Rice University is pleased to offer the Summer Sessions. Consisting of three sessions, the summer program is an opportunity for currently enrolled Rice students, visiting students from other institutions including rising high school juniors/seniors and recent high school graduates, to take college coursework for credit. Courses will be available face-to-face on the Rice campus as well as delivered online.
Unfortunately, Rice is not approved to accept international high school students (or high school students residing in the US on a visa) for this summer.
2019 Summer Sessions
Rice's Office of the Registrar is coordinating the summer sessions. The schedule of sessions can be found on the Registrar's website under Academic Calendars.
2019 Summer Course Schedule
The Summer 2019 course schedule will be posted to Rice's¬†Course Schedule at the beginning of January 2019. Any additions, changes, or cancellations to the schedule will be posted on this page as soon as we receive them.
All students who register for courses for academic credit during any of the Summer sessions will see SUMM 000 ‚ÄúSummer Placeholder‚ÄĚ listed in their schedule. ¬†¬†The Office of the Registrar has built this into the system to enable increased functionality for summer registrants, specifically allowing students to fully conduct all registration activity via ESTHER. Please be aware that SUMM 000 is an administrative tool and NOT A true academic course and will only be used during summer terms.¬† There are no credit hours or tuition associated with this ‚Äúplaceholder‚ÄĚ, and it will not appear on a student's transcript. Please continue to follow the add/drop deadlines as listed in the Academic Calendar for the applicable session. Should you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar.¬†
2019 Summer Tuition and Fees
Tuition for the 2019 Summer Sessions is available on the Cashier's Office website.
Rice Undergraduate Summer Research Experience:
Current Rice students may enroll in an organized summer undergraduate research course for credit and not be charged tuition for up to 3 credit hours. For eligibility criteria, please see the following:
Students enrolled must be continuing, degree-seeking Rice students, and be enrolled at Rice for both the book-end Spring/Fall semesters of the summer research year;
Students enrolled must receive instructor pre-approval by completing an Undergraduate Special Registration Request Form and returning it to the Office of the Registrar to process;
Departments must certify and submit standard letter grade credit;¬†
The undergraduate research course will have the same course number as the departmental academic year research course number; and
Credit hours are based on current hours for research course credit:
3 Credit Hour Course would require a minimum of 126 hours of research experience
2 Credit Hour Course would require a minimum of 84 hours of research experience
1 Credit Hour Course would require a minimum of 42 hours of research experience¬†
Rice students may be eligible to apply for additional federal loan funds if enrolled for 6 or more hours at Rice University during the summer term. Financial aid is not available for visiting students. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information by phone (713-348-4958) or email (email@example.com).
Enrollment Process for Rice Students
Currently enrolled Rice students should register online via ESTHER¬†as per normal registration processes and procedures for courses they wish to register for, including "Face-to-Face" and "Online" courses. Please familiarize yourself with and adhere to all registration and payment deadlines as noted on the Summer 2019 Academic Calendar as soon as it is posted.
February 25, 2019: Summer 2019 registration opens in¬† ESTHER
A Rice student who graduates in May 2019 is eligible to register for Summer 2019 courses as a Visiting Post Baccalaureate student only. Any credits earned for Summer 2019 are not eligible to be applied to a previously awarded degree. To register for Summer 2019 courses, these students should follow the Enrollment Process for Non-Rice Students below.
Enrollment Process for Non-Rice Students
Courses are available face-to-face and online. All visiting students must follow the Enrollment Process for Non-Rice Students, as outlined below, regardless of the instructional method of the course. Houston area high school students who are rising seniors and above must submit additional application materials for high school students, which is detailed below.
February 25, 2019:¬†Admission and registration process for (summer 2019) visiting students officially opens (for visiting students, including visiting online and visiting high school students, to apply for Rice visiting student status). Registration is contingent on admission.
To apply, students will need to submit the following materials to the Rice University Office of the Registrar:¬†¬†
NOTE:¬†The required application materials are the same for visiting students taking face-to-face and online courses. Requirements will not be waived for visiting students taking only online courses.
Additional application materials required for Houston area high school students:
Teacher and counselor recommendation attesting to the applicant's ability to pursue a university-level course;
Test scores (SAT or ACT); either an official copy or as reported on the student's high school transcript;
Official high school transcript
*Admission to this program does not constitute admission to Rice University. For various reasons, we are unable to accept high school students outside of the Houston metro area.
Application Deadlines (for Non-Rice Students):¬†
Application deadlines for visiting students are posted on the Summer 2019 Academic Calendar.
Application Forms and Paperwork
Mail ALL documents to this EXACT address:
Rice University Office of the Registrar, MS-57¬†
6100 Main Street¬†
Houston, TX 77005¬†
Information for Departments
Information for departments regarding administrative processes for Summer Sessions is available on the Summer Sessions information page for schools and departments.
Questions? Need Info? Who to contact?
If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar by phone (713-348-4999) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). ¬†