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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 2015

Date Details
May 27 New Student Orientation
New and continuing student registration
May 27-29 New ETP (pre-licensure) student orientation
New and continuing student registration
June 1 First day of classes for ETP pre-licensure, MS, and doctoral students
June 1-5 Change of program period; late registration with fee period
June 5 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
July 3 Independence Day observed (anticipated)
No classes scheduled
July 6 Last day to drop individual courses or change grading option (anticipated)
July 13-24 Continuing student registration for Fall 2015 (anticipated)
August 3 Last day to submit degree application for October 2015 degree
August 7 Last day of classes for ETP pre-licensure, MS, and doctoral students

Fall 2015

Date Details
August 31 First day of classes for ETP pre-licensure students
September 2 New student orientation
New and continuing student registration
September 7 Labor Day (University holiday)
September 8 First day of classes for MS and doctoral students
September 8-18 Change of program period
Late registration with fee period
September 18 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 21 October degrees conferred
November 2 ETP pre-Licensure students do not have class
November 3 Election Day (University holiday)
ETP pre-licensure students have class
November 19 Last day to drop individual courses or change grading option
November 23-25 No ETP pre-licensure classes held
November 26 Thanksgiving Day (University holiday)
No classes scheduled
November 27 University holiday
No classes scheduled
November 30 - December 11 Continuing student registration for Spring 2016 (anticipated dates)
December 1 Last day to submit degree application for February 2016 degree
December 18 Last day of Fall semester for ETP pre-licensure, MS, and doctoral students

Spring 2016

Date Details
January 18 Martin Luther King Jr's birthday observed (University holiday)
No classes scheduled
January 19 First day of classes for ETP pre-licensure, MS and doctoral students
January 19-29 Change of program period
Late registration with fee period
January 29 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 Last day to submit degree application for May 2016 degree
February 10 February degrees conferred
February 15 President's Day observed (University holiday)
No classes scheduled
March 14-18 Spring recess
No classes scheduled
March 24 Last day to drop individual courses or change grading option
April 11-22 Continuing student registration for Summer 2016 (anticipated dates)
May 13 Last day of Spring semester for ETP pre-licensure, MS, and doctoral students
May 18 University Commencement (anticipated date)
May 19 Columbia Nursing Graduation Ceremony

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.