Academic Calendar

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

Fall 2014


19 New Student Orientation
25 Classes begin at 8:30 a.m.
29 Wait Lists for Fall 2014 courses are erased.


1 Labor Day. Classes in session.
5 Drop/Add ends. NOTE: No course may be added after this date.  Between 9/05 and 11/07, 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.

12 Deadline for making course corrections.

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

 19  Board of Visitors - Fall Meeting (Sept. 19-20, 2014)
 21  ENGINEERING PHONATHON (September 21, 22, and 28)
 26  Final date to submit work for Spring or Summer 2014 incompletes.


10 Last day for reporting mid-term grades.

Fall break begins at 7:00 p.m.

15 Classes resume at 8:30 a.m.

Parents' Weekend begins.


5 Registration begins for Spring Semester 2015.
 7 Deadline for withdrawing from a course (see note for September 5).

Deadline for switching a course from Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) to letter grade basis.

14 Last day to petition for relief from three final exams within 24 hours. Forms available on the Registrar's website.
19 Registration ends for Spring Semester 2015.
20 Drop/Add begins for Spring 2015.
25 Thanksgiving recess begins at 10:30 p.m.


1 Classes resume at 8:30 a.m.
5 Fall Semester classes end.
6 Reading period begins; extends through Monday, December 8.
9 Final Exams begin at 9:00 a.m.
14 Final Exams end at 10:00 p.m.

Course Changes After Classes Begin

It is the obligation of the student to insure that he or she is properly enrolled in each and every course by September 5. Dropping and adding courses continues via ACES until September 5. Since authorizing signatures of faculty advisors and academic deans are not required, it is incumbent upon the student to insure 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 5 no course may be added.

For withdrawal from a course between September 5 and November 7 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 September 12.