Dec 15, 2018  
American University Catalog 2018-2019 
    
American University Catalog 2018-2019

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 2018

Date Day of Week Event Description
August 18-26 S-Su Welcome Week
August 24 F Last day to register for fall without a late fee
August 27 M Fall classes begin
Late registration (with $100 fee) begins
August 31 F Late registration for fall ends
September 3 M Labor Day; no classes, university offices closed
September 10 M Last day to add a fall course, internship, independent reading or research, or community service-learning project
Last day to drop a fall course for a 100% refund and without a “W” recorded
September 17 M Last day to drop a fall course for a 50% refund
September 24 M Last day to drop a fall course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
October 12 F Fall Break; no classes, university offices open
October 19-21 F-Su All-American Weekend
October 31 W Last day to apply for graduation for fall graduation
November 2 F Last day to drop a fall course or change a grade option (end of the 10th week)
November 20 T Tuesday classes cancelled; Friday classes meet
November 21-25 W-Su Thanksgiving holiday; no classes; university offices closed Thursday and Friday
December 7 F Fall classes end. Theses and dissertations due in Registrar’s Office for fall degree candidates
December 10-15 M-S Fall final examinations
December 16 Su Fall Commencement Ceremony for August and December graduates
December 20 Th All full-term fall classes final grades due
December 24-January 1 M-T Winter break; university offices closed
December 31 M Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on December diplomas; no event associated with this date)

Spring Semester 2019

Date Day of Week Event Description
January 10-13 Th-Su Winter Welcome
January 11 F Last day to register for spring without a late fee
January 14 M Spring classes begin
Late registration (with $100 fee) begins
January 18 F Late registration for spring ends
January 21 M Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no classes, university offices closed
January 28 M Last day to add a spring course, internship, independent reading or research, or community service-learning project
Last day to drop a spring course for a 100% refund and without a “W” recorded
February 1 F Last day to apply for graduation in spring graduation
February 4 M Last day to drop a spring course for a 50% refund
February 11 M Last day to drop a spring course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
March 10-17 Su-Su Spring break; no classes, university offices open Monday through Friday
March 22 F Last day to drop a spring course or change a grade option (end of the 10th week)
April 29 M Spring classes end
April 30 T Spring study day; no classes
May 1-7 W-T Spring final examinations
May 10 F All full-term spring classes final grades due
May 10-12 F-Su Commencement Weekend Activities
May 12 Su Official Degree Award Date

Summer Sessions 2019

For summer 2019 add/drop, withdrawal, and refund dates, see www.american.edu/summer/index.cfm

Date Day of Week Event Description
May 13 M 7-week (A) and Online Learning I (E) sessions begin
May 20 M First 6-week (B) and 3-week (C) sessions begin
May 24 F Last day to add a summer internship, independent reading or research, or community service-learning project
May 27 M Memorial Day; no classes, university offices closed
June 1 S Last day to apply for summer graduation
June 6 Th 3-week (C) session ends
June 27 Th 7-week (A), first 6-week (B), and Online Learning I (E) sessions end
July 1 M Second 6-week (D) and Online Learning II (F) sessions begin
July 4 Th Independence Day; no classes, university offices closed
August 8 Th  Second 6-week (D) session ends
August 15 Th  Online Learning II (F) session ends; end of summer sessions
August 25 Su Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on August diplomas; no event associate with this date)