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Rice University, RU Academic Calendar – 2022/2023 Term Dates

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Rice University, RU Academic Calendar – 2022/2023 Term Dates

The Rice University, RU has released its academic calendar (Term dates) for 2022/2023 and 2022/2023 academic sessions, newly admitted and returning students are to take note. The academic calendar hints about Rice University, RU resumption date for new and returning students 2020, examination date and other academic activities for the year. See below, the academic calendar for sessional dates in 2022/2023 and 2022/2023 academic year.

RU SESSIONAL DATES FOR 2022/2023 & 2022/2023 ACADEMIC SESSIONS

The academic calendar for 2022/2023 and 2022/2023 academic session as approved by senate of the Rice University, RU.
2022/2023 & 2022/2023 Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar Spring Semester 2020

DATE EVENT
Monday, January 13, 2020 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES – START OF THE SPRING SEMESTER
Monday – Friday, January 13 – 17, 2020 Spring Registration Continues: Registration continues for undergraduate, graduate, and visiting students.
Friday, January 17, 2020 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve “Other” (OT) grades for courses taken in previous Fall semester
Monday, January 20, 2020 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY (HOLIDAY – NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, January 24, 2020 Deadline: Last day to add courses online via ESTHER
Deadline: Last day to adjust variable credit for courses online via ESTHER
Deadline: Last day to complete late registration (online via ESTHER, or by Special Registration Request Form)
Deadline: Last day to convert a “Pass/Fail” to an earned letter grade for courses taken in previous Fall semester
Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve “Incomplete” (INC) grades for courses taken in previous Fall semester
Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 100% refund of tuition and fees
Deadline: Last day for tuition adjustment for part-time students
Graduation Deadline: Last day to file an application for a May degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar (Graduate Students only)
Friday, January 31, 2020 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 70% refund for tuition
Friday, February 7, 2020 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 60% refund for tuition
Thursday – Friday, February 13 – 14, 2020 SPRING RECESS (NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, February 14, 2020 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 50% refund for tuition
Friday, February 21, 2020 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 40% refund for tuition
Friday, February 28, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER (full-term courses)
Deadline: Last day to designate as “Audit” a course in which one is currently registered for credit (via Special Registration Form – Instructor Permission Required) Update (on 03/25/2020): The “last day to designate as “Audit” a course in which one is currently registered for credit” deadline has been extended to the Last Day of Classes (Friday, April 24, 2020) Update (on 04/22/2020): The “last day to designate as “Audit” a course in which one is currently registered for credit” deadline has been extended to Wednesday, May 20th (for the Spring 2020 degree candidates) and to Monday, June 1st (for Continuing Students); (the extension to this deadline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for Spring 2020 only)
Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Mid-Semester Grades for first-year undergraduate students online via ESTHER
Deadline: College course plans due to Dean of Undergraduates office for following Fall
Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit textbook orders for Summer to 1545txt@follett.com
Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 30% refund for tuition
