Academic Calendar

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




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 their degree can request part-time status by completing the form (available in the dean's office) by this date.

11 Spring Semester beings at 8:30 a.m.
All Monday classes meeting on this day regardless of meeting pattern; Regular classes meeting schedule begins on Thursday, Jan. 12. Classes meeting in a Wednesday/Friday meeting pattern begin Jan. 13. Drop/Add continues.
12 Regular class meeting schedule begins at 8:30 a.m.
16 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday: No classes. Classes are rescheduled on Wednesday, Jan. 11
18 Wait lists for Spring 2017 courses erased.
25 Drop/Add ends.
NOTE: No course may tbe added after this date. Between Jan. 26 and March 29, 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
[Link to form]


1 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. (See March 29 below). [Link to form]
15 Deadline to submit work for Fall 2016 "I" or "X" grades.
20 Registration for Summer 2017 begins. Students can register and drop/add for summer terms through the 3rd class day of each term.

Last day to report midterm grades.


10 Spring recess begins at 7:00 p.m.
20 Classes resume at 8:30 a.m.
15 Freeze on changes to majors, minors and certificates.
Between this date and April 14, no changes to student's programs can be made, as this is the time of undergraduate registration.
27 Bookbagging for Fall 2017 begins.
29 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.


5 Registration begins for Fall Semester 2017; Summer 2017 registration continues.
Last day to petition for relief from 3 final exams in 24 hours.
[Link to form]
14 Registration ends for Fall Semester 2017; Summer 2017 registration continues.
15 Drop/Add for Fall 2017 courses begins.
21 Engineering Alumni Awards Banquet – Wallace Wade Stadium Tower, in the Dejoy Family Club.
26 Undergraduate classes end.
27 Undergraduate reading period begins.
30 Undergraduate reading period ends.


1 Final examinations begin.
3 Undergraduate reading period ( 9:00 am - 2:00 pm)
6 Final examinations end.
[NOTE to Graduating Seniors -
Please contact your academic dean at (919) 660-5996 in case of emergencies regarding graduating, i.e., unexpected D or F.]
12 Commencement weekend begins.
14 Graduation exercises; Engineering Diploma and Honor Ceremony, Cameron Indoor Stadium, 3:30 pm

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 25.

Dropping and adding courses continues via DukeHub until January 25. 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 25 no course may be added.

For withdrawal from a course between January 25 and March 29, 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 February 1.


Academic Dean
Department DUS