Academic Calendar

Fall Term 2022-23

 

The current Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Academic Calendars are located at https://registrar.fas.harvard.edu/academic-calendar.

Fall Term 2022-23

July 1, Friday

  • Applications for non-resident status for the fall term or academic year for graduate students due.
  • Applications for part-time graduate study due in the GSAS Dean’s Office.

August 1, Monday

  • Fall online Check-In opens for graduate students.
  • Fall online Check-In opens for undergraduate students.
  • FAS Course Registration (Crimson Cart) opens for graduate students - Add courses to the Crimson Cart.
  • Graduation applications for November 2022 degrees (A.M., S.M., M.E., MFS, and Ph.D.) must be submitted on or before this date.
  • Undergraduate applications for November 2022 degrees (A.B. and S.B.) must be submitted on or before this date.
  • Last day that November 2022 graduate degree candidates may submit a completed and signed application for a secondary field.

August 15, Monday

  • FAS Course Registration (Crimson Cart) opens for undergraduate students - Add courses to the Crimson Cart.

August 17, Wednesday

  • Online Check-In must be completed for undergraduate and graduate students. Students who fail to Check-In online for Fall 2022 term will be charged a Late Check-In fee.
  • FAS Course Registration opens for graduate and undergraduate students to allow enrolling in courses.

August 18, Thursday through August 25, Thursday

August 22,  Monday and August 23, Tuesday 

  • New Faculty Institute (for ladder faculty).

August 22,  Monday 

  • Navigating Harvard (for non-ladder faculty).

August 26, Friday

  • Course Registration Deadline. Fall term course registrations are due for all students by 11:59 PM. Students must submit minimum course load - typically 16 credits - on my.harvard by 11:59 PM and submitting enrollment after this time will result in a fee.

September 7, Wednesday

  • Approved graduate dissertations due for November 2022 degree candidates who wish to have fall tuition and Student Health Insurance Plan removed from their student account.

September 8, Thursday

  • Approved graduate dissertations due for November 2022 degree candidates who wish to retain health coverage for the fall 2022 term (through January 31, 2023) and who would like to be charged accordingly.

August 31, Wednesday

  • Academic year begins; first day of classes. When classes begin on Wednesday, they begin on a Monday schedule.

 September 5, Monday

  • University Holiday: Labor Day.

September 7, Wednesday 

  • After this date students must obtain permission from all instructors to enroll in courses.

September 12, Monday through September 14, Wednesday

  • Make-up examinations for the spring 2022 term are held.

September 19, Monday (3rd Monday)

  • Last day that undergraduates and graduate students may drop or add any course without a fee.

October 3, Monday (5th Monday)

  • Last day that undergraduates may drop or add any course or change the grade status of a letter-graded or Pass/Fail course.
  • Last day students from other schools may file cross-registration petitions for fall term with the FAS Registrar's Office. Note some schools have earlier deadlines.

October 10, Monday

  • University Holiday: Columbus Day (Federal) / Indigenous Peoples' Day (City of Cambridge).

October 11, Tuesday

  • Faculty meeting at 3:00 PM.

October 17, Monday (7th Monday)

  • Last day that graduate students may add (or enroll in) fall term courses. To add a course after this date an approved Petition to Add must be submitted to the GSAS Office of Student Affairs.
  • Last day that graduate students may add or change SAT/UNS grading option for designated language courses.
  • FAS Spring Course Registration (Crimson Cart) opens for graduate students - to allow searching for courses.

October 31, Monday (9th Monday)

  • Last day that graduate students may drop a fall course. To withdraw from a fall course after this date an approved Petition to Withdraw must be submitted to the GSAS Office of Student Affairs and a notation of WD will be recorded if petition is approved.

November 1, Tuesday

  • Faculty meeting at 3:00 PM.

November 8, Tuesday

  • Conferral date for November 2022 degrees.

November 11, Friday

  • University (Administrative) Holiday: Veterans' Day. FAS classes will be held as scheduled.

November 14, Monday (11th Monday)

  • Last day that undergraduates may petition to withdraw from a fall term course.

November 17, Thursday

  • Declarations of Concentration due for third-semester undergraduate students.

November 23, Wednesday through November 27, Sunday

  • Thanksgiving Recess.

December 1, Thursday

  • Undergraduate applications for March 2023 degrees (A.B. and S.B.) must be submitted on or before this date.
  • Last day to change concentration for March 2023 degree candidates without Administrative Board approval.
  • Last day that March 2023  undergraduate degree candidates (A.B. and S.B.) may file for a foreign language citation study plan or petition for a secondary field.
  • Graduate student applications for March 2023 degrees (A.M., S.M., M.E., MFS, and Ph.D.) must be submitted on or before this date.
  • Graduate student applications for Secondary Field due for March 2023 degree candidates.
  • Graduate student applications for part-time study for spring 2023 due.
  • Last day of fall term classes.

December 2, Friday, through December 7, Wednesday

  • Reading Period.

December 6, Tuesday

  • Faculty meeting at 3:00 PM.

December 7, Wednesday

  • Last day in the fall term upon which graduate students may petition for late withdrawal from a course.

December 8, Thursday, through December 17, Saturday

  • Final Examination Period. (Does not include Sunday)
    See the Registrar's Office website for exam times and locations for fall term courses.

December 17, Saturday

  • Last day that graduate students may submit work for incomplete grades from the spring 2022 term.

December 18, 2022, Sunday through January 3, 2023, Tuesday

  • Winter Recess. (Most University offices are closed during recess.)

