Can I add courses, or change my schedule, after seeing the registration results from my ESTHER Course Registration Planner?
Yes. This may be done during the Add/Drop period, according to the academic calendar and your registration group (see When to Register).
To Add/Drop, go to: ESTHER > Student Services & Account Information > Registration > Register or Add/Drop Classes
Can I add second choice courses in the event I don't get in to my first choice courses?
Yes. If additional sections of your chosen course are offered, you will have the option to list one of these additional sections as an alternate choice.
If no additional sections of your chosen course are offered, you may add an entirely different course as your alternate choice. It is not required that the alternate course be at the same time slot, although for planning purposes that may be advisable.
Can I get moved to a different registration group? I'm planning on graduating early and would like to register earlier. What do I do?
Considerable thought and discussion went into this particular matter. Ultimately it was decided that when building the ESTHER registration groups, the groups would be built based on matriculation year, and matriculation year alone. Rice's program is a four year degree program. Although it is permissible to complete the program in less time than four years, this is not a reason to provide priority in registration ahead of those students who plan to take the standard four years. The number of undergraduates that graduate in less than 4 years is very small.
One consolation is this, if you are a 3rd year student desiring to take senior-level courses, when registering in group B, the majority of those registering with you will be registering for junior-level courses. While it's true that 4th year (group A) students would have registered before you, please remember that students seeking to take courses at a level above their year of study, do so on a space-available basis. If you do not get into a course during initial registration, add yourself to the wait-list, if one exists. Keep in mind that a lot of drop and add activity will take place up to and through the first week of class.
While we are unable to move students from one registration group to another, students should keep in mind that with many upper-level courses, Rice instructors have some control over enrollment. While this is not a guarantee, most instructors are willing to work with students if or when they need a course for a final graduation requirement.
As posted on the main registration page, transfer students are bumped up one registration group automatically so they can continue on a degree path which will allow graduation in four years. However, two year transfer students that believe they should be bumped up more than just the one group, will need to contact Academic Advising to petition for this change.
Can I select the same course more than once in my ESTHER Course Registration Planner?
No, and Yes.
No: A course can only be added to the first priority level one time. The ESTHER Course Registration Planner will not allow an additional section of the same course to be duplicated in the first priority level.
Yes: An additional section of a course in the first priority level of your planner can be added to the second choice level.
Does the ESTHER Course Registration Planner check to see if I have entered courses with time conflicts, or “double-booked” class times?
Yes and No.
Yes: As you add courses to the ESTHER Course Registration Planner, the courses will display in a visual weekly calendar. If you enter courses with conflicting times, the planner will display both courses in red to caution you that they are "double-booked".
No: During the registration process, courses are randomly selected, then student registrations for courses are randomized and processed. If or when a time conflict arises in your schedule, the system will keep the first course it slotted into your schedule and you will receive a Time Conflict error for the second course.
Does the ESTHER Course Registration Planner check to see if I have met course pre-requisites?
No and Yes.
No: The ESTHER Course Registration Planner will not verify whether you have met pre-requisites as you select and identify courses in your planner.
Yes: During the registration process, if you are selected for a course and you have not met any existing pre-requisites, the course will not slot into your schedule and you will receive a pre-requisite error.
Does the ESTHER Course Registration Planner take in-progress courses into account during the registration process?
Yes. For example, if you are currently enrolled in a course that is a pre-requisite for a course you are attempting to add for the upcoming semester, during the registration process on Sunday night, your pre-requisite course in-progress course will be counted towards meeting the pre-requisite requirement.
How do I add courses from the ESTHER Course Registration Planner to my schedule for the semester?
Step-by-step instructions, including screenshots, are available on the ESTHER Course Registration Planner: Step-by-Step Instructions page.
How does the ESTHER Course Registration Planner work?
You should select open courses, including an alternative to each of your first choices, and input them into your ESTHER Course Registration Planner. Please make certain to have your proposed slate of courses input before the deadline indicated here. After the deadline, all ESTHER Course Registration Planners will be locked. The ESTHER system will then make course selections and populate student schedules via an automated and randomized process. This process ensures the most equitable access to courses during the registration process.
