Visiting Post Baccalaureates

Rice University welcomes visiting students who have received their undergraduate degree or graduate degree from an accredited college or university, and would like to receive college credit outside of a Rice degree program. Candidates must have attained an undergraduate degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (B).

VPB students are welcome to apply during the fall and spring semesters as well as Summer Sessions.

Fall and Spring Application Instructions

STEP 1
Find a course (or courses) that you want to take for credit on courses.rice.edu (make sure to select the correct term before you search). You will be including the course information in your application.

STEP 2
Complete the online application and submit it with the $100 application fee. If you have already started an application, you can return to it here.

Upload all of the required forms to your application:

  1. Financial Responsibility
  2. Proof of Meningococcal Vaccination Record or Waiver (if under 22 years old)

International students should be prepared to submit their international student documents including copies of passport, visa, I-94, I-20/DS-2019, and the Office of International Students and Scholars Check-In Sheet.

STEP 3
Send your official college and university transcripts for all educational institutions that you have attended to Rice.

You may mail the documents to:

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

Or, the documents may be sent to us directly from your home institution. Please have them sent to visitingstudents@rice.edu.

STEP 4
After everything has been received and your application is complete, the Office of the Registrar will start the process of getting your application approved. Complete VPB applications are reviewed for approval by the Office of the Registrar. Requested courses are approved individually by the appropriate department chairs and instructors, dependent on course availability and the applicant’s qualifications (e.g. any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, etc.).

STEP 5
If approved by the department, you will be contacted by the Office of the Registrar regarding your acceptance and confirming your registration.

*Admission into this program does not constitute admission to Rice University. Separate applications are required for each semester a student wishes to attend.

STEP 6
Confirm your registration and attend the course. Make sure to review the visiting student guidelines.

Summer Sessions Application Instructions

STEP 1
Find a course (or courses) that you want to take for credit on courses.rice.edu (make sure to select the correct term before you search). You will be including the course information in your application.

STEP 2
Complete the online application and submit it with the $75 application fee. If you have already started an application, you can return to it here.

Upload all of the required forms to your application:

  1. Financial Responsibility
  2. Proof of Meningococcal Vaccination Record or Waiver (if under 22 years old)

International students should be prepared to submit their international student documents including copies of passport, visa, I-94, I-20/DS-2019, and the Office of International Students and Scholars Check-In Sheet.

STEP 3
Send your official college and university transcripts for all educational institutions that you have attended to Rice.

You may mail the documents to:

Rice University - Summer Sessions
Office of the Registrar - MS 57
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Or, the documents may be sent to us directly from your home institution. Please have them sent to visitingstudents@rice.edu.

STEP 4
After everything has been received and your application is complete, the Office of the Registrar will will review your application and notify you of your acceptance into Summer Sessions.

You can always log back into your Application Portal to see if there are any updates to your application.

STEP 5
Confirm your registration and attend the course. Make sure to review the visiting student guidelines.

*Admission into this program does not constitute admission to Rice University. Separate applications are required for each semester a student wishes to attend.

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I need to apply to attend in fall or spring?

The application deadline to apply for fall is August 1, and the deadline to apply for Spring is January 1.

When do I need to apply to attend Summer Sessions?

Deadlines vary based on the session that a course is in. Deadlines for each session are listed on the Academic Calendar.

What is the cost of attending?

Courses are taken for credit at the cost of full graduate tuition during the fall and spring semesters. Summer tuition is charged at a different rate. For information on tuition and fees, visit the Cashier's Website.

Courses are taken for credit, without the student being admitted to a degree program at Rice. Attending Rice University as a VPB student is not a means of entering a degree program.

What if I don't want college credit for the course I apply for?

Students who wish to take classes without earning college credit may do so as a Visiting Auditor.