Academic Calendar

The academic year consists of two semesters, each containing fourteen weeks of instruction and a fifteenth week devoted to examinations. The first semester begins in late August and ends in mid-December; the second semester begins in January and ends in early May. Summer course offerings consist of two 5 week sessions as well as various academic study programs offered across the curriculum. A detailed calendar including dates of recesses and special academic days is included in the catalogue, and may be found elsewhere on the website. 

2020-2021 Academic Calendar
Fall Semester 2020  
Opening Faculty Meeting August 19, Wednesday
Orientation for New Students August 20-25, Thursday - Tuesday
Opening Convocation *Formal Academic Occasion* August 22, Saturday
Classes Begin August 26, Wednesday
Drop/Add Period Ends September 1, Tuesday
Enrollment Clearance Ends September 1, Tuesday
Pass/Fail Option Ends October 30, Friday 5 p.m.
Extended Drop Period Ends September 15, Tuesday, 5 p.m.
Withdraw Period Begins September 16, Wednesday
Last Day to Remove Conditional Grades September 23, Wednesday
End of First Seven Weeks October 14, Wednesday
Mid-Term Grades Due October 16, Friday, 5 p.m.
Fall Recess - No Travel * October 21, Wednesday
Classes Resume October 22, Thursday
Spring 2021 Registration Begins October 28, Wednesday
Withdraw Period and Pass/Fail Option End October 30, Friday 5 p.m.
Thanksgiving Recess Begins-Students Return Home November 24, Tuesday, 10 p.m.
Classes Resume Remotely November 30, Monday
Classes End December 4, Friday, 10 p.m.
Reading Days December 5-6, Saturday-Sunday
Final Examinations December 7 - 11, Monday - Friday
End of Fall Semester December 11, Friday
Final Grades Due December 14, Monday, 9 a.m.
Spring Semester 2021, Revised Calendar  
Orientation for New Students Begins January 21, Thursday
Classes Begin January 27, Wednesday
Enrollment Clearance Ends February 2, Tuesday, 5 p.m.
Last Day to Add a Class February 2, Tuesday, 5 p.m.
Extended Drop Period Begins February 3, Wednesday
Pass/Fail Option Ends February 16, Tuesday, 5 p.m.
Extended Drop Period Ends  February 16, Tuesday, 5 p.m.
Withdraw Period Begins February 17, Wednesday
Last Day to Remove Conditional Grade February 23, Tuesday
Spring Break March 1-2, Monday-Tuesday
End of First Seven Weeks March 16, Tuesday
Mid-Term Grades Due March 18,  Thursday, 5 p.m.
Spring/Easter Recess Begins March 31, Wednesday, 10 p.m.
Spring/Easter Recess Ends April 5, Monday, 8 a.m.
Fall 2021 Pre-Registration Opens April 7, Wednesday
Withdraw Period Ends April 9, Friday, 5 p.m.
Awards Convocation *Formal Academic Occasion* April 30, Friday
Rhodes Symposium  
Classes End April 30, Friday, 10 p.m.
Final Examinations Begin May 3, Monday
Reading Day May 6, Thursday
Final Examinations End/End of Semester May 8, Saturday
Final Grades Due May 10, Monday, 9 a.m.
Baccalaureate May 14, Friday
Commencement May 15, Saturday
Summer 2021 Term  
Summer Session I  
Classes Begin  May 17, Monday
Last Day to add May 18, Tuesday
Drop and Pass/Fail End May 21, Friday
Memorial Day Holiday/No Classes May 31, Monday
Withdraw Period Ends June 4, Friday
Classes End June 18, Friday
Final Exams June 19, Saturday
Final Grades Due June 21, Monday, NOON
Summer Session II  
Classes Begin Wednesday, June 23
Add Period Ends June 24, Thursday
Drop and Pass/Fail End June 29, Tuesday
Independence Day Holiday/No Classes July 5, Monday
Withdraw Ends July 13, Tuesday
Classes End July 27, Tuesday
Final Exams Wednesday, July 28
Final Grades Due July 30, Friday, NOON
Full Summer Session Final Grades Due August 6, Friday, 5 p.m.
Pre-Mester 2021  
Student Move-In July 25, Sunday
First Day of Class July 26, Monday
End of Pre-Mester Term August 13, Friday