Academic Calendar

The academic calendar indicates key dates and deadlines for important academic requirements and/or activities including, but not limited to, the start and end dates of classes, holidays, exam days, and registration dates.

The academic calendar is set by the University’s Faculty Council according to the Principles for the Development of the Academic Calendar which are subject to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Rules for the Common Calendar, found in Texas Administrative Code Title 19, Part 1, Chapter 4A, Section 4.5.  The calendar is typically divided into the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

The academic calendar published in this catalog reflects approved dates at the time of publication. See https://registrar.utexas.edu/calendars for additional information about current, upcoming, and archived academic calendars.

 Long Session 2020-2021

July 22Wednesday: Last day during the summer session that new summer session students, continuing students, readmitted students, and new graduate students can register for the fall semester.
July 23-31Thursday: Extended registration period during summer session available for all students registered prior to July 23 to make changes to their fall class schedule.
July 28Tuesday: Tuition bills for the fall semester distributed to students electronically. Notice is sent to the e-mail address on the student’s record.
August 6Thursday: New International Student Virtual Orientation Program.
August 14Friday: Tuition payment deadline is 5:00 pm for undergraduate students who registered for the fall semester by Friday, July 31. Tuition may be paid in full or in installments. The university has implemented a tuition payment deadline grace period until August 25, 2020 for undergraduate students registered for the fall 2020 semester. Tuition may be paid in full or in installments.
August 18Tuesday: University required Orientation for new undergraduate transfer students; *delivered online only*.
August 19Wednesday: University required Orientation (*delivered online only*) and testing begin for new freshmen students.

Fall Semester 2020

August 20Thursday: University residence halls open at 7:00 a.m.
August 21Friday: Registration for the fall semester for new undergraduate students and all graduate students who have not yet registered. To complete registration, undergraduate students must pay tuition by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25; graduate and law students must pay tuition by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 31. Last day a graduate student may register in absentia. University Health Services benefits become available to registered students.
August 24Monday: Registration for the fall semester for new, readmitted, and continuing students who have not yet registered. To complete registration, undergraduate students must pay tuition by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25; graduate and law students must pay tuition by 5:00 p.m, on Monday, August 31. Add/drop for the fall semester for students who registered and paid their tuition and fees by Friday, August 14.
August 25Tuesday: Registration and add/drop for the fall semester for all students. Tuition payment for undergraduate students who registered prior to August 21, 2020. Payments are due by 5:00 p.m. CST.
August 26Wednesday: Classes begin.
August 31Tuesday: Fourth class day; Last day of the official add/drop period; after this date, changes in registration may require the approval of the department chair and usually the student's dean. Last day undergraduate students may register and pay tuition without the approval of the registrar. (See General Information, Academic Policies and Procedures, for details). Last day graduate students may register and pay tuition without the approval of the graduate dean. Last day law students may register and pay tuition without the approval of the dean. Tuition payment deadline is 5:00 p.m. for undergraduate, graduate, and law students. Tuition may be paid in full or in installments.
September 7Monday: Labor Day holiday.
September 11Friday: Twelfth class day; this is the date the official enrollment count is taken. Payment for added classes (add bill) due by 5:00 p.m. Last day an undergraduate student may add a class except for rare and extenuating circumstances. Last day to drop a class for a possible refund. (See General Information section Academic Policies and Procedures and section Registration, Tuition, and Fees for details). Last day a graduate student may, with the required approvals, add a class. Last day a law student may add a class. Last day a law student may drop a class without the approval of the dean.
September 25Friday: Second tuition payment due for students who selected the installment plan.
October 14Wednesday: Intrasemester reports due in the deans’ offices.
October 21Wednesday: Last day to apply for a law degree. Last day a law student may register in absentia.
October 22-23, 26-28Thursday-Friday, Monday-Wednesday: Academic advising for continuing and readmitted students for the spring semester.
October 23Friday: Final tuition payment due for students who selected the installment plan.
October 29Thursday: Last day an undergraduate student may, with the dean’s approval, withdraw from the University or drop a class except for urgent and substantiated, nonacademic reasons. Last day an undergraduate student may change registration in a class to or from the pass/fail basis. Last day a law student may change registration in a class to or from the pass/fail basis. Last day to apply for an undergraduate degree.
November 2-13Daily: Registration for the spring semester for continuing and readmitted students.
November 10Tuesday: Tuition bills for the spring semester distributed to students electronically. Notice is sent to the e-mail address on the student’s record.
November 13Friday: Last day to apply for a graduate degree.
November 20Friday: Last day a doctoral candidate may hold a dissertation defense for the fall 2020 semester.
November 23Monday: Last day a graduate student may change registration in a class to or from the credit/no credit basis.
November 25-28Wednesday-Saturday: Thanksgiving holidays.
November 30-December 7Monday-Monday: Classes continue remotely. Students should consult their course syllabus to determine how their instructor plans to use this period.
December 4Friday: Last day to submit master’s report, recital, thesis, doctoral dissertation, or treatise to the graduate dean.
December 5Saturday: Fall graduation ceremonies in some of the colleges and schools.
December 7Monday: Last class day. Last day a graduate student or a law student may, with the required approvals, drop a class or withdraw from the University. Last day an undergraduate may register in absentia.
December 8Tuesday: Reading day in the School of Law.
December 8-9, 13Tuesday-Wednesday, Sunday: No-class days.
December 9-12, 14-18Wednesday-Saturday, Monday-Friday: Fall semester final examinations in the School of Law.
December 10-12, 14-16Thursday-Saturday, Monday-Wednesday: Fall semester final examinations except in the School of Law.
December 17Thursday: University residence halls close at 9:00 am.
December 18Friday: Commissioning of ROTC graduates.
December 19Saturday: Official graduation date. (No public exercises).

