Academic Calendar 2020-2021

When an official deadline falls on a holiday observed by the University, the effective deadline is the next business day.

Fall 2020

JULY 1, Wednesday

July 15, Wednesday

July 27, Monday

August 10, Monday

  • Crimson Cart opens to allow shopping for courses for fall 2020 term. 

August 14, friday

  • Final degree applications for November 2020 degree candidates due through my.harvard.
  • Final application for a November 2020 secondary field due through my.harvard.
  • GSAS Deadline for paying fall tuition and fees. 

august 17, monday

  • Course registration opens to allow enrolling in fall 2020 courses.
  • Deadline for all students, including special students and visiting fellows, to check in for the fall 2020 term. Students who fail to check in will be charged a late check-in fee of $50 plus an additional $5 for each week thereafter.

august 26, wednesday

  • Fall full-term course registration for all students due. ​Students must submit enrollments for minimum course load (typically 16 credits) at my.harvard by 11:59 p.m. Students who do not submit enrollments by this time will be charged $40 for each week late.

    • After this date, students must obtain permission from all instructors to enroll in courses

AUGUST 31, Monday

  • Enrollment deadline for fall term HUSHP coverage for dependents.
  • Fall 1 Session Begins (only applies to coursework at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health).

SEPTEMBER 2, wednesday

  • Academic years begins for incoming GSAS students. First meeting of fall term courses. Follow a Monday schedule.
  • Deadline to submit work for incomplete grades from the fall 2019 term.

SEPTEMBER 7, MONDAY

  • University Holiday: Labor Day.

SEPTEMBER 8, tuesday

  • Deadline for electronic submission of approved dissertations for November 2020 degree candidates who wish to have fall tuition, Student Health Fee, and Student Health Insurance Plan removed from their student account. Submissions must be made by 11:59 p.m. EDT. Students who submit dissertations on or before this date will have health coverage canceled retroactive to July 31, 2020.

SEPTEMBER 9, wednesday

September 10, Thursday

  • Fall 1 Session add/drop deadline at 11:59 p.m. (only applies to coursework at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health)

SEPTEMBER 14, MONDAY

  • Make-up examinations for spring 2020 term begin

SEPTEMBER 16, WEDNESDAY

  • Make-up examinations for spring 2020 term-end.

SEPTEMBER 21, MONDAY (3RD MONDAY)

  • Deadline to add or drop a fall course without paying a fee.

September 30, Wednesday

OCTOBER 5, monday (5TH MONDAY)

  • Last day students from other Schools may file cross-registration petitions for fall term with the FAS Registrar’s Office. Some Schools have earlier deadlines.

october 9, 2020, Friday

  • Deadline for November 2020 degree candidates to submit their dissertation electronically. Submissions must be made by 11:59 p.m. EDT.  Students who submit their dissertation electronically from September 8 -October 9 will retain the Student Health Fee and the Student Health Insurance Plan through January 31, 2021, and will be charged accordingly. 

OCTOBER 12, MONDAY

  • University Holiday: Columbus Day (Federal); Indigenous Peoples’ Day (City of Cambridge)

October 19, Monday (7th Monday)

  • Last day to add (or enroll in) fall 2020 courses. To add a course after this date an approved Petition to Add must be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Last day to change to or from SAT/UNS grading option for designated language courses.
  • Students who fail to register by this date for a minimum required course load, withdraw from their academic program, or submit an application for non-resident status for the fall 2020 term are subject to disciplinary action and may be placed on an involuntary leave of absence, also known as an administrative leave of absence, for the remainder of the academic term.

OCTOBER 20, Tuesday

  • Degree recommendations from academic programs for November 2020 degree candidates due.

october 23, friday

  • Fall 1 Session ends (only applies to coursework at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health).

october 26, Monday

  • Fall 2 Session begins (only applies to coursework at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health).

october 31, saturday

  • Fall Harvard University Student Health Insurance Plan late waiver deadline.

NOVEMBER 2, MONDAY (9TH MONDAY)

  • Last day to drop a fall course via my.harvard. To withdraw from a fall course after this date, an approved Petition to Withdraw must be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs. A notation of WD will be recorded on the student’s transcript for the course if the petition is approved.

November 5, Thursday

  • Fall 2 Session course add/drop deadline at 11:59 p.m. (only applies to coursework at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health).

NOVEMBER 10, TUESDAY

  • Conferral date for November 2020 degrees.
NOVEMBER 11, Wednesday
  • University holiday: Veterans’ Day (observed for staff). Classes will be held on a regular Wednesday schedule.

