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 08/26 08/24 08/30 08/29 08/28
Labor Day* 09/02 09/07 09/06 09/05 09/04
Fall Break*  10/12 to 10/15  10/09 to 10/12  10/08 to 10/11  10/07 to 10/10
Thanksgiving Break* 11/27 to 12/01 11/26 to 11/27  11/24 to 11/28 11/23 to 11/27 11/22 to 11/26
Last Day of Classes 12/06 12/16 12/10 12/09 12/08
Final Exams

 

Law School

2019 – 2020 2020 – 2021 2021 – 2022 2022 – 2023 2023 – 2024
First Day of Classes 08/26 08/24 08/30 08/29 08/28
Labor Day* 09/02 09/07 09/06 09/05 09/04
Fall Break*  10/12 to 10/15  10/09 to 10/12  10/08 to 10/11  10/07 to 10/10
Thanksgiving Break* 11/27 to 12/01 11/24 to 11/28 11/23 to 11/27 11/22 to 11/26
Last Day of Classes 12/06 11/20 12/10 12/09 12/08
Final Exams (remote Fall 2020) 12/09 to 12/18 11/30 to 12/11 12/13 to 12/22 12/12 to 12/21 12/11 to 12/20

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 08/26 09/14 08/30 08/29 08/28
Labor Day* 09/02 09/06 09/05 09/04
Fall Break*  10/12 to 10/15  10/09 to 10/12  10/08 to 10/11  10/07 to 10/10
Thanksgiving Break* 11/27 to 12/01 11/26 to 11/27 11/24 to 11/28 11/23 to 11/27 11/22 to 11/26
Last Day of Classes 12/06 12/18 12/10 12/09 12/08
Final Exams (remote Fall 2020) 12/09 to 12/18 01/04 to 01/10 12/13 to 12/22 12/12 to 12/21 12/11 to 12/20

 

Spring Semester

Brown School

2019 – 2020 2020 – 2021 2021 – 2022 2022 – 2023 2023 – 2024
Martin Luther King Day* 01/20 01/17 01/16 01/15
First day of classes 01/13 01/19 01/18 01/17 01/16
Spring Break* 03/09 to 03/23 03/15 to 03/19 03/13 to 03/19 03/12 to 03/18 03/10 to 03/16
Last Day of Classes 04/24 05/12 04/29 04/28 04/26
Final Exams

Law School

2019 – 2020 2020 – 2021 2021 – 2022 2022 – 2023 2023 – 2024
Martin Luther King Day* 01/20 01/17 01/16 01/15
First Day of Classes 01/13 01/19 01/18 01/17 01/16
Spring Break* 03/09 to 03/23 03/15 to 03/19 03/13 to 03/19 03/12 to 03/18 03/10 to 03/16
Last Day of Classes 04/24 04/23 04/29 04/28 04/26
Final Exams 04/27 to 05/06 04/26 to 05/07 05/02 to 05/11 05/01 to 05/10 04/29 to 05/08

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* 01/20 01/17 01/16 01/15
First Day of Classes 01/13 01/25 01/18 01/17 01/16
Spring Break* 03/09 to 03/23 03/15 to 03/19 03/13 to 03/19 03/12 to 03/18 03/10 to 03/16
Last Day of Classes 04/24 05/06 04/29 04/28 04/26
Final Exams 04/27 to 05/06 05/07 to 05/13 05/02 to 05/11 05/01 to 05/10 04/29 to 05/08

 

Summer

2019 – 2020 2020 – 2021 2021 – 2022 2022 – 2023 2023 – 2024
First Session Begins 05/18 05/24 05/23 05/22 05/20
Memorial Day* 05/25 05/31 05/30 05/29 05/27
Independence Day* 07/03 07/05 07/04 07/04 07/04
Last Session Ends 08/13 08/19 08/18 08/17 08/15

 

Commencement

2019 – 2020 2020 – 2021 2021 – 2022 2022 – 2023 2023 – 2024
05/30/2021 05/21 05/20 05/19 05/17

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.