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 – 20202020 – 20212021 – 20222022 – 20232023 – 2024
First Day of Classes08/2608/2408/3008/2908/28
Labor Day*09/0209/0709/0609/0509/04
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 12/0111/26 to 11/27 11/24 to 11/2811/23 to 11/2711/22 to 11/26
Last Day of Classes12/0612/1612/2012/0912/08
Finals

Law School

 2019 – 20202020 – 20212021 – 20222022 – 20232023 – 2024
First Day of Classes08/2608/2408/3008/2908/28
Labor Day*09/0209/0709/0609/0509/04
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 12/0111/24 to 11/2811/23 to 11/2711/22 to 11/26
Last Day of Classes12/0611/2012/0312/0212/01
Final Exams (remote Fall 2020)12/09 to 12/1811/30 to 12/1112/6 to 12/1712/05 to 12/1612/04 to 12/15

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

 2019 – 20202020 – 20212021 – 20222022 – 20232023 – 2024
First Day of Classes08/2609/1408/3008/2908/28
Labor Day*09/0209/0609/0509/04
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 12/0111/26 to 11/2711/24 to 11/2811/23 to 11/2711/22 to 11/26
Last Day of Classes12/0612/1812/1012/0912/08
Reading Days and Finals 12/09 to 12/1801/04 to 01/1012/13 to 12/2212/12 to 12/2112/11 to 12/20

Note: University College’s Last Day of Classes in Fall 2021, including the Final Exam period, is 12/22.

Spring Semester

Brown School

 2019 – 20202020 – 20212021 – 20222022 – 20232023 – 2024
Martin Luther King Day*01/2001/1801/1701/1601/15
First day of classes01/1301/1901/1801/1701/16
Spring Break*03/09 to 03/2303/13 to 03/1903/12 to 03/1803/10 to 03/16
Wellness Breaks*02/11 to 02/12,

 

03/09 & 04/07

Last Day of Classes04/2405/0605/0604/2804/26
Finals

Law School

 2019 – 20202020 – 20212021 – 20222022 – 20232023 – 2024
Martin Luther King Day*01/2001/1801/1701/1601/15
First Day of Classes01/1301/1901/1801/1701/16
Spring Break I*03/09 to 03/2302/15 to 02/1603/13 to 03/1903/12 to 03/1803/10 to 03/16
Spring Break II*03/24 to 03/26
Last Day of Classes04/2404/2304/2204/2104/19
Final Exams04/27 to 05/0604/28 to 05/1104/25 to 05/0604/24 to 05/0504/22 to 05/03

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

 2019 – 20202020 – 20212021 – 20222022 – 20232023 – 2024
Martin Luther King Day*01/2001/1801/1701/1601/15
First Day of Classes01/1301/2501/1801/1701/16
Spring Break*03/09 to 03/2303/13 to 03/1903/12 to 03/1803/10 to 03/16
Wellness Days*03/02 to 03/03,  04/12
Last Day of Classes04/2405/0404/2904/2804/26
Reading and Finals04/27 to 05/0605/05 to 05/1305/02 to 05/1105/01 to 05/1004/29 to 05/08

Note: University College’s Last Day of Classes in Spring 2021, including the Final Exam period, is May 13.

Summer

 2019 – 20202020 – 20212021 – 20222022 – 20232023 – 2024
First Session Begins05/1805/2405/2305/2205/20
Memorial Day*05/2505/3105/3005/2905/27
Independence Day*07/0307/0507/0407/0407/04
Last Session Ends08/1308/1908/1808/1708/15

Commencement

2019 – 20202020 – 20212021 – 20222022 – 20232023 – 2024
05/30/202105/2105/2005/1905/17

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.