NEW for Fall 2020 Registration - Please Activate Duo on Esther!
Effective February 27, 2020: Students are required to log in to Esther with their NetID and password using Duo two-factor authentication. If you don't use Duo already, take a few minutes to set up this extra layer of security protection so you are ready for Fall 2020 course registration.
Instructions: Go to kb.rice.edu and search for the article number listed here: Duo Enrollment Guide (70779), Two-factor Authentication (Duo) and SSO (98080), and What is Two-factor Authentication and Duo (78235).
If you need assistance, contact the OIT Help Desk by clicking here, calling 713-348-HELP (4357), or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours are in Mudd 103, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm or on the 1st floor of Fondren, Sunday-Thursday 7-11pm).
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:
Registration Instructions and Help Guides
For specific instructions and help during the registration process, the following documents may be helpful:
Special Registration (The Special Registration Request Form can be found at this link.)
Registration Related Information