Academic Year 2023-2024

Revised 1/4/2022

This calendar includes an addendum listing religious holidays for use in requesting excused absences according to University Policy, Excused Absences for University Extracurricular Activities and Religious Holidays. For religious holidays not listed, contact the Office of the Chaplain.

 

Graduate programs in the Cox School of Business, Perkins School of Theology, Dedman School of Law, and Research and Graduate Studies have different calendars.

 

A comprehensive schedule of holiday dates that the offices of the University will be closed will be announced at a later date.

 

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, https://www.smu.edu/studentaffairs/newstudent.

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 pass/fail or no credit grading options. Last day to request an excused absence for the observance of a religious holiday.

TBA, Friday-Saturday: Family Weekend.

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

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

October 9-10, Monday-Tuesday: Fall Break (Tentative)
October 16-17, Monday-Tuesday: Fall Break (Alternate Date)

October 22, Sunday: Midterm grades due for undergraduate students.

TBA, Friday-Saturday: Homecoming Weekend.

TBD: 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 3, Friday: Last day to drop a course (grade of W).

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 should file for May graduation. The last day to file is January 22, 2024.

November 21, Tuesday: Last day to withdraw from the University.

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.

Holiday Break (TBA): University closed.

December 25, Monday: Christmas Day.

 

January Term 2024


December 14, 2023 – January 14, 2024


The January Term consists of two primary sessions: Dallas January Session and SMU-in-Taos January Session. Each primary session has different deadline dates. Some areas of instruction may offer a limited number of selected courses during the January Term, December 14 – January 14, with unique start, end, deadline dates, and class meeting times to accommodate the particular needs of the course.

 

January 1, Monday: New Year’s Day. University offices closed.

 

 

Dallas January Session 2024

 

Note: Classes meet six hours per day, Monday through Friday.  See Intersessions website for specific class information.

 

January 2, Tuesday: Last day to enroll, add a course, or drop a course without academic record. Last day to file for graduation in January Term.
January 2, Tuesday: First day of classes.
January 3, 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.
January 5, Friday: Last day for January Term 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.
January 11, Thursday: Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the University (grade of W).
January 12, Friday: Last day of classes, including examinations.
January 14, Sunday: Official close of the term and conferral of degrees.

 

SMU-in-Taos January Session 2024

NOTE: Permission of SMU-in-Taos required for all enrollments.

January 1, Monday: Travel day and arrival of students 2-6 p.m.

January 1, Monday: Last day to enroll, add a course, or drop a course without academic record. Last day to file for graduation in January Term.

January 2, Tuesday: First day of classes.

January 3, 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.

January 5, Friday: Last day for January Term 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.

January 11, Thursday: Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the University (grade of W).

January 12, Friday: Last day of classes, including examinations.

January 13, Saturday: Travel day. (Non-Wellness class students.)

January 14, Sunday: Last day of Wellness classes.

January 14, Sunday: Official close of the term and conferral of degrees.

January 15, Monday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. (Wellness class students travel day.)

 

 

Spring Term 2024


January 16 – May 11, 2024

October 30–January 22, Monday–Monday: Enrollment for spring 2024 continuing students for all undergraduates and graduates in Dedman College, Lyle, Meadows and Simmons.
January: 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, https://www.smu.edu/studentaffairs/newstudent.
January 1, Monday: New Year’s Day. University offices closed.
TBA: Residential Communities open for Spring term for continuing and new residents.
TBA: Spring Rotunda Passage
January 15, Monday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. University offices closed.
January 16, Tuesday: First day of classes.
January 22, Monday: 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 May.
January 29, Monday: 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.
January 31, Wednesday: Last day to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options. Also, last day to request an excused absence for the observance of a religious holiday.
February 16, Friday: Last day for continuing undergraduate students to change their majors before April enrollment.
February 20, Tuesday: Early intervention grades due for designated undergraduate students.
March 11-17, Monday-Sunday: Spring break (Tentative. Subject to Change).
March 20, Wednesday: Midterm grades due for undergraduate students.
TBD: 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.
March 29, Friday: Good Friday. University offices closed.
March 31, Sunday: Easter Sunday.
April 1-19, Monday–Friday: Enrollment for summer 2024 and fall 2024 continuing students for all undergraduates and graduates in Dedman College, Lyle, Meadows and Simmons.
April 4, Thursday: Last day to drop a course (grade of W).
April 11, Thursday: Last Day for May 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.
April 15, Monday: Honors Convocation.
April 18, Thursday: Students should file for August or December graduation. Last day to file for August graduation is June 6. Last day to file for December graduation is the last day to enroll for fall 2024.
April 22, Monday: Last day to withdraw from the University.
April 25-30, Thursday–Tuesday: No final examinations or unscheduled tests and papers.
April 26, Friday: Last day for oral/written examinations for graduate students who are May degree candidates.
April 30, Tuesday: Last day of classes. (Follows a Friday schedule.)
May 1, Wednesday: Reading Day.
May 2-8, Thursday-Wednesday: Examinations (No examinations scheduled for Sunday).
May 9, Thursday: Residence halls officially close for non-graduating students.
May 10, Friday: Baccalaureate.
May 11, Saturday: May Commencement. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.
May 12, Sunday: Residence halls officially close for graduating seniors.

