Academic Calendar

Notes:

Graduate and professional programs follow their own calendars with different registration/drop deadlines, which are typically available on the website of the school or program. The College of Liberal and Professional Studies may have different registration/drop deadlines. Please visit the LPS website, www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/, for more information.

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, the first two days of Passover and Good Friday are religious holidays that affect large numbers of University community members and that fall during the academic year. View the University’s policy regarding these and other holidays.

The University’s Three-Year Academic Calendar is subject to change. In the event that changes are made, the latest, most up-to-date version will be posted to the Almanac’s website.

2018 Summer Term

11-Week Session Classes begin Monday May 21
Session I Classes begin Monday May 21
Memorial Day Observed (no classes) Monday May 28
Session I Classes end Wednesday June 27
Session II Classes begin Thursday June 28
Independence Day Observed (no classes) Wednesday July 4
Session II & 11-Week Session Classes end Friday August 3

2018 Fall Term

Move-in for First-Year Students Wednesday August 22
New Student Orientation Wednesday-Monday August 22-27
Opening Exercises and Freshman Convocation Monday August 27
First Day of Classes Tuesday August 28
Labor Day (no classes) Monday September 3
Course Selection Period ends Monday September 17
Fall Term Break Thursday-Sunday October 4-7
Drop Period ends Monday October 8
Classes Resume Monday October 8
Family Weekend Friday-Sunday October 19-21 (Yale)
Advance Registration for Spring Term Monday-Sunday October 29-November 11
Last day to withdraw from a course Friday November 9
Homecoming Saturday November 10 (Harvard)
Thur-Fri Class Schedule on Tue-Wed November 20-21
Thanksgiving Break Thursday-Sunday November 22-25
Classes Resume Monday November 26
Last day of Classes Monday December 10
Reading Days Tuesday-Wednesday December 11-12
Final Examinations Thursday-Thursday December 13-20
Fall Term ends Thursday December 20

2019 Spring Term

First Day of Classes (Monday class schedule on Wednesday) January 16 (Monday classes)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed (no classes) Monday January 21
Course Selection Period ends Monday February 4
Drop Period ends Friday February 22
Spring Term Break Saturday-Sunday March 2-10
Classes Resume Monday March 11
Advance Registration for Fall Term and Summer Sessions Monday-Sunday March 18-31
Last day to withdraw from a course Friday April 5
Last day of Classes Wednesday May 1
Reading Days Thursday-Sunday May 2-5
Final Examinations Monday-Tuesday May 6-14
Spring Term Ends Tuesday May 14
Alumni Day Saturday May 18
Baccalaureate Sunday May 19
Commencement Monday May 20

2019 Summer Term

Memorial Day Observed (no classes) Monday May 27
11-Week Session Classes begin Tuesday May 28
Session I Classes begin Tuesday May 28
Session I Classes end Wednesday July 3
Independence Day Observed (no classes) Thursday July 4
Session II Classes begin Friday July 5
Session II & 11-Week Session Classes end Friday August 9

2019 Fall Term

Move-in for First Year Students Wednesday August 21
New Student Orientation Wednesday-Monday August 21-August 26
Freshman Convocation Monday August 26
First day of classes Tuesday August 27
Labor Day (no classes) Monday September 2
Course Selection Period ends Monday September 16
Drop Period ends Monday October 7
Fall term break Thursday-Sunday October 10-13
Classes resume Monday October 14
Advance Registration for Spring Term Monday-Sunday October 28-November 10
Family Weekend Friday-Sunday November 1-3 (Brown)
Last Day to withdraw from a course Friday November 8
Homecoming Saturday November 9 (Cornell)
Thursday/Friday class schedule on Tuesday/Wednesday Tuesday/Wednesday (Thursday/Friday classes) November 26-27
Thanksgiving break Thursday-Sunday November 28-December 1
Classes resume Monday December 2
Last day of classes Monday December 9
Reading days Tuesday-Wednesday December 10-11
Final examinations Thursday-Thursday December 12-19
Fall semester ends Thursday December 19

2020 Spring Term

First day of classes (Monday class schedule on Wednesday) Wednesday (Monday classes) January 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed (no classes) Monday January 20
Course Selection Period ends Monday February 3
Drop Period ends Friday February 21
Spring term break Saturday-Sunday March 7-15
Classes resume Monday March 16
Advance Registration for Fall Term and Summer Sessions Monday-Sunday March 23-April 5
Last Day to withdraw from a course Friday April 3
Last day of classes Wednesday April 29
Reading days Thursday-Sunday April 30-May 3
Final examinations Monday-Tuesday May 4-12
Spring semester ends Tuesday May 12
Alumni Day Saturday May 16
Baccalaureate Sunday May 17
Commencement Monday May 18

2020 Summer Term

Memorial Day (no classes) Monday May 25
11-week Session classes begin Tuesday May 26
Session I classes begin Tuesday May 26
Session I Classes end Wednesday July 1
Session II Classes begin Thursday July 2
Independence Day Observed (no classes) Friday July 3
Session II & 11-Week Session classes end Friday August 7

2020 Fall Term

Move-in for First Year Students Wednesday August 26
New Student Orientation Wednesday-Monday August 26-31
Opening Exercises and Freshman Convocation Monday August 31
First day of classes Tuesday September 1
Labor Day (no classes) Monday September 7
Course Selection Period ends to be decided
Fall term break Thursday-Sunday October 1-4
Drop Period ends to be decided
Classes resume Monday October 5
Family Weekend Friday-Sunday October 16-18 (Columbia)
Advance Registration for Spring Term to be decided
Last Day to withdraw from a course to be decided
Homecoming Saturday November 14 (Harvard)
Thursday/Friday class schedule on Tuesday/Wednesday Tuesday/Wednesday (Thursday/Friday classes) November 24-25
Thanksgiving Break Thursday-Sunday November 26-29
Classes resume Monday November 30
Last day of classes Thursday December 10
Reading days Friday-Monday December 11-14
Final examinations Tuesday-Tuesday December 15-22
Fall term ends Tuesday December 22

2021 Spring Term

First day of classes (Monday class schedule on Wednesday) January 13 (Monday classes)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed (no classes) Monday January 18
Course Selection Period ends to be decided
Drop Period ends to be decided
Spring term break Saturday-Sunday March 6-14
Classes resume Monday March 15
Advance Registration for Fall Term and Summer Sessions to be decided
Last Day to withdraw from a course to be decided
Last day of classes Wednesday April 28
Reading days Thursday-Sunday April 29-May 2
Final examinations Monday-Tuesday May 3-11
Spring term ends Tuesday May 11
Alumni Day Saturday May 15
Baccalaureate Sunday May 16
Commencement Monday May 17

2021 Summer Term

11-week Session classes begin Monday May 24
Session I classes begin Monday May 24
Memorial Day observed (no classes) Monday May 31
Session I Classes end Wednesday June 30
Session II Classes begin Thursday July 1
Independence Day Observed (no classes) Monday July 5
Session II & 11-Week Session classes end Friday August 6

Updated May 8, 2018