Reduced Course Load Requests

Most students at Rice will maintain a course load of 12 to 18 credit hours per semester during their time on campus. A full time student is considered to be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours. However, sometimes circumstances warrant going below 12 credit hours (a reduced course load request, which makes a student part time). The Office of Academic Advising handles reduced course load requests. Students planning to register part-time should complete the Part-Time Request Form indicating:

  • the list of courses you wish to take,
  • the total credit hours this represents,
  • a clearly outlined plan indicating how this reduced load will not delay graduation,
  • and the specific reasons for making the request.

If students have any questions about part-time status requests, please email

Office | Ley Student Center, Suite 132

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Phone | 713.348.4060, 713.348.2637

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