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.

Jump to: Fall 2018 | Spring 2019 | Summer 2019

2018 Fall Term

Date Event
Mid-August December graduation application period opens
August 27 Graduate Orientation General Meeting
August 28 Fall term classes begin
September 17 Add period ends – last day to drop without financial obligation for graduate students
October 4-7 Fall term break (Thursday through Sunday)
Oct. 29-Nov. 11 Advance registration for Spring term (all students)
November 3 Homecoming
November 22-25 Thanksgiving Recess (University closed)
November 26 Classes resume
December 7 Last day to withdraw from a course for Fall term
December 10 Fall term classes end
December 11-12 Reading Days
December 13-20 Final Examinations
December 20 Fall term ends
Late December May graduation application period opens
Dec. 24- Jan. 1 University closed for Winter Break

2019 Spring Term

Date Event
January 16 Spring term classes begin
January 21 Martin Luther King Day (Observed; University closed)
February 4 Add period ends – last day to drop without financial obligation for graduate students
March 2 Spring recess begins at close of classes
March 11 Classes resume at 8:00 am
March 26-April 8 Advance registration for Fall term and Summer Sessions
April 30 Last day to withdraw from a course for Spring term
May 1 Spring term classes end
May 2-3 Reading Days
May 6-14 Final Examinations
May 18 Alumni Day
May 19 Baccalaureate
May 20 Commencement

2019 Summer Sessions

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

Date Event
Early May August graduation application period opens
May 28 12-week evening session classes begin
May 28 First Session classes begin
May 27 Memorial Day (no classes)
First week of June Last day to Add/Drop or Change Grade Type (SSI)
July 3 First Session classes end
July 5 Second Session classes begin
July 4 Independence Day Observed (no classes)
Second week of July Last day to Add/Drop or Change Grade Type (SSII)
August 9 Second Session classes end