Academic Calendar Spring Semester 2021

Updated and Revised

Date Event
Monday, January 25, 2021 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES - START OF THE SPRING SEMESTER
BEGINNING OF INSTRUCTION
Monday - Friday, January 25 - 29, 2021 Spring Registration Continues: Late Registration continues for undergraduate, graduate, and visiting students
Friday, January 29, 2021 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve "Other" (OT) grades for courses taken in previous Fall semester
Friday, February 5, 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 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 from the university with a 100% refund of tuition and fees
Deadline: Last day for tuition adjustment for part-time students
Graduation Deadline: Last day for Graduate Students to file a paper Application for Degree (accessible in ESTHER) for May (Spring) degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar either in-person or via email to registrar@rice.edu
Friday, February 12, 2021 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 70% refund for tuition
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 Spring "Sprinkle" Day - No Scheduled Classes
(no assignments can be due on this day)
Friday, February 19, 2021 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 60% refund for tuition
Friday, February 26, 2021 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 50% refund for tuition
Monday, March 1, 2021 Spring "Sprinkle" Day - No Scheduled Classes
(no assignments can be due on this day)
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 from the university with a 40% refund for tuition
Friday, March 12, 2021 Deadline: Last day to drop courses online via ESTHER (full-term courses)
Update (on 01/27/2021): The "last day to drop courses online via ESTHER (full-term courses)" deadline has been extended 3 weeks (to Friday, April 2, 2021)
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 01/27/2021): 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, April 2, 2021)
Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Mid-Semester Grades for first-year undergraduate students online via ESTHER
Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit textbook orders for upcoming Summer to 1545txt@follett.com
Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 30% refund for tuition
Graduation Deadline: Last day to file the following in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for May (Spring) degree conferral: Thesis masters candidacy petitions; Certification of non-thesis masters; Form for candidacy masters; Ph.D. candidacy petitions
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Spring "Sprinkle" Day - No Scheduled Classes
(no assignments can be due on this day)
Friday, March 19, 2021 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 20% refund for tuition
Deadline: College course plans due to Dean of Undergraduates office for following Fall by 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 26, 2021 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 10% refund for tuition
Spring "Sprinkle" Day - No Scheduled Classes
(no assignments can be due on this day)
Friday, April 2, 2021 Deadline (Updated 01/27/2021): Last day for all students to drop courses online via ESTHER (full-term courses) and have the course removed from their academic history. Exception: first semester (Spring 2021) undergraduate students have until the Last Day of Classes but must go to the Office of the Registrar or submit the Special Registration form to registrar@rice.edu
Deadline (Updated 01/27/2021): 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
Deadline: Last day for second-year undergraduate students to formally declare their official major with the Office of the Registrar, via a Declaration of Major Form
Graduation Deadline: Last day for May (Spring) degree candidates to declare any additional major, minor or university certificates, if applicable (Undergraduate Students only)
Fall Registration: Fall 2021 Course Schedule published to courses.rice.edu
Fall Registration: Course Request Period begins for undergraduate students
Saturday, April 3, 2021 Late Drop (New/Updated on 01/27/2021): Extended late drop period begins online via ESTHER (full-term courses) with drops receiving a grade of NG (the extension to this deadline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for Spring 2021 only). Students must receive permission if dropping below full-time status. Students in the Jones Graduate School of Business are not allowed to drop courses via ESTHER and must go to the Office of the Registrar or submit the Special Registration form to registrar@rice.edu.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit textbook orders for upcoming Fall to 1545txt@follett.com
Thursday, April 8, 2021 Spring "Sprinkle" Day - No Scheduled Classes
(no assignments can be due on this day)
Friday, April 16, 2021 Fall Registration: Course Request Period ends for undergraduate students at 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 19, 2021 Fall Registration: Fall Registration begins for currently enrolled graduate, and undergraduate professional (BArch) students at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 Fall Registration: Add/Drop Period begins for undergraduate students at 7:00 a.m.
Friday, April 23, 2021 Deadline: Last day to register for the upcoming Fall semester by 5:00 p.m. without a Late Registration Fee
Saturday, April 24, 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 30, 2021 LAST DAY OF CLASSES
END OF INSTRUCTION

Deadline: Last day for first semester (Spring 2021) undergraduate students to drop courses and have the course removed from their academic history - students must go to the Office of the Registrar or submit the Special Registration form to registrar@rice.edu
Deadline: Last day to request late drop online via ESTHER (full-term courses) and receive a grade of NG (the extension to this deadline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for Spring 2021 only). Students in the Jones Graduate School of Business are not allowed to drop courses via ESTHER and must go to the Office of the Registrar or submit the Special Registration form to registrar@rice.edu.
Graduation Deadline: Last day to submit theses in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for May (Spring) degree conferral by 12:00 noon
Saturday, May 1, 2021 Late Drop: Students must submit late drop requests to receive a grade of NG by sending the Special Registration form to registrar@rice.edu or by submitting the form in person to the Office of the Registrar. Request to drop below full-time no longer needed (the extension to this deadline is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and for Spring 2021 only)
Saturday - Tuesday, May 1 - 4, 2021 Study Days - NO EXAMS
Wednesday - Wednesday, May 5 - 12, 2021 Final Examinations for all undergraduate courses
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 END OF THE SPRING SEMESTER
Friday, May 14, 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 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 14, 2021 GRADUATION - Jones School MBA Commencement Ceremony (in morning) to be held in the historic Rice Football Stadium
(Class of 2019-2020 and Class of 2020-2021: MBA Degree Recipients Only)
(Jones School Investiture and Commencement for MBA Degree Recipients)
Friday, May 14, 2021 GRADUATION - Commencement Ceremony (in evening) to be held in the historic Rice Football Stadium
(Class of 2020-2021: Undergraduate Students Only)
(Rice University's 108th Commencement)
Saturday, May 15, 2021 GRADUATION - Commencement Ceremony (in morning) to be held in the historic Rice Football Stadium
(Class of 2019-2020 and 2020-2021: Master's and Doctoral Students Only)
(Rice University's 107th and 108th Commencement)
Saturday, May 15, 2021 GRADUATION - Commencement Ceremony (in evening) to be held in the historic Rice Football Stadium
(Class of 2019-2020: Undergraduate Students Only)
(Rice University's 107th Commencement)
Monday, May 17, 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, May 21, 2021 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Final Grades for all non-graduating students online via ESTHER by 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 21, 2021 Deadline (New/Updated on 01/27/2021): For Spring 2021 degree candidates, the last day to drop Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021 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, June 2, 2021 Deadline (New/Updated on 01/27/2021): For all continuing students, the last day to drop Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021 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.
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 an August (Summer) 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 (Summer) 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 (Summer) 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