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Rice's Summer Sessions 

Rice University is pleased to offer the Summer Sessions. Consisting of three sessions, the summer program is an opportunity for currently enrolled Rice students, visiting students from other institutions including rising high school seniors and recent high school graduates, to take college coursework for credit.

Summer 2016 Sessions

The Summer Sessions is divided into three sessions:

  • Summer Session I: May 16 - June 3 (3 weeks)
  • Summer Session II: May 23 - June 24 (5 weeks)
  • Summer Session III: June 27- July 29 (5 weeks)     

Rice's Office of the Registrar is coordinating the summer sessions. The schedule can be found on the Registrar's website under Academic Calendars.

    Summer 2016 Course Schedule

    The Summer 2016 course schedule is posted to Rice's Course Schedule. Any additions, changes, or cancellations to the schedule will be posted on this page as soon as we receive them.

    All students who register for courses for academic credit during any of the Summer sessions will see SUMM 000 “Summer Placeholder” listed in their schedule.   The Office of the Registrar has built this into the system to enable increased functionality for summer registrants, specifically allowing students to fully conduct all registration activity via ESTHER. Please be aware that SUMM 000 is an administrative tool and NOT A true academic course and will only be used during summer terms.  There are no credit hours or tuition associated with this “placeholder”, and it will not appear on a student's transcript. Please continue to follow the add/drop deadlines as listed in the Academic Calendar for the applicable session. Should you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar. 

    Summer 2016 Tuition and Fees

    Tuition for The 2016 Summer Sessions is $1,000 per credit hour. This information can be found on the Cashier's Office website.

    Rice Undergraduate Summer Research Experience:

    Current Rice students may enroll in an organized summer undergraduate research course for credit and not be charged tuition for up to 3 credit hours. For eligibility criteria, please see the following:

    • Students enrolled must be continuing, degree-seeking Rice students, and be enrolled at Rice for both the book-end Spring/Fall semesters of the summer research year;
    • Students enrolled must receive instructor pre-approval by completing an Undergraduate Special Registration Request Form and returning it to the Office of the Registrar to process;
    • Departments must certify and submit standard letter grade credit; 
    • The undergraduate research course will have the same course number as the departmental academic year research course number; and
    • Credit hours are based on current hours for research course credit:
      • 3 Credit Hour Course would require a minimum of 126 hours of research experience
      • 2 Credit Hour Course would require a minimum of 84 hours of research experience
      • 1 Credit Hour Course would require a minimum of 42 hours of research experience 

    Financial Aid

    Rice students may be eligible to apply for additional federal loan funds if enrolled for 6 or more hours at Rice University during the summer term. Financial aid is not available for visiting students. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information by phone (713-348-4958) or email ( fina@rice.edu).

    Enrollment Process for Rice Students

    Currently enrolled Rice students should register online via ESTHER external_link as per normal registration processes and procedures. Please familiarize yourself with and adhere to all registration and payment deadlines as noted on the Summer 2016 Academic Calendar as soon as it is posted.

    March 14, 2016: Summer 2016 registration opens in  ESTHER external_link

    A Rice student who graduates in May 2016 is eligible to register for Summer 2016 courses as a Visiting Post Baccalaureate student only. Any credits earned for Summer 2016 are not eligible to be applied to a previously awarded degree. To register for Summer 2016 courses, these students should follow the Enrollment Process for Non-Rice Students below.

    Enrollment Process for Non-Rice Students

    All visiting students must follow the Enrollment Process for Non-Rice Students, as outlined below. Houston area high school students who are rising seniors and above must submit additional application materials for high school students, which is detailed below.

    NOTE:  Visiting Students, who are not current Texas residents, wishing to register for one of the few courses offered online during the Summer Sessions should contact the Office of the Registrar to verify eligibility.

    Application Process

    To apply, students will need to submit the following materials to the Rice University Office of the Registrar:  

    • Visiting Student Application 
    • Dean of Students Recommendation Form (visiting undergraduates from other institutions only)
    • Application fee of $100. This must be paid online on the OTR Fees website and may be paid by credit card or electronic check.
    • Course deposit of $200/course  (payable by check or money order to Rice University)
    • Official college transcript from all colleges or universities attended
    • Official final high school transcript (waived if attended a college/university in Spring 2016) All transcripts must be mailed in and will not be accepted by fax or email. 
    • Proof of Meningococcal Vaccination Record or Waiver (required if under the age of 22). Note: students enrolling in one of the few 100%-online courses are not required to provide proof of the vaccination.
    • International Student Check-In Sheet and Documentation, if applicable 
    • If a rising high school senior or recent high school graduate, please see below for additional application materials required.

    Additional application materials required for Houston area high school students:

    • Teacher and counselor recommendation attesting to the applicant's ability to pursue a university-level course;
    • Test scores (SAT or ACT); either an official copy or as reported on the student's high school transcript;
    • Official high school transcript

    *Admission to this program does not constitute admission to Rice University.  

    Application Deadlines (for Non-Rice Students): 

    • Session I: May 2, 2016
    • Session II: May 9, 2016
    • Session III: June 13, 2016

    Application Forms and Paperwork

    Mail ALL documents to this EXACT address:
    Rice University Office of the Registrar, MS-57 
    Summer Sessions
    6100 Main Street 
    Houston, TX 77005 

    Information for Departments

    Information for departments regarding administrative processes for Summer Sessions is available on the Summer Sessions information page for schools and departments.

    Questions? Need Info? Who to contact?

    If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar by phone (713-348-4999) or by email (summercredit@rice.edu).  

    Last Revised : March 09, 2016