Spring Semester 2021

January 7Thursday: Tuition payment deadline is 5:00 p.m. for undergraduate students who registered for spring semester by Friday, November 6. Tuition may be paid in full or in installments.
January 8Friday: New International Student Orientation.
January 11Monday: Orientation and testing begin for new undergraduate students. Registration for the spring semester for continuing and readmitted students who have not yet registered. To complete registration undergraduate students must pay tuition by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15; graduate students and law students must pay tuition by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22. Add/drop for the spring semester for students who have registered and paid their tuition by Thursday, January 7.
January 12Tuesday: Registration for the spring semester for new and readmitted students who have not yet registered. To complete registration, undergraduate students must pay tuition by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15; graduate and law students must pay tuition by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22. Add/drop for the spring semester for students who have registered and paid their tuition by Thursday, January 7.
January 13-15Wednesday-Friday: Registration for the spring semester for new, readmitted, and continuing students who have not yet registered. To complete registration, undergraduate students must pay tuition by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15; graduate students and law students must pay tuition by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22. Add/drop for the spring semester for students who have registered and paid their tuition by Thursday, January 7.
January 15Friday: Tuition bills due by 5:00 p.m. for undergraduate students who have registered but not paid. University residence halls open at 9:00 a.m. University Health Services benefits become available to registered students.
January 18Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday
January 19Tuesday: Classes begin except in the School of Law.
January 22Friday: Fourth class day; Last day of the official add/drop period; after this date, changes in registration may require the approval of the department chair and usually the student’s dean. Last day undergraduate students may register and pay tuition without the approval of the registrar. (See General Information, Academic Policies and Procedures, for details). Last day graduate students may register and pay tuition without the approval of the graduate dean. Last day law students may register and pay tuition without the approval of the dean. Tuition payment deadline is 5:00 p.m. for undergraduate, graduate, and law students. Tuition may be paid in full or in installments.
January 25Monday: First class day in the School of Law.
February 3Wednesday: Twelfth class day; this is the date the official enrollment count is taken. Last day an undergraduate student may add a class except for rare and extenuating circumstances. Payment for added classes (add bill) due by 5:00 p.m. Last day to drop a class for a possible refund. (See General Information, Academic Policies and Procedures and Registration, Tuition, and Fees for details). Last day a graduate student may, with the required approvals, add a class. Last day a law student may add a class. Last day a law student may drop a class without the approval of the dean.
February 19Friday: Second tuition payment due for students who selected the installment plan.
March 6Saturday: Intrasemester reports due in the deans' offices.
March 15-20Monday–Saturday: Spring break.
March 26Friday: Final tuition payment due for students who selected the installment plan.
March 29Monday: Last day to apply for a law degree. Last day a law student may register in absentia.
April 5Monday: Last day an undergraduate student may, with the dean’s approval, withdraw from the University or drop a class except for urgent and substantiated, nonacademic reasons. Last day an undergraduate student may change registration in a class to or from the pass/fail basis. Last day a law student may change registration in a class to or from the pass/fail basis. Last day to apply for an undergraduate degree.
April 10Saturday: 73rd Annual Honors Day Program.
April 14-16, 19-23Wednesday-Friday, Monday-Friday: Academic advising for continuing and readmitted students for the summer session and the fall semester.
April 16Friday: Last day to apply for a graduate degree.
April 19-30Daily: Registration for the summer session and the fall semester for continuing and readmitted students.
April 23Friday: Last day a doctoral candidate may hold a dissertation defense for the spring 2021 semester.
April 26Monday: Last day a graduate student may change registration in a class to or from the credit/no credit basis.
April 30Friday: Last class day in the School of Law.
May 3Monday: Last day a law student may, with the required approvals, drop a class or withdraw from the University.
May 3-4Monday-Tuesday: Reading days in the School of Law.
May 4Tuesday: Tuition bills for the summer session distributed to students electronically. Notice is sent to the e-mail address on the student’s record.
May 5-8, 10-14Wednesday-Saturday, Monday-Friday: Spring semester final examinations in the School of Law.
May 7Friday: Last class day except in the School of Law. Last day to submit master’s report, recital, thesis, doctoral dissertation, or treatise to the graduate dean. Last day a graduate student may, with the required approvals, drop a class or withdraw from the University. Last day an undergraduate student may register in absentia.
May 10-11, 16Monday-Tuesday, Sunday: No-class days.
May 12-15, 17-18Wednesday-Saturday, Monday-Tuesday: Spring semester final examinations except in the School of Law.
May 19Wednesday: University residence halls close at 9:00 am (except for graduating students).
May 20Thursday: Tuition payment deadline is 5:00 pm for undergraduate students who registered for the summer session during the spring.
May 21-22Friday-Saturday: Graduation ceremonies in the colleges and schools.
May 21Friday: Commissioning of ROTC graduates.
May 22Saturday: Commencement (official graduation date).
May 23Sunday: University residence halls close at 9:00 am for graduating students.