Graduation Deadline: Last day to file the following in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for May degree conferral: Thesis master’s candidacy petitions, Certification of non-thesis master’s, Form for candidacy master’s, Ph.D. candidacy petitions
Sunday, March 1, 2020 Deadline: Last day to submit New Course Request Forms to Academic Deans, for new courses in the upcoming Fall semester
Friday, March 6, 2020 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 20% refund for tuition
Friday, March 9 – 15, 2020 CLASSES CANCELLED
Friday, March 13, 2020 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 10% refund for tuition
Saturday – Sunday, March 14 – 22, 2020 SPRING BREAK (NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, March 27, 2020 Deadline: Last day to designate a full-term course status to Pass/Fail option Update (on 03/25/2020): The “last day to designate a course status to Pass/Fail option” deadline has been extended to the Last Day of Classes (Friday, April 24, 2020); (Undergraduates Only) Update (on 04/22/2020): The “last day to designate a course status to Pass/Fail option” deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1st (for Continuing Students) and to Wednesday, May 20th (for Spring 2020 degree candidates)
Deadline: Last day to drop courses (for 1st year, second semester (previous Fall) undergraduate matriculants only) – students must go to the Office of the Registrar by 4:00 p.m. Update (on 03/25/2020): The “last day to drop” deadline has been extended to the Last Day of Classes (Friday, April 24, 2020); (All students) Update (on 04/22/2020): The “last day to drop” deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1st (for Continuing Students) and to Wednesday, May 20th (for Spring 2020 degree candidates)
Deadline: Last day for second-year undergraduate students to formally declare their official major with the Office of the Registrar, via a Declaration Form
Graduation Deadline: Last day for Spring (May) degree candidates to declare any additional major, minor or university certificates, if applicable (Undergraduate Students)
Fall Registration: Fall 2020 Course Schedule published to courses.rice.edu
Fall Registration: Course Request Period begins for undergraduate students
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit textbook orders for Fall to 1545txt@follett.com
Friday, April 10, 2020 Fall Registration: Course Request Period ends for undergraduate students at 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 13, 2020 Fall Registration: Fall Registration begins for currently enrolled graduate, and undergraduate professional (BArch) students at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Fall Registration: Add/Drop Period begins for undergraduate students at 7:00 a.m.
Friday, April 17, 2020 Deadline: Last day to register for the upcoming Fall semester by 5:00 p.m. without a Late Registration Fee
Saturday, April 18, 2020 Late Registration Begins: Continuing students that have not registered for any Fall classes are charged a Late Registration Fee to add classes
Friday, April 24, 2020 LAST DAY OF CLASSES
Deadline (Updated on 03/25/2020): Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER  (All Students); (the extension to this deadline is for Spring 2020 only) Update (on 04/22/2020): The “last day to drop” deadline has been extended to Wednesday, May 20th (for Spring 2020 degree candidates) and to Monday, June 1st (for continuing students); (the extension to this deadline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for Spring 2020 only)
Deadline (Updated on 03/25/2020): Last day to designate a Spring 2020 letter-grade course status to Pass/Fail option, via ESTHER (Undergraduate students only); (this extension and accommodation is for Spring 2020 only) Update (on 04/22/2020): The “last day to designate a Spring 2020 letter-grade course status to Pass/Fail option” deadline has been 1) expanded to graduate students in terminal master’s programs, and 2) extended to Wednesday, May 20th (for Spring 2020 degree candidates) and to Monday, June 1st (for continuing students); (the extension to this deadline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for Spring 2020 only)

