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Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar is subject to change. Please check back regularly to confirm important academic dates and deadlines. 

Summer 2016

Date Details
June 1, 2016 New Student Orientation
New and continuing student registration
June 2-3, 2016 New MDE (pre-licensure) Student orientation
New and continuing student registration
June 6, 2016 First day of classes for MDE Pre-licensure, MS, and Doctoral students
June 6-10, 2016 Change of Program period Late registration with fee period
June 10, 2016 End of change of program period - Last day to add a course;
Last day to drop a course with ull tuition refund and without "W" grade on transcript
July 4, 2016 Independence Day Observed
No classes scheduled
July 11, 2016 Last day to drop individual courses or change grading option
July 18-29, 2016 Continuing Student Registration for Fall 2015
August 1, 2016 Last day to submit Degree Application for October 2015 degree
August 12, 2016 Last day of classes for MDE Pre-licensure, MS, and Doctoral students

Fall 2016

Date Details
August 31, 2016 New Student Orientation
New and continuing student registration
September 5, 2016 Labor Day - University Holiday
September 6, 2016 First day of classes for MDE Pre-licensure, MS, and Doctoral students
September 6-16, 2016 Change of Program period
Late registration with fee period
September 16, 2016 End of change of program period - Last day to add a course;Last day to drop a course with full tuition refund and without "W" grade on transcript
October 19, 2016 October Degrees Conferred
November 7, 2016 MDE Pre-Licensure students do not have class
November 8, 2016 Election Day - University Holiday (MS & Doctoral Students do not have class)
MDE Pre-Licensure students have class
November 17, 2016 Last day to drop individual courses or change grading option
November 21-23, 2016 No MDE Pre-Licensure classes held
November 24, 2016 Thanksgiving Day - University Holiday
No classes scheduled
November 25, 2016 University Holiday
No classes scheduled
November 28-December 9, 2016 Continuing Student Registration for Spring 2017 (anticipated dates)
December 1, 2016 Last day to submit Degree Application for February 2017 degree
December 22, 2016 Last day of Fall semester for MDE Pre-licensure,  MS, and Doctoral students

Spring 2017

Date Details
January 16, 2017 Martin Luther King Jr's birthday observed - University Holiday
No classes scheduled
January 17, 2017 First day of classes for MDE Pre-Licensure, MS and Doctoral students
January 17-27, 2017 Change of Program period
Late registration with fee period
January 27, 2017 End of change of program period - Last day to add a course;
Last day to drop a course with full tuition refund and without "W" grade on transcript
February 1, 2017 Last day to submit Degree Application for May 2017 degree
February 8, 2017 February Degrees Conferred
February 20, 2017 President's Day observed - University Holiday
No classes scheduled
March 13-17, 2017 Spring Recess
No classes scheduled
March 24, 2017 Last day to drop individual courses or change grading option
April 10-21, 2017 Continuing student registration for Summer 2017 (anticipated dates)
May 12, 2017 Last day of Spring semester for MDE Pre-licensure, MS, and Doctoral students
May 16, 2017 School of Nursing Graduation Ceremony
May 17, 2017 University Commencement

University Holidays

Please visit the University Holidays page on the Columbia University Human Resources Web site.

Major Religious Holidays

It is the policy of the University to respect its members' religious beliefs. In compliance with New York State law, each student who is absent from school because of his or her religious beliefs will be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study, or work requirements that he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days. No student will be penalized for absence due to religious beliefs, and alternative means will be sought for satisfying the academic requirements involved.
Officers of administration and of instruction responsible for scheduling of academic activities or essential services are expected to avoid conflict with religious holidays as much as possible. If a suitable arrangement cannot be worked out between the student and the instructor involved, they should consult the appropriate dean or director. If an additional appeal is needed, it may be taken to the Provost.