Academic Year 2019-2020

Fall Term

August 1, Thursday

  • Final degree applications for November 2019 degree candidates due.

August 19, Monday

August 27, Tuesday

  • Dormitories open for first-year students to move in from 9 am to 3 pm.

August 31, Saturday

  • Houses open for upperclassmen at 9 am.

September 2, Monday

  • University holiday: Labor Day.

September 3, Tuesday

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

COURSE REGISTRATION DEADLINE

September 9, Monday

  • Course Registration for all students (upperclassmen, first-year students, visiting undergraduates, and new transfer students) are due by 11:59 pm.
  • Fall Session 1 course registration deadline.
  • 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 9, Monday

  • 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 2018 with second-semester Sophomore or Junior class standing.

September 16, Monday

  • Makeup Examinations for 2018-2019 begin.
  • Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any Fall Session 1 course without a fee.

September 23, Monday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.
  • Last day upon which undergraduates may withdraw from any Fall Session 1 course, a notation of WD will be permanently recorded on the transcript.

October 1, Tuesday

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

FIFTH MONDAY

October 7, Monday 

  • No full-semester or year-long 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 7, 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 14, Monday

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

October 18, Friday

  • Fall Session 1 ends.

October 18, 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 21, 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 21, Monday

  • Fall Session 2 begins.

October 25, Friday

  • Fall Session 2 course registration deadline.

October 28, 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 1, Friday through November 2, Saturday

  • First-Year Family Weekend.

November 4, Monday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any Fall Session 2 course.

November 5, Tuesday

  • Deadline to submit a spring term Inter-House Transfer Application.

November 11, Monday

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

November 12, Tuesday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may withdraw from any Fall Session 2 course, a notation of WD will be permanently recorded on the transcript.

November 14, Thursday

  • Declaration of Concentration due for class of 2021.

November 27, Wednesday, through December 1, Sunday

  • Thanksgiving recess.

December 2, Monday

  • Final degree applications for March 2020 Degree Candidates due.
  • Last day to change concentration for March 2020 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.
  • Last day upon which March 2020 Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Last day upon which March 2020 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 2020, or to begin a fourth year AM program in spring term 2020, must file an Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

December 3, Tuesday

  • Last day of fall term classes.
  • Fall Session 2 ends.

December 4, Wednesday

  • 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 4, Wednesday, through December 9, Monday

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

December 10, Tuesday, through December 19, Thursday

December 20, Friday

  • All first-year students must vacate the dorms by 3 pm.
  • Upperclassmen must vacate the Houses by 5 pm.
  • Students not continuing in residence for spring term 2020 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, 2019, Friday, through January 26, 2020, Sunday

  • Winter recess.

January 17, Friday, through January 26, Sunday

  • Wintersession.

January 17, Friday

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

January 20, Monday

  • University holiday: Martin Luther King Day.


Spring Term

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

January 13, Monday

January 27, Monday

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

January 27, Monday

  • Spring term begins. First meeting of spring term classes.
  • Spring Session 1 begins.

COURSE REGISTRATION DEADLINE

January 31, Friday

  • Course registrations for all students (upperclassmen, first-year students, visiting undergraduates, and new transfer students) are due by 11:59 pm.
  • Spring Session 1 course registration deadline.
  • 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 31, 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 10, Monday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.
  • Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any Spring Session 1 course without a fee.
  • Makeup examinations for 2019-2020 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 17, Monday

  • University holiday: Presidents’ Day.

February 18, Tuesday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may withdraw from any Spring Session 1 course, a notation of WD will be permanently recorded on the transcript.

February 21, Friday, through February 22, Saturday

  • Junior Family Weekend.

FIFTH MONDAY

February 24, Monday

  • Last day upon which a full-semester 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, 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, Sunday

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

SEVENTH MONDAY

March 9, 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 13, Friday

  • Spring Session 1 ends.

March 14, Saturday, through March 22, Sunday

  • Spring recess.

March 23, Monday

  • Spring Session 2 begins.

March 27, Friday

  • Spring Session 2 course registration deadline.

April 1, Wednesday

  • Final degree applications for May 2020 Degree Candidates due.
  • Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May 2020 and November 2020 Degree Candidates.
  • Last day upon which May 2020 and November 2020 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 2021 or November 2021, or to begin a fourth year AM program in fall term 2020, must file the Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.
  • Last day upon which May 2020 and November 2020 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

April 1, Wednesday

  • 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, Wednesday

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

April 6, Monday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any Spring Session 2 course.

April 9, Thursday

  • Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2022.

April 13, Monday

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may withdraw from any Spring Session 2 course, a notation of WD will be permanently recorded on the transcript.

April 29, Wednesday

  • Last day of spring term classes.
  • Spring Session 2 ends.

April 30, 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 30, Thursday, through May 6, Wednesday

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

May 7, Thursday, through May 16, Saturday

May 11, Monday

  • 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 17, Sunday

  • Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 25, Monday

  • University holiday: Memorial Day.

May 28, Thursday

  • Harvard University Commencement.

May 29, Friday

  • Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.