Academic Calendar

Columbia will operate on a three-term cycle for the 2020-2021 academic year. Classes for the fall term will begin on schedule, September 8, but the spring and summer terms will be moved up on the calendar. Visit the University academic calendar for 2020-2021 for additional details.

 

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

Date Day Description

September 1 - 3

Tuesday - Thursday

Registration for Fall Semester (new students)

September 7

Monday

No classes - Labor Day

September 8

Tuesday

First day of classes 

September 8 - 17

Tuesday - Thursday

Change of Program Period

Students who have not registered prior to this period will be assessed a late registration fee.

Students may add/drop via SSOL.

No adjustment of fees for individual courses dropped after this period.

October 1

Thursday

Last day to drop without UW/change grade option (1st-quarter classes)

October 13

Tuesday 

Last day to drop without UW (full-term classes)

October 21

Wednesday

Award of October degrees

October 24 - 28

Saturday - Wednesday

American Public Health Association (APHA) Virtual Annual Meeting

October 26 - November 7 Monday - Saturday Open Enrollment for certificate and department changes (1st-year MPH students)

October 27

Tuesday

2nd-quarter classes begin

November 2 - 7

Monday - Saturday

Open Enrollment for certificate and department changes (1st-year MPH students)

November 3 Tuesday No classes - Election Day

November 19

Thursday

Last day to drop without UW (2nd-quarter classes)

Last day to change grade option (2nd-quarter and full-term classes)

November 25 - 29

Wednesday - Sunday

No classes - Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1 Tuesday Last day to apply for February degrees
December 14 Monday Last day of classes
December 15 - 16 Tuesday - Wednesday Reading period
December 15 - 17 Tuesday - Thursday Registration 1 for Spring Semester (all students)
December 17 - 23 Thursday - Wednesday Final examinations

December 23

Wednesday

Term ends

December 24 - Jan. 10, 2021

Thursday - Monday

No classes - Winter Holidays

 

Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

Date Day Description

January 5 - 7

Tuesday - Thursday

Registration 2 for Spring Semester (all students)

January 6

Wednesday

Deadline for submitting Fall 2020 grades by 9:30 PM

January 11

Monday

First day of classes 

January 11 - 22

Monday - Friday

Change of Program Period

Students who have not registered prior to this period will be assessed a late registration fee.

Students may add/drop via SSOL.

No adjustment of fees for individual courses dropped after this period.

January 18

Monday

No classes - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

February 1

Monday

Last day to apply for May degrees

February 4

Thursday

Last day to drop without UW/change grade option (1st-quarter classes)

February 10

Wednesday

Award of February degrees

February 15

Monday

No classes - President's Day Holiday

February 23

Tuesday

Last day to drop without UW (full-term classes)

March 2 - 5 Tuesday - Friday No classes - Spring Holidays

March 8

Monday

2nd-quarter classes begin

April 5

Monday

Last day to drop without UW (2nd-quarter classes)

Last day to change grade option (2nd-quarter and full-term classes)

April 15 Thursday Last day of classes
April 16 - 26 Friday - Monday Reading and final examinations period
April 26 Monday Term ends - deadline for submitting grades for graduating students by 9:30 PM
April 27 - 30 Tuesday - Friday Commencement week

 

Downloadable PDFs

Fall 2020 AND Spring 2021 academic calendar