Rice University is pleased to offer the Summer Sessions. Consisting of six 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.
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.
The Summer 2020 course schedule will be posted to Rice's Course Schedule on December 20, 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 may see SUMM 000 “Summer Placeholder” 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 “placeholder”, 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.
Tuition for the 2020 Summer Sessions is available on the Cashier's Office website.
Current Rice degree-seeking students may enroll in an organized summer undergraduate research or internship course for credit and not be charged tuition for up to 3 credit hours. For eligibility criteria, please see the following:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 2020 Academic Calendar as soon as it is posted.
December 20, 2019: Summer 2020 registration opens in ESTHER
A Rice student who graduates in May 2020 is eligible to register for Summer 2020 courses as a Visiting Post Baccalaureate student only. Any credits earned for Summer 2020 are not eligible to be applied to a previously awarded degree. To register for Summer 2020 courses, these students should follow the Enrollment Process for Non-Rice Students below.
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 juniors and above must submit additional application materials for high school students, which is detailed below. Please note that visiting students may not take courses on a pass/fail basis.
It is essential that visiting students be aware of and follow the deadlines listed on the Academic Calendar. Course offerings are at the discretion of Rice and may be canceled at any time for any reason; should a class you wish to enroll in be canceled, we will assist you in finding a suitable alternative course.
December 20, 2019: Admission and registration process for (summer 2020) 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.
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.
In addition to the application, you will be required to supply the following:
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 visiting students are posted on the Summer 2020 Academic Calendar.
Mail ALL documents to this EXACT address:Rice University Office of the Registrar, MS-57
Information for departments regarding administrative processes for Summer Sessions is available on the Summer Sessions information page for schools and departments.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar by phone (713-348-4999) or by email (email@example.com).