Deadline (Updated on 03/25/2020): Last day to designate a credit course for which one is currently registered as “Audit” (via Special Registration Form – Instructor Permission required); (the extension to this deadline is for Spring 2020 only) Update (on 04/22/2020): The “last day to designate a credit course for which one is currently registered as “Audit” via a signed Special Registration Form submitted to the Office of the Registrar has been extended to Wednesday, May 20th (for Spring 2020 degree candidates) and to Monday, June 1st (for continuing students); (the extension to this deadline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for Spring 2020 only)
Graduation Deadline: Last day to submit theses in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for May degree conferral by 12:00 noon
Saturday – Tuesday, April 25 – 28, 2020 Study Days – NO EXAMS
Wednesday – Wednesday, April 29 – May 6, 2020 Final examinations for all undergraduate courses
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 END OF THE SPRING SEMESTER
Friday, May 8, 2020 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Final Grades for all degree candidates online via ESTHER by 5:00 p.m. Update (on 03/25/2020): The “last day to submit Final Grades for all degree candidates online via ESTHER” deadline has been extended to Friday, May 15th at 5:00 p.m.
Graduation Deadline: Last day for academic departments to submit their proposed list of degree candidates to receive the university honor of Distinction in Research and Creative Work to Provost’s Office by 4:00 PM
Monday, May 11, 2020 Deadline (May Undergraduate Degree Candidates only): Last day to convert a “Pass/Fail” to an earned letter grade for courses taken in Spring semester by 12:00 noon Update (on 03/25/2020): The “last day to convert a “Pass/Fail” to an earned letter grade for courses taken in Spring semester” deadline has been extended to the Wednesday after the final grade submission deadline (Wednesday, May 20, 2020)
Friday, May 15, 2020 GRADUATION – Convocation Ceremonies
Deadline (Updated on 03/25/2020): Last day for instructors to submit Final Grades for all degree candidates online via ESTHER by 5:00 p.m.; (the extension to this deadline is for Spring 2020 only)
Saturday, May 16, 2020 GRADUATION – Commencement Ceremony  (Rice University’s 107th Commencement)
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Final Grades for all non-graduating students online via ESTHER
Deadline (Updated 3/25/2020) (May Undergraduate Degree Candidates only): Last day to convert a “Pass/Fail” to an earned letter grade for courses taken in Spring Semester
Deadline (Updated on 04/22/2020): Last day to drop courses via a signed Special Registration Form submitted to the Office of the Registrar (all Spring 2020 degree candidates); (the extension to this deadline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for Spring 2020 only)
Deadline (Updated on 04/22/2020): Last day to designate a Spring 2020 letter-grade course status to Pass/Fail option, via a signed Special Registration Form submitted to the Office of the Registrar (all Spring 2020 degree candidates); (the extension to this deadline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for Spring 2020 only)

