Academic Year 2016-2017

Fall Term

August 23, Tuesday

  • Dormitories open for freshmen at 8 am.

August 27, Saturday

  • Houses open for upperclassmen at 9 am.

August 28, Sunday

  • All House dining halls open for dinner; regular meal service begins.

CHECK-IN 
For times and places of Check-In, refer to the Registrar’s website.

August 15, Monday

August 30, Tuesday

  • Last day for all undergraduates to check-in online.

August 31, Wednesday

  • Academic year begins.
  • Classes will follow a Monday schedule on Wednesday, August 31. On Thursday, September 1, classes will follow the normal schedule. The first meeting of classes that meet only on Wednesdays will be September 7.

September 5, Monday

  • University holiday: Labor Day.

COURSE REGISTRATION DEADLINE

September 8, Thursday

  • Course Registration for all students (upperclassmen, freshmen, visiting undergraduates, and new transfer students) are due by 5 pm.
  • Students must submit enrollments for their minimum course load – typically four courses - on my.harvard by 5 pm. Students who do not submit enrollments by this time will be charged a fee. 
  • After this date students must obtain permission from all instructors to enroll in courses.

 





 

September 8, Thursday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may check-in/register late for the fall term in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
  • Last day upon which undergraduates may cancel their check-in/registration for the fall term without payment of tuition.
  • Plans of Study/Declaration of Concentration due for transfer students who entered in fall 2015 with second-semester Sophomore or Junior class standing.

September 12, Monday

  • Makeup Examinations for 2015-2016 begin.

September 16, Friday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may submit cross-registration petitions. Note that some schools have earlier deadlines; check with the relevant school.
  • Final degree applications for November 2016 degree candidates due.

September 19, Monday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.

October 1, Saturday

  • Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the spring term are due at the Office of International Education.

FIFTH MONDAY

October 3, Monday

  • No course may be dropped from or added to a student’s record after this date.
  • No course may be changed from letter-graded to Pass/Fail or from Pass/Fail to letter-graded status for the fall term after this date.

October 3, Monday

  • Students leaving the College by this date are charged one quarter of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged one half of those costs. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

October 10, Monday

  • University holiday: Columbus Day.

October 14, Friday

  • Deadline for applying for spring housing if you were not living in student housing during the fall term. The Returning Student Housing Application can be found here

SEVENTH MONDAY

October 17, Monday

  • Last day upon which students may withdraw from a fall term course, a notation of WD will be permanently recorded on the transcript. After this date students are responsible for all courses in which they are enrolled.

October 31, Monday

  • Students leaving the College by this date are charged one half of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged three quarters of those costs. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

November 4, Friday through November 5, Saturday

  • Freshmen Family Weekend.

November 7, Monday

  • Deadline for students in the fall term to notify the College they are not returning to the College housing for the spring term without financial penalty.
  • Deadline to submit a Housing Contract Cancellation form for students who have submitted a Returning Student Housing Application for the spring term without financial penalty.
  • Deadline to submit a spring term Inter-House Transfer Application.

November 11, Friday

  • University holiday: Veterans’ Day (observed for staff). Classes will be held on a regular Friday Schedule.

November 14, Monday

  • Final degree applications for March 2017 Degree Candidates due.
  • Last day to change concentration for March 2017 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.
  • Last day upon which March 2017 Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Last day upon which March 2017 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Advanced Standing-eligible students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in March 2018, or to begin a fourth year AM program in spring term 2017, must file an Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

November 17, Thursday

  • Declaration of Concentration due for class of 2019.

November 23, Wednesday, through November 27, Sunday

  • Thanksgiving recess.

December 2, Friday

  • Last day of fall term classes.
  • Students leaving the College after this date are charged full housing / room fees.

December 3, Saturday

  • Students leaving the College by this date are charged three-quarters of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged the full amount of those costs. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.
  • Last day in the fall term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.

READING PERIOD

December 3, Saturday, through December 9, Friday

 

EXAMINATION PERIOD
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for fall term courses.

December 10, Saturday, through December 20, Tuesday

December 21, Wednesday

  • All freshmen must vacate the dorms by 3 pm.
  • Upperclassmen must vacate the Houses by 5 pm.
  • Students not continuing in residence for spring term 2017 must leave their rooms by noon.
  • Students transferring from one House to another must move on this day after noon. Check with your new House Administrator for a specific time.

