Academic Calendar Spring Semester 2020

Date Event
Monday, January 13, 2020 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES - START OF THE SPRING SEMESTER
BEGINNING OF INSTRUCTION
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 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 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, 2020h 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