Academic Calendar

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

Fall 2015


18 New Student Orientation begins.
24 Classes begin at 8:30 a.m.


Wait lists for Fall 2015 courses are erased.


4 Drop/Add ends.
NOTE: No course may be added after this date. Between Sept. 5 and Nov. 6, students may withdraw from a course with permissions from their academic dean. A grade of W will be assigned by the instructor. Deadline for enrollment on an Audit basis.
7 Labor Day. Classes in session. Dean's Office is closed.
11 Deadline for making course corrections.
20 Engineering Phonathon (Also Sept. 21 and Sept. 27)
25 Final date to submit work for Spring or Summer 2015 incompletes.


9 Last day to report mid-term grades.
Fall Break begins at 7:00 p.m.
14 Classes resume at 8:30 a.m.
26 Book bagging begins.
30 Parents' Weekend begins.



Registration begins for Spring 2016.

5 Board of Visitors - Fall Meeting (Nov. 5-7)
6 Deadline for withdrawing from a course. (See note for Sept. 4)
Deadline for switching course from Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) to letter-grade basis.
13 Last day to petition for relief from three final exams in 24 hours. Form on Registrar's website.
18 Registration ends for Spring 2016.
19 Drop/Add for Spring 2016 courses begins.
24 Thanksgiving Recess begins at 10:30 p.m.
30 Classes resume at 8:30 a.m.


4 Fall Semester classes end
5 Reading period begins; extends through Monday, December 7.


Final Exams begin at 9:00 a.m.

13 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 August 28. Dropping and adding courses continues via ACES until September 4. 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 should be consulted if there are any questions. After Drop/Add ends on September 4 no course may be added.

For withdrawal from a course between September 5 and November 6, you should contact your academic dean for the appropriate form that requires an instructor’s signature.

During the last four weeks of classes, W will be assigned if, in the judgment of the student’s dean, compelling and extraordinary circumstances make it necessary for the student to drop the course; otherwise, the course must be continued to the end of the semester.  A course discontinued without approval will result in a grade of F.

When students note an error in their course schedules, they should consult with their academic dean.  All errors must be cleared by August 28.