 

May Term 2024

May 9 – 28, 2024

The May Term consists of two primary sessions: Dallas May Session and SMU-in-Taos May Session. Each primary session has different deadline dates. Some areas of instruction may offer a limited number of selected courses during the May Term, May 9-28, with unique start, end, deadline dates, and class meeting times to accommodate the particular needs of the course.

 

Dallas May Session 2024


Note: Classes meet four hours per day, Monday through Friday.


May 9, Thursday: First day of classes.
May 9, Thursday: Last day to enroll, add a course, or drop a course without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
May 10, Friday: Last day to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options. Last day to file for graduation in May Term. Last day to request an excused absence for the observance of a religious holiday.
May 20, Monday: Last day for May Term 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.
May 20, Monday: Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the University (grade of W).
May 23, Thursday: Last day of classes, including examinations.
May 27, Monday: Memorial Day. University offices closed.
May 28, Tuesday: Official close of term and conferral of degrees.

 

 

SMU-in-Taos May Session 2024

 

NOTE: Permission of SMU-in-Taos required for all enrollments.

 

May 12, Sunday: Travel day and arrival of students, 2-6 p.m.
May 13, Monday: First day of classes.
May 13, Monday: Last day to enroll, add a course, or drop a course without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
May 14, Tuesday: Last day to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options. Last day to file for graduation in May Term. Last day to request an excused absence for the observance of a religious holiday.
May 21, Tuesday: Last day for May Term 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.
May 23, Thursday: Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the University (grade of W).
May 27, Monday: Memorial Day. Classes meet.
May 28, Tuesday: Last day of classes, including examinations. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.
May 29, Wednesday: Travel Day.

 

 

Summer Term 2024

June 3 – August 6, 2024

The summer term consists of four primary sessions: Dallas Full Session, Dallas First Session (June), SMU-in-Taos First Session, and Dallas Second Session (July). Each primary session has different deadline dates. There are also four shorter sessions within the first and second sessions. Some areas of instruction may offer a limited number of selected courses during the Summer Term, June 3 – August 6, with unique start, end, deadline dates, and class meeting times to accommodate the particular needs of the course.

 

Dallas Full Session

Note: Classes meet 2 hours, 15 minutes twice a week or 1 hour, 30 minutes three times a week.

May 27, Monday: Memorial Day. University offices closed.

June 3, Monday: First day of classes.
June 6, Thursday: Last day to enroll, add courses, or drop courses without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information. Last day to file for August graduation.

June 12, 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.

July 4, Thursday: Independence Day. University offices closed.
July 18, Thursday: Last day for August 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.
July 25, Thursday: Last day to drop a course (grade of W).

July 31, Wednesday: Last day to withdraw from the University.
August 6, Tuesday: Last day of classes, including examinations. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.

 

Dallas First Session (June)


Note:
Classes meet 2 hours a day, Monday–Friday.

 

May 27, Monday: Memorial Day. University offices closed.

June 3, Monday: First day of classes.
June 4, Tuesday: Last day to enroll, add courses or drop courses without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
June 6, Thursday: 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. Last day to file for August graduation.
June 18, Tuesday: Last day for August 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.
June 25, Tuesday: Last day to drop a course (grade of W).

June 26, Wednesday: Last day to withdraw from the University.
July 2, Tuesday: Last day of classes, including examinations.

July 4, Thursday: Independence Day. University offices closed.
August 6, Tuesday: Official close of term and conferral of degrees.

 

 

June A (11-day June Session)

 

Classes meet four hours per day, Monday through Friday.

June 3, Monday:  First day of classes.
June 3, Monday:  Last day to enroll, add courses or drop courses without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
June 4, Tuesday: Last day to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options.
June 12, Wednesday:  Last day to drop/withdraw from the University (grade of W).
June 17, Monday:  Last day of classes, including examinations.

 

 

June B (11-day June Session)

 

Classes meet four hours per day, Monday through Friday.

June 18, Tuesday:  First day of classes.
June 18, Tuesday:  Last day to enroll, add courses or drop courses without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
June 19, Wednesday: Last day to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options.
June 27, Thursday:  Last day to drop/withdraw from the University (grade of W).
July 2, Tuesday:  Last day of classes, including examinations.

 

 

SMU-in-Taos First Session

 

NOTE: Permissions of SMU-in-Taos is required for all enrollments.

