Summer Sessions Enrollment Process for Incoming Fall Rice Undergraduate Students

Rice University is pleased to allow incoming Rice freshman and transfer students the ability to take a course during the Summer Sessions. The schedule of Summer Sessions blocks can be found on the Academic Calendar for Summer 2024. The Academic Calendar for Summer 2024 also includes information regarding add/drop dates, tuition refunds, and withdrawals.

Registration Requirements

Incoming students are eligible to take one for-credit course (up to 4 credit hours) from a selection of approved summer courses (listed below), beginning in Summer Block E1. These approved courses have been listed below. Incoming students will not be able to register for a course that has not been approved. The tuition rate for Rice undergraduates is available on the Bursar’s Office website, and financial aid is available for eligible students. Registration for all blocks will open by 5pm on May 21, 2024.

Blocks Block Dates Registration via ESTHER Deadline
Summer Block E1 June 10-July 26, 2024 (7 weeks) June 9, 2024
Summer Block B2 June 24-August 9, 2024 (7 weeks) June 23, 2024
Summer Block C2 July 1-August 9, 2024 (6 weeks) June 30, 2024

Incoming students who would like to take a summer session course must do three things before registering for courses:

  1. View the Introduction to Academics video recording.
    • Once you've finished viewing the recording in its entirety, please fill out the Introduction to Academics Completion Form here.
  2. Complete the 2024 Matriculating Class Canvas module, inclusive of the Honor Code Quiz and Rice Policies modules.
  3. Submit to Rice the Health Data Form. More information found here: https://health.rice.edu/new-students/health-data-form

Once these elements are complete, registration holds will be removed from student accounts within two to three business days. All other holds will also need to be cleared before students can login to the ESTHER course registration system and register for their course.

Please check your holds by:

  1. Logging in to ESTHER
  2. Select “Student Services & Account Information”
  3. Select “View Holds”
  4. Confirm that there are no other holds on your account

If you have holds on your account, consult the Holds page at registrar.rice.edu/students/holds.

2024 Summer Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee rates for 2024 Summer Sessions are available on the Bursar’s Office website. Billing and payment information can be reviewed at https://bursar.rice.edu/student-accounts.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have AP credit (or other credit), but ESTHER is not allowing me to register for a higher-level course. Why?

AP credit (and other credit) is not given to Rice by the testing organization until July, and then it takes some time for Rice to process the credit. Until the credit is on your record, you will not be able to register for a higher-level course. Information about course credit for transfer students is available on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Am I able to use Financial Aid to help cover the cost of a summer course?

Yes. For more information about Financial Aid and summer students, please visit the Financial Aid website.

I’m having trouble logging into Canvas/accessing the 2024 Matriculating Class Canvas module. What do I do?

Contact helpdesk@rice.edu if you are experiencing any issues with Canvas. If you have problems accessing the 2024 Matriculating Class Canvas course or the modules, please contact oweek@rice.edu.

How do I drop a course, and when is the last day I can do so?

For the Summer Semester 2024, Fall matriculants may drop a course up until the last day of classes for the respective class. How you drop a course is dependent upon when you are dropping:

Please note that depending on when you drop the course, you may or may not receive a refund for the course. You should consult the Academic Calendar for Summer 2024 (and Financial Aid, if receiving aid) to determine if you will be issued a refund.

Student Support

We are here to support you over the summer through a range of offices and services that are available to you as a Rice student.

Office of Academic Advising
Email: aadv@rice.edu | Phone: 713-348-4060
Note: If you are a student athlete, please contact Kendal Moore at kendal.moore@rice.edu or 713-348-2810.

Student Success Initiatives - Help with study skills, time management
Email: success@rice.edu

The Honor Council - For questions regarding the Honor System and academic integrity
Email: honor@rice.edu

Center for Academic and Professional Communication - Writing support
Contact CAP-C

Wellbeing and Counseling Center - Mental health and wellbeing support
Contact Center | Phone: 713-348-3311 (24/7)

Center for Career Development
Email: ccd@rice.edu | Phone: 713-348-4055

Disability Resource Center
Email: adarice@rice.edu | Phone: 713-348-5841

Office of Financial Aid
Email: fina@rice.edu | Phone: 713-348-4958

Bursar's Office - Billing and payment
Email: bursar@rice.edu | Phone: 713-348-4946

2024 Summer Courses Eligible for Incoming Matriculants

The Summer 2024 course schedule is posted to Rice's Course Schedule, but not all courses are eligible for incoming matriculants. Approved courses are listed below.

The courses listed below represent a subset of courses being offered during the Summer Semester 2023. A full list of courses being offered during the Summer Semester 2024 is available on the Course Schedule.


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BEGINNING DRAWING (ARTS 225)

Area

Visual Arts

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Fowler, William G.

