Academic Calendar Fall Semester 2020
Updated and Revised

Date Event
Sunday - Saturday, August 16 - 22, 2020 Orientation Week for New Students
Monday, August 17, 2020 Fall Registration: Course Request Period begins for incoming undergraduate students
Thursday, August 20, 2020 Deadline: Course Request Period ends for incoming undergraduate students at 12:00 p.m.
Fall Registration: Add/Drop Period begins for incoming graduate students at 5:00 p.m.
Fall Registration: Add/Drop Period begins for incoming undergraduate students at 7:00 p.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
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)
Update (on 10/09/2020): The "last day to drop courses online via ESTHER (full-term courses)" deadline has been extended 3 weeks (to Friday, October 30, 2020)
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 10/09/2020): The "last day to designate as "Audit" a course in which one is currently registered for credit" deadline has been extended 3 weeks (to Friday, October 30, 2020)
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 (Updated 10/09/2020): Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER (full-term courses)
Deadline (Updated 10/09/2020): 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 to designate a full-term course status to "Pass/Fail" option
Graduation Deadline: Last day for Undergraduate Students to file an online Application for Degree via ESTHER for Fall (December) degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar
Graduation Deadline: Last day for Graduate Students to file a paper Application for Degree (accessible in ESTHER)for Fall (December) degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar either in person or via email to registrar@rice.edu
Graduation Deadline: Last day for Fall (December) degree candidates to declare any additional, major, minor or university certificates, if applicable (Undergraduate Students only)
Graduation Deadline: Last day for Undergraduate Students to file an online Application for Degree via ESTHER for Spring (May) degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar
Graduation Deadline: Last day to file the following in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for Fall (December) degree conferral: Thesis masters candidacy petitions; Certification of non-thesis masters; Form for candidacy masters; Ph.D. candidacy petitions
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
Thursday, November 12, 2020 Spring Registration: Spring 2021 Course Schedule published to courses.rice.edu
Spring Registration: Course Request Period begins for undergraduate students
Friday, November 20, 2020 END OF INSTRUCTION
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
Spring Registration: Course Request Period ends for undergraduate students at 5:00 p.m.
Deadline: Last day to drop courses (for Fall undergraduate matriculants only) - students must go to the Office of the Registrar or submit the Special Registration form to registrar@rice.edu by 4:00 p.m.
Graduation Deadline: For a Fall (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
Monday, December 7, 2020 Spring Registration: Spring Registration begins for currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate professional (BArch) students at 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Spring Registration: Add/Drop Period begins for undergraduate students at 7:00 a.m.
(Canceled) GRADUATION - Convocation Ceremony for Summer and Fall 2020 -- degree recipients encouraged to participate in May 2021 ceremonies
Wednesday - Wednesday, December 9 - 16, 2020 Final Examinations for all undergraduate courses
(All Final Exams are to be administered in a remote format)
Friday, December 11, 2020 Spring Registration: Last day to register for the upcoming Spring semester by 5:00 p.m. without a Late Registration Fee
Saturday, December 12, 2020 Late Registration Begins: Continuing students that have not registered for any Spring classes are charged a Late Registration Fee to add classes
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 END OF THE FALL SEMESTER
Friday, December 18, 2020 Summer Registration: Summer Registration begins for currently enrolled degree-seeking Rice undergraduate and graduate students via ESTHER
Applications: Visiting student application process opens for Summer 2021
Wednesday, December 23, 2020 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Fall semester Final Grades for all students online via ESTHER
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Deadline (New/Updated on 11/18/2020): For Fall 2020 degree candidates, the last day to drop Fall 2020 courses via a Special Registration Form* submitted to the Office of the Registrar at registrar@rice.edu (the extension to this deadline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for Fall 2020 only)
* PLEASE NOTE: On the Special Registration Form, please check the "Late Drop" box. Please note that EX&S or GPS approval is not required.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Deadline (New/Updated on 11/18/2020): For all continuing students, the last day to drop Fall 2020 courses via a Special Registration Form* submitted to the Office of the Registrar at registrar@rice.edu (the extension to this deadline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for Fall 2020 only)
* PLEASE NOTE: On the Special Registration Form, please check the "Late Drop" box. Please note that EX&S or GPS approval is not required.