December 21, 2016, Wednesday, through January 22, 2017, Sunday

  • Winter recess.

January 13, Friday, through January 22, Sunday

  • Wintersession.

January 13, Friday

  • All Houses and Dorms open at 9 am for the spring term.

January 16, Monday

  • University holiday: Martin Luther King Day.


Spring Term

 

CHECK-IN
For specific times and locations, refer to the Registrar’s website.

January 18, Wednesday

January 23, Monday

  • Last day for all undergraduates to check-in online.

January 23, Monday

  • Spring term begins. First meeting of spring term classes.

COURSE REGISTRATION DEADLINE

January 27, Friday

  • Course registrations for all students (upperclassmen, freshmen, visiting undergraduates, and new transfer students) are due by 5 pm.
  • Students must submit enrollments for their minimum course load – typically four courses - on my.harvard by 5 pm. Students who do not submit enrollments by this time will be charged a fee. 
  • After this date students must obtain permission from all instructors to enroll in courses.

January 27, Friday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may check-in/register late for the spring term in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
  • Last day upon which undergraduates may cancel their check-in/registration for the spring term without payment of tuition.

February 6, Monday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.
  • Makeup examinations for 2016-2017 fall term begin.
  • Deadline to submit a fall term Inter-House Transfer Application (Round 1).
  • Deadline to submit a Returning Student Housing Application for fall housing if you were not living in student housing during the fall term. The Returning Student Housing Application can be found here

February 10, Friday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may submit cross-registration petitions. Note that some schools have earlier deadlines; check with the relevant school.

February 20, Monday

  • University holiday: Presidents’ Day.

FIFTH MONDAY

February 21, Tuesday 

Because of the University holiday, the Fifth Monday deadline will be Tuesday, February 21.

  • Last day upon which a course may be dropped from or added to a student’s record. No course may be changed from letter-graded to Pass/Fail or from Pass/Fail to letter-graded status for the spring term after this date.
  • Last day upon which students may petition to divide a year-long indivisible course with approval.

 

February 24, Friday, through February 25, Saturday

  • Junior Family Weekend.

February 27, Monday

  • Students leaving the College by this date are charged one quarter of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged one half of those costs. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

March 1, Wednesday

  • Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the fall term are due at the Office of International Education. 

SEVENTH MONDAY

March 6, Monday

  • Last day upon which students may withdraw from a spring term course. Last day upon which students may withdraw from a year-long course. A notation of WD will be permanently recorded on the transcript. After this date students are responsible for all courses in which they are enrolled.

March 11, Saturday, through March 19, Sunday

  • Spring recess.

March 27, Monday

  • Final degree applications for May 2017 Degree Candidates due.
  • Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May 2017 and November 2017 Degree Candidates.
  • Last day upon which May 2017 and November 2017 degree candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Advanced Standing-eligible students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in May 2018 or November 2018, or to begin a fourth year AM program in fall term 2018, must file the Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.
  • Last day upon which May 2017 and November 2017 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

March 27, Monday

  • Students leaving the College by this date are charged one half of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged three quarters of those costs. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.

April 1, Friday

  • Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the summer are due at the Office of International Education.

April 12, Wednesday

  • Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2019.

April 26, Wednesday

  • Last day of spring term classes.
  • Students leaving the College after this date are charged full housing/room fees.

April 27, Thursday

  • Students leaving the College by this date are charged three quarters of tuition, and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged the full amount of those costs. See the chart under Financial Information for details of room and board charges.
  • Last day in the spring term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.

READING PERIOD

April 27, Thursday, through May 3, Wednesday

 

EXAMINATION PERIOD
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses.

May 4, Thursday, through May 13, Saturday

May 12, Friday

  • Deadline to submit a fall term Inter-House Transfer Application (Round 2).
  • Deadline to submit a Housing Contract Cancellation form for the fall term without financial penalty.

May 14, Sunday

  • Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 25, Thursday

  • Harvard University Commencement.

May 26, Friday

  • Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

May 29, Monday

  • University holiday: Memorial Day.