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    Oct 27, 2021  
American University Catalog 2015-2016 
    
American University Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Calendar


 

The Academic Calendar is divided into fall and spring semesters of approximately 15 weeks each and summer sessions of varying length. The last week of the fall and spring semesters is set aside for final examinations. 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/.

The holidays and vacations observed by the university are noted below. Spring break is the week following the spring semester midterm. Classes continue until 10:40 p.m. the evening before a holiday or vacation period.

Note: 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.

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

Fall Semester 2015

August 1 S Payment due for fall 2015
August 22-30 S-Su Welcome Week
August 24 M WCL: First day of classes
August 28 F Last day to register for fall without a late fee
August 31 M Fall classes begin
Late registration (with $100 fee) begins
September 1  T Undergraduate transfer spring 2016 semester admission application deadline for students living outside the United States
September 4 F Late registration for fall ends
September 7 M Labor Day; no classes, university offices closed
September 9 W Mathematics Equivalency Examination
September 14 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 21 M Last day to drop a fall course for a 50% refund
September 28 M Last day to drop a fall course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
Early warning notices due in Registrar’s Office
October 1 Th Freshman spring 2016 semester admission application deadline
October 9 F Fall Break; no classes, university offices open
October 16 F Last day to drop a fall course or change a grade option (mid-term)
October 16-18 F-Su All-American Weekend
October 24 S Writing Proficiency Examination
October 26 M Spring 2016 priority registration for graduate students begins. Payment due December 18, 2015
October 31 S Last day to apply for fall graduation
November 1  Su Undergraduate transfer spring 2016 semester admission application deadline for students living in the United States
November 5 Th Spring 2016 priority registration for undergraduate students begins. Payment due December 18, 2015
November 6 F Theses and dissertations due in deans’ offices for fall degree candidates
November 15 Su Early Decision I freshman fall 2016 semester admission and financial aid application deadline
November 24 T Tuesday classes cancelled; Friday classes meet
November 25-29 W-Su Thanksgiving holiday; no classes; university offices closed Thursday and Friday
December 3 Th WCL: Last day of classes (includes make-ups for holidays)
December 4 F Fall classes end
Theses and dissertations due in Registrar’s Office for fall degree candidates
December 7-8 M-T Fall final examinations
December 8 T WCL: Examinations begin
December 9 W Fall study day; no classes
December 10-12 Th-S Fall final examinations
December 14 M Fall final examinations (for Wednesday classes)
December 16 W Fall Commencement Ceremony for August and December 2015 graduates (1:00 p.m.)
December 17 Th Fall final grades due
Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on December 2015 diplomas; no event associated with this date)
December 18 F Payment due for spring 2016 priority registration
December 19 S WCL: Examinations end
December 21 M WCL: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on December 2015 diplomas; no event associated with this date)
December 24- January 3 Th-Su Winter break; university offices closed

Spring Semester 2016

January 7-10 Th-Su Winter Welcome
January 8 F Last day to register for spring 2016 without a late fee
January 11 Spring classes begin
Late registration (with $100 fee) begins
WCL: First day of classes
January 15  F Late registration for spring ends
Regular Decision freshman fall 2016 semester admission application deadline
Early Decision II freshman fall 2016 semester admission and financial aid application deadline
Early Decision I candidate reply date
January 18 M Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no classes, university offices closed
January 20 W Mathematics Equivalency Examination
January 25 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
January 30 S Writing Proficiency Examination
February 1 M Last day to drop a spring course for a 50% refund
Freshman fall 2016 semester financial aid application deadline
February 8 M Last day to drop a spring course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
February 15 M Early warning notices due in Registrar’s Office
March 1  T Undergraduate transfer student admission and financial aid priority application deadline for fall 2016 semester
Early Decision II candidate reply date
March 4 F Last day to drop a spring class or change a grade option (mid-term)
March 6-13 Su-Su Spring break; no classes, university offices open Monday through Friday
March 19 S Writing Proficiency Examination
March 28 M Fall 2016 priority registration for graduate students begins. Payment due August 1, 2016
Theses and dissertations due in deans’ offices for spring degree candidates
March 31 Th Last day to apply for spring graduation
April 1 F Summer 2016 registration begins. Payment due May 1, 2016
Summer admission application deadline for students living in the United States
April 7 Th Fall 2016 priority registration for undergraduate students begins. Payment due August 1, 2016
April 25 M Spring classes end
Theses and dissertations due in Registrar’s Office for spring degree candidates
WCL: Last day of classes (includes make-ups for holidays)
April 26 T Spring study day; no classes
April 27-May 3 W-T Spring final examinations
May 1 Su Financial aid application deadline for fall 2016 continuing undergraduate students
Undergraduate transfer fall 2016 semester admission application deadline for students living outside the United States
Candidates’ reply date for Regular Decision freshmen
Payment due for summer sessions 2016
May 2 M WCL: Examinations begin
May 6 F Spring final grades due
May 6-8 F-Su Commencement Weekend Activities
May 8 Su Official Degree Award Date
May 14 S WCL: Examinations end
May 22 Su WCL Spring Commencement Ceremony
WCL: Official Degree Award Date

Summer Sessions 2016

For summer 2016 add/drop, withdrawal, and refund dates, see www.american.edu/summer/index.cfm

May 9 M 7-week (A) and Online Learning I (E) sessions begin
May 16 M First 6-week (B) and 3-week (C) sessions begin
May 20 F Last day to add a summer internship, independent reading or research project, or community service-learning project
May 30 M Memorial Day; no classes, university offices closed
May 31 T WCL: First day of classes
June 1 W Last day to apply for summer graduation
June 2 Th 3-week (C) session ends
June 4 S Writing Proficiency Examination
June 23 Th 7-week (A), first 6-week (B), and Online Learning I (E) sessions end
June 27 M Second 6-week (D) and Online Learning II (F) sessions begin
July 1 F Undergraduate transfer fall 2016 semester admission application deadline for students living in the United States
July 4 M Independence Day; no classes, university offices closed
July 15 F Theses and dissertations due in deans’ offices for summer degree candidates
July 28 Th WCL: Last day of classes
August 1 M Payment due for fall 2016 priority registration
WCL: Examinations begin
August 4 Th  Second 6-week (D) session ends
Theses and dissertations due in Registrar’s Office for summer degree candidates
August 5 F WCL: Examinations end
August 11 Th  Online Learning II (F) session ends; end of summer sessions
Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on August 2016 diplomas; no event associated with this date)
August 18 Th WCL: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on August 2016 diplomas; no event associated with this date)