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University of Pennsylvania Academic Calendar

Three-Year Academic Calendar, 2013-2014 through 2015-2016


2013 Fall Term 2014 Fall Term 2015 Fall Term

Move-in for First-Year and Transfer Students

  August 23 (Fri) August 22 (Fri) August 21 (Fri)

New Student Orientation

Friday-Tuesday August 23-27 August 22-26 August 21-25

Opening Exercises and Freshman Convocation

Tuesday August 27 August 26 August 25

First Day of Classes

Wednesday August 28 August 27 August 26

Labor Day (no classes)

Monday September 2 September 1 September 7

Course Selection Period ends

Monday September 16 September 15 September 14

Drop Period ends

Friday October 4 October 3 October 2

Fall Term Break

  October 10-13 (Thu-Sun) October 9-12 (Thu-Sun) October 8-11 (Thu-Sun)
Classes Resume   October 14 (Mon) October 13 (Mon) October 12 (Mon)

Family Weekend

Friday-Sunday October 4-6 (Dartmouth) October 24-26 October 23-25 (Yale)


Saturday November 9 (Princeton) November 1 (Brown) November 7 (Princeton)

Advance Registration for Spring Term

Monday-Sunday October 21-November 3 October 20-November 2 October 19-November 1

Last day to withdraw from a course

Friday November 8 October 31 October 30
Thu-Fri Class Schedule on Tue-Wed   November 26-27 (Thursday-Friday Classes) November 25-26 (Thursday-Friday Classes) November 24-25 (Thursday-Friday Classes)

Thanksgiving Break

Thursday-Sunday November 28-December 1 November 27-30 November 26-29
Classes Resume Monday December 2 December 1 November 30

Last day of Classes

Tuesday December 10 (Tue) December 9 (Tue) December 8 (Tue)

Reading Days

Wednesday-Friday December 11-12 (Wed-Thu) December 10-11 (Wed-Thu) December 9-10 (Wed-Thu)

Final Examinations

Friday-Friday December 13-20 (Fri-Fri) December 12-19 (Fri-Fri) December 11-18 (Fri-Fri)

Fall Term ends

Friday December 20 (Fri) December 19 (Fri) December 18 (Fri)


2014 Spring Term
2015 Spring Term
2016 Spring Term

First Day of Classes (Mon class schedule on Wed in 2014 & 2015)

  January 15 (Monday Classes) January 14 (Monday Classes) January 13 (Monday Classes)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
(no classes)

Monday January 20 January 19 January 18

Course Selection Period ends

Monday February 3 January 26 January 25

Drop Period ends

Friday February 21 February 20 February 19

Spring Term Break

Saturday-Sunday March 8-16 March 7-15 March 5-13
Classes Resume Monday March 17 March 16 March 14

Advance Registration for Fall Term and Summer Sessions

Monday-Sunday March 24-April 6 March 23-29 March 21-27

Last day to withdraw from a course

Friday April 4 March 27 March 25

Last day of Classes

  April 30 (Wed) April 29 (Wed) April 27 (Wed)

Reading Days

  May 1-2 (Thu-Fri) April 30-May 1 (Thu-Fri) April 28-29 (Thu-Fri)

Final Examinations

Monday-Tuesday May 5-13 May 4-12 May 2-10
Spring Term Ends Tuesday May 13 May 12 May 10

Alumni Day

Saturday May 17 May 16 May 14


Sunday May 18 May 17 May 15


Monday May 19 May 18 May 16


2014 Summer
2015 Summer
2016 Summer

12-Week Session Classes begin

May 27 (Tue) 11 weeks May 26 (Tue) 11 weeks May 23 (Tue) 11 weeks

Session I Classes begin

May 27 (Tue) May 26 (Tue) May 23 (Tue)

Memorial Day Observed (no classes)

May 26 (Mon) May 25 (Mon) May 30 (Mon)

Session I Classes end

July 2 (Wed) July 1 (Wed) June 29 (Wed)

Session II Classes begin

July 3 (Thu) July 2 (Thu) June 30 (Thu)

Independence Day Observed (no classes)

July 4 (Fri) July 4 (Sat) July 4 (Mon)

Session II and 12-Week Session Classes end

August 8 (Fri) August 7 (Fri) August 5 (Fri)

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: 4/23/12