Deadline (Updated on 04/22/2020): Last day to designate as “Audit” a course in which one is currently registered for credit via a signed Special Registration Form submitted to the Office of the Registrar (all Spring 2020 degree candidates); (the extension to this deadline is due to COVID-19 pandemic and for Spring 2020 only)
Monday, June 1, 2020 Deadline (Updated on 04/22/2020): Last day to drop courses via a signed Special Registration Form submitted to the Office of the Registrar (all continuing students); (the extension to this deadline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for Spring 2020 only)
Deadline (Updated on 04/22/2020): Last day to designate a Spring 2020 letter-grade course status to Pass/Fail option, via a signed Special Registration Form submitted to the Office of the Registrar (all continuing students); (the extension to this deadline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for Spring 2020 only)

Deadline (Updated on 04/22/2020): Last day to designate as “Audit” a course in which one is currently registered for credit via a signed Special Registration Form submitted to the Office of the Registrar (all continuing students); (the extension to this deadline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for Spring 2020 only)
Friday, June 12, 2020 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve “Other” (OT) grades for courses taken in Spring semester
Friday, July 3, 2020 Graduation Deadline: Last day to file an application for a August degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar (All Students)
Graduation Deadline: Last day to file the following in the Office of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for August Degree Conferral: Thesis master’s candidacy petitions, Certification of non-thesis master’s, Form for candidacy master’s, Ph.D. candidacy petitions
Friday, August 14, 2020 Graduation Deadline: Last day to submit theses in the Office of the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for August degree conferral by 12:00 noon
Friday, August 28, 2020 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve “Incomplete” (INC) grades for courses taken in Spring semester
ALSO READ :   UConn Academic Calendar – 2022 Term Dates

Summer Session I: May 4 – August 14, 2020 (15 weeks, Full Term Non-Research Courses)

DATE EVENT
Friday, December 20, 2019 Summer Registration: Registration for Summer 2020 begins for currently enrolled degree-seeking Rice undergraduate and graduate students via ESTHER
Applications: Application process for Summer 2020 visiting students opens
Monday, May 4, 2020 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES – SUMMER SESSION I
Friday, May 8, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop a course and receive 100% refund for Summer Session I {refunds requested after this date will be reviewed on a case by case basis}
Monday, May 25, 2020 MEMORIAL DAY (HOLIDAY – NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, July 3, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER for Summer Session I
Saturday, July 4, 2020 INDEPENDENCE DAY (HOLIDAY – NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, July 10, 2020 Deadline: Last day to designate a course as “Pass/Fail” for Summer Session I by paper form at Office of the Registrar
Friday, August 14, 2020 Deadline: Last day to add a course via ESTHER
LAST DAY OF CLASSES – SUMMER SESSION I
Friday, August 21, 2020 Deadline: For instructors to submit grades for Summer Session I

Summer Block B1: May 11 – June 26, 2020 (7 weeks)

