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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 for consideration.

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, visit the 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

Approval Process

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 the courses they have been accepted into, but they may not attempt to register for additional courses that were not listed on their approved application.

Application Process

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. 

Last Revised : October 31, 2016