Stetson Academic Calendar 2023/2024

Stetson Academic Calendar – Stetson University is a private university in DeLand, Florida, founded in 1883. Originally starting as DeLand Academy, Stetson University was established after a $100,000 contribution from hat manufacturer John B. Stetson. From its early days, Stetson grew into a comprehensive university offering various degrees across multiple colleges focusing on arts and sciences, business, and law.

The 2023-2024 academic calendar marks Stetson University’s 141st academic year. As with previous years, the calendar outlines important dates and deadlines for students, faculty, and staff. The fall 2023 semester begins on August 21st, with classes starting on August 28th after new student orientation. The fall semester concludes on December 15th. The spring 2024 semester commences on January 8th, with the last day of examinations occurring on May 1st before the May 5th commencement ceremonies.

Various academic camps held during summer and winter breaks are included throughout the academic year. Important holidays, such as Labor Day and Thanksgiving Break, are observed. The calendar provides an overview of the key events happening throughout Stetson University’s 2023-2024 academic year for the university community to reference.

Fall Semester

  • New International Student Move-in: Tuesday, August 15
  • International Student Orientation:  Wednesday-Friday, August 16-18
  • Residence Halls Open (New Students):  Saturday, August 19
  • New Student Orientation Begins (FOCUS): Saturday, August 19
  • Residence Halls Open (All Students):  Sunday, August 20
  • Start of FSEM Classes: Monday, August 21
  • University Convocation: Wednesday, August 23
  • Classes Begin:  Thursday, August 24
  • Roster Verification Begins: Thursday, August 24 (for FSEM classes)
  • Last Day to ADD a full-term course:  Wednesday, August 30
  • Last Day to DROP a full-term course without financial aid penalty: Wednesday, August 30
  • Last Day to CHANGE Meal Plans: Wednesday, August 30
  • Roster Verification Due 10:00 a.m.: Thursday, August 31
  • Labor Day (No Classes): Monday, September 4
  • Last Day to Submit Academic Internship
  • Application in MyStetson-Undergraduate: Wednesday, September 6*
  • Census Date:  Wednesday, September 6
  • Deadline to Apply for December Conferral without paying late fee: Friday, September 15
  • Mid-Term Grades Due for FSEM 100:  Wednesday, September 27*
  • Academic Advising Begins: Monday, October 9
  • Mid-Term Grades Due by 10 a.m.: Wednesday, October 11
  • Fall Break: Thursday-Friday, October 12-13
  • Last day to drop a full-term course without a grade of X: Wednesday, October 18
  • Last day to select pass/fail option on full-term courses: Wednesday, October 18
  • Last day to Withdraw from all courses with W grades:  Wednesday, October 18
  • Registration for Spring semester begins:  Monday, October 30
  • Values Day – No Undergraduate Classes: Tuesday, November 7
  • Veterans Day – No Classes Observed: Friday, November 10
  • End of FSEM Classes: Tuesday, November 21
  • Thanksgiving Holiday (No Classes):  Wednesday-Friday, November 22-24
  • Last Day to drop a course (adjusted for Thanksgiving Holidays): Monday, November 27
  • Last Day to Withdraw from all courses with WP/WF grades (adjusted for Thanksgiving Holidays: Monday, November 27
  • Classes End:  Friday, December 8
  • Study Day:  Saturday, December 9
  • Study Day/Make Up day: Monday, December 11
  • Final Examinations:  Tuesday-Friday, December 12-15
  • Storm Emergency Make Up Days: Saturday-Monday, December 16-18
  • Residence Halls Close at 12:00 noon: Saturday, December 16
  • Final Grades Due at 10:00 a.m.:  Tuesday, December 19
  • Degree Conferral Date (No Ceremony):  Thursday, December 21

Spring Semester Spring 2024

  • New International Student Move-In: Tuesday, January 9
  • International Student Orientation: Wednesday-Thursday, January 10-11
  • Residence Halls Open (New Students): Thursday, January 11
  • New Student Orientation: Friday-Saturday, January 12-13
  • Residence Halls Open (All Students): Sunday, January 14
  • Martin Luther King Day (No Classes): Monday, January 15
  • Classes Begin: Tuesday, January 16
  • Roster Verification Begins: Tuesday, January 16
  • Last day to ADD a full-term course: Tuesday, January 23*
  • Last Day to DROP a full-term course without financial aid penalty: Tuesday, January 23*
  • Last Day to CHANGE meal plans: Tuesday, January 23*
  • Roster Verification Due: Wednesday, January 24*
  • Last Day to Submit Academic Internship Application in MyStetson-Undergraduate: Tuesday, January 30
  • Census Date: Tuesday, January 30
  • Deadline to apply for May Conferral: Friday, February 23
  • Registration Begins summer 2023: Monday, February 26
  • Mid-Term Grades Due 10:00 a.m:. Tuesday, February 27
  • Academic Advising Begins for Fall 2024: Friday, March 1
  • Spring Holidays (No Classes): Monday-Friday, March 4-8
  • Classes Resume: Monday, March 11
  • Last day to select pass/fail option on full-term courses: Friday, March 15
  • Last Day to Withdraw from all classes with W grades: Friday, March 15
  • Last day to drop a full-term course without a grade of X: Friday, March 15
  • University Holiday (No Classes): Friday, March 29
  • Registration for Fall Semester Begins: Monday, April 8
  • Stetson Showcase – No UG Classes: Tuesday, April 16
  • Last Day to Drop a course: Wednesday, April 17
  • Last Day to Withdraw all classes with WP/WF grades: Wednesday, April 17
  • Classes End: Wednesday, May 1
  • Study Day: Thursday, May 2
  • Final Examinations: Friday-Saturday, May 3-4; Monday-Tuesday May 6-7
  • Final Grades Due for Graduating Students 10:00 a.m.: Wednesday, May 8
  • Residence Halls Close as 12 noon: Wednesday May 8
  • *School of Business Undergraduate and Graduate and School of Music Commencement Ceremony: Friday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.
  • *Academic Awards and Recognition Ceremony (Invitation Only): Friday, May 10 at 3:30 p.m.
  • *College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Ceremony: Saturday, May 11 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Degree Conferral Date:  May 11, 2024
  • Final Grades Due at 10:00 a.m.: Monday, May 13


The 2023-2024 academic calendar provides an informative overview of important dates and events for the Stetson University community. As a private institution with roots tracing back to 1883, Stetson has a rich history of academic excellence in liberal arts, business, and law. This next academic year marks the 141st year educating students who will go on to positively impact many fields. From student orientation through final exams and graduation ceremonies, the calendar outlines semester start and end points, registration deadlines, campus breaks, and more. Both new and returning Stetson students, faculty, and staff can utilize this guide to plan effectively for the upcoming school year. As with previous years, the 2023-2024 schedule enables Stetson constituents to balance academic, extracurricular, and personal commitments successfully.

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