2021 Summer Sessions Information for Rice Schools and Departments

General Information

Rice administers the Summer Sessions program to advance curricular goals and help students stay on target to graduate within six years. The Summer Sessions program is managed by the Office of the Registrar, and each school will determine its own course offerings.

The Summer 2021 Memo, which outlines various details, was sent by Provost DesRoches on 11/24/2021 and is available here.

One important characteristic is that Summer Sessions 2021 will be online. All courses, except for research and internship, must be offered online. No face-to-face courses may meet.

Summer Sessions Academic Calendar

The schedule for the 2021 Summer Sessions can be found on the Academic Calendar for Summer 2021. The Summer Sessions are divided into six main "blocks."

The Academic Calendar contains further information on refund rules (including refund percentages), University holidays, grade submission deadlines, etc.

Key Dates

Several key dates for departments and Academic Deans' office exist for the creation of the schedule of courses. (Note: Minimum enrollment requirements are subject to change at the discretion of the Vice President for Finance.)

  • 11/24/2020: CourseLeaf CLSS opens for departments to begin entering proposed summer 2021 course offerings
  • 11/27/2020: Deadline for Dean of Undergraduate to submit list of courses most likely in demand for
    students to graduate by August 31, 2021. Deadline for Athletics to submit list of courses desired for student athletes to Dean of Undergraduates
  • 11/30/2020: Initial list of online courses due to Rice Online
  • 12/1/2020: Summer Sessions website update is complete
  • 12/4/2020: Deadline for departments to submit (in CourseLeaf CLSS) first slate of summer 2021 course offerings to Deans’ offices. Deadline for departments to submit requests for exceptions to approved Summer. Session/Block dates; this includes any requests for international travel and/or graduate courses that are not housed in Sessions I, Block B1, Block C1, Block D1, Block E1, Block B2, or Block C2.
  • 12/11/2020: Deadline for first slate of proposed summer 2021 course offerings to be reviewed by Deans’ offices and approved/rejected in CourseLeaf CLSS workflow
  • 12/18/2020: Submitted summer 2021 Schedule of courses available in CourseLeaf CLSS for departments and Deans’ offices to review for all classes Summer 2021 Schedule of Courses formally posted on courses.rice.edu. Summer 2021 registration officially opens in ESTHER; Admission and registration process for (summer 2021) visiting students officially opens (for visiting students, including visiting online and visiting high school students, to apply for Rice visiting student status). Registration is contingent on admission.
  • 2/19/2021: Deadline for final submission of summer 2021 Schedule of Courses in CourseLeaf CLSS by departments
  • 5/10/2021: Summer Session I (14 Week Session) Begins; Deadline for visiting students to apply for Block B1 courses (with all appropriate and required paperwork). OTR sends list of courses for Block B1 with less than 5 enrollments; departments must submit justifications for exceptions by 5/12. Otherwise, course is canceled as of 5/13.
  • 5/17/2021: Summer Block B1 (7 Week Block) Begins. Deadline for visiting students to apply for Block C1 courses (with all appropriate and required paperwork). OTR sends list of courses for Block C1 with less than 5 enrollments; departments must submit justifications for exceptions by 5/19. Otherwise, course is canceled as of 5/20.
  • 5/24/2021: Summer Block C1 (6 Week Block) Begins. Deadline for visiting students to apply for Block D1 courses (with all appropriate and required paperwork) OTR sends list of courses for Block D1 with less than 5 enrollments; departments must submit justifications for exceptions by 5/26. Otherwise, course is canceled as of 5/27.
  • 5/31/2021: Summer Block D1 (10 Week Block) Begins
  • 6/7/2021: Deadline for visiting students to apply for Block E1 courses (with all appropriate and required paperwork). OTR sends list of courses for Block E1 with less than 5 enrollments; departments must submit justifications for exceptions by 6/9. Otherwise, course is canceled as of 6/10.
  • 6/14/2021: Summer Block E1 (7 Week Block) Begins
  • 6/21/2021: Deadline for visiting students to apply for Block B2 courses (with all appropriate and required paperwork). OTR sends list of courses for Block B2 with less than 5 enrollments; departments must submit justifications for exceptions by 6/23. Otherwise, course is canceled as of 6/24.
  • 6/28/2021: Summer Block B2 (7 Week Block) Begins. Deadline for visiting students to apply for Block C2 courses (with all appropriate and
    required paperwork). OTR sends list of courses for Block C2 with less than 5 enrollments; departments must submit justifications for exceptions by 7/1. Otherwise, course is canceled as of 7/2.
  • 7/5/2021: Summer Block C2 Begins
  • 7/12/2021: Deadline for visiting students to apply for Summer Session 1 courses (with all appropriate and required paperwork); admission is additionally dependent on course start date and type of course

Course Schedule / How to Offer a Course This Summer

In order to offer a course online in Summer 2021 (or any semester), you will need to have the course updated at the Course Catalog level before placing it on the Course Schedule.