 

(Regular Session)

 

June 4, Tuesday: Travel day and arrival of students, 2-6 p.m.
June 5, Wednesday: First day of classes.
June 5, Wednesday: Last day to enroll, add courses or drop courses without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
June 5, Wednesday: Last day to file for August graduation.
June 6, Thursday: 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.
June 11, Tuesday: Last day for August 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.
June 18, Tuesday: Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the University (grade of W).
June 20, Thursday: Last day of classes, including examinations.
June 21, Friday: Departure of students.
August 6, Tuesday: Official close of term and conferral of degrees.

 

(Field Session)

 

June 4, Tuesday: Travel day and arrival of students, 2-6 p.m.

June 5, Wednesday: First day of classes.
June 5, Wednesday: Last day to enroll, add courses or drop courses without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
June 5, Wednesday: Last day to file for August graduation.
June 6, Thursday: 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.
June 11, Tuesday: Last day for August 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.
June 25, Tuesday: Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the University (grade of W).
July 2, Tuesday: Last day of classes, including examinations.
July 3, Wednesday: Departure of students.
August 6, Tuesday: Official close of term and conferral of degrees.

 

 

Dallas Second Session (July)


Note:
Classes meet 2 hours a day, Monday–Friday.


June 6, Thursday:
Last day to file for August graduation.
July 4, Thursday: Independence Day. University offices closed.
July 8, Monday: First day of classes.
July 9, Tuesday: Last day to enroll, add courses or drop courses without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
July 11, Thursday: 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.
July 16, Tuesday: Last day for August 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.
July 29, Monday: Last day to drop a course (grade of W).
July 31, Wednesday: Last day to withdraw from the University.
August 6, Tuesday: Last day of classes, including examinations. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.

 

 

July A (11-day July Session)

 

Classes meet four hours per day, Monday through Friday.

July 8, Monday:  First day of classes.
July 8, Monday:  Last day to enroll, add courses or drop courses without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
July 9, Tuesday: Last day to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options.
July 17, Wednesday:  Last day to drop/withdraw from the University (grade of W).
July 22, Monday:  Last day of classes, including examinations.


 

July B (11-day July Session)

Classes meet four hours per day, Monday through Friday.

July 23, Tuesday:  First day of classes.
July 23, Tuesday:  Last day to enroll, add courses or drop courses without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
July 24, Wednesday: Last day to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options.
August 1, Thursday:  Last day to drop/withdraw from the University (grade of W).
August 6, Tuesday:  Last day of classes, including examinations.

 

August Term 2024

August 8 – 23, 2024

The August Term consists of one primary session: SMU-in-Taos August Session. Some areas of instruction may offer a limited number of selected courses during the August Term, August 8 23, with unique start, end, and deadline dates to accommodate the particular needs of the course.

 


SMU-in-Taos August Session


Note
: Permission of SMU-in-Taos required for all enrollments.

August 7, Wednesday: Travel day and arrival of students, 2-6 p.m.
August 8, Thursday: First day of classes.
August 8, Thursday: Last day to enroll, add a course, or drop a course without academic record (tuition charges apply). See Bursar’s website for more information.
August 9, Friday: Last day to declare pass/fail or no credit grading options. Last day to file for graduation in August Term. Last day to request an excused absence for the observance of a religious holiday.
August 16, Friday: Last day for August Term 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.
August 22, Thursday: Last day to drop a course or withdraw from the University (grade of W).
August 23, Friday: Last day of classes, including examinations. Official close of term and conferral of degrees.
August 24, Saturday: Travel Day.


 

Major Religious Holidays

(August 2023 - August 2024)

 

Listing of religious holidays for use in requesting excused absences according to University Policy, Excused Absences for University Extracurricular Activities and Religious Holidays. For religious holidays not listed, the instructor or supervisor may contact the Office of the Chaplain.

 

Christian


Christmas:
December 25, 2023           

Good Friday: March 29, 2024

Easter Sunday: March 31, 2024

Easter Sunday (Orthodox): May 5, 2024

 

Hindu


 
 Janmashtami: September 6-7, 2023

  Dussehra: October 24, 2023

  Diwali: November 12, 2023

 

Jewish


  
Rosh Hashanah: September 15-17, 2023

  Yom Kippur: September 24-25, 2023

  Sukkot/Simchat Torah: September 29 – October 8, 2023

  Hanukkah: December 7-15, 2023

  Purim: March 23-24, 2024

  Pesach (Passover): April 22-30, 2024

  Shavuot: June 11-13, 2024

 

Muslim

 

Eid al Adha: June 28-29, 2023
Islamic New Year: July 18-19, 2023
Ashura: July 27-28, 2023
Mawlid an Nabi: September 26-27, 2023
Ramadan: March 10 – April 9, 2024
Eid al Fitr: April 9-10, 2024

 

 

* All holidays begin at sundown before the first day noted and conclude at sundown on the day(s) noted.