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.

Beginning in the Fall 2016 semester, our Fall Break became a four-day weekend with no classes on a Saturday through Tuesday in mid-October. This decision was made by the Academic Calendar Committee, approved by the Provost and announced to the university community in April of 2014. This calendar change brought 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.

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.