Academic Calendar

Undergraduate Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2018

Spring Semester 2019

Cancellation of Classes


Summer Session

Fall Semester 2018


2 Sunday Residences open for new students
2-4 Sunday-Tuesday Final new student testing and scheduling
New student orientation
3 Monday Residences open for continuing students
5 Wednesday Day, evening, and online classes begin
5 Wednesday Alumni audit registration 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
5-11 Wednesday-Tuesday Schedule changes
12-18 Wednesday-Tuesday Courses may be dropped


1 Monday December 2018 degree applications due
15 Monday Course Selection for spring semester begins


21-25 Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving recess
26 Monday Classes resume


7 Friday Day classes end
8-9 Saturday-Sunday Reading days
10-11 Monday-Tuesday Final exams
12 Wednesday Reading day
10-13 Monday-Thursday Evening final exams
13-14 Thursday-Friday Final exams
15-16 Saturday-Sunday Reading days
17-18 Monday-Tuesday Final exams

Fall 2018 Withdrawal Dates1

Sept. 19-Oct. 23 Wednesday-Tuesday Withdrawal, student discretion
Oct. 24-Nov. 20 Wednesday-Tuesday Withdrawal, consent of instructor
Nov. 21-Dec. 7 Wednesday-Friday Withdrawal, psychological or physiological incapacity

Spring Semester 2019


2 Wednesday January Term begins
4 Friday Balance of spring charges due
21 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Closed)
18 Friday January Term ends
24-25 Thursday-Friday New student orientation
25 Friday New student testing and scheduling
26 Saturday Residences open
27 Sunday Enrollment clearance
28 Monday Day, evening, and online classes begin
28-Feb. 1 Monday-Friday Schedule changes
25 Friday Deadline for makeup of fall semester incomplete grades


4-8 Monday-Friday Classes may be dropped
1 Friday Incoming freshman, transfer and continuing undergraduate students priority deadline for filing federal financial aid forms
15 Friday Spring 2019 degree applications due


11 Monday Course Selection for fall semester begins
16 Saturday Last day of classes before spring recess
17-24 Sunday-Sunday Spring recess
25 Monday Classes resume


2 Thursday Evening classes end
3 Friday Day classes end
4 Saturday Saturday classes end
4-5 Saturday-Sunday Reading Days
6-7 Monday-Tuesday Final exams
6-9 Monday-Thursday Evening final exams
8 Wednesday Reading Day
9-10 Thursday-Friday Final exams
11-12 Saturday-Sunday Reading Days
13-14 Monday-Tuesday Final exams
18 Saturday Commencement


1 Saturday Summer 2019 degree applications due
14 Friday Deadline for makeup of spring semester incomplete grades

Spring 2019 Withdrawal Dates1

Feb. 11-March 15 Monday-Friday Withdrawal, student discretion
March 18-April 19 Monday-Friday Withdrawal, consent of instructor
April 22-May 3 Monday-Friday Withdrawal, psychological or physiological incapacity

For additional information and updates, go to

Summer Session 2019

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 at

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