Academic Year 2017-2018

Fall Term

August 7, Monday

  • Final degree applications for November 2017 degree candidates due.

August 22, Tuesday

  • Dormitories open for freshmen to move in from 9 am to 3 pm.

August 26, Saturday

  • Houses open for upperclassmen at 9 am.

August 27, 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 14, Monday

August 29, Tuesday

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

August 30, Wednesday

  • Academic year begins.
  • Classes will follow a Monday schedule on Wednesday, August 30. On Thursday, August 31, classes will follow the normal schedule. The first meeting of classes that meet only on Wednesdays will be September 6.

September 4, Monday

  • University holiday: Labor Day.

COURSE REGISTRATION DEADLINE

September 7, Thursday

  • Course Registration for all students (upperclassmen, freshmen, visiting undergraduates, and new transfer students) are due by 11:59 pm.
  • Students must submit enrollments for their minimum course load – typically 16 credits - on my.harvard by 11:59 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 7, 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 2016 with second-semester Sophomore or Junior class standing.

September 11, Monday

  • Makeup Examinations for 2016-2017 begin.

September 15, Friday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may submit full-semester, year-long, and Fall 1 cross-registration petitions. Note that some schools have earlier deadlines; check with the relevant school.

September 18, Monday

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

October 1, Sunday

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

FIFTH MONDAY

October 2, Monday

  • No full-semester, year-long, or Fall 1 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 2, 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 9, Monday

  • University holiday: Columbus Day (Federal), Indigenous Peoples' Day (City of Cambridge) 

October 13, 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 16, 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 27, Friday through October 28, Saturday

  • Freshmen Family Weekend.

October 30, 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 6, 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 9, Thursday

  • Declaration of Concentration due for class of 2020.

November 10, Friday

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

November 13, Monday

  • Final degree applications for March 2018 Degree Candidates due.
  • Last day to change concentration for March 2018 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.
  • Last day upon which March 2018 Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Last day upon which March 2018 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 2019, or to begin a fourth year AM program in spring term 2018, must file an Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

November 22, Wednesday, through November 26, Sunday

  • Thanksgiving recess.

December 1, Friday

  • Last day of fall term classes.

December 2, 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.
  • Students leaving the College after this date are charged full housing / room fees.

READING PERIOD

December 2, Saturday, through December 8, Friday

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

December 9, Saturday, through December 19, Tuesday

December 20, 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 2018 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 20, 2016, Wednesday, through January 21, 2018, Sunday

  • Winter recess.

January 12, Friday, through January 21, Sunday

  • Wintersession.

January 12, Friday

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

January 15, Monday

  • University holiday: Martin Luther King Day.


Spring Term

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

January 17, Wednesday

January 22, Monday

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

January 22, Monday

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

COURSE REGISTRATION DEADLINE

January 26, Friday

  • Course registrations for all students (upperclassmen, freshmen, visiting undergraduates, and new transfer students) are due by 11:59 pm.
  • Students must submit enrollments for their minimum course load – typically 16 credits - on my.harvard by 11:59 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 26, 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 5, Monday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.
  • Makeup examinations for 2017-2018 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 9, Friday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may submit full-semester and Spring 1 cross-registration petitions. Note that some schools have earlier deadlines; check with the relevant school.

February 19, Monday

  • University holiday: Presidents’ Day.

FIFTH MONDAY

February 20, Tuesday 

Because of the University holiday, the Fifth Monday deadline will be Tuesday, February 20.

  • Last day upon which a full-semester or Spring 1 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 23, Friday, through February 24, Saturday

  • Junior Family Weekend.

February 26, 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, Thursday

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

SEVENTH MONDAY

March 5, 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 10, Saturday, through March 18, Sunday

  • Spring recess.

March 26, Monday

  • Final degree applications for May 2018 Degree Candidates due.
  • Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May 2018 and November 2018 Degree Candidates.
  • Last day upon which May 2018 and November 2018 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 2019 or November 2019, 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 2018 and November 2018 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

March 26, 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, Sunday

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

April 11, Wednesday

  • Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2020.

April 25, Wednesday

  • Last day of spring term classes.

April 26, 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.
  • Students leaving the College after this date are charged full housing/room fees.

READING PERIOD

April 26, Thursday, through May 2, Wednesday

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

May 3, Thursday, through May 12, Saturday

May 11, 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 13, Sunday

  • Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 24, Thursday

  • Harvard University Commencement.

May 25, Friday

  • Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

May 28, Monday

  • University holiday: Memorial Day.