Academic Calendars

August 26, 2013 - An evening view of the clock tower on the South 40.  Photo by James Byard

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.

Beginning in the Fall 2016 semester, our Fall Break will be a four-day weekend (October 15-18) with no classes on Monday 10/17 or Tuesday 10/18 . This decision was made by the Academic Calendar Committee, approved by the Provost and announced to the university community back in April of 2014.

This calendar change brings our Fall semester’s instruction days in line with Spring, in that both now include a full calendar week without classes (the new Fall Break and the Thanksgiving Holidays in the Fall, and Spring Break in the Spring) plus one additional Monday without classes (Labor Day in the Fall and the MLK Holiday in the Spring).

Plan ahead and enjoy!


Please note * indicates no classes.

2015-2016
2016-2017
2017-2018
2018-2019
2019-2020
Fall
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
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 30-May 9
Apr 29-May 8
Apr 24
Reading and Exams
May 2-11
May 1-10
May 2-11
May 2-11
Apr 27-May 6
Commencement
May 20
May 19
May 18
May 17
May 15
Summer
First 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 Session ends
Aug 18
Aug 17
Aug 16
Aug 15
Aug 13

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.