January 9, Monday through January 20, Friday

January 16, Monday

  • University Holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No classes held.

January 17, Tuesday

  • Deadline for March 2023 graduate degree candidates to electronically submit approved dissertations.

January 18, Wednesday through January 20, Friday (Schedule change)

  • Make up exams held for fall 2022 courses.

Spring Term 2022-23

The current Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Academic Calendars are located at https://registrar.fas.harvard.edu/academic-calendar.

Spring Term 2022-23

October 17, 2022, Monday

  • FAS Course Registration (Crimson Cart) opens for graduate students - add courses to the Crimson Cart.

January 4, Wednesday

  • Spring term Online Check-In opens for undergraduate students.
  • Spring term Online Check-In opens for graduate students.

January 9, Monday

  • FAS Course Registration (Crimson Cart) opens for undergraduate students - add courses to the Crimson Cart.

January 11, Wednesday

  • Online Check-In must be completed for undergraduate and graduate students. Students who fail to Check-In online will be charged a late Check-In fee.
  • FAS Course Registration opens for graduate and undergraduate students to allow enrolling in courses.

January 16, Monday

  • University Holiday: Martin Luther King Day.

January 17, Tuesday

  • Approved graduate student dissertations due for March 2023 degree candidates.

January 18, Wednesday through January 20, Friday  (tentative)

 January 19, Thursday

  • Course Registration Deadline - Spring term course registrations are due for all students by 11:59 PM. Students must submit minimum course load - typically 16 credits - on my.harvard by 11:59 PM and submitting enrollment after this time will result in a fee.
  • May Dissertation submission deadline  (cancelled health insurance).

January 23, Monday

  • Spring term begins.

January 30, Monday

  • After this date students must obtain permission from all instructors to enroll in spring courses. 

February 6, Monday (3rd Monday)

  • Last day that undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.
  • Last day that graduate students may drop or add a spring course without a fee.

February 7, Tuesday

  • Faculty meeting at 3:00 PM.

February 20, Monday

  • University Holiday: Presidents’ Day. No classes held.

February 21, Tuesday, moved due to holiday (Fifth Monday)

  • Last day that undergraduates may drop or add a spring course or change the grade status of a letter-graded or Pass/Fail course.
  • Last day students from other schools may file cross-registration petitions for spring term with the FAS Registrar's Office. Note some schools have earlier deadlines.

March 6, Monday (7th Monday)

  • Last day that graduate students may add (or enroll in) spring term courses. To add a course after this date an approved Petition to Add must be submitted.
  • Last day that graduate students may add or change SAT/UNS grading option for designated language courses.

March 7, Tuesday

  • Faculty meeting at 3:00 PM.
  • Conferral date for March 2023 degrees.

March 11, Saturday through March 19, Sunday 

  • Spring Recess.

March 20, Monday (9th Monday)

  • Last day that graduate students may drop a spring course. To withdraw from a spring course after this date an approved Petition to Withdraw must be submitted and a notation of WD will be recorded.

April 3, Monday (11th Monday)

  • Undergraduate (A.B. and S.B.) and graduate (A.M., S.M., M.E., MFS, and Ph.D.) student applications for May 2023 degrees must be submitted on or before this date.
  • Last day to change concentration for May and November 2023 degree candidates without Administrative Board approval.
  • Last day that May and November 2023 undergraduate degree candidates (A.B. and S.B.) may file a foreign language citation study plan or petition for a secondary field.
  • Graduate student application for secondary field due for May 2023 degree candidates.
  • Last day upon which undergraduates may petition to withdraw from a spring term or year-long course.

April 4, Tuesday

  • Faculty meeting at 3:00 PM.

April 13, Thursday

  • Declaration of Concentration due for third semester undergraduates.

 April 26, Wednesday

  • Last day of spring term classes.

April 27, Thursday, through May 3, Wednesday

  • Reading Period.

May 2, Tuesday

  • Faculty meeting at 3:00 PM.

May 3, Wednesday

  • Last day in the spring term that graduate students may submit approved petition to withdraw from a spring course and a notation of WD will be recorded.

May 4, Thursday, through May 13, Saturday (Sunday not included)

May 11, Thursday

  • Approved graduate dissertations due for May 2023 degree candidates.

May 13, Saturday

  • Last day that graduate students may submit work for incomplete grades from the fall 2022 term.

May 22, Monday

  • Degree Meeting; Faculty vote May 2023 degrees at 4:30 PM.

May 25, Thursday

  • Harvard University Commencement.

May 29, Monday

  • University Holiday: Memorial Day.

August 29, Tuesday and August 30, Wednesday (Schedule change)

  • Make-up examinations for spring 2023 term are held.

 

Tentative Calendar for 2023-2024

 

Fall Term 2023-2024

Academic year begins

Tues Sept 5

Course registration deadline

Wed Aug 30†

Thanksgiving recess

Wed Nov 22 – Sun Nov 26

Reading period

Wed Dec 6 – Sun Dec 10

Examination period

Mon Dec 11 – Wed Dec 20

Spring Term 2023-2024

Spring term begins

Mon Jan 22

Course registration deadline

TBD†

Spring recess

Sat Mar 9– Sun Mar 17

Reading period

Thu Apr 25 – Wed May 1

Examination period

Thu May 2 – Sat May 11

Commencement

Thu May 23

Note: The Harvard University Coordinated Academic Calendar became effective with the 2009-2010 academic year. Special attention should be paid to deadlines as many will vary from prior years.
 

† Course Registration deadline for all students.