Rice offers visiting students online summer classes for credit

Applications now open for Rice Visiting Owls program


Applications are open for next summer’s Rice Visiting Owls program, a unique way for visiting high school, undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students to complete essential courses for credit.

Visiting Owls summer courses will be presented in six available blocks across a range of meeting times during the day and evening. Among the more than 140 proposed courses are high-demand subjects that fulfill general education requirements, such as Organic Chemistry, Macroeconomics and Introduction to Philosophy, as well as special offerings unique to Rice University, such as Music in Video Games.

The program gives non-Rice-affiliated students the opportunity to experience the best of the university — top-tier academics, small classes allowing for close collaboration between students, and world-class instructors — at a lower tuition rate. The program's return in 2021 was driven by high demand and positive feedback from both Rice and visiting students who took part in 2020.

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Application deadlines are one week before the start of each summer semester block. The first deadline is May 10 for courses that begin May 17.

Admission to the program is rolling and will continue throughout the summer. Though more seats have been added this year for in-demand courses, enrollment is limited to maintain the intimate learning environment Rice is known for, so early application is encouraged.

“While learning looked different for many this past year, the Visiting Owls program provides an opportunity to not only avoid disruption but actually get ahead,” said Caroline Levander, vice president of global and digital strategy at Rice. “Whether you are a college student staying on top of your degree work or a high school student looking for a jump-start on college credit, this program provides a path for students of all ages to stay on top of, or even accelerate, their education aspirations.”

Visit summer.rice.edu/visiting-owls for complete program details, including the full summer semester academic calendar, admission requirements and application forms.