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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
Please visit the Commencement web site for information about the Commencement and December Recognition ceremonies.
Download .pdf Academic Calendars