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Previously Published Academic Calendars
University of Pennsylvania Academic Calendar

Three-Year Academic Calendar, 2015-2016 through 2017-2018


2015 Fall Term
2016 Fall Term
2017 Fall Term

Move-in for First-Year & Transfer Students

  August 20-21 (Thu-Fri) August 24-25 (Wed-Thu) August 23-24 (Wed-Thu)

New Student Orientation

  August 21-25 (Fri-Tue) August 25-29 (Thu-Mon) August 24-28 (Thu-Mon)

Opening Exercises and Freshman Convocation

  August 25 (Tue) August 29 (Mon) August 28 (Mon)

First Day of Classes

Wednesday August 26 (Wed) August 30 (Tue) August 29 (Tue)

Labor Day (no classes)

Monday September 7 September 5 September 4

Course Selection Period ends

Monday September 14 September 19 September 18
Due to anticipated logistical and transportation issues related to the historic visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia, Penn will suspend normal operations. Classes and University-sponsored events are cancelled.   September 25 (Friday)    

Drop Period ends

  October 9 (Fri) October 10 (Mon) October 9 (Mon)

Fall Term Break

Thursday-Sunday October 8-11 October 6-9 October 5-8
Classes Resume Monday October 12 October 10 October 9
Family Weekend Friday-Sunday October 23-25 (Yale) October 14-16 (Columbia) October 27-29 (Brown)

Advance Registration for Spring Term

Monday-Sunday October 26-November 8 October 31-November 13 October 30-November 12

Last day to withdraw from a course

Friday November 6 November 11 November 10


Saturday November 7 (Princeton) October 29 (Brown) November 11 (Harvard)
Thursday/Friday Class Schedule on Tuesday/Wednesday November 24-25 November 22-23 November 21-22

Thanksgiving Break

Thursday-Sunday November 26-29 November 24-27 November 23-26
Classes Resume Monday November 30 November 28 November 27

Last day of Classes

  December 8 (Tue) December 12 (Mon) December 11 (Mon)

Reading Days

  December 9-10 (Wed-Thu) December 13-14 (Tue-Wed) December 12-13 (Tue-Wed)

Final Examinations

  December 11-18 (Fri-Fri) December 15-22 (Thu-Thu) December 14-21 (Thu-Thu)

Fall Term ends

  December 18 (Fri) December 22 (Thu) December 21 (Thu)


2016 Spring Term
2017 Spring Term
2018 Spring Term

First Day of Classes (Monday class schedule on Wednesday)

January 13 (Monday Classes) January 11 (Monday classes) January 10 (Monday classes)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
(no classes)

Monday January 18 January 16 January 15

Course Selection Period ends

Monday February 1 January 30 January 29

Drop Period ends

Friday February 19 February 17 February 16

Spring Term Break

Saturday-Sunday March 5-13 March 4-12 March 3-11
Classes Resume Monday March 14 March 13 March 12

Advance Registration for Fall Term and Summer Sessions

Monday-Sunday March 21-April 3 March 20-April 2 March 19-April 1

Last day to withdraw from a course

Friday March 25 March 24 March 23

Last day of Classes

Wednesday April 27 April 26 April 25

Reading Days

Thursday-Friday April 28-29 April 27-28 April 26-27

Final Examinations

Monday-Tuesday May 2-10 May 1-9 April 30-May 8
Spring Term Ends Tuesday May 10 May 9 May 8

Alumni Day

Saturday May 14 May 13 May 12


Sunday May 15 May 14 May 13


Monday May 16 May 15 May 14


2016 Summer
2017 Summer
2018 Summer Term

11-Week Session Classes begin Monday

May 23 May 22 May 21

Session I Classes begin Monday

May 23 May 22 May 21

Memorial Day Observed (no classes) Monday

May 30 May 29 May 28

Session I Classes end Wednesday

June 29 June 28 June 27

Session II Classes begin Thursday

June 30 June 29 June 28

Independence Day Observed (no classes)

July 4 (Mon) July 4 (Tue) July 4 (Wed)

Session II & 11-Week Session Classes end Friday

August 5 August 4 August 3



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,  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. To view the University’s policy regarding these and other holidays, please visit

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 Almanac’s website,  To find out why these changes—“Thursday-Friday Class Schedule on Tuesday-Wednesday” and “First Day of Classes (Monday class schedule on Wednesday)”—have happened, please visit

Updated: 8/25/15