DATE EVENT
Friday, December 20, 2019 Summer Registration: Registration for Summer 2020 begins for currently enrolled degree-seeking Rice undergraduate and graduate students via ESTHER
Applications: Application process for Summer 2020 visiting students opens
Monday, May 4, 2020 Deadline: Last day to apply to be a visiting student for Summer Block B1
Sunday, May 10, 2020 Deadline: Last day to add courses via ESTHER for Summer Block B1
Monday, May 11, 2020 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES – SUMMER BLOCK B1
Deadline (Late Registration): Last day for degree-seeking Rice students to register for Summer Block B1; may register in the Office of the Registrar via the appropriate paperwork with a Late Registration Fee
Deadline (Confirm Registration): Last day for visiting students to confirm registration for Summer Block B1
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive a full 100% refund of tuition and fees for Summer  Block B1
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive an 80% refund of tuition for Summer  Block B1
Friday, May 15, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive an 50% refund of tuition for Summer Block B1 {There will be no pro-rated refunds after this date}
Monday, May 25, 2020 MEMORIAL DAY (HOLIDAY – NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER for Summer Block B1
Friday, June 19, 2020 Deadline: Last day to designate a course as “Pass/Fail” for Summer Block B1 by paper form at Office of the Registrar
Friday, June 26, 2020 LAST DAY OF CLASSES – SUMMER BLOCK B1
Friday, July 3, 2020 Deadline: For instructors to submit grades via ESTHER for Summer Block B1

Summer Block C1: May 18 – June 26, 2020 (6 weeks)

DATE EVENT
Friday, December 20, 2019 Summer Registration: Registation for Summer 2020 begins for currently enrolled degree-seeking Rice undergraduate and graduate students via ESTHER
Applications: Application process for Summer 2020 visiting students opens
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Deadline: Last day to apply to be a visiting student for Summer Block C1
Sunday, May 17, 2020 Deadline: Last day to add courses via ESTHER for Summer Block C1
Monday, May 18, 2020 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES – SUMMER BLOCK C1
Deadline (Late Registration): Last day for degree-seeking Rice students to register for Summer Block C1; may register in the Office of the Registrar via the appropriate paperwork with a Late Registration Fee
Deadline (Confirm Registration): Last day for visiting students to confirm registration for Summer Block C1
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive a full 100% refund of tuition and fees for Summer Block C1
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive an 80% refund of tuition for Summer Block C1
Friday, May 22, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive an 50% refund of tuition for Summer Block C1 {There will be no pro-rated refunds after this date}
Monday, May 25, 2020 MEMORIAL DAY (HOLIDAY – NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER for Summer Block C1
Friday, June 19, 2020 Deadline: Last day to designate a course as “Pass/Fail” for Summer Block C1 by paper form at Office of the Registrar
Friday, June 26, 2020 LAST DAY OF CLASSES – SUMMER BLOCK C1
Friday, July 3, 2020 Deadline: For instructors to submit grades via ESTHER for Summer Block C1

Summer Block D1: June 1 – August 7, 2020 (10 weeks)

DATE EVENT
Friday, December 20, 2019 Summer Registration: Registration for Summer 2020 begins for currently enrolled degree-seeking Rice undergraduate and graduate students via ESTHER
Applications: Application process for Summer 2020 visiting student opens
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Deadline: Last day to apply to be a visiting student for Summer Block D1
Sunday, May 31, 2020 Deadline: Last day to add courses via ESTHER for Summer Block D1
Monday, June 1, 2020 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES – SUMMER BLOCK D1
Deadline (Late Registration): Last day for degree-seeking Rice students to register for Summer Block D1; may register in the Office of the Registrar via the appropriate paperwork with a Late Registration Fee
Deadline (Confirm Registration): Last day for visiting students to confirm registration for Summer Block D1
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive a full 100% refund of tuition and fees for Summer Block D1
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive a full 80% refund of tuition and fees for Summer Block D1
Friday, June 5, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive a 50% refund of tuition for Summer Block D1 {There will be no pro-rated refunds after this date}
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER for Summer Block D1
Saturday, July 4, 2020 INDEPENDENCE DAY (HOLIDAY – NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, July 10, 2020 Deadline: Last day to designate a course as “Pass/Fail” for Summer Block D1 by paper form at Office of the Registrar
Friday, August 7, 2020 LAST DAY OF CLASSES – SUMMER BLOCK D1
Friday, August 14, 2020 Deadline: For instructors to submit grades via ESTHER for Summer Block D1
ALSO READ :   University at Buffalo Academic Calendar – 2022 Term Dates

