Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2016


4 Sunday Residences open for new students
4-6 Sunday-Tuesday Final new student testing and scheduling
New student orientation
5 Monday Residences open for continuing students
7 Wednesday Day, evening, and online classes begin
7 Wednesday Alumni audit registration 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
7-13 Wednesday-Tuesday Schedule changes
14-20 Wednesday-Tuesday Courses may be dropped


1 Saturday December 2016 degree applications due
17 Monday Course request period for spring semester begins


23-27 Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving recess
28 Monday Classes resume


9 Friday Day classes end
10-11 Saturday-Sunday Reading days
12-13 Monday-Tuesday Final exams
14 Wednesday Reading day
12-15 Monday-Thursday Evening final exams
15-16 Thursday-Friday Final exams
17-18 Saturday-Sunday Reading days
19-20 Monday-Tuesday Final exams

Fall 2016 Withdrawal Dates1

Sept. 21-Oct. 25 Withdrawal, student discretion
Oct. 26-Nov. 22 Withdrawal, consent of instructor
Nov. 23-Dec. 9 Withdrawal, psychological or physiological incapacity

Spring Semester 2017


2 Monday Balance of spring charges due
16 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Closed)
19-20 Thursday-Friday New student orientation
20 Friday New student testing and scheduling
21 Saturday Residences open
22 Sunday Enrollment clearance
23 Monday Day, evening, and online classes begin
23-27 Monday-Friday Schedule changes
27 Friday Deadline for makeup of fall semester incomplete grades
30-Feb. 3 Monday-Friday Classes may be dropped


1 Wednesday Incoming freshman, transfer and continuing undergraduate students priority deadline for filing federal financial aid forms
15 Wednesday Spring 2017 degree applications due


6 Monday Course request period for fall semester begins
11 Saturday Last day of classes before spring recess
12-19 Sunday-Sunday Spring recess
20 Monday Classes resume


27 Thursday Evening classes end
28 Friday Day classes end
29 Saturday Saturday classes end
29-30 Saturday-Sunday Reading Days


1-2 Monday-Tuesday Final exams
1-4 Monday-Thursday Evening final exams
3 Wednesday Reading day
4-5 Thursday-Friday Final exams
6-7 Saturday-Sunday Reading days
8-9 Monday-Tuesday Final exams
12 Friday Undergraduate Commencement


1 Thursday Summer 2017 degree applications due
9 Friday Deadline for makeup of spring semester incomplete grades

Spring 2017 Withdrawal Dates1

Feb. 6-March 10 Withdrawal, student discretion
March 13-April 14 Withdrawal, consent of instructor
April 17-28 Withdrawal, psychological or physiological incapacity

Please refer to for information regarding course withdrawals and refunds.

For additional information and updates, go to

Summer Session 2017

Students interested in calendar and course offerings for the summer sessions should consult the summer session catalog, available from the College of Continuing Studies at 609-896-5033 or go to

Commencement Information

For Commencement ceremonies information, go to

Cancellation of Classes

In most cases, Rider will remain open and fully operational during snowstorms and other emergency situations. Under extreme circumstances, however, it may become necessary to cancel classes and other functions, and close certain buildings or take emergency actions.

If such circumstances should arise, a notice will be sent via the Rider Alert System.

Students may sign up for Rider Alert on Rider’s homepage,

Cancellations will also be announced online at and on the Rider University information hotline at 609-219-2000, option 1.