For additional information on when posted schedules will be available and when registration will re-open, please see When to Register: All Students.
How many courses can I add to my ESTHER Course Registration Planner?
Most Rice students take 5-6 courses each semester. As with regular semester registration, full-time students should add at least 12 hours and no more than 20 hours into the ESTHER Course Registration Planner. The planner allows up to a maximum cap of 20 hours, not counting alternates or second choices.
You are strongly encouraged to carefully select your first priority choices, with appropriate alternates for your second choices, to avoid unsuccessful registrations due to time conflict errors.
I added an FWIS course to my planner, why is it not in my schedule?
For registration occurring during O-Week for the fall semester, only students in FWIS Group I - Fall are able to add an FWIS course via the ESTHER Course Registration Planner. If you are not in Group I - Fall, the FWIS course will not be added to your schedule.
For registration for the Spring semester, only students in FWIS Group II - Spring are able to add an FWIS course via the ESTHER Course Registration Planner. If you are not in Group II - Spring, the FWIS course will not be added to your schedule during Spring registration.
For more info on FWIS Registration, click here.
I don’t have enough hours to constitute a full-time schedule in my Registration Results. What can I do?
To continue building your schedule, or to add and drop courses, go to: ESTHER > Student Services & Account Information > Registration > Register or Add/Drop Classes
I tried to open my ESTHER Course Registration Planner, and saw a “System Processing Registration” notice. When can I access my planner again?
This notice appears after the deadline stipulated in the When to Register section on the main Registration page. You will be able to view your registration results after all course assignments have been made by the Course Registration Planner. If you did not receive all the courses that you wished, you may add or drop courses during the Add/Drop period.
If a course is full, will the ESTHER Course Registration Planner automatically put me on a wait-list for that particular course?
No. The ESTHER Course Registration Planner will not add you to ESTHER wait-lists. The Add/Drop period begins, according to the academic calendar and your registration group. If an ESTHER wait-lists exists, you can add yourself to the wait-list via the Register or Add/Drop Classes page in ESTHER.
If I don’t get my first choice course, am I guaranteed a spot in my alternate selection?
No. All course assignments are made via a randomized process and in accordance with course enrollment limits and other regular registration processes.
Once I add courses to the ESTHER Course Registration Planner, can I change or adjust them?
Yes. You can build and rearrange your schedule until the deadline stipulated at When to Register: All Students. At this time, the registration system will lock down all ESTHER Course Registration Planners, and begin processing data for the course assignments.
The Registration Results page indicates I have “Unsuccessful Registrations” – what does this mean?
Unsuccessful registrations are courses you added to your ESTHER Course Registration Planner, but the system was unable to add to your schedule.
The course may have been full, or you may not have had the required pre-requisites, or you tried to register for two courses at the same time, etc. Additional information can be found on the Common Registration Errors page.
What is the difference between ESTHER Course Registration Planner and Schedule Planner?
As the name implies, the ESTHER Course Registration Planner is an application in ESTHER used for identifying the courses you want to take. At a predetermined time, the ESTHER Course Registration Planner will systematically register courses from the shopping cart, via a randomized process, to each student's schedule.
Schedule Planner is a web application developed by Rice's Dr. Scott Cutler, and was created as a tool to assist students in the planning process. With its visual interface, it's a helpful tool to use when considering various and different course combinations. Working on and plotting courses into Schedule Planner will not add courses to your schedule in ESTHER.
What is the ESTHER Course Registration Planner?
The ESTHER Course Registration Planner is an application within ESTHER which acts like a “shopping cart” for selecting and identifying the courses you want to take.
Why is registration set up this way? Why can't I register for any and all the classes I want?
At Rice, a number of variables may affect class size, including desired pedagogy, the size of room, the type of class, etc. Most faculty and instructors have a desired class size for the course they are teaching. A class designed for 19 students becomes a vastly different experience if 39 students register. To foster and encourage appropriate instructor-student interaction, most courses have a predetermined cap or max enrollment.