Choosing fall, spring, and summer courses is both exciting and daunting. However, once a student decides on a set of courses, it is necessary to know how and when to register. To help make the registration process as stress-free and successful as possible, it is recommended that students review the documents and resource links below which will outline registration procedures as well as provide additional information related to course registration.
How and When to Register
Newly admitted students register for courses on a different timeline for their first fall semester at Rice. New students register during Orientation Week (O-Week) after attending several academic advising events. Therefore, it is not recommended students create concrete academic plans before matriculation, nor in isolation of the academic resources and events Rice provides during O-Week and thereafter.
During spring semester, first year students and upperclassmen follow the same registration procedures. The Office of the Registrar provides extensive step-by-step instructions as well as general registration tips. Spring registration normally occurs in November, while fall registration occurs in April. Summer registration also begins during the spring and can offer anywhere from two to three summer sessions. All students use the ESTHER Course Registration Planner to select their desired courses and are able to add and drop via the ESTHER system thereafter.
There are a few tools that can be used to help with the course registration process. These include use and consultation with the following:
Registration Instructions and Help Guides
For specific instructions and help during the registration process, the following documents may be helpful:
Registration Related Policies
Below is information on policies that relate to course registration processes as well as information on making requests for special exemptions to those rules and regulations:
Petition for Registration Overloads Form (Only for students who matriculated prior to Fall 2016)