Summer Session 2021

May 25-27Tuesday-Thursday: Registration for continuing and readmitted students for the summer session for those who have not yet registered. Add/drop for the summer session for students who have registered and paid their tuition.
May 29Saturday: Summer residence halls open at 9:00 am. University Health Services benefits become available to registered students.
May 31Monday: Memorial Day holiday.
June 1Tuesday: University required Orientation and testing begin for new undergraduate students.
June 1-2Tuesday–Wednesday: Registration for the summer sessions; students who register on these dates can register for any summer session: first term, whole session, nine-week, and second term. To complete registration, undergraduate students must pay tuition by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2; graduate and law students must pay tuition by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 4.
June 2Wednesday: Tuition payment deadline is 5:00 pm for undergraduates.
June 3Thursday: Classes begin for first-term, nine-week, and whole-session classes.
June 4Friday: Last day of the official add/drop period for first-term, nine-week, and whole-session classes; after this date, changes in registration may require the approval of the department chair and usually the student’s dean. (See General Information, Academic Policies and Procedures, for details.) Tuition payment deadline is 5:00 p.m. for graduate and law students.
June 8Tuesday: Fourth class day for first-term, nine-week, and whole-session classes; this is the date the official enrollment count is taken. Last day an undergraduate student may add a first-term, nine-week, or whole-session class except for rare and extenuating circumstances. Payment for added classes (add bill) due by 5:00 pm. Last day to drop a first-term, nine-week, or whole-session class for a possible refund. (See General Information, Academic Policies and Procedures and Registration, Tuition, and Fees for details.) Last day a graduate student may, with the required approvals, add a first-term, nine-week, or whole-session class. Last day a law student may add a first-term, nine-week, or whole-session class. Last day a law student may drop a class without the approval of the dean.
June 9Wednesday: Registration for the fall semester begins for new summer session students who have paid their tuition for summer, and for continuing and readmitted students, and for new graduate students who have not yet registered for fall.
June 23Wednesday: Last day a student may change registration in a first-term, nine-week, or whole-session class to or from the pass/fail or credit/no credit basis.
June 29Tuesday: Last class day for first-term two-hour law classes. Last day to drop a first-term two-hour law class, with required approvals.
June 30Wednesday: Reading day for first-term two-hour law classes.
July 1Thursday: Final examinations for first-term two-hour law classes.
July 7Wednesday: Last class day for first-term three-hour law classes. Last day to drop a first-term three-hour law class, with required approvals.
July 8Thursday: Last class day for first-term classes. Last day to drop a first-term class, with required approvals. Reading day for first-term three-hour law class.
July 9Friday: Registration for students enrolling for the second term only. To complete registration, undergraduate students must pay tuition by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9; graduate and law students must pay tuition by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13.
July 9-10Friday-Saturday: Final examinations for first-term classes, including first-term three-hour law classes. Nine-week and whole-session classes do not meet.
