Academic Calendar Fall Semester 2023

Date Event
Sunday - Saturday, August 13 - 19, 2023 Orientation Week for New Students
Monday, August 14, 2023 Fall Registration: Course Request Period begins for incoming undergraduate students
Thursday, August 17, 2023 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 21, 2023 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES - START OF THE FALL SEMESTER
BEGINNING OF INSTRUCTION
Monday - Friday, August 21 - 25, 2023 Fall Registration Continues: Registration continues for undergraduate, graduate, and visiting students
Friday, August 25, 2023 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 1, 2023 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 from the university with a 100% refund of tuition and fees
Deadline: Last day for tuition adjustment for part-time students
Monday, September 4, 2023 LABOR DAY (HOLIDAY - NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, September 8, 2023 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 70% refund for tuition
Friday, September 15, 2023 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 60% refund for tuition
Friday, September 22, 2023 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 50% refund for tuition
Thursday, September 28, 2023 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, September 29, 2023 Graduation Deadline: Last day for undergraduate-level students to submit an online Application for Degree for December (Fall) degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar via ESTHER
Graduation Deadline: Last day for graduate-level students to submit a paper Application for Degree (accessible in ESTHER) for December (Fall) degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar either in-person or via e-mail to registrar@rice.edu
Graduation Deadline: Last day for graduate-level December (Fall) degree candidates to file the following in-person and in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for December (Fall) degree conferral:
  • Thesis masters candidacy petitions
  • Certification of non-thesis masters
  • Form for candidacy masters
  • Ph.D. candidacy petitions
Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 40% refund for tuition
Friday, October 6, 2023 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 Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) for following Spring semester
Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 30% refund for tuition
Monday - Tuesday, October 9 - 10, 2023 MIDTERM RECESS (NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, October 13, 2023 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 20% refund for tuition
Friday, October 20, 2023 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 10% refund for tuition
Friday, October 27, 2023 Deadline: Last day to designate a full-term course status to "Pass/Fail" option
Graduation Deadline: Last day for undergraduate-level December (Fall) degree candidates to declare any additional, major, minor or university certificates, if applicable
Graduation Deadline: Last day for undergraduate-level students to submit an Application for Degree for a May (Spring) degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar via ESTHER
Spring Registration: Spring 2024 Course Schedule published to courses.rice.edu
Spring Registration: Course Request Period begins for undergraduate students
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit textbook orders for upcoming Spring to 1545txt@follett.com
Friday, November 10, 2023 Spring Registration: Course Request Period ends for undergraduate students at 5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 13, 2023 Spring Registration: Spring Registration begins for currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate professional (BArch) students at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 Spring Registration: Add/Drop Period begins for undergraduate students at 7:00 a.m.
Friday, November 17, 2023 Deadline: Last day to register for the upcoming Spring semester by 5:00 pm without a Late Registration Fee
Saturday, November 18, 2023 Late Registration Begins: Continuing students that have not registered for any Spring classes are charged a Late Registration Fee to add classes
Wednesday - Friday, November 22 - 24, 2023 THANKSGIVING RECESS (HOLIDAY - NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, December 1, 2023 LAST DAY OF CLASSES
END OF INSTRUCTION

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 December (Fall) degree conferral, students must submit thesis to the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by 12:00 noon
Saturday - Tuesday, December 2 - 5, 2023 Study Days - NO EXAMS
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 (Tentative) GRADUATION - Convocation Ceremony for Summer and Fall 2023 degree recipients - for information please visit ceremony.rice.edu
Wednesday - Tuesday, December 6 - 12, 2023 Final Examinations for all undergraduate courses
Wednesday, December 12, 2023 END OF THE FALL SEMESTER
Friday, December 15, 2023 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 2024
Wednesday, December 20, 2023 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Final Grades for all students online via ESTHER