Academic Calendar

To see complete past, current and future academic calendars, visit the Duke Registrar's website.

fall 2017


23 Convocation for new undergraduate students (11 a.m.)
Convocation for graduate and professional school students (4 p.m.)
28 Fall Semester classes begin (8:30 a.m.)
Drop/Add continues


4 Labor Day. Classes in session
8 Drop/Add ends


Founder's Day Convocation
6 Last day for reporting midsemester grades
Fall Break begins (7 p.m.)
8 Founder's Day
11 Classes resume (8:30 a.m.)
23 Bookbagging begins for Spring 2018


1 Registration begins for Spring 2018
10 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 form the S/U to the letter grading basis: Contact the Registrar's Office before this deadline to make the change.
13 Registration ends for Spring 2018
14 Drop/Add for Spring 2018 courses begins.
21 Thanksgiving recess begins (10:30 p.m.)
27 Classes resume (8:30 a.m.)


1 Graduate classes end
2-12 Graduate reading period
8 Undergraduate classes end
9-12 Undergraduate reading period
13 Final examinations begin (9 a.m.)
18 Final examinations end (10 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 8.

Dropping and adding courses continues via DukeHub until September 8. 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 8 no course may be added.

For withdrawal from a course after September 8, 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.


Academic Dean
Department DUS