Spring 2021 Registration: Undergraduate Students

How to Register

Rice undergraduate students use ESTHER to select their desired slate of classes for the upcoming semester.

Registration is a two-part process:

  1. Submit your requested course selections via ESTHER during the Course Request Period
  2. Perform "Adds" and "Drops" via ESTHER during the Add/Drop Period

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.

Registration Group A B C D
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

When to Register

The Course Request Period will open on Thursday, November 12, 2020, and will remain open and available through 5:00 PM Friday, December 4, 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 by noon on Monday, December 7, 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 Tuesday, December 8, 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 Tuesday, December 8, 2020. This Registration PIN is the last six digits of your ID number as it displays in ESTHER.

Registration Group A B C D
Add/Drop Begins: Tuesday, December 8, 2020 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 Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Why does Rice use the Course Request Period?

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 November 12 - December 4. After the initial registration results are displayed on Monday, December 7, 2020, students have additional time to reconsider course options and seek additional advising before the add/drop period begins on Tuesday, December 8.

Ultimately, a goal for these changes is to make the process of registration less stressful, and more equitable.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step-by-step screen shots on how to use the Course Request system are available here.

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