Rice undergraduate students use ESTHER 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 18||Fall 2018 or Spring 2019||Fall 2019 or Spring 2020||Fall 2020|
|Transfer UG Students:||3+ yrs||2 yrs||1 yrs||na|
|that matriculated:||before Fall 19||Fall 2019 or Spring 2020||Fall 2020||na|
The Course Request Period will open on Friday, March 27, 2020, and will remain open and available through 5:00 PM Friday, April 10, 2020.
After the 5:00 PM deadline, all courses submitted during the Course Request Period 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 Request Period will be emailed to students on Monday, April 13, 2020, once all the undergraduate requests have been processed.
Undergraduate students can begin adding, dropping, or adding themselves to wait-list via ESTHER beginning at 7:00 AM on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. 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 15, 2020. This Registration PIN is the last six digits of your ID number as it displays in ESTHER.
|Add/Drop Begins: Wednesday, Arpil 15th||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 15, 2020.
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 Course Request Period 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 during the Course Request Period from March 27 - Arpril 10. After the initial registration results are displayed on Monday, April 13, students have additional time to reconsider course options and seek additional advising before the add/drop period begins on Wednesday, April 15.
Ultimately, a goal for these changes is to make the process of registration less stressful, and more equitable.
Step-by-step screen shots on how to use the Course Request system are available here.