This page was updated on 4/9/2020 to reflect changes Rice University made in light of COVID-19.
Rice University is pleased to offer the Summer Sessions. Consisting of six blocks, the summer program is an opportunity for currently enrolled Rice students and 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 online only.
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 semester. The schedule of blocks can be found on the Registrar's website under Academic Calendars.
The Summer 2020 course schedule is posted to Rice's Course Schedule. With the change to online courses, a majority of courses were cancelled, and some may be added back to the schedule at a later date. Any additions, changes, or cancellations to the schedule will be posted on this page as soon as we receive them. We encourage you to check the Course Schedule frequently.
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).
Courses are available in online format only. Currently enrolled Rice students should register online via ESTHER as per normal registration processes and procedures for courses they wish to register for. 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 in online format only. All visiting students must follow the Enrollment Process for Non-Rice Students, as outlined below. 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.
To apply, students will need to submit an application to the Rice University Office of the Registrar:
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 international high school students.
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.
A number of FAQs are available on the COVID-19 FAQs page.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar by phone (713-348-4999) or by email (email@example.com).