Academic Calendar

For past, present and future academic dates, be sure to visit the Duke Registrar's website.

Fall 2016


23 New Student Orientation begins.
29 Classes begin at 8:30 a.m.


2 Wait lists for Fall 2016 courses are erased. To add a course permission numbers are needed through 9/19.
5 Labor Day. Classes in session. Dean's Office closed.

Drop/Add ends.
No course may be added after this date. Between 9/10 and 9/11, students may withdraw from a course with permission from their academic dean. A grade of W will be assigned by the instructor.

Deadline for enrollment on an Audit basis.


Deadline for making course corrections.
Any corrections in course enrollments require documentation of attendance history from the instroctor and approval by your academic dean.

Deadline for switching a course to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading basis.

18 Engineering Phonathon (September 18-19 and 25)
30 Deadline to submit work for Spring 2016 incompletes and X grades.


7 Last day for reporting mid-term grades.
Fall break begins at 7:00 p.m.
12 Classes resume at 8:30 a.m.
15 Undergraduate Admissions Engineering Open House
24 Bookbagging opens.


2 Registration begins for Spring Semester 2017.
4 Board of Visitors Fall Meeting (November 4-5)

Deadline for withdrawing from a course.
Since Dean's approval is required, the request to withdraw from a course must be made before 5:00 p.m. on this date.

Deadline for switching a course from Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) to letter grade basis.
Contact the Registrar's Office before this deadline to make the change.

Last day to petition for relief from three final exams within 24 hours.
Forms available on the Registrar's Office website.

16 Registration ends for Spring Semester 2017.
17 Drop/Add for Spring 2017 courses begins.
22 Thanksgiving recess begins at 10:30 p.m.
28 Classes resume at 8:30 a.m.


9 Fall Semester undergraduate classes end.
10 Reading period begins; extends through Tuesday, December 13.
14 Final Exams begin at 9:00 a.m.
19 Final Exams end at 10:00 p.m.

Course Changes After Classes Begin

It is the obligation of the student to ensure that he or she is properly enrolled in each and every course by September 9. Dropping and adding courses continues via ACES until September 9. Since authorizing signatures of faculty advisors and academic deans are not required, it is incumbent upon the student to ensure that any changes are compatible with BSE degree requirements. The Undergraduate Bulletin and the faculty advisor or Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) should be consulted if there are any questions. After Drop/Add ends on September 9 no course may be added.

For withdrawal from a course between September 10 and November 11, you should schedule an appointment to meet with your academic dean for the appropriate form that requires an instructor’s signature. A course discontinued without approval will result in a grade of F.

When a student notes an error in his or her course schedule, the student should consult with his or her advising dean. All errors must be cleared by September 16.


Academic Dean
Department DUS