Visiting Post Baccalaureates
Visiting Post Baccalaureate 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 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
During the fall and spring semester, visiting post baccalaureates
should read through the following information. For visiting post
baccalaureate students wishing to register for courses during the
summer, please visit
Rice’s Summer Sessions page.
Non-Degree Seeking Status
Visiting Post Baccalaureate (VPB) applicants are non-degree seeking students.
Courses are taken for credit at the cost of full graduate tuition,
without the student being admitted to a degree program. Attending Rice
University as a VPB student is not
a means of entering a degree program. Students who wish to take
classes without earning credits may do so as a visiting auditor.
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,
2016-2017 Tuition and Fees for Visiting Post Baccalaureate Students web page on the Cashier's Office website.
Application Deadlines (for Non-Rice Students)
- Spring Semester: November 15th
- Fall Semester: July 15th
Complete visiting post baccalaureate applications are reviewed
for approval by the Office of the Registrar. Requested courses are
approved individually by the appropriate department chairs and
instructors, dependent on course availability and the applicant’s
suitability (e.g. any
necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, etc.). Students must register for at least three credit hours and may not take courses on a pass/fail basis. Visiting Post Baccalaureates must receive at least a B for all classes taken or they will not be permitted to register for subsequent terms as a non-degree seeking visiting post baccalaureate student.
A notice will be sent to the applicant upon completion of this
approval process, which will include a list of the courses that the
applicant has been accepted into, as well as detailed instructions for
formal registration. The applicant is not required to register for all
they have been accepted into, but they may
not attempt to register for additional courses that were not listed on their
To apply, students will need to submit the following materials to the Rice University Office of the Registrar:
Admission to this program does not constitute admission to Rice University.
Separate applications are required for each semester attended.