Academic Calendar Spring Semester 2024

Date Event
Monday, January 8, 2024 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES - START OF THE SPRING SEMESTER
BEGINNING OF INSTRUCTION
Monday - Friday, January 8 - 12, 2024 Spring Registration Continues: Late Registration continues for undergraduate, graduate, and visiting students
Friday, January 12, 2024 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve "Other" (OT) grades for courses taken in previous Fall semester
Monday, January 15, 2024 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY (HOLIDAY - NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, January 19, 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 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, January 26, 2024 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 70% refund for tuition
Friday, February 2, 2024 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 60% refund for tuition
Thursday - Friday, February 8 - 9, 2024 SPRING RECESS (NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, February 9, 2024 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 50% refund for tuition
Friday, February 16, 2024 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 40% refund for tuition
Friday, February 23, 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 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 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
Monday, February 26, 2024 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 1, 2024 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 20% refund for tuition
Friday, March 8, 2024 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 10% refund for tuition
Saturday - Sunday, March 9 - 17, 2024 SPRING BREAK (NO SCHEDULED CLASSES)
Friday, March 22, 2024 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 May (Spring) degree candidates to declare any additional major, minor or university certificates, if applicable (Undergraduate Students)
Fall Registration: Fall 2024 Course Schedule published to courses.rice.edu
Fall Registration: Course Request Period begins for undergraduate students
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit textbook orders for upcoming Fall to 1545txt@follett.com
Friday, April 5, 2024 Fall Registration: Course Request Period ends for undergraduate students at 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 8, 2024 Fall Registration: Fall Registration begins for currently enrolled graduate, and undergraduate professional (BArch) students at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 Fall Registration: Add/Drop Period begins for undergraduate students at 7:00 a.m.
Friday, April 12, 2024 Deadline: Last day to register for the upcoming Fall semester by 5:00 p.m. without a Late Registration Fee
Saturday, April 13, 2024 Late Registration Begins: Continuing students that have not registered for any Fall classes are charged a Late Registration Fee to add classes
Friday, April 19, 2024 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 May (Spring) degree conferral by 12:00 noon
Saturday - Tuesday, April 24 - 30, 2024 Study Days - NO EXAMS
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 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 24 - 30, 2024 Final Examinations for all undergraduate courses
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 END OF THE SPRING SEMESTER
Friday, May 3, 2024 GRADUATION - Convocation Ceremonies
Saturday, May 4, 2024 GRADUATION - Commencement Ceremony
(Rice University's 111th Commencement)
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 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, 2024 Deadline: (May Undergraduate Degree Candidates only) Last day to convert a "Pass/Fail" to an earned letter grade for courses taken in Spring semester
Friday, June 7, 2024 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve "Other" (OT) grades for courses taken in the Spring semester
Friday, June 28, 2024 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 9, 2024 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 23, 2024 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve "Incomplete" (INC) grades for courses taken in the Spring semester