July 10Saturday: First session housing must check out of University residence halls by 2:00 pm.
July 11Sunday: Second session housing may check in to University residence halls starting at 9:00 am.
July 12Monday: Classes begin for second-term classes.
July 13Tuesday: Last day of the official add/drop period for the second term; after this date, changes in registration may require the approval of the department chair and usually the student's dean. (See General Information, Academic Policies and Procedures, for details). Tuition payment deadline is 5:00 p.m. for undergraduate, graduate and law students.
July 15Thursday: Fourth class day for second-term classes; this is the date the official enrollment count is taken. Last day an undergraduate student may add a second-term class except for rare and extenuating circumstances. Payment for added classes (add bill) due by 5:00 p.m. Last day to drop a second-term class for a possible refund. (See General Information, Registration Tuition and Fees, for details.) Last day a graduate student may, with the required approvals, add a second-term class. Last day a law student may add a second-term course. Last day a law student may drop a second-term course without the approval of the dean.
July 16Friday: Last day to apply for an undergraduate or a law degree. Last day a law student may register in absentia.
July 21Wednesday: Last day during the summer session for new summer session students and for continuing, readmitted, and new graduate students to register for the fall semester.
July 27Tuesday: Tuition bills for the fall semester distributed to students electronically. Notice is sent to the e-mail address on the student's record. Last class day for nine-week classes. Last day to drop a nine-week class. (See General Information, Academic Policies and Procedures, for details).
July 28Wednesday: Reading day for nine-week law classes.
July 28-29Wednesday-Thursday: Final examinations for nine-week classes except in the School of Law.
July 29-30Thursday-Friday: Final examinations for nine-week law classes.
July 30Friday: Last day a student may change registration in a second-term class to or from the pass/fail or credit/no credit basis. Last day to apply for a graduate degree. Last day a doctoral candidate may hold a dissertation defense for the summer 2021 term.
July 31Saturday: Nine-week session housing must check out of University residence halls by 9:00 am.
August 6Friday: Last class day for second-term two-hour law classes. Last day to drop a second-term two-hour law class, with required approvals.
August 7Saturday: Reading day for second-term two-hour law classes.
August 9-10Monday-Tuesday: Final examinations for second-term two-hour law classes.
August 13Friday: Tuition payment deadline is 5:00 p.m. for undergraduate students who registered for the fall semester by Wednesday, July 21. The payment deadline for graduate and law students is the fourth class day of the fall semester. Last class day for second-term and whole-session classes, including three- and four-hour law classes. Last day to submit master's report, recital, thesis, doctoral dissertation, or treatise to the graduate dean. Last day to drop a second-term or whole-session class. (See General Information, Academic Policies and Procedures, for details.) Last day an undergraduate student may register in absentia.
August 14Saturday: Final examinations for second-term and whole-session classes, except in the School of Law. Reading day in the School of Law.
August 16Monday: Final examinations for second-term and whole-session classes. Final examinations for second-term and whole-session law classes. Official graduation date (no public exercises).
August 17Tuesday: Summer residence halls close at 9:00 am.