Summer Block E1: June 15 – July 31, 2020 (7 weeks)

DATE EVENT
Friday, December 20, 2019 Summer Registration: Registration for Summer 2020 begins for currently enrolled degree-seeking Rice undergraduate and graduate students via ESTHER
Applications: Application process for Summer 2020 visiting student opens
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Deadline: Last day to apply to be a visiting student for Summer Block E1
Sunday, June 14, 2020 Deadline: Last day to add courses via ESTHER for Summer Block E1
Monday, June 15, 2020 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES – SUMMER BLOCK E1
Deadline (Late Registration): Last day for degree-seeking Rice students to register for Summer Block E1; may register in the Office of the Registrar via the appropriate paperwork with a Late Registration Fee
Deadline (Confirm Registration): Last day for visiting students to confirm registration for Summer Block E1
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive a full 100% refund of tuition and fees for Summer Block E1
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive a full 80% refund of tuition and fees for Summer Block E1
Friday, June 19, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive a 50% refund of tuition for Summer Block E1 {There will be no pro-rated refunds after this date}
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER for Summer Block E1
Saturday, July 4, 2020 INDEPENDENCE DAY (HOLIDAY – NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, July 24, 2020 Deadline: Last day to designate a course as “Pass/Fail” for Summer Block E1 by paper form at Office of the Registrar
Friday, July 31, 2020 LAST DAY OF CLASSES – SUMMER BLOCK E1
Friday, August 7, 2020 Deadline: For instructors to submit grades via ESTHER for Summer Block E1

Summer Block B2: June 29 – August 14, 2020 (7 weeks)

DATE EVENT
Friday, December 20, 2019 Summer Registration: Registration for Summer 2020 begins for currently enrolled degree-seeking Rice undergraduate and graduate students via ESTHER
Applications: Application process for Summer 2020 visiting student opens
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Deadline: Last day to apply to be a visiting student for Summer Block B2
Sunday, June 28, 2020 Deadline: Last day to add courses via ESTHER for Summer Block B2
Monday, June 29, 2020 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES – SUMMER BLOCK B2
Deadline (Late Registration): Last day for degree-seeking Rice students to register for Summer Block B2; may register in the Office of the Registrar via the appropriate paperwork with a Late Registration Fee
Deadline (Confirm Registration): Last day for visiting students to confirm registration for Summer Block B2
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive a full 100% refund of tuition and fees for Summer Block B2
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive a full 80% refund of tuition and fees for Summer Block B2
Friday, July 3, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive a 50% refund of tuition for Summer Block B2 {There will be no pro-rated refunds after this date}
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER for Summer Block B2
Friday, August 7, 2020 Deadline: Last day to designate a course as “Pass/Fail” for Summer Block B2 by paper form at Office of the Registrar
Friday, August 14, 2020 LAST DAY OF CLASSES – SUMMER BLOCK B2
Friday, August 21, 2020 Deadline: For instructors to submit grades via ESTHER for Summer Block B2

Summer Block C2: July 6 – August 14, 2020 (6 weeks)

DATE EVENT
Friday, December 20, 2019 Summer Registration: Registration for Summer 2020 begins for currently enrolled degree-seeking Rice undergraduate and graduate students via ESTHER
Applications: Application process for Summer 2020 visiting student opens
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Deadline: Last day to apply to be a visiting student for Summer Block C2
Sunday, July 5, 2020 Deadline: Last day to add courses via ESTHER for Summer Block C2
Monday, July 6, 2020 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES – SUMMER BLOCK C2
Deadline (Late Registration): Last day for degree-seeking Rice students to register for Summer Block C2; may register in the Office of the Registrar via the appropriate paperwork with a Late Registration Fee
Deadline (Confirm Registration): Last day for visiting students to confirm registration for Summer Block C2
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive a full 100% refund of tuition and fees for Summer Block C2
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive a full 80% refund of tuition and fees for Summer Block C2
Friday, July 10, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER and receive a 50% refund of tuition for Summer Block C2 {There will be no pro-rated refunds after this date}
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER for Summer Block C2
Friday, August 7, 2020 Deadline: Last day to designate a course as “Pass/Fail” for Summer Block C2 by paper form at Office of the Registrar
Friday, August 14, 2020 LAST DAY OF CLASSES – SUMMER BLOCK C2
Friday, August 21, 2020 Deadline: For instructors to submit grades via ESTHER for Summer Block C2

