Frequently Asked Questions

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Applications

What are the application deadlines?

The application deadlines are tied to the individual session for which you are applying. If you plan to take courses in multiple sessions, your deadline would be the earliest session’s deadline — you do not need to submit multiple applications.

Block Application Date Block Dates Duration
Summer Block B1 May 10, 2021 May 17 - July 2, 2021 7 weeks
Summer Block C1 May 17, 2021 May 24 - July 2, 2021 6 weeks
Summer Block D1 May 24, 2021 May 31 - August 6, 2021 10 weeks
Summer Block E1 June 7, 2021 June 14 - July 30, 2021 7 weeks
Summer Block B2 June 21, 2021 June 28 - August 13, 2021 7 weeks
Summer Block C2 June 28, 2021 July 5 - August 13, 2021 6 weeks

Learn more by visiting the registrar’s office Summer Semester site.

What materials are required for the visiting student application?

Please visit the application page to learn more about the required materials.

If I am having difficulty obtaining an official high school or college transcript, will you accept unofficial transcripts as part of my application?

For the purpose of evaluating your visiting student application, official transcripts are required. On an exception basis, we will accept an unofficial transcript in lieu of an official transcript with the expectation that a final, official transcript will be forthcoming. Please email visitingstudents@rice.edu regarding this exception.

Who should complete the Dean of Students Recommendation?

Visiting high school students should have a school counselor or assistant principal complete the form. Visiting undergraduate students should have the Dean of Students or registrar at their most recent institution complete the form.

How is my application evaluated?

Your application is evaluated for each class you apply to take, and all required components of the application are reviewed equally. Some classes have prerequisites which also factor into the decision. Prerequisites are listed within each course description under the course schedule. Our application review ensures students are admitted into classes where they will be successful.

When will I receive my application decision?

Decisions are released on a rolling basis. Please adhere to the application deadlines in order to receive a timely decision.

Courses

When are courses offered?

Summer Semester is divided into the following blocks:

Block Application Date Block Dates Duration
Summer Block B1 May 10, 2021 May 17 - July 2, 2021 7 weeks
Summer Block C1 May 17, 2021 May 24 - July 2, 2021 6 weeks
Summer Block D1 May 24, 2021 May 31 - August 6, 2021 10 weeks
Summer Block E1 June 7, 2021 June 14 - July 30, 2021 7 weeks
Summer Block B2 June 21, 2021 June 28 - August 13, 2021 7 weeks
Summer Block C2 June 28, 2021 July 5 - August 13, 2021 6 weeks

The Course Schedule provides the most up-to-date listing of courses offered.

Where can I find the course syllabus for a course that I’m interested in?

If available, course syllabi appear in the course listing for each course on the Course Schedule.

Are courses synchronous (student must be in attendance at a specific time) or asynchronous (available to the student anytime)?

Each course is different. You should contact the instructor of the course and make this inquiry.

Are courses ever canceled?

Courses may be canceled for low enrollment. If a course is canceled, the department offering the course will notify you of the cancellation by email.

'High school student' is not listed under the level restriction for a course. How do I know which courses are available to high school students?

Courses may have enrollment restrictions based on the level of study. 'High school student' is not a specified level; visiting high school students are considered visiting undergraduate.

What equipment do I need for an online class?

You’ll need a reliable internet connection, a computer with a webcam, and headphones with a microphone are recommended. We also recommend having reliable access to a quiet space for live class sessions— see our Student Guidelines for Online Learning for additional recommendations.

How much work is required for each course?

The amount of work required for each course depends on the number of credit hours. Each credit hour is equivalent to 2,100 minutes of combined instruction and student preparation time. During a three-week session, a student can be expected to complete 700 minutes of combined instruction and student preparation per week, and during a five-week session, a student can be expected to complete 420 minutes of combined instruction and student preparation per week.

Generally speaking, for each hour you spend with the instructor, you can expect two hours of additional work outside of the classroom.

What courses are available for enrollment?