NOVEMBER 25, WEDNESDAY

  • Thanksgiving recess begins.

november 29, SUNDAY

  • Thanksgiving recess ends.

december 1, tuesday

DECEMBER 3, Thursday

  • Last day of fall term classes.

DECEMBER 4, friday

  • Fall term Reading Period begins.

DECEMBER 9, wednesday

  • Last day on which students may submit an approved Petition to Withdraw from fall term course to the Office of Student Affairs. A notation of WD will be recorded on the student’s transcript for the course if the petition is approved.
  • Fall term reading period ends.

DECEMBER 10, Thursday

  • Fall term examinations begin.

December 18, Friday

  • Fall 2 Session ends (only applies to coursework at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health)

DECEMBER 19, saturday

  • Fall term examinations end.

DECEMBER 20, sunday

  • Winter recess begins. (Most University offices closed during recess.)
     

Spring 2021

Spring dates/deadlines for the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health will be added to the GSAS Academic Calendar soon!

january 4, monday

  • University offices reopen.
  • Winter recess ends.

January 6, wednesday

  • Spring term online check-in opens in my.harvard.

January 11, Monday

  • January@GSAS begins, with programs running through Friday, January 22. 

January 13, wednesday

  • Course registration for the spring 2021 term opens for all students in my.harvard.edu.
  • Deadline for all students, including special students and visiting fellows, to check in for the spring 2021 term. Students who fail to check in will be charged a late check-in fee of $50.

january 18, monday

  • University Holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 19, tuesday

January 21, thursday

  • Spring full-term course registration for all students due. ​Students must submit enrollments for minimum course load (typically 16 credits) at my.harvard by 11:59 p.m. Students who do not submit enrollments by this time will be charged $40 for each week late.
    • After this date, students must obtain permission from all instructors to enroll in courses.

January 22, friday

January 25, monday

  • Spring term begins. First meeting of spring term courses.

January 31, sunday

February 5, friday

  • Wellness day (no classes).

February 8, monday (3rd monday)

  • Make-up examinations for fall 2020 term begin.

FEBRUARY 10, wednesday

  • Make-up examinations end for fall 2020 term.

FEBRUARY 15, monday

  • University Holiday: President’s Day.

FEBRUARY 22, monday (5th Monday)

  • Last day students from other Schools may file cross-registration petitions for spring term with the FAS Registrar’s Office. Some Schools have earlier deadlines.

MARCH 1, monday

  • Wellness Day (No classes held)

MARCH 2, tuesday

  • Conferral date for March 2021 degrees.

MARCH 3, wednesday

  • Degree applications for May degree candidates open in my.harvard.

MARCH 8, monday (7th Monday)

  • Last day to add (or enroll in) spring 2021 courses. To add a course after this date an approved Petition to Add must be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Last day to change to or from SAT/UNS grading option for designated language courses.
  • Students who fail to register by this date for a minimum required course load, withdraw from their academic program, or submit an application for non-resident status for the spring 2021 term are subject to disciplinary action and may be placed on an involuntary leave of absence, also known as an administrative leave of absence, for the remainder of the academic term.

MARCH 16, tuesday

  • Wellness Day (No classes held)

MARCH 22, monday (9th monday)

  • Last day to drop a spring course via my.harvard. To withdraw from a fall course after this date, an approved Petition to Withdraw must be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs. A notation of WD will be recorded on the student’s transcript for the course if the petition is approved.

MARCH 31, wednesday

  • Wellness Day (No classes held)

  • Spring Harvard University Student Health Insurance Plan late waiver deadline.

APRIL 1, thursday

  • Final degree applications for May degree candidates due in my.harvard.

  • Final application for a May secondary field due to the Registrar's Office.

APRIL 15, thursday

  • Wellness Day (No classes held)

APRIL 28, wednesday

  • Last day of spring term classes.
  • Deadline to submit work for incomplete grades from the fall 2020 term.

APRIL 29, thursday

  • Spring term reading period begins.

MAY 5, wednesday

  • Spring term reading period ends.
  • Last day on which students may submit an approved Petition to Withdraw from spring term course to the Office of Student Affairs. A notation of WD will be recorded on the student’s transcript for the course if the petition is approved.

MAY 6, thursday

  • Spring term examinations begin.

MAY 13, thursday

MAY 15, saturday

  • Spring term examinations end.

MAY 20, Thursday

  • Degree recommendations from academic programs for May 2021 degree candidates due.

MAY 27, thursday

CONTACT INFO

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Office of Student Affairs
Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center
1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 350
Cambridge, MA 02138

Policy Forms

Petition to Add/Withdraw from a Course
Application for Part-Time Study
Notice of Withdrawal from Degree Candidacy
Petition for the Extension of Time for an Incomplete Grade