Academic Calendar

Undergraduate Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2017

Spring Semester 2018

Cancellation of Classes


Summer Session

Fall Semester 2017


3 Sunday Residences open for new students
3-5 Sunday-Tuesday Final new student testing and scheduling
New student orientation
4 Monday Residences open for continuing students
6 Wednesday Day, evening, and online classes begin
6 Wednesday Alumni audit registration 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
6-12 Wednesday-Tuesday Schedule changes
13-19 Wednesday-Tuesday Courses may be dropped


1 Sunday December 2017 degree applications due
16 Monday Course Selection for spring semester begins


22-26 Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving recess
27 Monday Classes resume


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

Fall 2017 Withdrawal Dates1

Sept. 20-Oct. 24 Wednesday-Tuesday Withdrawal, student discretion
Oct. 25-Nov. 21 Wednesday-Tuesday Withdrawal, consent of instructor
Nov. 22-Dec. 8 Wednesday-Friday Withdrawal, psychological or physiological incapacity

Spring Semester 2018


4 Thursday Balance of spring charges due
15 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Closed)
18-19 Thursday-Friday New student orientation
19 Friday New student testing and scheduling
20 Saturday Residences open
21 Sunday Enrollment clearance
22 Monday Day, evening, and online classes begin
22-26 Monday-Friday Schedule changes
26 Friday Deadline for makeup of fall semester incomplete grades
29-Feb. 2 Monday-Friday Classes may be dropped


1 Thursday Incoming freshman, transfer and continuing undergraduate students priority deadline for filing federal financial aid forms
15 Thursday Spring 2018 degree applications due


5 Monday Course Selection for fall semester begins
10 Saturday Last day of classes before spring recess
11-18 Sunday-Sunday Spring recess
19 Monday Classes resume


26 Thursday Evening classes end
27 Friday Day classes end
28 Saturday Saturday classes end
28-29 Saturday-Sunday Reading Days
30- May 1 Monday-Tuesday Final exams
30-May 3 Monday-Thursday Evening final exams


2 Wednesday Reading day
3-4 Thursday-Friday Final exams
5-6 Saturday-Sunday Reading days
7-8 Monday-Tuesday Final exams
11 Friday Undergraduate Commencement


1 Friday Summer 2018 degree applications due
8 Friday Deadline for makeup of spring semester incomplete grades

Spring 2018 Withdrawal Dates1

Feb. 5-March 9 Monday-Friday Withdrawal, student discretion
March 12-April 13 Monday-Friday Withdrawal, consent of instructor
April 16-27 Monday-Friday Withdrawal, psychological or physiological incapacity

Please refer to for information regarding course withdrawals and refunds.

For additional information and updates, go to

Summer Session 2018

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.