Full Summer Session: May 4 – August 14, 2020 (15 weeks)

DATE EVENT
Friday, December 20, 2019 Summer Registration: Registration for Summer 2020 begins for currently enrolled degree-seeking Rice undergraduate and graduate students via ESTHER
Applications: Application process for Summer 2020 visiting students opens
Monday, May 4, 2020 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES – FULL SUMMER SESSION
Monday, May 25, 2020 MEMORIAL DAY (HOLIDAY – NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, July 3, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses via ESTHER for the Full Summer Session
Saturday July 4, 2020 INDEPENDENCE DAY (HOLIDAY – NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, July 10, 2020 Deadline: Last day to designate a course as “Pass/Fail” for Full Summer Session by paper form at Office of the Registrar
Friday, August 14, 2020 Deadline: Last day to add a course via ESTHER
LAST DAY OF CLASSES – FULL SUMMER SESSION
Friday, August 21, 2020 Deadline: For instructors to submit grades for Full Summer Session

Academic Calendar Fall Semester 2020

DATE EVENT
Sunday – Saturday, August 16 – 22, 2020 Orientation Week for New Students
Monday, August 17, 2020 Course Request Period begins for incoming undergraduate students
Thursday, August 20, 2020 Deadline: Course Request Period ends for incoming undergraduate students at 4:00 p.m.
Registration Add/Drop Period begins for incoming graduate students at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, August 21, 2020 Registration Add/Drop Period begins for incoming undergraduate students at 7:30 a.m.
Monday, August 24, 2020 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES – START OF THE FALL SEMESTER BEGINNING OF INSTRUCTION
Monday – Friday, August 24 – 28, 2020 Fall Registration Continues: Registration continues for undergraduate, graduate, and visiting students
Friday, August 28, 2020 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve “Incomplete” (INC) grades for courses taken in previous Spring semester
Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve “Other” (OT)  and “Incomplete” (INC) grades for courses taken in previous Summer semester
Friday, September 4, 2020
Deadline: Last day to add courses online via ESTHER
Deadline: Last day to adjust variable credit for courses online via ESTHER
Deadline: Last day to complete late registration (online via ESTHER, or by Special Registration Request Form)
Deadline: Last day to convert a “Pass/Fail” to an earned letter grade for courses taken in previous Spring or Summer semester
Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 100% refund of tuition and fees
Deadline: Last day for tuition adjustment for part-time students
Monday, September 7, 2020 LABOR DAY (HOLIDAY – NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, September 11, 2020 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 70% refund for tuition
Friday, September 18, 2020 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 60% refund for tuition
Friday, September 25, 2020 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 50% refund for tuition
Thursday, October 1, 2020 Deadline: Last day to submit New Course Request Forms to the Academic Deans for SCRC review (for new courses in the upcoming Spring semester)
Friday, October 2, 2020 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 40% refund for tuition
Friday, October 9, 2020 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER (full-term courses)
Deadline: Last day to designate as “Audit” a course in which one is currently registered for credit (via Special Registration Form – Instructor Permission Required)
Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Mid-Semester Grades for first-year undergraduate students online via ESTHER
Deadline: College course plans due to Dean of Undergraduates office for following Spring semester
Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 30% refund for tuition
Friday, October 16, 2020 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 20% refund for tuition
Friday, October 23, 2020 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 10% refund for tuition
Friday, October 30, 2020 Deadline: Last day to designate a full-term course status to “Pass/Fail” option
Friday, October 30, 2020 Graduation Deadline : Last day to file an application for December degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar (Undergraduate and Graduate Students)
Graduation Deadline : Last day for Fall (December) degree candidates to declare any additional, major, minor or university certificates (Undergraduate Students only)
Graduation Deadline : Last day to file an application for a May degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar (Undergraduate Students only)
Graduation Deadline : Last day to file the following in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for December degree conferral: Thesis masters candidacy petitions; Certification of non-thesis masters; Form for candidacy masters; Ph.D. candidacy petitions
Spring Registration: Spring 2021 Course Schedule published to courses.rice.edu
Spring Registration: Course Request Period begins for undergraduate students
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 ELECTION DAY (Regular class day; however, no assignments can be due on this day and all instructional material covered on this day must be available asynchronously)
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit textbook orders for upcoming Spring to 1545txt@follett.com
Friday, November 13, 2020 Spring Registration: Course Request Period ends for undergraduate students at 5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 16, 2020 Spring Registration: Spring Registration begins for currently enrolled graduate, and undergraduate professional (BArch) students at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Spring RegistrationAdd/Drop Period begins for undergraduate students at 7:00 a.m.
Friday, November 20, 2020 END OF INSTRUCTION
Deadline: Last day to register for the upcoming Spring semester by 5:00 p.m. without a Late Registration Fee
Saturday, November 21, 2020 Late Registration Begins: Continuing students that have not registered for any Spring classes are charged a Late Registration Fee to add classes
Monday – Tuesday, November 23 – 24, 2020 INDEPENDENT STUDY DAYS (NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Wednesday – Friday, November 25 – 27, 2020 THANKSGIVING RECESS (HOLIDAY – NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Monday – Friday, November 30 – December 4, 2020 INDEPENDENT STUDY DAYS (NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, December 4, 2020 LAST DAY OF CLASSES
Deadline: Last day to drop courses (for Fall undergraduate matriculants only) – students must go to the Office of the Registrar by 4:00 p.m.
Graduation Deadline: For a December degree conferral, students must submit thesis to the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 12:00 noon
Saturday – Tuesday, December 5 – 8, 2020 Study Days – NO EXAMS
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 (Tentative) GRADUATION – Convocation Ceremony for Summer and Fall 2020 degree recipients
Wednesday – Wednesday, December 9 – 16, 2020 Final Examinations for all undergraduate courses (All Final Exams are to be administered in a remote format)
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 END OF THE FALL SEMESTER
Friday, December 18, 2020 Summer Registration: Registration for Summer 2021 begins for currently enrolled degree-seeking Rice undergraduate and graduate students via ESTHER
Applications: Application process for Summer 2021 visiting students opens
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Final Grades online via ESTHER
ALSO READ :   Harvard Academic Calendar: 2023 Term Dates

