Admissions | After Admission

Before you Arrive

Activate your NetID, ESTHER account, and Rice Email as soon as possible

  • You should receive an email from that contains your ESTHER login and Rice Email information to the email address given on your application.

  • Use your student ID number and the unique link in the email to set up your ESTHER account and NetID. This link may only be used once, so be certain to remember your ESTHER pin after it has been reset.

  • ESTHER* is the web application for students, faculty, and staff that allows you to access your academic records, course schedules, register for classes, pay bills, view financial aid, address and contact updates, and other tools.

  • Log into ESTHER to update your address and emergency contact information and affirm the Honor Code and Student Financial Responsibility Agreement.

  • Upload your name pronunciation on ESTHER! Click on "NameCoach Recording" and submit an audio recording of your name. This recording can be used to assist your instructors and others at Rice.

  • To activate your NetID and Email: Navigate to the Online Account Management Page. Take note of your NetID, which is your unique login credential for Rice resources.Email for graduate students is managed through Rice Google Mail. Set up Rice Google Apps like Calendar and Drive. Visit Getting Started in IT for how-to instructions.

Check your Rice Email regularly

  • Your Rice Email is your official means of communication with the university. Read all emails from your graduate coordinator and regularly. Access your Rice email online at Rice Google Mail. You can review all Grad Student Digest Newsletters here.

Familiarize yourself with Rice COVID policies

Complete and submit the required Student Health Forms by July 1 (Dec. 1 for spring admission)

  • All new, full-time graduate students are required to submit a Health Data Form (HDF) to Student Health before they matriculate and by the deadline.

  • Please have your physician complete and sign the form, and mail it back to Health Services (Rice University Student Health Service, 6100 Main Street, MS-760, Houston, TX 77005, USA). Keep a copy for your records.

  • If you are coming as an early matriculate, your HDF must be turned in prior to your arrival.

  • Please be advised that new students under the age of 22 will need to show proof of a meningitis vaccination ten days before the semester starts.

Register for or waive Rice Student Health Insurance by August 27 (Jan. 16 for spring admission)

  • All students are required to have health insurance coverage.

  • Dates for Open Enrollment for Rice Student Health Insurance can be found here.

  • If you currently have health insurance with another plan, you may waive Rice student insurance by demonstrating comparable insurance coverage. Please, review the waiver requirements.

  • To register for or waive Rice Health Insurance, log on to You will need your Rice student ID number to complete the process.

Complete your physical exam

  • A physical exam is required for students matriculating to Rice in fall 2021. If you have not had a physical exam within the last year, see your physician for your required physical, vaccinations and tuberculosis screening.

Complete required online trainings by October 1 (Feb. 15 for spring admission)

  • It is recommended that these trainings be completed prior to arrival, if possible.

  • A $75 late training fee will be assessed if training requirements are not met by the deadline. Students will not be able to register for a second semester until these trainings have been completed.

Submit your final transcripts by October 1 (Feb. 15 for spring admission)

  • After your most recent degree is conferred, request your previous institution to send an official transcript showing degree conferred directly to your department coordinator

  • A $75 late fee will be assessed if your final transcript is not submitted by the deadline. You will not be able to register for a second semester until your previous degree is verified.

*If you have not received information regarding your ESTHER login by early June, please contact your graduate program administrator for assistance.