Rice undergraduate students use the ESTHER Course Registration Planner to select their desired slate of classes for the upcoming semester.
Registration is a two-part process:
All undergraduate students are placed in one of four registration groups, based on their matriculation term and their entry status as either new-first-time or transfer. In both the initial registration process, as well as with the opening of the Add/Drop period, registration priority will be given to students based on their assigned registration group.
|New-First-Time UG Students:||4+ yrs||3 yrs||2 yrs||1 yrs|
|that matriculated:||before Fall 16||Fall 2016 or Spring 2017||Fall 2017 or Spring 2018||Fall 2018|
|Transfer UG Students:||3+ yrs||2 yrs||1 yrs||na|
|that matriculated:||before Fall 17||Fall 2017 or Spring 2018||Fall 2018||na|
The ESTHER Course Registration Planner will open on Friday, March 23, 2018, and will remain open and available through 5:00 PM Friday, April 6, 2018.
After the 5:00 PM deadline, all ESTHER Course Registration Planners will be locked. On Monday, ESTHER will systematically make course selections and populate student schedules via a randomized process, during which CRNs (Course Registration Numbers) are selected randomly and then processed in random order by registration group, beginning with A through D.
The results from the Course Registration Planner will be made available on Monday, April 9 at 5:00 PM.
Undergraduate students can begin adding, dropping, or adding themselves to wait-list via ESTHER beginning at 7:00 AM on Wednesday, April 11. At this time registration is opened to undergraduate students in 15 minute increments based on their assigned registration groups. Each registration group will have 15 minutes to complete their changes. After 15 minutes, registration is closed for the current group to allow access for the next registration group. Students who are unable to complete their changes within their 15 minute window must wait until 8:00 AM to log back into ESTHER to complete their registration.
After 8:00 AM, students no longer need a Registration Pin to log into ESTHER and make changes to their schedules.
PLEASE NOTE: A Registration PIN will be required during the initial drop/add period from 7:00 AM to 7:59 AM on Wednesday, April 11. This Registration PIN is the last six digits of your ID number as it displays in ESTHER.
|Add/Drop Begins: Wednesday, April 11th||7:00 AM||7:15 AM||7:30 AM||7:45 AM|
Please Note: Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising between receiving their initial posted schedule and beginning Add/Drop on Wednesday, April 11.
In years past, registration activity was prioritized based on a student's total number of hours in academic history, which often included significant amounts of AP credit. In response to student concerns and registration feedback, beginning with Spring 2013, registration is prioritized based on matriculation year rather than total hours. This allows for a more fair and equitable registration process for all undergraduate students. Students register at the same time as their peers.
Additionally, introducing the ESTHER Course Registration Planner allows students more time and flexibility to receive academic advising throughout the process of creating a proposed schedule, including alternate course choices, prior to the "moment" of registration. Students can add, drop, and change their selected courses in their ESTHER Course Registration Planner from March 23 - April 6. After the initial registration results are displayed on Monday, April 9, students have additional time to reconsider course options and seek additional advising before the add/drop period begins on Wednesday, April 11.
Ultimately, a goal for these changes is to make the process of registration less stressful, and more equitable.