Students – Reminder about Changes to the Academic Calendar

Dear students,

We are just weeks away from the start of a new academic year, and I am thrilled to welcome you back to campus. I hope you had a restful summer break and are feeling energized and ready to begin classes this fall.

Last spring, the university approved changes to the academic calendar to create more opportunities for innovation in our curriculum, better support student well-being and success, and help advance our academic mission, while also ensuring compliance with state and federal requirements. Moving forward, we will refer to the long semesters as the Fall and Spring Terms. Two optional terms, called the Winter Term and the May Term, have also been added to the calendar.

Below are a few of the important changes that have been incorporated for the fall:

  • Beginning this academic year, classes in the Fall and Spring Terms will begin on Mondays. This fall, classes will begin on Monday, August 22.
  • Registration for the Spring Term will begin earlier than in the past. For the 2022-23 academic calendar, the course schedule will be published on October 3.
  • Fall break will be extended to a full week. No classes will be held during the week of Thanksgiving.
  • The final exam schedule during the Fall and Spring Terms will be reduced to four days (from the current six days). Your instructors will have the option of selecting a two-hour or a three-hour final exam period.
  • Grade submission due dates will be extended from 48 hours to 72 hours after the final exam or after the last day of class for courses without final exams.

Academic calendars for the next four years are now available on the Registrar’s website to support your planning for future terms and better assist you with your academic needs. You can learn more about the academic calendar changes and view a list of FAQs on the Provost’s Changes to the Academic Calendar webpage.

If you have any questions about the calendar, please contact

I am excited about the start of the new academic year and look forward to learning more about your continued success at UT Austin.


Sharon L. Wood
Executive Vice President and Provost

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