHER is the preferred method of order submission; however, electronic transcripts must be ordered through the National Student Clearinghouse.


ESTHER is the online self-service resource for students and alumni at Rice. Additional information on ESTHER can be located on the ESTHER FAQ page.

Rice students in attendance prior to Fall 1999 should email transcripts@rice.edu if they have not recently requested a transcript. These student records are housed in an inactive database and need to be migrated to the current student system and verified for GPA calculations. Please include the following information in the email:

  • Name During Attendance
  • Date of Birth
  • Dates of Attendance
  • Degree
  • Major

To place an order in ESTHER:

  1. Login to  ESTHER external_link  
  2. Click Student Services & Account Information > Student Records & Account Information > Order an Official Transcript  
  3. Carefully read and follow the step-by-step process
  4. If additional documents or attachments need to be sent with your transcript, you must email or fax them immediately after ordering your transcript.

After one business day, you may verify the status of your transcript order in ESTHER:

  1. Login to ESTHER external_link  
  2. Click Student Services & Account Information > Student Records & Account Information > View Previous Transcript Orders  
  3. Select the appropriate order (by date)

National Student Clearinghouse (NSC)

To ensure confidentiality and to comply with federal regulations, a signature release form is required. The signature release form can be electronically signed and submitted to the NSC.

To place an order and obtain your release form through the NSC:

  1. Go to the  National Student Clearinghouse external_link  
  2. Select Rice University from the pull-down menu
  3. Click Submit  
  4. Carefully read and follow the step-by-step process

You can track your order online and you will receive email updates. If the consent form for your order is outstanding, links to both a PDF and HTML version of your form will be available online. You can electronically sign & submit, fax, email or mail the completed form to the National Student Clearinghouse external_link. You can also obtain a copy of the consent form by clicking the link in the email updates.

You can also upload up to three (3) forms to accompany either your hard-copy or electronic transcript request as well.


Questions regarding transcripts should be directed to transcripts@rice.edu.

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Last Revised : January 03, 2017