Reduced Course Load Requests

Please note- requests submitted for Part-Time Status for FALL 2022 will be processed in the order in which they were received starting April 13, 2022. This will not have any impact on results of the Course Request Period for Fall 2022.

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 you plan to live on campus, please note that there is a six credit hour minimum, and any exemptions to this requirement must be approved by your College Magister. If you register for or drop below six credit hours, you may be required to move off campus.

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


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Office of Academic Advising MS-529

Rice University, Ley Student Center, Suite 132

6100 Main Street

Houston, TX 77005