Graduate Academic Calendar

The calendar below supplements the university’s Three-Year Academic Calendar, which is created primarily for undergraduate use. Many of the dates overlap, but dates highlighted in yellow are specific to Graduate students.

2020 Fall Term

Date Event
August 26 & 27 Graduate Orientation
September 1 Fall term classes begin
early September December graduation application period opens
September 15 Course Selection period ends – last day to add courses and drop without financial obligation for graduate students
October 30 Pass/Fail deadline (Grade Type Change Deadline)
Cancelled Fall term break (Thursday through Sunday)
Nov 2-15 Advance registration for Spring term (all students)
early November Master’s December Graduation Application closes
November 20 Last day of in person instruction (if available)
November 23 All classes now on-line for remainder of the term
November 26-29 Thanksgiving Recess (University closed)
December 9 Last day to withdraw from a course for Fall term
December 10 Fall term classes end
December 11-14 Reading Days
December 15-22 Final Examinations
December 22 Fall term ends
Late December May graduation application period opens
Dec. 24- Jan. 1 University closed for Winter Break

2021 Spring Term

Date Event
January 13 Spring term classes begin
January 18 Martin Luther King Day (Observed; University closed)
TBD Course Selection period ends – last day to add courses and drop without financial obligation for graduate students
March 6-14 Spring Recess
TBD Advance registration for Fall term and Summer Sessions
April 27 Last day to withdraw from a course for Spring term
April 28 Spring term classes end
April 29-May 2 Reading Days
May 3-11 Final Examinations
May 11 Spring term ends

2020 Summer Sessions

(Consult this calendar as well: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/calendar)

Date Event
May 25 Memorial Day observed
May 26 11-week evening session classes begin
May 26 First Summer Session (SSI) classes begin
Early June August graduation application period opens
June 4 Last day to Add/Drop a course without financial implications (SSI)
June 9 Last day to Add/Drop a course without financial implications (11 week session)
June 26 Last day to withdraw from a course (SSI)
July 1 First Session (SSI) classes end
July 2 Second Session (SSII) classes begin
July 3 Independence Day observed (no classes)
July 9 Last day to Add/Drop a course without financial implications (SSII)
July 29 Last day to withdraw from a course (11 week session)
August 2 Last day to withdraw from a course (SSII)
August 7 Second Session (SSII) classes end