Academic Calendars

The academic calendar of Washington University in St. Louis is designed to provide an optimal amount of classroom instruction and examination within a manageable time frame, facilitating our educational mission to promote learning among both students and faculty.

The academic calendar committee is appointed annually by the provost. Committee members include representatives from each school; the chairperson of the committee is the university registrar. New academic calendars are generally established in the spring, four years in advance of the current academic year.

 
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
 2017-18
Fall Semester
First day of classes Aug 27 Aug 25 Aug 24 Aug 29 Aug 28 
Labor Day holiday * Sep 2 Sep 1 Sep 7 Sep 5 Sep 4 
Fall Break * Oct 18 Oct 17 Oct 16 Oct 15-18 Oct 14-17 
Thanksgiving Break *  Nov 27 – Dec 1  Nov 26-30  Nov 25-29  Nov 23-27 Nov 22-26 
Last day of classes   Dec 5 Dec 4 Dec 9 Dec 8 
Reading and Exams Dec 12-18 Dec 8-17 Dec 7-16 Dec 12-21  Dec 11-20
Spring Semester
First day of classes Jan 13 Jan 12 Jan 19 Jan 17  Jan 16
Martin Luther King holiday * Jan 20 Jan 19 Jan 18 Jan 16  Jan 15
Spring Break * Mar 9-15 Mar 8-14 Mar 13-19 Mar 12-18 Mar 11-17
Last day of classes   Apr 24 Apr 29 Apr 28 Apr 27 
Reading and Exams May 1-7 Apr 27- May 6 May 2-11 May 1-10 Apr 30-May 9 
Commencement May 16 May 15 May 20 May 19  May 18
Summer Semester
First Summer Session begins May 19 May 18 May 23 May 22  May 21
Memorial Day holiday * May 26 May 25 May 30 May 29  May 28
Independence Day holiday * Jul 4 Jul 3 Jul 4 Jul 4  Jul 4
Last Summer Session ends Aug 14 Aug 13 Aug 18 Aug 17  Aug 16
* no classes         

Download .pdf Academic Calendars

2013-14 Academic Calendar

2014-15 Academic Calendar

2015-16 Academic Calendar

2016-17 Academic Calendar

2017-18 Academic Calendar