Rice summer semester courses are taught by Rice faculty or graduate students and are offered in many subjects. The official course schedule will be available in February but applications are open in December for all courses listed in the course schedule.

How do I view my grades?

Grades will be viewable in ESTHER after the completion of the course.

How do I order textbooks?

Textbooks can be ordered from the Rice Bookstore.

Financial Information

I am a current Rice University undergraduate student or an incoming freshman. Am I able to use financial aid to help cover the costs of summer course?

Yes. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website for more information.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my bill?

The Cashier’s Office can answer questions regarding billing. They can be reached at cashier@rice.edu or 713-348-4946.

Are payment plans available?

No, payment plans are not available for summer sessions. Tuition and fees are due in full the day before each summer session begins, as listed on the Academic Calendar. Payments may be made online via ESTHER by credit card or e-check. Payments made in person at the Cashier’s Office can be by check, debit card or cash.

How much will it cost to attend a course?

During summer sessions, tuition is charged per credit hour. For Summer Semester 2021, we are offering our courses to visiting students for $750 per credit hour. Most courses are three to four credit hours total. Please visit the Cashier's Office for more information.

How much do transcripts cost?

There is a $10 fee per transcript.

How do I pay my bill?

You will be able to pay your bill through ESTHER, Rice’s online student information system portal. Information about ESTHER will be sent to you upon admission.

How is the bill sent to me?

Bills will be made available through ESTHER, Rice’s online student information system portal. Information about ESTHER will be sent to you upon admission.

What are the refund deadlines?

Refund deadlines are available on the academic calendar.

Grades & Credits

Will the academic credits I earn a transfer to another school?

Courses taken for credit at Rice are generally transferable to other institutions. You are strongly encouraged to check with your home institution to verify credit transfer procedures and the applicability of the Rice course to your degree program. Your home institution may require additional materials, such as a syllabus or course description, in order to evaluate the course. These are available on the Course Schedule website.

Will I receive academic credit for the courses I successfully complete?

Yes, if you are registered for credit, the courses offered during summer sessions carry academic credit and will be noted on your official Rice transcript. Auditors who are not registered for credit will not receive academic credit.

When will the final list of courses for the Summer Semester be released?

The official and final course schedule will be available in February.

When can I expect to see a final grade for the course I completed?

Final grades should be available approximately one week after the last day of classes for that course’s summer session. This information can also be found on the academic calendar.

Can I take a course pass/fail or must I take the course for a letter grade?

Visiting students may only take courses for a letter grade. Rice degree-seeking students may take pass/fail courses by completing the appropriate paperwork from the Office of the Registrar before the deadlines listed on the Academic Calendar.

Registration

What are the next steps if I am admitted into a class?

The Office of the Registrar will contact you about your acceptance and will ask you to confirm your registration. You will be given instructions on how to confirm your registration for the courses you would like to be registered for.

How do I register for a course?

If you are a visiting student, registration will be processed by the Office of the Registrar based on the courses you choose. You do not need to perform any registration yourself.

Currently enrolled Rice students should register online via ESTHER as normal.

If admitted to a summer course as a visiting student, am I admitted into Rice University as an undergraduate student?

No. If you are interested in applying for full-time enrollment as an undergraduate student, please visit our Office of Admission website.

What is the last day to drop a course for which I’m registered?

Drop and refund deadlines are available on the summer 2021 academic calendar.

How do I get access into ESTHER?

ESTHER is Rice's online student information system portal. Information about accessing ESTHER will be sent to you upon admission. Questions regarding ESTHER should be directed to registrar@rice.edu.

Transcripts

If I complete a course, will it appear on an official Rice transcript?

Yes, the course will appear on the official Rice transcript.

If I am having difficulty obtaining an official high school or college transcript, will you accept unofficial transcripts as part of my application?

For the purpose of evaluating your visiting student application, official transcripts are required. On an exception basis, we will accept an unofficial transcript in lieu of an official transcript with the expectation that a final, official transcript will be forthcoming. Please email visitingstudents@rice.edu regarding this exception.

How do I order a transcript?

Information on how to order transcripts is available here.