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2024-25 Academic Calendar

All deadlines are 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time unless otherwise specified below.

Summer Term: June 24 – August 9, 2024

Please visit the Harvard Summer School calendar.

 

 

Fall Term: September 3 – December 21, 2024

Important Dates Date
Pre-registration opens
Confirm your personal information in your MyDCE account before registration opens. Carts open in the DCE Course Search and Registration platform.
Tuesday, July 9 at 9 a.m.
Course registration opens for degree candidates and Premedical Program admitted candidates
Register early for the 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.
Friday, July 19 at 9 a.m.
Course registration opens for all students
Register early for the 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 22 at 9 a.m.
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 29.
Monday, August 19
English proficiency requirement deadline Thursday, August 22
Course registration deadline
Last day to register for fall courses. Late registration is not permitted after this date.
Thursday, August 29
Course change period
For registered students only.
Friday, August 30 – Tuesday, September 10
Classes begin
There will be no classes on University Holidays.
Tuesday, September 3
Course change deadline
For registered students only. Last day to change credit status, and add or drop from fall courses.
Tuesday, September 10
Course drop and withdrawal deadlines:
Last day to drop courses for 100% tuition refund Tuesday, September 10
Last day to drop courses for 50% tuition refund Tuesday, September 17
Last Day to withdraw from courses for no tuition refund
Course on record with WD (withdrawal) grade
Friday, November 22
Degree program application period for fall Friday, November 1 – Sunday, December 1
Final exams and last class meetings Monday, December 16 – Saturday, December 21
Grades available online Thursday, January 7

January Session: January 6 – 25, 2025

Important Dates Date
Pre-registration opens
Confirm your personal information in your MyDCE account before registration opens. Carts open in the DCE Course Search and Registration platform.
Monday, October 21 at 9 a.m.
Course registration opens for degree candidates and Premedical Program admitted 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.
Friday, November 1 at 9 a.m.
Course registration opens for all students
Register early for the 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 4 at 9 a.m.
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 6.
Thursday, December 5
English proficiency requirement deadline Thursday, December 12
Course registration deadline
Last day to register for January courses. Late registration is not permitted after this date. 
Monday, January 6, 2025
Course change deadline
For registered students only. Last day to change credit status, and add or drop from January session courses.
Monday, January 6, 2025
Classes begin
There will be no classes on University Holidays.
Monday, January 6, 2025
Course drop and withdrawal deadlines:
Last day to drop courses for 100% tuition refund Monday, January 6, 2025
Last day to withdraw from courses for no tuition refund
Courses on record with WD (withdrawal) grade
Friday, January 17, 2025
Final exams and last class meetings Thursday, January 23, 2025
Session ends Saturday, January 25, 2025
Grades available online Tuesday, February 4, 2025

Spring Term: January 27 – May 17, 2025

Important Dates Date
Pre-registration opens
Confirm your personal information in your MyDCE account before registration opens. Carts open in the DCE Course Search and Registration platform.
Monday, October 21 at 9 a.m.
Course registration opens for degree candidates and Premedical Program admitted candidates
Register early for the 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.
Friday, November 1 at 9 a.m.
Course registration opens for all students
Register early for the 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 4 at 9 a.m.
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 23.
Thursday, January 9, 2025
English proficiency requirement deadline Thursday, January 16, 2025
Course registration deadline
Last day to register for spring courses. Late registration is not permitted after this date. 
Thursday, January 23, 2025
Course change period
For registered students only.
Friday, January 24 – Monday, February 3, 2025
Classes begin
There will be no classes on University Holidays.
Monday, January 27, 2025
Premedical Program application period
Apply early; program often fills before deadline.
Friday, January 10 – Thursday, April 10, 2025
Course change deadline
For registered students only. Last day to change credit status, and add or drop from spring courses.
Monday, February 3, 2025
Course drop and withdrawal deadlines:
Last day to drop courses for 100% tuition refund Monday, February 3, 2025
Last day to drop courses for 50% tuition refund Monday, February 10, 2025
Last Day to withdraw from courses for no tuition refund
Course on record with WD (withdrawal) grade
Friday, April 18, 2025
Degree program application period for spring Saturday, March 15 – Tuesday, April 15, 2025
Final exams and last class meetings Monday, May 12 – Saturday, May 17, 2025
Grades available online Tuesday, May 27, 2025
Commencement Thursday, May 29, 2025
Degree program application period for summer Tuesday, July 1 – Friday, August 1, 2025

Deadlines may differ for courses that do not follow the full academic calendar. If so, they are noted in course descriptions.

Holiday Calendar 2024–25

Classes do not meet on the following official University holidays* in 2024-25.

DateHoliday
September 2, 2024Labor Day
Offices closed
October 14, 2024Indigenous Peoples’ Day
No classes; offices closed
November 27 – December 1, 2024Thanksgiving Break
No classes; offices closed November 28 – December 1
December 22, 2024 – January 5, 2025Winter Break
No classes; offices closed December 22 – January 1
January 20, 2025Martin Luther King Jr. Day
No classes; offices closed
February 17, 2025President’s Day
No classes; offices closed
March 17 – 23, 2025Spring Break
No classes
May 26, 2025Memorial Day
No classes; offices closed

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

Administrative offices are closed on weekends and University holidays.