Harvard College Academic Calendar 2019-2020

August 2019

AUGUST 1, THURSDAY
  • Final degree applications for November candidates due

AUGUST 19, MONDAY
  • Fall Check-In opens

AUGUST 26, MONDAY
  • Crimson Cart opens to allow shopping for courses

September 2019

SEPTEMBER 3, TUESDAY
  • Fall Full Term begins, Classes start.

  • Last day for all undergraduates to Check-In online

  • FAS Course Registration opens to allow enrolling in courses

  • Fall Session 1 begins

SEPTEMBER 9, MONDAY
  • Fall Full Term Course Registration for all students due

  • Students must submit enrollments for their minimum course load – typically 16 credits. 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. 

  • Last day upon which undergraduates may check-in/register late for the fall term in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  

  • Fall Session 1 Course Registration Deadline

SEPTEMBER 16, MONDAY
  • Make-up Examinations for spring 2019 term begin

  • Fall Session 1 - Add/Drop Deadline - no fees

SEPTEMBER 18, WEDNESDAY
  • Make-up Examinations for spring 2019 term end
SEPTEMBER 23, MONDAY (3RD MONDAY)
  • Fall Full Term - Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee. 
  • Fall Session 1 - Course Withdraw Deadline - no fees

October 2019

OCTOBER 7, MONDAY (5TH MONDAY)
  • Fall Full Term - Course Add/ Drop deadline

  • Fall Full Term - 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 18, FRIDAY
  • Fall Session 1 Ends

OCTOBER 21, MONDAY (7TH MONDAY)
  • Fall Full Term - 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. 

  • Fall Session 2 Starts

OCTOBER 25, FRIDAY
  • Fall Session 2 - Course Registration Deadline

November 2019

NOVEMBER 4, MONDAY
  • Fall Session 2 - Add/Drop Deadline - no fees

NOVEMBER 12, TUESDAY
  • Fall Session 2 - Course Withdraw Deadline - no fees

NOVEMBER 14, THURSDAY
  • Declaration of Concentration due for on-cycle first-semester sophomores

NOVEMBER 27, WEDNESDAY
  • Thanksgiving recess begins

December 2019

DECEMBER 1, SUNDAY
  • Thanksgiving recess ends

DECEMBER 2, MONDAY
  • Final degree applications for March Degree Candidates due.

  • Last day to change concentration for March Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.

  • Last day upon which March Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.

  • Last day upon which March Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

DECEMBER 3, TUESDAY
  • Last Day of Fall Full Term Classes
  • Fall Session 2 Ends
DECEMBER 4, WEDNESDAY
  • Reading Period begins
  • Last day in the fall term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.
DECEMBER 9, MONDAY
  • Last day of Reading Period
DECEMBER 10, TUESDAY
  • Final Examination Period begins
DECEMBER 19, THURSDAY
  • Last day of Final Examination Period

January 2020

JANUARY 13, MONDAY
  • Spring Online Check-In Opens
JANUARY 17, FRIDAY
  • Wintersession begins
JANUARY 21, TUESDAY
  • FAS Course Registration (Crimson Cart) opens - to allow shopping for courses.
JANUARY 26, SUNDAY
  • Last Day of Wintersession
JANUARY 27, MONDAY
  • Spring term begins. First meeting of spring term classes.
  • Spring Online Check-in Deadline
  • FAS Course Registration Opens - to allow enrolling in courses
  • Spring Session 1 Starts
JANUARY 31, FRIDAY
  • Spring Full Term - Course Registration for all students due.
  • Spring Full Term - After this date students must obtain permission from all instructors to enroll in courses.
  • Spring Full Term - Students must submit enrollments for their minimum course load – typically 16 credits. Students who do not submit enrollments by this time will be charged a fee.
  • Last day upon which undergraduates may check-in/register late for the spring term in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
  • Spring Session 1 - Course Registration Deadline

February 2020

FEBRUARY 10, MONDAY (3RD MONDAY)
  • Spring Full Term - Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.
  • Make-Up Examinations for Fall Term
  • Spring Session 1 - Add/Drop Deadline - no fees
FEBRUARY 18, TUESDAY
  • Spring Session 1 - Course Withdraw Deadline - no fees
FEBRUARY 24, MONDAY (5TH MONDAY)
  • Spring Full Term - 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.

March 2020

MARCH 9, MONDAY (7TH MONDAY)
  • Spring Full Term - Last day upon which students may withdraw from a spring term course. Last day upon which students may withdraw from a year-long course.
MARCH 13, FRIDAY
  • Spring Session 1 Ends
MARCH 14, SATURDAY
  • Spring Recess begins
MARCH 22, SUNDAY
  • Last Day of Spring Recess
MARCH 23, MONDAY
  • Spring Session 2 Starts
MARCH 27, FRIDAY
  • Spring Session 2 - Course Registration Deadline
MARCH 30, MONDAY
  • Spring Session 2 - Add/Drop Deadline - no fees

April 2020

APRIL 1, WEDNESDAY
  • Final degree applications for May degree candidates due.
  • Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May and next November  degree Candidates.
  • Last day upon which May and next November degree candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.
  • Last day upon which May and next November Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.
APRIL 6, MONDAY
  • Spring Session 2 - Course Withdraw Deadline - no fees
APRIL 9, THURSDAY
  • Declaration of Concentration due for off-cycle students expected to declare in spring.
APRIL 29, WEDNESDAY
  • Lady Day of Spring Full Term Classes
  • Spring Session 2 Ends
APRIL 30, THURSDAY
  • Last day in the spring term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.
  • Reading begins

May 2020

MAY 7, THURSDAY
  • Final Examination Period begins
MAY 16, SATURDAY
  • Final Examination Period ends
MAY 28, THURSDAY
  • Commencement