Credits

3

CRN

31411

This course introduces students to the basic techniques, materials and processes of drawing. Students will explore line, tone, space, form, composition, and content through a variety of drawing assignments in dry and wet media. Students learn how to draw from direct observation. No previous drawing experience is required. This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: FACE TO FACE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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BEGINNING PAINTING (ARTS 301)

Area

Visual Arts

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Fowler, William G.

Credits

3

CRN

31412

This course introduces students to the basic language, tools, and materials of painting. Students will learn painting techniques and concepts, starting with painting from observation and ending with more student-directed projects. Lectures and filed trips will explore painting through an art historical context as well as a contemporary one. This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: FACE TO FACE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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INTRO TO ENG COMPUTATION (CMOR 220)

Area

Comp Appl Math Operations Rsch

Session

Summer Block B2 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Protasov, Anastasiya N.

Credits

3

CRN

31580

Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization using Matlab and Python. This project-based course introduces students to engineering computation in Matlab and Python. Computational projects motivated by different science and engineering applications are used to introduce basic numerical methods, and develop computational solutions using Matlab and Python. No programming knowledge is required or expected; students learn how to implement their solutions in Matlab and Python. Lectures are held Mondays and Wednesdays. In a laboratory component held on Fridays, students work in small groups on computational projects led by a Rice Learning Assistant. Fall/Spring semester: meeting 3 times per week (50min each meeting). Summer semester: meeting 5 times per week (65min each meeting) OR refer to the current schedule.

Method of Instruction: ONLINE

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DIFF EQUATIONS SCI & ENG (CMOR 304)

Area

Comp Appl Math Operations Rsch

Session

Summer Block D1 (10 Wk)

Instructor

Grundvig, Dane S.

Credits

3

CRN

31320

Classical and numerical solution techniques for ordinary and partial differential equations. Fourier series and the finite element method for initial and boundary value problems arising in diffusion and wave propagation phenomena.

Method of Instruction: FACE TO FACE

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INTRO TO O.R. AND OPTIMIZATION (CMOR 360)

Area

Comp Appl Math Operations Rsch

Session

Summer Block D1 (10 Wk)

Instructor

Karagoz, Aysenur

Credits

3

CRN

31370

Formulation of mathematical models of complex decisions arising in management, economics, and engineering. Models using linear, nonlinear, stochastic and integer programming, as well as networks. Linear programming duality and its modeling implications. Overview of basic solution methods for these optimization models.

Method of Instruction: FACE TO FACE

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BLACK COMICS (ENGL 266)

Area

English

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Castroman, Margarita M.

Credits

3

CRN

31440

This course considers the impact and development of graphic novels in the African American literary tradition. It traces the origin story of the genre, examines its evolving relationship to African American biography, history, and fiction, and considers its popularity in contemporary media. This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: ONLINE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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LITERATURE AND MEDICINE (ENGL 272)

Area

English

Session

Summer Block E1 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Shwetz, Katherine J.

Credits

3

CRN

31441

Designed for, but not limited to, students interested in the medical profession, this course introduces the study of medicine through reading imaginative literature--novels, plays, essays, poems--by and about doctors and patients, focusing on understanding ethical issues and on developing critical and interpretive skills. This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: ONLINE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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SURVEY OF AMER FILM & CULTURE (ENGL 373)

Area

English

Session

Summer Block B2 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Aranda, Jose F.

Credits

3

CRN

31447

A course that explores the history of cinema in the U.S. from its origins to the present day. This course will examine the development of narrative, sound, the classical Hollywood form and style; film genres; the emergence of television; the influence of postwar “art cinemas”; the origins of the blockbuster; and the status of Hollywood as “global cinema.” This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: ONLINE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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SURVEY OF AMER FILM & CULTURE (FILM 373)

Area

Film

Session

Summer Block B2 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Aranda, Jose F.

Credits

3

CRN

31449

A course that explores the history of cinema in the U.S. from its origins to the present day. This course will examine the development of narrative, sound, the classical Hollywood form and style; film genres; the emergence of television; the influence of postwar “art cinemas”; the origins of the blockbuster; and the status of Hollywood as “global cinema.” This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: ONLINE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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SURVEY OF AMER FILM & CULTURE (HART 380)

Area

Art History

Session

Summer Block B2 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Aranda, Jose F.

Credits

3

CRN

31448

A course that explores the history of cinema in the U.S. from its origins to the present day. This course will examine the development of narrative, sound, the classical Hollywood form and style; film genres; the emergence of television; the influence of postwar “art cinemas”; the origins of the blockbuster; and the status of Hollywood as “global cinema.” This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: ONLINE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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PUBLIC SPEAKING (HUMA 201)

Area

Humanities

Session

Summer Block E1 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Worth, David S.

Credits

3

CRN

31431

This course is designed to give the student exposure to and experience using basic principles and skills of oral communication in the public context. Emphasis will be on the development of speech organization, support, and delivery. Informative and persuasive speeches will be practiced. An important outcome of the course is that the student better understand and appreciate the important role public speaking plays in modern society. This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: ONLINE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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RHETORIC OF LEADERSHIP (HUMA 318)

Area

Humanities

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

LaBove, Shannon D.

