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    American University
   
 
  Nov 20, 2017
 
 
    
American University Catalog 2017-2018

Academic Calendar


 

Note: For the complete Academic Calendar, including updates made after this catalog's publication, go to: www.american.edu/provost/registrar/academic-calendar.cfm.

The refund/withdrawal schedule applies to all courses with a standard schedule during a regular semester (fall/spring). Refunds/withdrawals for courses on nonstandard schedules (including MBA modules), as well as all summer session courses, are calculated proportionately based on the percentage of the course completed. For more information, please go to: www.american.edu/finance/studentaccounts/Refunds-for-Course-Drops-and-Withdrawals.cfm.

The academic calendar for the Washington College of Law (WCL) of American University varies from this general schedule. For the full WCL academic calendar, please go to: www.wcl.american.edu/registrar/.

Fall Semester 2017

August 19-27 S-Su Welcome Week
August 25 F Last day to register for fall without a late fee
August 28 M

Fall classes begin
Late registration (with $100 fee) begins

September 1 F Late registration for fall ends
September 4 M Labor Day; no classes, university offices closed
September 11 M Last day to add a fall course, internship, independent reading or research project, or community service-learning project
Last day to drop a fall course for a 100% refund and without a "W" recorded
September 18 M Last day to drop a fall course for a 50% refend
September 25 M Last day to drop a fall course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
October 13 F Fall Break; no classes, university offices open
October 20-22 F-Su All-American Weekend
October 31 T Last day to apply for graduation for fall 2017
November 3 F Last day to drop a fall course or change a grade option (end of the 10th week)
November 21 T Tuesday classes cancelled; Friday classes meet
November 22-26 W-Su Thanksgiving holiday; no classes; university offices closed Thursday and Friday
December 8 F Fall classes end
December 11-16 M-S Fall final examinations; grades are due 72 hours following the exam
December 17 Su Fall Commencement Ceremony for August and December 2017 graduates (10:00 am)
December 19 T Final day to submit Fall grades
December 31 Su Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on December 2017 diplomas; no event associated with this date)
December 23-January 1 S-M Winter break; university offices closed

Spring Semester 2018

January 11-14 Th-Su Winter Welcome
January 12 F Last day to register for spring without a late fee
January 15 M Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no classes, university offices closed
January 16 T Spring classes begin
Late registration (with $100 fee) begins
January 22 M Late registration for spring ends
January 29 M Last day to add a spring course, internship, independent reading or research project, or community service-learning project
Last day to drop a spring course for a 100% refund and without a "W" recorded
February 1 Th Last day to apply for graduation in spring 2018
February 5 M Last day to drop a spring course for a 50% refund
February 12 M Last day to drop a spring course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
March 11-18 Su-Su Spring break; no classes, university offices open Monday through Friday
March 23 F Last day to drop a spring course or change a grade option (end of the 10th week)
April 30 M Spring classes end
May 1 T Spring study day
May 2-8 W-T Spring final examinations; grades are due 72 hours following the exam
May 12 F Final day to submit Spring grades 
May 11-13 F-Su Commencement Weekend Activities
May 13 Su Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on May 2018 diplomas)

Summer Sessions 2018

For summer 2018 add/drop, withdrawal, and refund dates, see www.american.edu/summer/index.cfm

May 14 M 7-week (A) and Online Learning I (E) sessions begin
May 21 M First 6-week (B) and 3-week (C) sessions begin
May 25 F Last day to add a summer internship, independent reading or research project, or community service-learning project
May 28 M Memorial Day; no classes, university offices closed
June 7 Th 3-week (C) session ends
June 28 Th 7-week (A), first 6-week (B), and Online Learning I (E) sessions end
July 1 Su Last day to apply for graduation for summer 2018
July 2 M Second 6-week (D) and Online Learning II (F) sessions begin
July 4 W Independence Day; no classes, university offices closed
August 9 Th  Second 6-week (D) session ends
August 16 Th  Online Learning II (F) session ends; end of summer sessions
August 26 Su Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on August 2018 diplomas; no event associate with this date)