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Previously Published Academic Calendars
University of Pennsylvania Academic Calendar
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Three-Year Academic Calendar, 2017-2018 through 2019-2020

To view the Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 terms see the prior calendar (published April 19, 2016)

Fall

2017 Fall Term

2018 Fall Term

2019 Fall Term

Move-in for First-year & Transfer Students

Wednesday

August 23

August 22

August 21

New Student Orientation

Wednesday-Monday

August 23-28

August 22-27

August 21-26

Opening Exercises and Freshman Convocation

Monday 

August 28

August 27

August 26

First Day of Classes

Tuesday

August 29

August 28

August 27

Labor Day (no classes)

Monday

September 4

September 3

September 2

Course Selection Period ends

Monday

September 18

September 17

September 16

Fall Term Break

Thursday-Sunday

October 5-8

October 4-7

October 10-13

Drop Period ends

Monday

October 9

October 8

October 7

Classes Resume

Monday

October 9

October 8

October 14

Family Weekend

Friday-Sunday

October 27-29

October 19-21 (Yale)

November 1-3 (Brown)

Advance Registration for Spring Term

Monday-Sunday

October 30-November 12

October 29-November 11

October 28-November 10

Last Day to withdraw from a course

Friday

November 10

November 9

November 8

Homecoming

Saturday

November 4 (Princeton)

November 10 (Harvard)

November 9 (Cornell)

Thur-Fri class schedule on Tue-Wed

 

November 21-22

November 20-21

November 26-27

Thanksgiving Break

Thursday-Sunday

November 23-26

November 22-25

November 28-December 1

Classes Resume

Monday

November 27

November 26

December 2

Last Day of Classes

Monday

December 11

December 10

December 9

Reading Days

Tuesday-Wednesday

December 12-13

December 11-12

December 10-11

Final Examinations

Thursday-Thursday

December 14-21

December 13-20

December 12-19

Fall Term ends

Thursday

December 21

December 20

December 19

Spring

2018 Spring Term

2019 Spring Term

2020 Spring Term

First Day of Classes (Monday class schedule on Wednesday)

 

January 10 (Monday classes)

January 16 (Monday classes)

January 15 (Monday classes)

Martin Luther King, Jr. DayObserved (no classes)

Monday

January 15

January 21

January 20

Course Selection Period ends

Monday

January 29

February 4

February 3

Drop Period ends

Friday

February 16

February 22

February 21

Spring Term Break

Saturday-Sunday

March 3-11

March 2-10

March 7-15

Classes Resume

Monday

March 12

March 11

March 16

Advance Registration for Fall Term and Summer Sessions

Mon-Sun

March 19-April 1

March 18-31

March 23-April 5

Last Day to withdraw from a course

Friday

March 30

April 5

April 3

Last Day of Classes

Wednesday

April 25

May 1

April 29

Reading Days

Thursday-Friday

April 26-27

May 2-3

April 30-May 1

Final Examinations

Monday-Tuesday

April 30-May 8

May 6-14

May 4-12

Spring Term ends

Tuesday

May 8

May 14

May 12

Alumni Day

Saturday

May 12

May 18

May 16

Baccalaureate

Sunday

May 13

May 19

May 17

Commencement

Monday

May 14

May 20

May 18

Summer

2018 Summer Term

2019 Summer Term

2020 Summer Term

11-Week Session Classes begin

Monday

May 21

May 28 (Tue)

May 26 (Tue)

Session I Classes begin

Mon

May 21

May 28 (Tue)

May 26 (Tue)

Memorial Day Observed (no classes)

Monday

May 28

May 27

May 25

Session I Classes end

Wednesday

June 27

July 3

July 1

Session II Classes begin

Thursday

June 28

July 5 (Fri)

July 2 (Thurs)

Independence Day Observed (no classes)

Wednesday

July 4

July 4 (Thurs)

July 3 (Fri)

Session II & 11-Week Session Classes end

Friday

August 3

August 9

August 7

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.

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. Please view the University's policy regarding these and other holidays to plan accordingly.

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
http://provost.upenn.edu/education/calendar

Updated: 5/9/17