Javascript is currently not supported, or is disabled by this browser. Please enable Javascript for full functionality.

   
    Dec 15, 2019  
American University Catalog 2019-2020 
    
American University Catalog 2019-2020

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 the four-term calendar or 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.

For summer 2020 add/drop, withdrawal, and refund dates, see www.american.edu/summer/index.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/.

 
Date Day of Week Event Description
August 20-September 6 T-F Fall: All-American Welcome
August 23 F Fall: Last day to register without a late fee
August 26 M Fall: Classes begin
Fall: Late registration (with $100 fee) begins
August 30 F Fall: Late registration ends
September 2 M Labor Day; no classes, university offices closed
September 9 M Fall: Last day to add a course, internship, independent reading or research, or community service-learning project
Fall: Last day to drop a course for a 100% refund and without a “W” recorded
September 16 M Fall: Last day to drop a course for a 50% refund
September 23 M Fall: Last day to drop a course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
September 30 M Oct-Dec Term 4: Classes begin
October 4-6 F-Su Fall: All-American Weekend
October 8 T Oct-Dec Term 4: Last day to drop a course for a 100% refund and without a “W” recorded
Oct-Dec Term 4: Last day to apply for graduation
October 11 F Fall: Fall Break; no classes, university offices open
October 13 Su Oct-Dec Term 4: Last day to drop a course for a 50% refund
October 18 F Oct-Dec Term 4: Last day to drop a course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
October 31 Th Fall: Last day to apply for graduation
November 1 F Fall: Last day to drop a course or change a grade option (end of the 10th week)
November 15 F Oct-Dec Term 4: Last day to drop
November 26 T Fall: Tuesday classes cancelled; Friday classes meet
November 27 W Fall: Thanksgiving holiday; no classes
November 28 Th Oct-Dec Term 4: Thanksgiving holiday; no classes
November 28-November 29 Th-F Fall: Thanksgiving holiday; no classes; university offices closed
November 30 S Oct-Dec Term 4: Make up classes for those not held on Thanksgiving
November 30-December 1 S-Su Fall: Thanksgiving holiday; no classes
December 6 F Fall: Classes end. Theses and dissertations due in Registrar’s Office for degree candidates
December 9-14 M-S Fall: Final examinations
December 14 S Oct-Dec Term 4: Classes end
December 15 Su Fall: Commencement Ceremony for August and December graduates
December 19 Th Fall: All full-term classes final grades due
December 23-January 1 M-W Winter break; university offices closed
December 31 T Fall: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on December diplomas; no event associated with this date)
Oct-Dec Term 4: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on December diplomas; no event associated with this date)
January 6 M
Jan-Mar Term 1: Classes begin
January 9-12 Th-Su Spring: Winter Welcome
January 10 F Spring: Last day to register without a late fee
January 13 M Spring: Classes begin
Spring: Late registration (with $100 fee) begins
January 14 T
Jan-Mar Term 1: Last day to drop a course for a 100% refund and without a “W” recorded
Jan-Mar Term 1: Last day to apply for graduation
January 17 F
Spring: Late registration ends
January 19 Su Jan-Mar Term 1: Last day to drop a course for a 50% refund
January 20 M Spring: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no classes, university offices closed
January 24 F Jan-Mar Term 1: Last day to drop a course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
January 27 M Spring: Last day to add a course, internship, independent reading or research, or community service-learning project
Spring: Last day to drop a course for a 100% refund and without a “W” recorded
February 1 S Spring: Last day to apply for graduation
February 3 M Spring: Last day to drop a course for a 50% refund
February 10 M Spring: Last day to drop a course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
February 21 F Jan-Mar Term 1: Last day to drop a course
March 8-15 Su-Su Spring: Spring break; no classes, university offices open Monday through Friday
March 20
F Spring: Last day to drop a course or change a grade option (end of the 10th week)
March 22 Su Jan-Mar Term 1: Classes end
March 29 Su Jan-Mar Term 1: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on March diplomas; no event associated with this date)
March 30 M Apr-Jun Term 2: Classes begin
April 7 T Apr-Jun Term 2: Last day to drop a course for a 100% refund and without a “W” recorded
Apr-Jun Term 2: Last day to apply for graduation
April 12 Su Apr-Jun Term 2: Last day to drop a course for a 50% refund
April 17 F Apr-Jun Term 2: Last day to drop a course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
April 27 M Spring: Classes end
April 28 T Spring: Study day; no classes
April 29-May 5 W-T Spring: Final examinations
May 8 F Spring: All full-term classes final grades due
May 8-10 F-Su Spring: Commencement Weekend Activities
May 10 Su Spring: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on May diplomas; no event associated with this date)
May 11 M Summer: 7-week (A) and Online Learning I (E) sessions begin
May 15 F Apr-Jun Term 2: Last day to drop a course
May 18 M Summer: First 6-week (B) and 3-week (C) sessions begin
May 22 F Summer: Last day to add an internship, independent reading or research, or community service-learning project
May 25 M Memorial Day; no classes, university offices closed
May 30 S Apr-Jun Term 2: Make up classes for those not held on Memorial Day
June 1 M Summer: Last day to apply for graduation
June 4 Th
Summer: 3-week (C) session ends
June 21 Su Apr-Jun Term 2: Classes end
June 25 Th Summer: 7-week (A), first 6-week (B), and Online Learning I (E) sessions end
June 28 Su Apr-Jun Term 2: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on June diplomas; no event associated with this date)
June 29 M Summer: Second 6-week (D) and Online Learning II (F) sessions begin
Jul-Sep Term 3: Classes begin
July 4 S Summer: Independence Day; no classes, university offices closed
July 7 T Jul-Sep Term 3: Last day to drop a course for a 100% refund and without a “W” recorded
Jul-Sep Term 3: Last day to apply for graduation
July 12 Su Jul-Sep Term 3: Last day to drop a course for a 50% refund
July 17 F Jul-Sep Term 3: Last day to drop a course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
August 6 Th Summer: Second 6-week (D) session ends
August 13 Th Summer: Online Learning II (F) session ends; end of summer sessions
August 14 F Jul-Sep Term 3: Last day to drop a course
August 23 Su Summer: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on August diplomas; no event associated with this date)
September 21 M Jul-Sep Term 3: Classes end
September 27 Su Jul-Sep Term 3: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on September diplomas; no event associated with this date)