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.


Please note * indicates no classes.

Fall Semester

 

Brown School

2019-2020
2020-2021
2021-2022
2022-2023
2023-2024
First day of classes
Aug 26
Aug 24
Aug 30
Aug 29
Aug 28
Labor Day*
Sep 2
Sep 7
Sep 6
Sep 5
Sep 4
Fall Break*
Oct 12-15
Oct 9-12
Oct 8-11
Oct 7-10
Thanksgiving Break*
Nov 27 – Dec 1
Nov 26-27
Nov 24-28
Nov 23-27
Nov 22-26
Last day of classes
Dec 6
Dec 16
Dec 10
Dec 9
Dec 8
Reading and Exams
Dec 9-18
Dec 13-22
Dec 12-21
Dec 11-20

 

Law School

2019-2020
2020-2021
2021-2022
2022-2023
2023-2024
First day of classes
Aug 26
Aug 24
Aug 30
Aug 29
Aug 28
Labor Day*
Sep 2
Sep 7
Sep 6
Sep 5
Sep 4
Fall Break*
Oct 12-15
Oct 9-12
Oct 8-11
Oct 7-10
Thanksgiving Break*
Nov 27 – Dec 1
Nov 24-28
Nov 23-27
Nov 22-26
Last day of classes
Dec 6
Nov 20
Dec 10
Dec 9
Dec 8
Final Exams (remote 2020-21)
Dec 9-18
Nov 30 – Dec 11
Dec 13-22
Dec 12-21
Dec 11-20

 

Arts & Sciences, McKelvey School, Olin School, Sam Fox School, University College

2019-2020
2020-2021
2021-2022
2022-2023
2023-2024
First day of classes
Aug 26
Sep 14
Aug 30
Aug 29
Aug 28
Labor Day*
Sep 2
Sep 6
Sep 5
Sep 4
Fall Break*
Oct 12-15
Oct 9-12
Oct 8-11
Oct 7-10
Thanksgiving Break*
Nov 27 – Dec 1
Nov 26-27
Nov 24-28
Nov 23-27
Nov 22-26
Last day of classes
Dec 6
Dec 18
Dec 10
Dec 9
Dec 8
Final Exams (remote 2020-21)
Dec 9-18
Jan 4-10
Dec 13-22
Dec 12-21
Dec 11-20

 

Spring Semester

 

Brown School and Law School

2019-2020
2020-2021
2021-2022
2022-2023
2023-2024
Martin Luther King Day*
Jan 20
Jan 17
Jan 16
Jan 15
First day of classes
Jan 13
Jan 19
Jan 18
Jan 17
Jan 16
Spring Break*
Mar 9-23
Mar 15-19
Mar 13-19
Mar 12-18
Mar 10-16
Last day of classes
Apr 24
Apr 30
Apr 29
Apr 28
Apr 26
Reading and Exams
Apr 27 – May 6
May 3-12
May 2-11
May 1-10
Apr 29 – May 8

 

Arts & Sciences, McKelvey School, Olin School, Sam Fox School, University College

2019-2020
2020-2021
2021-2022
2022-2023
2023-2024
Martin Luther King Day*
Jan 20
Jan 17
Jan 16
Jan 15
First day of classes
Jan 13
Jan 25
Jan 18
Jan 17
Jan 16
Spring Break*
Mar 9-23
Mar 15-19
Mar 13-19
Mar 12-18
Mar 10-16
Last day of classes
Apr 24
May 6
Apr 29
Apr 28
Apr 26
Final Exams
Apr 27 – May 6
May 7-13
May 2-11
May 1-10
Apr 29 – May 8

 

Summer Semester

2019-2020
2020-2021
2021-2022
2022-2023
2023-2024
First Session begins
May 18
May 24
May 23
May 22
May 20
Memorial Day*
May 25
May 31
May 30
May 29
May 27
Independence Day*
Jul 3
Jul 5
Jul 4
Jul 4
Jul 4
Last Session ends
Aug 13
Aug 19
Aug 18
Aug 17
Aug 15

 

 

Commencement

2019-2020
2020-2021
2021-2022
2022-2023
2023-2024
May 30, 2021
May 21
May 20
May 19
May 17

Changes to the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic calendars reflect accommodations made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.