Academic Calendar Spring Semester 2021

DATE EVENT
Monday, January 11, 2021 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES – START OF THE SPRING SEMESTER
Monday – Friday, January 11 – 15, 2021 Spring Registration Continues: Registration continues for undergraduate, graduate, and visiting students
Friday, January 15, 2021 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve “Other” (OT) grades for courses taken in previous Fall semester
Monday, January 18, 2021 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY (HOLIDAY – NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, January 22, 2021 Deadline: Last day to add courses online via ESTHER
Deadline: Last day to adjust variable credit for courses online via ESTHER
Deadline: Last day to complete late registration (online via ESTHER, or by Special Registration Request Form)
Deadline: Last day to convert a “Pass/Fail” to an earned letter grade for courses taken in previous Fall
Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve “Incomplete” (INC) grades for courses taken in previous Fall semester
Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 100% refund of tuition and fees
Deadline: Last day for tuition adjustment for part-time students
Graduation Deadline: Last day to file an application for a May degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar (Graduate Students only)
Friday, January 29, 2021 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 70% refund for tuition
Friday, February 5, 2021 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 60% refund for tuition
Thursday – Friday, February 11 – 12, 2021 SPRING RECESS (NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, February 12, 2021 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 50% refund for tuition
Friday, February 19, 2021 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 40% refund for tuition
Friday, February 26, 2021 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER (full-term courses)
Deadline: Last day to designate as “Audit” a course in which one is currently registered for credit (via Special Registration Form – Instructor Permission Required)
Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Mid-Semester Grades for first-year undergraduate students online via ESTHER
Deadline: College course plans due to Dean of Undergraduates office for following Fall
Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit textbook orders for upcoming Summer to 1545txt@follett.com
Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 30% refund for tuition
Friday, February 26, 2021 Graduation Deadline: Last day to file the following in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for May degree conferral: Thesis masters candidacy petitions; Certification of non-thesis masters; Form for candidacy masters; Ph.D. candidacy petitions
Monday, March 1, 2021 Deadline: Last day to submit New Course Request Forms to the Academic Deans for SCRC review (for new courses in the upcoming Fall semester)
Friday, March 5, 2021 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 20% refund for tuition
Friday, March 12, 2021 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 10% refund for tuition
Saturday – Sunday, March 13 – 21, 2021 SPRING BREAK (NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, March 26, 2021 Deadline: Last day to designate a full-term course status to “Pass/Fail” option
Deadline: Last day to drop courses (for 1st year, 2nd semester (previous Fall) undergraduate matriculants only) – students must go to the Office of the Registrar by 4:00 p.m.
Deadline: Last day for second-year undergraduate students to formally declare their official major with the Office of the Registrar, via a Declaration Form
Graduation Deadline: Last day for Spring (May) degree candidates to declare any additional major, minor or university certificates, if applicable (Undergraduate Students)
Fall Registration: Fall 2021 Course Schedule published to courses.rice.edu
Fall Registration: Course Request Period begins for undergraduate students
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit textbook orders for upcoming Fall to 1545txt@follett.com
Friday, April 9, 2021 Fall Registration: Course Request Period ends for undergraduate students at 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 12, 2021 Fall Registration: Fall Registration begins for currently enrolled graduate, and undergraduate professional (BArch) students at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 Fall Registration: Add/Drop Period begins for undergraduate students at 7:00 a.m.
Friday, April 16, 2021 Deadline: Last day to register for the upcoming Fall semester by 5:00 p.m. without a Late Registration Fee
Saturday, April 17, 2021 Late Registration Begins: Continuing students that have not registered for any Fall classes are charged a Late Registration Fee to add classes
Friday, April 23, 2021 LAST DAY OF CLASSES
Deadline: Last day to drop courses (for Spring undergraduate matriculants only) – students must go to the Office of the Registrar by 4:00 p.m.
Graduation Deadline: Last day to submit theses in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for May degree conferral by 12:00 noon
Saturday – Tuesday, April 24 – 27, 2021 Study Days – NO EXAMS
Wednesday – Wednesday, April 28 – May 5, 2021 Final Examinations for all undergraduate courses
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 END OF THE SPRING SEMESTER
Friday, May 7, 2021 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Final Grades for all degree candidates online via ESTHER by 5:00 p.m.
Graduation Deadline: Last day for academic departments to submit their proposed list of degree candidates to receive the university honor of Distinction in Research and Creative Work to Provost’s Office by 4:00PM
Monday, May 10, 2021 Deadline: (May Undergraduate Degree Candidates only) Last day to convert a “Pass/Fail” to an earned letter grade for courses taken in Spring semester by 12:00 noon
Friday – Saturday, May 14 – 15, 2021 ONE HUNDRED & EIGHTH COMMENCEMENT
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Final Grades for all non-graduating students online via ESTHER
Friday, June 11, 2021 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve “Other” (OT) grades for courses taken in Spring semester
Friday, July 2, 2021 Graduation Deadline: Last day to file an application for a August degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar (All Students)
Graduation Deadline: Last day to file the following in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for August degree conferral: Thesis masters candidacy petitions; Certification of non-thesis masters; Form for candidacy masters; Ph.D. candidacy petitions
Friday, August 13, 2021 Graduation Deadline: Last day to submit theses in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for August degree conferral by 12:00 noon
Friday, August 27, 2021 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve “Incomplete” (INC) grades for courses taken in Spring semester

 


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