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All deadlines are 11:59 pm eastern time unless otherwise specified below.

Fall Term: August 31 – December 19, 2020

  • Wednesday, July 1 to Thursday, August 20
    Accessibility request period
  • Thursday, July 9
    Last day to take the test of critical reading and writing skills before fall registration opens
  • Friday, July 17
    Registration opens at 9 am for degree candidates
    Register early for best choice of courses. You must pay your balance in full by the payment deadline. If you do not, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists.
  • Monday, July 20
    Registration opens at 9 am for all students
    Register early for best choice of courses. You must pay your balance in full by the payment deadline. If you do not, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists.
  • Monday, August 10
    Full payment deadline
    Pay your balance in full by this date. If you do not, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists. Registration with immediate full payment remains open through August 27.
  • Thursday, August 13
    Last day to take the test of critical reading and writing skills before fall registration ends
  • Thursday, August 20
    English proficiency requirement deadline
  • Thursday, August 27
    Registration deadline
    Last day to register for fall term courses. Late registration is not permitted after this date.
  • Friday, August 28 to Tuesday, September 8
    Course change period
    For registered students only
  • Monday, August 31
    Classes begin
  • Tuesday, September 8
    Course changes deadline
  • Tuesday, September 8
    Course drop deadline for full-tuition refund
  • Tuesday, September 15
    Course drop deadline for half-tuition refund
  • Sunday, November 1 to Tuesday, December 1
    Degree program application dates for fall
  • Friday, November 20
    Withdrawal deadline (no tuition refund)
  • Monday, December 14 to Saturday, December 19
    Final exams and last class meetings
  • Thursday, January 7
    Grades available online in Online Services

January Session: January 4 – 23, 2021

  • Thursday, October 1 to Friday, December 18
    Accessibility request period
  • Thursday, October 29
    Last day to take the test of critical reading and writing skills before January registration opens
  • Thursday, November 5
    Registration opens at 9 am for degree candidates
    Register early for best choice of courses. You must pay your balance in full by the payment deadline. If you do not, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists.
  • Monday, November 9
    Registration opens at 9 am for all students
    Register early for best choice of courses. You must pay your balance in full by the payment deadline. If you do not, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists.
  • Thursday, December 3
    Last day to take the test of critical reading and writing skills before January registration ends
  • Thursday, December 17
    English proficiency requirement deadline
  • Thursday, December 10
    Full payment deadline
    Pay your balance in full by this date. If you do not, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists. Registration with immediate full payment remains open through January 4.
  • Monday, January 4
    Registration deadline
    Last day to register for January session courses. Late registration is not permitted after this date.
  • Monday, January 4
    Classes begin
  • Monday, January 4
    Course drop deadline for full-tuition refund
  • Thursday, January 14
    Withdrawal deadline (no tuition refund)
  • Thursday, January 21
    Final exams and last class meetings
  • Saturday, January 23
    Session ends
  • Tuesday, February 2
    Grades available online in Online Services

Spring Term: January 25 – May 15, 2021

  • Thursday, October 29
    Last day to take the test of critical reading and writing skills before spring registration opens
  • Sunday, November 1 to Wednesday, January 13
    Accessibility request period
  • Thursday, November 5
    Registration opens at 9 am for degree candidates
    Register early for best choice of courses. You must pay your balance in full by the payment deadline. If you do not, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists.
  • Monday, November 9
    Registration opens at 9 am for all students
    Register early for best choice of courses. You must pay your balance in full by the payment deadline. If you do not, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists.
  • Thursday, January 7
    Full payment deadline
    Pay your balance in full by this date. If you do not, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists. Registration with immediate full payment remains open through January 21.
  • Thursday, January 7
    Last day to take the test of critical reading and writing skills before spring registration ends
  • Thursday, January 14
    English proficiency requirement deadline
  • Thursday, January 21
    Registration deadline
    Last day to register for spring term courses. Late registration is not permitted after this date.
  • Friday, January 22 to Sunday, January 31
    Course change period
    For registered students only
  • Monday, January 25
    Classes begin
  • Monday, February 1 to Saturday, May 1
    Premedical program application period (apply early; program often fills before deadline)
  • Sunday, January 31
    Course changes deadline
  • Sunday, January 31
    Course drop deadline for full-tuition refund
  • Sunday, February 7
    Course drop deadline for half-tuition refund
  • Monday, March 15 to Thursday, April 15
    Degree program application period for spring
  • Friday, April 23
    Withdrawal deadline (no tuition refund)
  • Monday, May 10 to Saturday, May 15
    Final exams and last class meetings
  • Tuesday, May 25
    Grades available online in Online Services
  • Thursday, May 27
    Commencement
  • Thursday, July 1 to Sunday, August 1
    Degree program application period for summer

Summer Term: June 21 – August 6, 2021

  • Thursday, February 11
    Last day to take the test of critical reading and writing skills before registration begins
  • Tuesday, March 2
    Registration opens for all students
  • Thursday, May 6
    Last day to take the test of critical reading and writing skills before payment deadline
  • Monday, May 17
    Full payment deadline. Pay your balance in full by this date. If you do not, you risk being dropped from all courses and waitlists. Registration with immediate full payment remains open through June 17.
  • Thursday, June 3
    Last day to take the test of critical reading and writing skills before registration ends
  • Thursday, June 17
    Course registration deadline. Last day to register for summer courses. Late registration is not permitted after this date.
  • Monday, June 21
    Seven-week session and three-week session I classes begin
  • Thursday, July 1 to Sunday, August 1
    Degree program application period for summer
  • Thursday, July 8
    Three-week session I final exams and last class meetings end
  • Monday, July 12
    Three-week session II classes begin
  • Thursday, July 29
    Three-week session II final exams and last class meetings end
  • Friday, August 6
    Seven-week session final exams and last class meetings end

Holiday Calendar 2020-21

No classes meet on the following official University holidays* in 2020-21.

September 7, 2020Labor Day
October 12, 2020Indigenous Peoples’ Day
November 25, 2020 to November 29, 2020Thanksgiving Break
December 20, 2020 to January 3, 2021Winter Break
January 18, 2021Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 15, 2021President’s Day
March 14, 2021 to March 20, 2021Spring Break
May 31, 2021Memorial Day

*Some courses may have class meetings during spring break (see course descriptions). 

Administrative offices are closed on University holidays, weekends, Nov. 11, Nov. 26-27, and Dec. 24 after noon through Jan. 1.