Your Success

We know taking courses at Rice is a big step for Visiting Owls, but we also know you can succeed! Our Visiting Students team is ready to help you—every step of the way.

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"[Stars, Galaxies & the Universe] is one of my favorite classes I've taken at Rice. I truly learned so much and look forward to this class every day. If you need a science credit, this is a great option. If you're a STEM major and don't need a science credit, this is a great way to add enjoyment to your course load."

- Rice Summer Student

˂ 01/13 ˃


Ready for your summer at Rice?

Meet Your Team

Whatever your question, challenge or need, just email our Visiting Students team and one of us will get back to as quickly as we can. No question is too big or too small—that’s why we’re here.


Angel Forward Visiting Owls Student Program Manager

Angel Forward

Visiting Owls Student Program Manager

Helping you through enrollment

How do I find the right course for me? Whether you’re getting a jumpstart for college, chasing a curiosity, or both— we can help you find the courses that are right for you.

Application questions? For any questions or concerns about pre-reqs, admissions, registering, or other enrollment process questions—we’re here to guide you through.

Ready for the first day of class? As a Visiting Owl you are likely new to Canvas, our learning management system. If you are having any issues we can connect you with the appropriate resources for troubleshooting.

Amanda Michheli Visiting Owls Student Success Advisor

Amanda Micheli

Visiting Owls Student Success Advisor

Making your summer a success

What if I’ve never taken a college course before? We’re always there to support your success. We’ll even send you regular emails with ideas, tips, strategies and just to see how things are going.

What if I want extra help? We can help you reach out to the faculty, or connect you to student services available to Visiting Owl students, including the Writing Center and Fondren Library.

If I’m feeling overwhelmed, who can I turn to? Come to us and we’ll help you assess your abilities and challenges, and if you do need to withdraw, we can help with upcoming drop deadlines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re sure you have more questions about how we support the success of our Visiting Owls. So, while we did our best to answer the more common questions below, please reach out if you have something else to ask. We love unique and unconventional questions!

Who is eligible to apply?

All visiting undergraduate students are invited to apply, and high school students in the Classes of 2024, 2025, or 2026.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept applications from high school students graduating in 2027 or later at this time.

Currently enrolled Rice students should register online via ESTHER as per normal registration processes and procedures for courses they wish to register for.

How do I apply?

Step 1: Find a course you want to take for credit by browsing our Summer 2024 Visiting Students course schedule.

Step 2: Complete your online application with all required documents and forms, and submit it with the application fee. Please refer to the application instructions for Visiting High School students and those for Visiting Undergraduate students.

Step 3: Once everything has been received and your Visiting Student application is complete, you will be contacted regarding your acceptance by Rice's Office of the Registrar.

Are non-U.S. (international) students eligible for the Rice Visiting Owls program?

Yes, we encourage non-U.S./International students to apply for an eligible online summer course. For the Visiting Owls summer program, Rice University does not sponsor foreign visas for on-campus attendance at this time.

I'm a Visiting High School student. For which courses am I eligible to apply in Summer 2024?

Visit the Summer 2024 Visiting Student Course Schedule and look for the "HS Eligible" icon to see which online or face-to-face summer courses will accept current HS seniors (class of '24), HS juniors (class of '25) or sophomores (class of '26).

If you are a Visiting Undergraduate/College Student, HS eligibility rules don't apply.

I'm a current High School student who has started my Visiting Owls application. Now, where do I send my official transcript?

Typically, students should contact their High School to request an official version of their transcript. If you're not sure where to start, ask your High School Guidance Counselor. The process for each school can be slightly different, but official transcripts are usually sent directly to Rice by you or your HS Counselor, preferably as an email to

Rice University - Visiting Student Programs
Office of the Registrar - MS 57
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

When are the application deadlines?

The application deadlines are tied to the individual course(s) 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 Deadline Block Dates Duration
Summer Block B1 April 29, 2024 May 6 - June 21, 2024 7 weeks
Summer Block C1 May 6, 2024 May 13 - June 21, 2024 6 weeks
Summer Block D1 May 20, 2024 May 28 - August 2, 2024 10 weeks
Summer Block E1 June 3, 2024 June 10 - July 26, 2024 7 weeks
Summer Block B2 June 17, 2024 June 24 - August 9, 2024 7 weeks
Summer Block C2 June 24, 2024 July 1 - August 9, 2024 6 weeks
What is the cost of attending?

Reduced summer tuition: $1,000 per credit hour. For more information, see the Rice Bursar's Visiting Students information.

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.

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