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.  

 
2015-16
2016-17
 2017-18
2018-19 
2019-20 
Fall Semester
First day of classes Aug 24 Aug 29 Aug 28  Aug 27  Aug 26 
Labor Day* Sep 7 Sep 5 Sep 4  Sep 3  Sep 2 
Fall Break* Oct 16 Oct 15-18 Oct 14-17  Oct 13-16  Oct 12-15 
Thanksgiving Break*  Nov 25-29  Nov 23-27 Nov 22-26  Nov 21-25  Nov 27-Dec 1 
Last day of classes Dec 4 Dec 9 Dec 8  Dec 7  Dec 6 
Reading and Exams Dec 7-16 Dec 12-21  Dec 11-20 Dec 10-19  Dec 9-18 
Spring Semester
First day of classes Jan 19 Jan 17  Jan 16 Jan 14  Jan 13 
Martin Luther King Day* Jan 18 Jan 16  Jan 15 Jan 21  Jan 20 
Spring Break* Mar 13-19 Mar 12-18 Mar 11-17  Mar 10-16  Mar 8-14
Last day of classes Apr 29 Apr 28 Apr 27   Apr 26  Apr 24
Reading and Exams May 2-11 May 1-10 Apr 30-May 9  Apr 29-May 8  Apr 27-May 6 
Commencement May 20 May 19  May 18 May 17  May 15 
Summer Semester
First Summer Session begins May 23 May 22  May 21 May 20  May 18 
Memorial Day* May 30 May 29  May 28 May 27  May 25 
Independence Day* Jul 4 Jul 4  Jul 4 Jul 4  Jul 3 
Last Summer Session ends Aug 18 Aug 17  Aug 16 Aug 15  Aug 13 
*No classes     

Please visit the Commencement web site for information about the Commencement and December Recognition ceremonies.

Download .pdf Academic Calendars

2015-16 Academic Calendar

2016-17 Academic Calendar

2017-18 Academic Calendar

2018-19 Academic Calendar

2019-20 Academic Calendar