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 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 Spring (May) degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar
Friday, February 12, 2021 Deadline: Last day to withdraw 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 with a 60% refund for tuition
Friday, February 26, 2021 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 50% refund for tuition
Monday, March 1, 2021 Spring "Sprinkle" Day - No Scheduled Classes
(no assignments can be due on this day)
Friday, March 5, 2021 Deadline: Last day to withdraw with a 40% refund for tuition
Friday, March 12, 2021 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 Dean of Undergraduates office for following Fall
Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit textbook orders for upcoming 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 (Spring) May degree conferral: Thesis masters candidacy petitions; Certification of non-thesis masters; Form for candidacy masters; Ph.D. candidacy petitions
Monday, March 15, 2021 Deadline: Last day to submit New Course Request Forms to the Academic Deans for SCRC review (for new courses in the upcoming Fall semester)
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 with a 20% refund for tuition
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: Last day to designate a full-term course status to "Pass/Fail" option
Deadline: Last day to drop courses (for 1st year, 2nd semester (previous 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.
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 Spring (May) 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
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 to drop courses (for Spring 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 to submit theses in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for (Spring) May degree conferral by 12:00 noon
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 4:00PM
GRADUATION - Convocation Ceremonies
Saturday, May 15, 2021 GRADUATION - Commencement Ceremony
(Rice University's 108th 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
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Final Grades for all non-graduating students online via ESTHER by 5:00 p.m.
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 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 (Summer) August 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 (Summer) August 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