Credits

3

CRN

31548

This course will examine the relationship between leadership and communication within organizations and explore leadership as a communication phenomenon. Emphasis will be on leadership as a set of relationships that manifest themselves in practices that arise from the implementation of theory. Historical and contemporary leadership and communication theory will be surveyed and students will develop an increased understanding of the relationship between communication and leadership. Previously offered as HUMA 311/LEAD 320. Mutually exclusive; credit cannot be earned for HUMA 318 if the student has previously taken HUMA 311 or LEAD 320 This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: ONLINE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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INTRO TO MEDICAL HUMANITIES (MDHM 201)

Area

Medical Humanities

Session

Summer Block E1 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Alexander, Travis T.

Credits

3

CRN

31507

Examines the history of medicine, concepts of disease vs illness, narrative medicine, health disparities, religion, spirituality, and the role of science and technology on the practices of healthcare. Students will develop skills in close reading, interpretation, historical contextualization, critical thinking. This course (formerly HURC 201) is required for the minor in Medical Humanities. Mutually Exclusive with HURC 201. Credit cannot be earned for both HURC 201 and MDHM 201. This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: ONLINE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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ELECTRICITY&MAGNETISM W/LAB (PHYS 102)

Area

Physics

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Cone, Michael T.

Credits

4

CRN

31313

A calculus-based introduction to electricity and magnetism. Includes classes and lab exercises on electric and magnetic fields, Maxwell's equations in integral form, and AC and DC circuits. Primarily for physical science and engineering students. May receive credit for only one of PHYS 102, 112, 126, AP Physics 2 (PHYS 142) and AP Physics-C E&M. Students must also register for PHYS 104. This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: ONLINE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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ELECTRICITY&MAGNETISM W/LAB (PHYS 102)

Area

Physics

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Cone, Michael T.

Credits

4

CRN

31314

A calculus-based introduction to electricity and magnetism. Includes classes and lab exercises on electric and magnetic fields, Maxwell's equations in integral form, and AC and DC circuits. Primarily for physical science and engineering students. May receive credit for only one of PHYS 102, 112, 126, AP Physics 2 (PHYS 142) and AP Physics-C E&M. Students must also register for PHYS 104. This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: FACE TO FACE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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E & M DISCUSSION (PHYS 104)

Area

Physics

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Cone, Michael T.

Credits

0

CRN

31315

Small group discussion section to extend and reinforce concepts presented in PHYS 102. Students must also register for PHYS 102. This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: FACE TO FACE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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GENERAL PHYSICS II (WITH LAB) (PHYS 126)

Area

Physics

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Beaird, Robert P.

Credits

4

CRN

31317

A calculus-based survey of E&M and optics primarily intended for bioscience and premedical students. Includes classes and lab exercises on wave and ray optics, electric field and potential, magnetic fields and induction, and DC circuits. May receive credit for only one of PHYS 102, 112, 126, AP Physics 2 (PHYS 142), and AP Physics-C, E&M. This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: ONLINE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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GENERAL PHYSICS II (WITH LAB) (PHYS 126)

Area

Physics

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Beaird, Robert P.

Credits

4

CRN

31319

A calculus-based survey of E&M and optics primarily intended for bioscience and premedical students. Includes classes and lab exercises on wave and ray optics, electric field and potential, magnetic fields and induction, and DC circuits. May receive credit for only one of PHYS 102, 112, 126, AP Physics 2 (PHYS 142), and AP Physics-C, E&M. This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: FACE TO FACE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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WHAT IS RELIGION? (RELI 101)

Area

Religion

Session

Summer Block B2 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Han, Gregory C.

Credits

3

CRN

31460

Comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of key elements (including scripture, religious experience, ideas of the divine, religious art and practices) of two Western and two non-Western religions, of the scholarly study of religion, and of the role of religion in the contemporary world. This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: ONLINE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (SOCI 101)

Area

Sociology

Session

Summer Block E1 (7 Wk)

Instructor

Samayoa, Erick N.

Credits

3

CRN

31318

Introduction to the principal concepts, theories and methods of sociology. Required (normally) for sociology majors and minors. Enrollment in section 003 of this course is reserved for new matriculants only. This course is available to visiting high school students.

Method of Instruction: ONLINE

Prerequisites for high school students: None

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RISE (UNIV 106)

Area

University Courses

Session

Summer Block C2 (6 Wk)

Instructor

Byrd, Alexander X.; Turi, Luziris P.

Credits

0

CRN

31257

Designed for incoming students with expressed interests in the Humanities, Social Sciences, this course uses scholarship on Houston to explore particular issues of race, place, and power in the city, and the relationship between university life and urban life.

Method of Instruction: FACE TO FACE

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