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.

2019 Fall Term

Date Event
September 6 December graduation application period opens
August 26 Graduate Orientation General Meeting
August 27 Fall term classes begin
September 10 Course Selection period ends – last day to add courses and drop without financial obligation for graduate students
October 10-13 Fall term break (Thursday through Sunday)
Oct. 28-Nov. 10 Advance registration for Spring term (all students)
November 4 Master’s December Graduation Application closes
Nov 28-Dec 1 Thanksgiving Recess (University closed)
December 2 Classes resume
December 6 Last day to withdraw from a course for Fall term
December 9 Fall term classes end
December 10-11 Reading Days
December 12-19 Final Examinations
December 19 Fall term ends
Late December May graduation application period opens
Dec. 24- Jan. 1 University closed for Winter Break

2020 Spring Term

Date Event
January 15 Spring term classes begin
January 20 Martin Luther King Day (Observed; University closed)
January 28 Course Selection period ends – last day to add courses and drop without financial obligation for graduate students
March 7-15 Spring Recess
March 16 Classes resume at 8:00 am
March 23-April 5 Advance registration for Fall term and Summer Sessions
April 28 Last day to withdraw from a course for Spring term
April 29 Spring term classes end
April 30-May 1 Reading Days
May 4-12 Final Examinations
May 12 Spring term ends
May 17 Baccalaureate
May 18 Commencement

2019 Summer Sessions

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

Date Event
May 27 Memorial Day observed
May 28 11-week evening session classes begin
May 28 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 11 Last day to Add/Drop a course without financial implications (11 week session)
June 26 Last day to withdraw from a course (SSI)
July 3 First Session (SSI) classes end
July 5 Second Session (SSII) classes begin
July 4 Independence Day observed (no classes)
July 12 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 9 Second Session (SSII) classes end