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Academic calendar

Changes will reduce student travel and encourage social distancing.

Updated: September 22, 2020

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Fall semester classes will end November 24 with online finals December 2–9.
  • Spring 2021 classes will begin January 20, a week later than originally planned.
  • The spring 2021 calendar does not include a spring break (originally March 15–19) or a no-class day on April 1.

The academic calendar has been changed to limit student travel. The changes will help reduce the potential for travel-related spread of COVID-19 while maintaining the required number of instructional days and meeting accreditation and federal aid requirements.

Spring 2021 changes

Classes will begin Wednesday, January 20, one week later than originally planned.

The spring 2021 calendar does not include a spring break (originally March 15–19) or a no-class day on April 1. Classes will be scheduled on those days.

Spring recess will be April 2 and is a holiday with no classes scheduled.

  • January 20—April 28: Classes in session
  • April 2: Spring recess, no classes in session
  • April 29: Study day
  • April 30, May 3–6: Final exams

Note: An earlier version of the calendar was published with incorrect dates for the end of classes, study day, and final exams. We regret the error.

View the revised spring 2021 academic calendar.

Commencement

Plans are in development to celebrate spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021 graduates. Event dates have not been set. Decisions will be shared as soon as they are finalized.

Fall 2020 changes

Classes will be held on the days formerly scheduled for fall break (October 8 and 9).

There will be no face-to-face classes after Thanksgiving break, so students will not return to campus and will take exams online. Students will return to the residence halls before the start of spring semester.

  • August 19—November 24: Classes in session
  • November 30–December 1: Study days
  • December 2–9: Finals (online)

Calendar notes

  • Graduate and professional schools may have a modified schedule. Graduate students should check with their college for specific information.

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