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 2017 | Spring 2018 | Summer 2018

2017 Fall Term

 

Date Event
Mid-August December graduation application period opens
August 28 Graduate Orientation General Meeting
August 29 Fall term classes begin
September 18 Add period ends - last day to drop without financial obligation for graduate students
October 5-8 Fall term break (Thursday through Sunday)
November 11 Homecoming
October 30-Nov. 12 Advance registration for Spring term (all students)
November 23-26 Thanksgiving recess begins at close of classes
November 27 Classes resume
December 11 Fall term classes end
December 12-13 Reading Days
December 14-21 Final Examinations
December 21 Fall term ends
Late December May graduation application period opens

 

2018 Spring Term

 

Date Event
January 10 Spring term classes begin; Graduate Orientation for Spring
January 15 Martin Luther King Day (Observed; University closed)
January 29 Add period ends - last day to drop without financial obligation for graduate students
March 3 Spring recess begins at close of classes
March 12 Classes resume at 8:00 am
March 19-April 1 Advance registration for Fall term and Summer Sessions
April 25 Spring term classes end
April 26-April 27 Reading Days
April 30-May 8 Final Examinations
May 12 Alumni Day
May 13 Baccalaureate
May 14 Commencement

 

2018 Summer Sessions

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

 

Date Event
Early May August graduation application period opens
May 21 12-week evening session classes begin
May 21 First Session classes begin
May28 Memorial Day (no classes)
First week of June Last day to Add/Drop or Change Grade Type (SSI)
June 27 First Session classes end
June 28 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 3 Second Session classes end