Fall Term 2023

August 21 – December 16, 2023

April 3 – August 25, Monday–Friday: Enrollment for fall 2023 continuing students for all undergraduates and for graduates in Dedman College, Lyle, Meadows and Simmons.

May – August: Virtual Orientation experiences for new first-year and transfer undergraduate students. More information about Virtual Orientation is available from the Office of the Student Experience, Student Affairs, 214-768-4560,

TBD: NEW students schedule a move in time in the SMU Housing Portal.

TBD: RETURNING students schedule a move in time in the SMU Housing Portal.

TBA: Residence halls officially open.

August 20, Sunday: Opening Convocation, McFarlin Auditorium.

August 21, Monday: First day of classes.

August 25, Friday: Last day to enroll, add a course, or drop a course without tuition billing while remaining enrolled for the term. Last day to file for graduation in December.

September 1, Friday: Last day to drop a course without academic record (tuition charges apply). Last day to withdraw from the university without academic record (withdrawal refund schedule applies). See Bursar’s website for more information.

September 4, Monday: Labor Day. University offices closed.

September 6, Wednesday: Last day to declare no-credit grading option for a course (see UG Catalog for specific information). Last day to request an excused absence for the observance of a religious holiday. (Census Date)

September 26, Tuesday: Early intervention grades due for undergraduate students.

September 27, Wednesday: Last day for continuing undergraduate students to change their majors before Spring enrollment.

September 29 – 30, Friday – Saturday: Family Weekend.

October 9 – 10, Monday – Tuesday: Fall Break

October 23, Monday: Midterm grades due for undergraduate students.

October 27 – 28, Friday – Saturday: Homecoming Weekend.

October 30, Monday: 60 percent point of the term that federal financial aid has been earned if a student officially withdraws from SMU; prior to this date a partial calculated return to federal programs will be required.

October 30 – November 17, Monday–Friday: Enrollment for spring 2024 continuing students for all undergraduates and graduates in Dedman College, Lyle, Meadows and Simmons.

November 9, Thursday: Last day for December graduation candidates to change grades of Incomplete, and to obtain a final grade for a grade of X or a missing grade from a previous term.

November 13, Monday: Students may begin applying for May graduation. The last day to file is January 22, 2024.

November 21, Tuesday: Last day to: declare a course pass/fail (see UG catalog for specific information), drop a course (grade of W), and withdraw from the University (grades of W). (This date does not apply to courses in which the last class meeting and final exam have occurred.)

November 22, Wednesday: No classes.

November 23 – 24, Thursday – Friday: Thanksgiving holiday. University offices closed.

November 29 – December 4, Wednesday – Monday: No final examinations or unscheduled tests and papers.

November 30, Thursday: Last day for oral/written examinations for December graduate degree candidates.

December 4, Monday: Last day of classes.

December 5 – 6, Tuesday – Wednesday: Reading days.

December 7 – 13, Thursday – Wednesday: Examinations. (No examinations scheduled for Sunday).

December 14, Thursday: Residence halls close at 10:00 a.m. for winter break. (December graduates should contact the Department of Residence Life and Student Housing).

December 15, Friday: December Rotunda Recessional.

December 16, Saturday: December Commencement. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.

December 22 – January 1, Friday – Monday: University closed.

December 25, Monday: Christmas Day.