Academic Calendar
Spring Semester 2025

All dates and deadlines (noted below) are for semester full-term courses. PLEASE NOTE: Part of Term Courses have different dates and deadlines that are posted on the Part of Term Courses web page.

Date Event
Monday, January 13, 2025 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
START OF TERM
Monday, January 13 - 24, 2025 Spring Registration Continues: Late Registration continues for undergraduate, graduate, and visiting students; Late Registration Fee increases to $125
Friday, January 17, 2025 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve "Other" (OT) grades for courses taken in previous Fall semester
Monday, January 20, 2025 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY (HOLIDAY): No Scheduled Classes
Friday, January 24, 2025 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 31, 2025 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 70% refund of tuition
Friday, February 7, 2025 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 60% refund of tuition
Thursday, February 13 - 14, 2025 SPRING RECESS: No Scheduled Classes
Friday, February 14, 2025 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 50% refund of tuition
Friday, February 21, 2025 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 40% refund of tuition
Friday, February 28, 2025 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 of 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, March 3, 2025 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 7, 2025 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 20% refund of tuition
Friday, March 14, 2025 Deadline: Last day to withdraw from the university with a 10% refund of tuition
Saturday, March 15 - 23, 2025 SPRING BREAK: No Scheduled Classes
Friday, March 28, 2025 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 2025 Course Schedule published to courses.rice.edu
Fall Registration: Course Request Period begins for undergraduate students
Wednesday, April 2, 2025 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit textbook orders for upcoming Fall to 1545txt@follett.com
Friday, April 11, 2025 Fall Registration: Course Request Period ends for undergraduate students at 5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 14, 2025 Fall Registration: Fall Registration begins for currently enrolled graduate, and undergraduate professional (BArch) students at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16, 2025 Fall Registration: Add/Drop Period begins for undergraduate students at 7:00 a.m.
Friday, April 18, 2025 Deadline: Last day to register for the upcoming Fall semester without a $75 Late Registration Fee
Saturday, April 19, 2025 Late Registration Begins: Continuing students that have not registered for any Fall classes are charged a $75 Late Registration Fee to add classes
Friday, April 25, 2025 LAST DAY OF CLASSES
Friday, April 25, 2025 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, April 26 - 29, 2025 Study Days (NO EXAMS)
Wednesday, April 30, 2025 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, April 30 - May 6, 2025 Final Examinations for all undergraduate courses
Tuesday, May 6, 2025 END OF TERM
Friday, May 9, 2025 GRADUATION: Convocation Ceremonies
Saturday, May 10, 2025 GRADUATION: Commencement Ceremony
(Rice University's 112th Commencement)
Wednesday, May 14, 2025 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit Spring semester final grades for all students online via ESTHER by 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 16, 2025 Deadline: (May Degree Candidates only) Last day to convert a "Pass/Fail" to an earned letter grade for courses taken in Spring semester
Monday, May 26, 2025 GRADUATION - Degrees Awarded for May (Spring) degree recipients
Friday, June 13, 2025 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve "Other" (OT) grades for courses taken in the Spring semester
Friday, July 4, 2025 Graduation Deadline: Last day for all undergraduate-level students to submit an online Application for Degree (accessible in ESTHER) for an August (Summer) degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar via ESTHER
Graduation Deadline: Last day for graduate-level students to submit a paper Application for Degree (accessible in ESTHER) for August (Summer) degree conferral with the Office of the Registrar either in-person or via e-mail to registrar@rice.edu
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 15, 2025 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
Graduation Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve "Incomplete" (INC) grades for courses taken in the Spring semester (by Summer degree candidates) for an August (Summer) degree conferral
Friday, August 29, 2025 Deadline: Last day for instructors to submit final grades to resolve "Incomplete" (INC) grades for courses taken in the Spring semester