Course Catalog

In order to offer a course this summer, it must be offered online. This means that Rice Policy 846 (https://policy.rice.edu/846) must be followed for all courses, and that includes approval through the appropriate curriculum committees and Rice Online.

The current steps are as follows:

  1. Complete a Rice Online “Request for Online Course” proposal (https://riceuniversity.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bmi3uyKzQGlOVJr)
  2. Work with Rice Online to formulate a plan for course development
  3. Submit a course change in CourseLeaf CIM

If you have already gone through the above steps for a specific course, you do not need to go through them again; rather, you can move on to the Course Schedule component below. If you have questions on whether or not you have gone through them for a specific course, please inquire with Caroline Levander (clevande@rice.edu).

Course Schedule

Once a course has been approved through the CourseLeaf CIM workflow steps to be offered online, it will be available to schedule online for a summer block. Your department scheduler can place the course on the Course Schedule into one of the following sessions by submitting the request through CourseLeaf CLSS.

Course Schedule Emails from OTR
Course Schedule FAQs
Are there standard meeting time blocks for the summer?

OTR has created suggested meeting time blocks, which are available here. These time blocks have been created with the idea that certain populations of students will have afternoon commitments, so the majority of time blocks will be before noon or in the evening. You are not required to use those meeting times.

What if I don't like the standard meeting time blocks and want to use a different one?

If you wish to use a time block other than the ones provided, you should ensure that adequate contact time is being met. OTR will review the meeting time supplied and may request additional information if the meeting time provided does not meet the expected contact time. These contact times below take into account any university holidays during the block.

Summer Block C1 (May 24 - July 2) - 6 Weeks
Summer Block C2 (July 5 - August 13) - 6 Weeks

  • 3 Credit Hour Classes meeting 5 days a week: 75 minutes per meeting
  • 3 Credit Hour Classes meeting 4 days a week: 95 minutes per meeting
  • 3 Credit Hour Classes meeting 3 days a week: 125 minutes per meeting
  • 3 Credit Hour Classes meeting 2 days a week: 190 minutes per meeting

Summer Block B1 (May 17 - July 2) - 7 Weeks
Summer Block B2 (June 28 - August 13) - 7 Weeks
Summer Block E1 (June 14 - July 30) - 7 Weeks

  • 3 Credit Hour classes meeting 5 days a week: 70 minutes per meeting
  • 3 Credit Hour Classes meeting 4 days a week: 90 minutes per meeting
  • 3 Credit Hour Classes meeting 3 days a week: 105 minutes per meeting
  • 3 Credit Hour Classes meeting 2 days a week: 165 minutes per meeting

Summer Block D1 (May 31 - August 6) - 10 Weeks

  • 3 Credit Hour classes meeting 5 days a week: 50 minutes per meeting
  • 3 Credit Hour Classes meeting 4 days a week: 55 minutes per meeting
  • 3 Credit Hour Classes meeting 3 days a week: 75 minutes per meeting
  • 3 Credit Hour Classes meeting 2 days a week: 120 minutes per meeting

Undergraduate Research/Internship Courses

Rice students participating in organized summer undergraduate research/internship programs for credit are not charged tuition, up to 3 credit hours for each course type. In order for a course to count toward this program, the course must be an existing eligible research/internship course, and if an internship, be a domestic internship. (Internship courses that include international travel are not eligible for the waiver.) The OTR will verify with the appropriate entities that the course is eligible to be offered tuition-free. Student eligibility criteria for these courses is available at Summer Tuition and Fees.

Student Registration Procedures

Student registration procedures are available on the student Summer Sessions page.

Student Eligibility Criteria

At this time, the summer program is an opportunity for currently enrolled Rice students, and visiting students from other institutions including recent high school graduates, to take college coursework for credit.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee information is available on the Cashier's website.

Additional Information

If you have additional questions regarding the Summer Sessions, please email us at registrar@rice.edu or call us at 713-348-4999.