Fall 2018 Schedule Change Information

Beginning in the fall semester of 2018, the instructional day will be organized around designated class start times and fixed pass times. All classes must start at the designated class start times below. Class will run up to 75 minutes, with the last 15 minutes of the 90 minutes reserved for pass time between classes.

           Cambridge Campus                                         

           9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.                                      

           10:30 a.m. -11:45 a.m.                                    .

           12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.                                     

           1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.                                    

           3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.                                        

           4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.                                        

           6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.                                        

           7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.                                        

Classes, seminars, colloquia, and labs requiring more than 75 minutes in any single meeting shall begin from a specified subset of the designated class start times. See the 2018 FAS Schedule Change Faculty Legislation for more information. 

The intent of new schedule is multi-fold:

  • To prepare for and implement proper schedule blocks and passing time in preparation for the new Allston campus
  • To decompress class scheduling across all days of week and times of day to allow for optimal classroom use and cause fewer student time conflicts by developing a more equitably spread schedule throughout the week.

Here are a few key resources to support your analysis of your department's schedule in light of the Fall 2018 Schedule Change:

The Department Course Balance program was developed by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in partnership with the FAS Registrar’s Office.  Departments will not be required to use this tool, but we hope that it will serve as a useful resource to aid adjustment to the new schedule for Fall 2018.

The Office of Undergraduate Education and the FAS Registrar's Office will be hosting several Course Scheduling Open Houses to offer support and answer questions regarding the Fall 2018 Schedule Change. Please join us at Smith Campus Center 4th floor, Large Conference Room (Dunster Street Entrance) for one of the following dates:

  • Thursday, February 22, 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Thursday, March 15, 3:00pm- 4:00pm 


For more information, contact courses@fas.harvard.edu.