Rice Summer Sessions offer the opportunity for highly accomplished high school students to enroll in college-level courses. Students take courses taught by Rice faculty and earn credit that may be applied to their undergraduate degree. High school students will learn alongside current undergraduate students from Rice and other universities.
Rice professors are among the most distinguished faculty in the world, and excellent teaching is at the heart of a Rice education. Small class sizes foster an engaging, interactive classroom environment with many opportunities for students to form relationships with faculty members. At Rice, you will know your instructors, and they will know you.
Who is eligible to apply?
Only Houston metro area high school students in the Class of 2018 or 2019 are eligible to attend Rice Summer Sessions. We are not able to accept applications from any students who will graduate in 2020 or later.
How do I apply?
To apply, Houston area high school students need to submit application materials to the Rice University Office of the Registrar. Please review the application checklist.
Students interested in CHEM 101 should first apply with the Department of Chemistry. Find more information about applying to CHEM 101 here.
What can I expect?
You will be in class with Rice undergraduates and students from other universities. 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 five week session, you can expect to complete 420 minutes of instruction and student preparation time per week.
Rice students adhere to a strict Honor Code. Everyone who enrolls at Rice agrees to abide by the code, which you will learn more about if you are admitted to the program. The integrity of student work is an important part of the Rice experience.
Will this help my chances of being accepted as a Rice undergraduate?
Admission to Rice Summer Sessions does not in any way influence your admission to Rice as an undergraduate.