Academic Calendar

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

Spring 2016


12 Deadline for declaring part-time status in final semester of enrollment:
Seniors needing to take 2.5 cc or fewer in their last semester to finish a degree can request part-time status by completing the form, available in the Dean's Office, by this date.
13 Spring Semester begins at 8:30 a.m.:
All Monday classes meet on this day regardless of the meeting pattern. Regular class meeting schedule begins on Thursday, January 14. Classes meeting in a Wednesday/Friday meeting pattern begin January 15. Drop/Add continues.


Regular class meeting schedule begins at 8:30 a.m.

18 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
No classes. Classes are rescheduled on Wednesday, January 13.
20 Wait lists for Spring 2016 courses erased.


Drop/Add ends.
NOTE: No course may be added after this date.
Between January 28 and March 30, students amy withdraw from a course with permission from their academic dean; only a grade of W will be assigned by the instructor. 

Deadline for enrollment on an audit basis: Download the form



Deadline for making course corrections.
Any corrections in course enrollments require documentation of attendance history from the instructor and approval by your academic dean. Instructors are not permitted to make changes to a student's record.

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

17 Deadline to submit work for Fall 2015 incompletes.
22 Registration for Summer 2016 begins. Students can register and drop/add for summer terms through the third class day of each term.
26 Last day to report midterm grades.


11 Spring Break begins at 7:00 p.m.
21 Classes resume at 8:30 a.m.
25 Freeze of change to majors, minors and certificates.
Between this date and April 15, no changes to student's programs can be made, as this is the time of undergraduate registration.

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

Deadline for changing the grading basis in a course from the S/U to the letter-grading basis.
Contact the Registrar's Office before this deadline to make this change.



Registration begins for Fall 2016 semester; Summer 2016 registration continues.
Last day to petition for relief from three final exams in 24 hours. Form on Registrar's website.

8 Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet – Washington Duke Inn.
15 Registration ends for Fall 2016 semester; Summer 2016 registration continues.
16 Drop/Add for Fall 2016 courses begins.
27 Undergraduate classes end.
28 Undergraduate reading period begins (April 28 - May 1).


1 Undergraduate reading period ends.


Final examinations begin.

4 Undergraduate reading period (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
7 Final examinations end.
NOTE: Graduation Seniors –
Please contact your academic dean at (919) 660-5996 in case of emergencies regarding graduating (ie, unexpected D or F, etc.)
13 Commencement Weekend begins.
15 Graduation exercises:
Engineering Diploma and Honor Ceremony, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 3:30 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 January 27. Dropping and adding courses continues via ACES until January 27. 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 January 27 no course may be added.

For withdrawal from a course between January 28 and March 30, you should contact 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 their course schedules, the student should consult with their academic dean.  All errors must be corrected by February 5.


Academic Dean
Department DUS