Academic Calendar

Fall Term 2020-21

 

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

 

Fall Term 2020-21

 

July 1, Wednesday

  • 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.

July 27, Monday

  • Fall online Check-In opens for graduate students.
  • Fall online Check-In opens for undergraduate students.

Sessions between August 5 and August 20

August 10, Monday

 

  • FAS Course Registration (Crimson Cart) opens for graduate students - to allow for shopping for courses.
  • FAS Course Registration (Crimson Cart) opens for undergraduate students - to allow for shopping for courses.

August 14, Friday

 

  • Graduation applications for November 2020 degrees (AM, SM, ME, MFS, and PhD) must be submitted on or before this date.
  • Last day upon which November 2020 graduate degree candidates may submit a completed and signed application for a secondary field.

August 17, Monday

 

  • Online Check-In must be completed for College and GSAS students. Students who fail to Check-In online for Fall 2020 term will be charged a Late Check-In fee.
  • FAS Course Registration opens for graduate and undergraduate students to allow enrolling in courses

August 26, Wednesday

 

  • Course Registration Deadline. Fall term course registrations are due for all students by 11:59pm. Students must submit minimum course load - typically 16 credits - on my.harvard by 11:59pm and submitting enrollment after this time will result in a fee. After this date students must obtain permission from all instructors to enroll in courses.

August 24, Monday and August 25, Tuesday

  • New Faculty Institute

September 2, Wednesday

  • Academic year begins; first day of classes.

September 7, Monday

  • University Holiday: Labor Day

September 8, Tuesday

  • Approved graduate dissertations due for November 2020 degree candidates who wish to have fall tuition and Student Health Insurance Plan removed from their student account.

September 9, Wednesday

 

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may Check-In/register late for the fall term.
  • Last day on which GSAS students may withdraw from their program and cancel registration for the fall term without payment of tuition.
  • Approved graduate dissertations due for November 2020 degree candidates who wish to retain health coverage for the fall 2020 term (through January 31, 2021) and who would like to be charged accordingly should submit the dissertation on September 9, 2020.

September 14, Monday

  • Make-up examinations for spring 2020 begin.

September 21, Monday (3rd Monday)

  • Last day upon which undergraduates and GSAS students may drop or add any course without a fee.

October 5, Monday (5th Monday)

  • Last day upon which 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 6, Tuesday

  • Faculty meeting at 3pm.

October 12, Monday

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

October 19, Monday (7th Monday)

  • Last day upon which 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 upon which graduate students may add or change SAT/UNS grading option for designated language courses.

TBD

November 2, Monday (9th Monday)

  • Last day upon which 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 3, Tuesday

 

  • Tentative - Spring Online Check-In opens for graduate students.
  • FAS Spring Course Registration (Crimson Cart) opens for graduate students - to allow for shopping for courses.

November 3, Tuesday

  • Faculty meeting at 3 pm.

November 10, Tuesday

  • Conferral date for November 2020 degrees.

November 11, Wednesday

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

November 16, Monday (11th Monday)

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

November 19, Thursday

  • Declarations of Concentration due for undergraduate on-cycle first-semester sophomores.

November 25, Wednesday through November 29, Sunday

  • Thanksgiving Recess.

December 1, Tuesday

  • Undergraduate applications for March 2021 degrees (AB and SB) must be submitted on or before this date.
  • Last day to change concentration for March 2021 degree candidates without Administrative Board approval.
  • Last day upon which March 2021 degree candidates (AB and SB) may file for a foreign language citation study plan or petition for a secondary field.
  • Graduate applications for March 2021 degrees (AM, SM, ME, MFS, and PhD) must be submitted on or before this date.
  • Graduate applications for Secondary Field due for March 2021 degree candidates.
  • Graduate student applications for non-resident status for the spring term due.
  • Graduate student applications for part-time study due.

December 1, Tuesday

  • Faculty meeting at 3 pm.

December 3, Thursday

  • Last day of fall term classes.

December 4, Friday, through December 9, Wednesday

  • Reading Period.

December 9, Wednesday

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

December 10, Thursday, through December 19, Saturday

 

December 20, 2020, Sunday through January 24, 2021, Sunday

 

  • Winter Recess.

January 11, Monday through January 22, Friday

 

January 18, Monday

 

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

January 19, Tuesday

 

  • Deadline for March 2021 graduate degree candidates to submit approved dissertations to the FAS Registrar's Office.

