Fall Term 2021

August 23 – December 18, 2021

April 5-August 27, Monday–Friday: Enrollment for fall 2021 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,

TBA: Residence halls officially open.

August 22, Sunday: Opening Convocation, McFarlin Auditorium.

August 23, Monday: First day of classes.

August 27, 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 3, 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 6, Monday: Labor Day. University offices closed.

September 8, Wednesday: Last day to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options. Last day to request an excused absence for the observance of a religious holiday.

September 10-12, Friday-Sunday: Family Weekend.

September 28, Tuesday: Early intervention grades due for undergraduate students.

September 29, Wednesday: Last day for continuing undergraduate students to change their majors before November enrollment.

September 30 – October 3, Thursday – Sunday: Homecoming Weekend.

October 11-12, Monday–Tuesday: Fall Break.

October 24, Sunday: Midterm grades due for undergraduate students.


November 1, 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.

November 1-19, Monday–Friday: Enrollment for spring 2022 continuing students for all undergraduates and graduates in Dedman College, Lyle, Meadows and Simmons.

November 5, Friday: Last day to drop a course (grade of W).

November 11, 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 15, Monday: Students should file for May graduation. The last day to file is January 25, 2022.

November 23, Tuesday: Last day to withdraw from the University.

November 24, Wednesday: No classes.

November 25-26, Thursday–Friday: Thanksgiving holiday. University offices closed.

December 1-6, Wednesday-Monday: No final examinations or unscheduled tests and papers.

December 2, Thursday: Last day for oral/written examinations for December graduate degree candidates.

December 6, Monday: Last day of classes.

December 7-8, Tuesday-Wednesday: Reading days.

December 9-15, Thursday–Wednesday: Examinations. (No examinations scheduled for Sunday).

December 16, 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 17, Friday: December Rotunda Recessional.

December 18, Saturday: December Commencement. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.

December 23-31, Thursday-Friday: University closed.

December 25, Saturday: Christmas Day.