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Visiting Students

How do I apply as a Visiting Undergraduate Student?

A visiting student is a student enrolled at another college or university that is approved, enrolled and classified as a non-matriculated Rice student. Visiting students are not registered as candidates for Rice undergraduate degrees. 

Students wanting to spend a semester or a year at Rice taking courses for credit can apply for admission into the visiting student program. As part of this program, s/he may attend Rice for a semester or up to a year, depending upon the student's program affiliation. This affiliation also decides whether the student may or may not take course(s) for credit. The transfer of credits earned at Rice to another institution is decided by that institution's transfer credit policy. If a visiting undergraduate wishes to then transfer to Rice, he or she may apply as a transfer student after having not attended Rice for at least a semester.

For a list of application requirements for the undergraduate visiting student program, please visit the Admission Office's Visiting Studentsexternal_link page.

How do I apply as a Visiting Post Baccalaureate (Class III) Student?

Visiting Post Baccalaureate (Class III) students are students who already have an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university, and would like to take Rice courses for credit outside of a Rice degree program. To apply as a Visiting Post Baccalaureate (Class III) student for the fall or spring semester, candidates must have attained an undergraduate degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (B), and submit a Visiting Student Application for consideration.

Before submitting your application, be sure to thoroughly read our Visiting Post Baccalaureate Policies and Guidelines.   

Application Process

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

  • Visiting Student Application - Visiting Post Baccalaureate
  • Complete list of requested courses (contained within application)
  • Non-refundable application fee of $100. This must be paid online on the OTR Fees website, and it can be paid by credit card or electronic check.
  • Official college transcript from all colleges or universities attended
  • Proof of Meningococcal Vaccination Record or Waiver (required if under the age of 22)
  • International Student Check-In Sheet and Documentation, if applicable (see below for details)
    *Admission to this program does not constitute admission to Rice University.  
    *Separate applications are required for each semester attended.  

Application Deadlines (for Non-Rice Students)

  • Fall 2015:  July 15, 2015
  • Spring 2016:  November 15, 2015
     *Application materials must be received by this date.  Late applications will not be accepted.  

International Students

Applicants who are Non-US Citizens and/or Permanent Residents must submit these additional items with their application:

  *Rice does not sponsor visas for visiting student programs.  

If you have any questions regarding your status as an international student, or if you are interested in learning more about programs for international students on campus, please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Summer School for Visiting Post Baccalaureate Students:

Visiting Post Baccalaureate students wishing to participate in summer classes at Rice may follow the same application process as other visiting summer students.  For more information, visit our Summer School for College Students web page .

Tuition and Additional Fees

For more information on the cost of tuition for Visiting Post Baccalaureate students, and other student fees that may be charged, visit the 2014 - 2015 Tuition and Fees for Visiting Post Baccalaureate Students web page on the Cashier's Office website.

Questions?

Please email us at postbac@rice.edu with any questions you have regarding the Visiting Post Baccalaureate Program.

How do I apply as an Auditor?

To apply to audit one or more courses:

  • Complete the Visiting Student Audit Form.
  • Obtain the instructor's signature for each class you wish to audit.
  • Pay the required Auditor's Fee at the Cashier's Office external_link .  The Cashier's Office must mark their approval for each class you wish to audit.
  • Submit the completed form to the Office of the Registrar during or before the first week of classes.
Please Note: There are no credit hours associated with audited courses and auditing a course does not affect your GPA. Additionally, please review the important Meningococcal Vaccination section, as this law also applies to those who wish to audit classes at Rice.

How do I apply to take summer school classes at Rice?

Rice University's Summer School is open to current Rice undergraduate and graduate students, Visiting Students, and Visiting Post-Baccalaureates. Those interested in summer school classes at Rice should visit the Summer School for College Students web page for more information.

Meningococcal Vaccination

A new state law requires all “entering students” to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis if you are under the age of 22 as of the first day of classes, and either: 

  • a first-time student at Rice on or after January 1, 2012; OR
  • attended a higher education institution before January 1, 2012, and are enrolling after a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.

You must receive the vaccination at least ten days before registration and provide documentation of your vaccination or documentation of a doctor’s appointment for the vaccination with your application. Documentation of your vaccination must also be sent to Student Health Services prior to registration.

Additional information is available on the Student Health Services external_link  website, as well as, the Texas Department of State Health Services external_link  website.

Non-U.S. Citizens 

Applicants who are Non-US Citizens must submit these additional items with their application:

  *Rice does not sponsor visas for visiting student programs.  

If you have any questions regarding your status as an international student, or if you are interested in learning more about programs for international students on campus, please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars.

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Last Revised : April 06, 2015