Academic Calendar Spring Semester 2023

Date Event
Monday, January 9, 2023 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES - START OF THE SPRING SEMESTER
BEGINNING OF INSTRUCTION
Monday - Friday, January 9 - 13, 2023 Spring Registration Continues: Late Registration continues for undergraduate, graduate, and visiting students
Friday, January 13, 2023 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve "Other" (OT) grades for courses taken in previous Fall semester
Monday, January 16, 2023 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY (HOLIDAY - NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, January 20, 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 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 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-level students to submit 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, January 27, 2023 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 70% refund for tuition
Friday, February 3, 2023 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 60% refund for tuition
Thursday - Friday, February 9 - 10, 2023 SPRING RECESS (NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, February 10, 2023 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 50% refund for tuition
Friday, February 17, 2023 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 40% refund for tuition
Friday, February 24, 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 the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) for following Fall semester
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 for graduate-level May (Spring) degree candidates to file the following in-person and in the Office of the 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
Monday, February 27, 2023 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 3, 2023 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 20% refund for tuition
Friday, March 10, 2023 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 10% refund for tuition
Saturday - Sunday, March 11 - 19, 2023 SPRING BREAK (NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, March 24, 2023 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 undergraduate-level May (Spring) degree candidates to declare any additional major, minor or university certificates, if applicable
Fall Registration: Fall 2023 Course Schedule published to courses.rice.edu
Fall Registration: Course Request Period begins for undergraduate students
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit textbook orders for upcoming Fall to 1545txt@follett.com
Friday, April 7, 2023 Fall Registration: Course Request Period ends for undergraduate students at 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 10, 2023 Fall Registration: Fall Registration begins for currently enrolled graduate, and undergraduate professional (BArch) students at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 Fall Registration: Add/Drop Period begins for undergraduate students at 7:00 a.m.
Friday, April 14, 2023 Deadline: Last day to register for the upcoming Fall semester by 5:00 p.m. without a Late Registration Fee
Saturday, April 15, 2023 Late Registration Begins: Continuing students that have not registered for any Fall classes are charged a Late Registration Fee to add classes
Friday, April 21, 2023 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 for graduate-level students to submit thesis in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for May (Spring) degree conferral by 12:00 noon
Saturday - Tuesday, April 22 - 25, 2023 Study Days - NO EXAMS
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 Graduation Deadline: Last day for academic departments to submit to the Provost's Office their proposed list of degree candidates to receive the university honor of Distinction in Research and Creative Work
Wednesday - Tuesday, April 26 - May 2, 2023 Final Examinations for all undergraduate courses
Tuesday, May 2, 2023 END OF THE SPRING SEMESTER
Friday, May 5, 2023 GRADUATION - Convocation Ceremonies
Saturday, May 6, 2023 GRADUATION - Commencement Ceremony
(Rice University's 110th Commencement)
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Spring semester final grades for all students online via ESTHER by 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 12, 2023 Deadline: (May Degree Candidates only) Last day to convert a "Pass/Fail" to an earned letter grade for courses taken in Spring semester
Friday, June 9, 2023 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve "Other" (OT) grades for courses taken in the Spring semester
Friday, June 30, 2023

Graduation Deadline: Last day for all undergraduate and graduate-level degree candidates to file an application for an August (Summer) degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar


Graduation Deadline: Last day for graduate-level August (Summer) degree candidates 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 11, 2023 Graduation Deadline: Last day for graduate-level students to submit thesis in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for August (Summer) degree conferral by 12:00 noon
Friday, August 25, 2023 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve "Incomplete" (INC) grades for courses taken in the Spring semester