Spring 2023 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 priority groups, based on their matriculation term and their entry status to Rice as either new-first-time or a transfer student. 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 2020 Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 Fall 2022
Transfer UG Students 3+ yrs 2 yrs 1 yrs N/A
...that matriculated Before Fall 2021 Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 Fall 2022 N/A

When to Register

Course Request Period (Part 1 of 2)

The Course Request Period will open on Friday, October 28, 2022, and will remain open and available through 5:00 PM Friday, November 11, 2022.

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.

NOTE: In March 2022, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate approved a modification to the registration process. Beginning with for Fall 2022 Registration, and specifically for the Course Request Period only, the Registration Priority Groups will be amended, with student-athletes separated into a sub-group within each Registration Group. The goal is to allow student-athletes a "head start" of 10 credit hours and process registration requests for them prior to other students in their priority group. Student-athletes within Registration Group A will be re-tagged as “A1”, those within Registration Group B will become “B1," etc. Following this adjustment, “rising senior” student-athletes (A1) will receive priority registration for their randomized CRN selections for up to a maximum of 10 credit hours of registered courses. Afterwards, all students in Registration Group A (both non-student-athletes and student-athletes) will receive registration priority for their randomized CRN selections. After all of Group A has been processed, the process then shifts to “rising juniors” (B1, and then B), then “rising sophomores” (C1, and then C), and so on. Please note: this piloted amendment to the Registration Priority Groups is only for the processing of student-selected CRN selections within the Course Request Period and does not extend to the Add/Drop Period. The provost's office April 2022 announcement to the student community on this amendment to the registration process can be found here.

The registration results from the Course Request Period will be emailed to students by noon on Monday, November 14, 2022, once all the undergraduate course requests have been processed.

Add/Drop Registration Period (Part 2 of 2)

Undergraduate students can begin adding, dropping, or adding themselves to wait-list via ESTHER beginning at 7:00 AM on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. At this time registration is opened to undergraduate students in 15 minute increments based on the four (4) assigned registration groups (A, B, C, and D). (Please note that student-athletes do not receive priority during this period and are assigned a group solely based on their matriculation term and original student type.) 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, November 16, 2022. 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: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 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, November 16, 2022.

Why does Rice use the Course Request Period?

For many years, 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, the Rice registration process was adjusted to be prioritized based on matriculation year rather than total hours. This allows for a more fair and equitable registration process for all undergraduate students. Students within a cohort or class 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 that initial "moment" of registration. Students can add, drop, and change their selected courses throughout the Course Request Period from October 28 - November 11, 2022. After the initial registration results are displayed on Monday, November 14, 2022, students then have additional time to reconsider course options and seek additional advising before the add/drop period begins on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

Ultimately, a goal for this two-part registration is to make the process of registration less stressful, and more equitable for all.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Please visit the link to ESTHER Registration Course Request Process for the step-by-step screen shots on how to use the Course Request system.

Registration Overloads Petition Process

Please visit the link to the Registration Overloads Petition Process for more information.

Concurrent Enrollment Petition Process

Students must secure written approval from the Office of Academic Advising before concurrently enrolling at Rice and at another university. Student should note that the hours for courses taken at another academic institution are added to the hours for courses taken at Rice. The combined number of hours must not exceed the maximum number of hours required, usually a total of 18 hours. If the total numbers of hours for all registered courses exceeds the maximum, a registration overload petition must be also be submitted for approval.

Please visit the link to the Concurrent Enrollment Process for more information.