Academic Calendar Fall Semester 2024

All dates and deadlines (noted below) are for semester full-term courses. PLEASE NOTE: Part of Term Courses have different dates and deadlines that are posted on the Part of Term Courses web page.

Date Event
Sunday, August 18 - 24, 2024 Orientation Week for New Students
Monday, August 19, 2024 Fall Registration: Course Request Period begins for incoming undergraduate students
Thursday, August 22, 2024 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 26, 2024 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
START OF TERM
Monday, August 26 - September 6, 2024 Fall Registration Continues: Late Registration continues for undergraduate, graduate, and visiting students; Late Registration Fee increases to $125
Friday, August 30, 2024 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
Monday, September 2, 2024 LABOR DAY (HOLIDAY): No Scheduled Classes
Friday, September 6, 2024 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
Friday, September 13, 2024 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 70% refund of tuition
Friday, September 20, 2024 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 60% refund of tuition
Friday, September 27, 2024 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 50% refund of tuition
Thursday, October 3, 2024 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 4, 2024 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 of tuition
Friday, October 11, 2024 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 of tuition
Monday, October 14 - 15, 2024 MIDTERM RECESS: No Scheduled Classes
Friday, October 18, 2024 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 20% refund of tuition
Friday, October 25, 2024 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 10% refund of tuition
Friday, November 1, 2024 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 2025 Course Schedule published to courses.rice.edu
Spring Registration: Course Request Period begins for undergraduate students
Wednesday, November 13, 2024 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit textbook orders for upcoming Spring to 1545txt@follett.com
Friday, November 15, 2024 Spring Registration: Course Request Period ends for undergraduate students at 5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 18, 2024 Spring Registration: Spring Registration begins for currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate professional (BArch) students at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20, 2024 Spring Registration: Add/Drop Period begins for undergraduate students at 7:00 a.m.
Friday, November 22, 2024 Deadline: Last day to register for the upcoming Spring semester without a $75 Late Registration Fee
Saturday, November 23, 2024 Late Registration Begins: Continuing students that have not registered for any Spring classes are charged a $75 Late Registration Fee to add classes
Wednesday, November 27 - 29, 2024 THANKSGIVING RECESS (HOLIDAY): No Scheduled Classes
Friday, December 6, 2024 LAST DAY OF CLASSES
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: Last day for graduate-level students to submit thesis in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for December (Fall) degree conferral by 12:00 noon
Saturday, December 7 - 10, 2024 Study Days (NO EXAMS)
Tuesday, December 10, 2024 (Tentative) GRADUATION: Convocation Ceremony for Summer and Fall 2024 degree recipients. For information please visit ceremony.rice.edu
Wednesday, December 11 - 17, 2024 Final Examinations for all undergraduate courses
Wednesday, December 17, 2024 END OF TERM
Friday, December 20, 2024 Summer Registration: Registration for Summer 2025 begins for currently enrolled degree-seeking Rice undergraduate and graduate students via ESTHER
Applications: Visiting student application process opens for Summer 2025
Wednesday, December 25, 2024 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Final Grades for all students online via ESTHER