January 24, Sunday

  • Last day upon which graduate students may submit work for incomplete grades from the spring 2020 term.

 

Spring Term 2020-21

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

Spring Term 2020-21

January 11, Monday

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

January 19, Tuesday

  • Approved graduated dissertations due for March 2021 degree candidates.

TBD

January 24, Sunday

  • Deadline for graduate students to submit work for Incomplete grades from the spring 2020 term.

January 25, Monday

  • Spring term begins.
  • Online Check-In must be completed for all GSAS students, including Special Students and Visiting Fellows.
  • Online Check-In must be completed for all Harvard College students, including visiting undergraduates.

TBD

  • Course Registration Deadline - Fall term course registrations are due for all students by 11:59pm. Students must submit minimum course load - typically 16 credits - on my.harvard by 11:59pm and submitting enrollment after this time will result in a fee. After this date students must obtain permission from all instructors to enroll in courses.

January 29, Friday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may check-in/register late for the spring term.
  • Last day upon which graduate students may cancel their registration for the spring term without payment of tuition.
  • Graduate dissertation deadline for May 2021 degree candidates who wish to have spring tuition and Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan removed from their student account. Students who submit dissertation on or before this date will have health coverage canceled as of January 31, 2021.

February 2, Tuesday

  • Faculty meeting at 3 pm.

February 5, Friday

  • Wellness Day (no classes held)

February 8, Monday (3rd Monday)

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.
  • Makeup examinations for fall 2020 term begin.
  • Last day upon which GSAS students may drop a spring course without paying a fee.

February 15, Monday

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

TBD

February 22, Monday (Fifth Monday)

  • Last day upon which 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 1, Monday

  • Wellness Day (No classes held)

March 2, Tuesday

  • Faculty meeting at 3 pm.
  • Conferral date for March 2021 degrees.

March 8, Monday (7th Monday)

  • Last day upon which 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 upon which graduate students may add or change SAT/UNS grading option for designated language courses.

March 16, Tuesday

  • Wellness Day (No classes held)

March 22, Monday (9th Monday)

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

March 31, Wednesday

  • Wellness Day (No classes held)

April 1, Thursday

  • Undergraduate (AB and SM) and graduate (AM, SM, ME, MFS, and PhD) student applications for May 2021 degrees must be submitted on or before this date.
  • Last day to change concentration for May 2021 and November 2021 degree candidates without Administrative Board approval.
  • Last day upon which May and November 2021 degree candidates (AB and SB) may file a foreign language citation study plan or petition for a secondary field.
  • Graduate student application for Secondary field due for May 2021 degree candidates.

April 5, Monday (11th Monday)

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may petition to withdraw from a spring term course.

April 6, Tuesday

  • Faculty meeting at 3 pm.

April 8, Thursday

  • Declaration of Concentration due for off-cycle students expected to declare in spring.

April 15, Thursday

  • Wellness Day (No classes held)

April 28, Wednesday

  • Last day of spring term classes.

April 29, Thursday, through May 5, Wednesday

  • Reading Period.

May 4, Tuesday

  • Faculty meeting at 3 pm.

May 5, Wednesday

  • Last day in the spring term upon which graduate students may submit approved Petition to Withdraw from a spring course and a notation of WD will be recorded.

May 6, Thursday, through May 15, Saturday

 

May 13, Thursday

  • Approved graduate dissertations due for May 2021 degree candidates.

May 24, Monday

  • Degree Meeting; Faculty vote May 2021 degrees at 4:30 pm.

May 27, Thursday

  • Harvard University Commencement.

May 31, Monday

  • University holiday: Memorial Day.

 

 

Tentative Calendar for 2021-2022

 

                                    Fall Term 2021-2022

Academic year begins

Wed Sept 1 

Course registration deadline

Thu Sept 9† 

Thanksgiving recess

Wed Nov 24–Sun Nov 28

Reading period

Fri Dec 3 –Wed Dec 8 

Examination period

Thu Dec 9–Sat Dec 18

Spring Term 2021-2022

Spring term begins

Mon Jan 24

Course registration deadline

Fri Jan 28†

Spring recess

Sat Mar 12–Sun Mar 20

Reading period

Thu Apr 28–Wed May 4 

Examination period

Thu May 5–Sat May 14 

Commencement

Thu May 26

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.