Academic Calendar 2021-2022

The 2021-2022 GSAS Academic Calendar can also be found on the FAS Registrar's website. 

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

Fall 2021 

JULY 1, WEDNESDAY 

  • Start of the term for continuing GSAS students. 

JULY 1, THURSDAY 

JULY 31, SATURDAY 

AUGUST 2, MONDAY 

  • Fall 2021 Check-In opens in my.harvard

  • Crimson Cart opens to allow shopping for courses for fall 2021 term.  

  • Final degree applications for November 2021 degree candidates due through my.harvard

  • Final application for a November 2021 secondary field due through my.harvard

AUGUST 15, SUNDAY 

  • GSAS deadline for paying fall tuition and fees. 

AUGUST 16, MONDAY 

  • Course registration opens to allow enrolling in fall 2021 courses. 

  • Deadline for all students, including special students and visiting fellows, to check in for the fall 2021 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, THURSDAY 

  • 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. 

    • Late fees will not begin until September 2: [Students who do not submit enrollments by this time will be charged $40 for each week late. If students experience a late regstration fee as a result of an administrative delay, they can apply for a fee waiver through the Office of Student Affiars.]

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

AUGUST 30, MONDAY 

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

AUGUST 31, TUESDAY 

SEPTEMBER 1, WEDNESDAY 

  • Academic year 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 6, MONDAY 

  • University Holiday: Labor Day. 

SEPTEMBER 8, WEDNESDAY 

  • Deadline for electronic submission of approved dissertations for November 2021 degree candidates who wish to have 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, 2021. 

SEPTEMBER 9, THURSDAY 

SEPTEMBER 20, MONDAY (3RD MONDAY) 

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

SEPTEMBER 30, THURSDAY 

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

OCTOBER 4, 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 11, MONDAY 

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

OCTOBER 18, MONDAY (7TH MONDAY) 

  • 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 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. 

OCTOBER 19, TUESDAY 

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

OCTOBER 22, THURSDAY 

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

OCTOBER 25, SATURDAY 

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

NOVEMBER 1, 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 9, TUESDAY 

  • Conferral date for November 2021 degrees. 

November 10, Wednesday 

NOVEMBER 11, Thursday 

  • University holiday: Veterans’ Day (observed for staff). Classes will be held on a regular Thursday schedule. 

NOVEMBER 24, WEDNESDAY 

  • Thanksgiving recess begins. 

NOVEMBER 28, SUNDAY 

  • Thanksgiving recess ends. 

DECEMBER 1, WEDNESDAY 

DECEMBER 2, THURSDAY 

  • Last day of fall term classes. 

DECEMBER 3, FRIDAY 

  • Fall term Reading Period begins. 

DECEMBER 8, WEDNESDAY 

  • Last day on which students may submit an approvedPetition 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 9, FRIDAY 

  • Fall term examinations begin. 

DECEMBER 16, THURSDAY 

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

DECEMBER 18, SATURDAY 

  • Fall term examinations end. 

DECEMBER 19, SUNDAY 

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

Spring 2022 

JANUARY 3, MONDAY 

  • University offices reopen. 

  • Winter recess ends. 

JANUARY 5, WEDNESDAY 

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

JANUARY 10, MONDAY 

  • January@GSAS begins, with programs running through Friday, January 21.  

January 12, Wednesday 

  • Deadline for all students, including special students and visiting fellows, to check in for the spring 2022 term. Students who fail to check in will be charged a late check-in fee of $50. 

  • Course registration opens to allow enrolling in spring 2022 courses. 

JANUARY 17, MONDAY 

  • University Holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 

JANUARY 18, TUESDAY 

January 20, 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. 

JANUARY 21, FRIDAY 

JANUARY 24, MONDAY 

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

  • Spring 1 session begins (only applies to coursework at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health). 

JANUARY 28, THURSDAY 

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

JANUARY 31, SUNDAY 

FEBRUARY 7, MONDAY (3RD MONDAY) 

  • Deadline to add or drop a spring course without paying a $10 late add/drop fee. 

  • Make-up examinations for fall 2021 term begin. 

FEBRUARY 9, WEDNESDAY 

  • Make-up examinations end for fall 2021 term. 

FEBRUARY 21, MONDAY 

  • University Holiday: President’s Day. 

FEBRUARY 22, TUESDAY 

  • 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. 

FEBUARY 28,MONDAY 

MARCH 8, TUESDAY 

  • Conferral date for March 2022 degrees. 

MARCH 7, MONDAY (7TH MONDAY

  • 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 2022 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 9, WEDNESDAY 

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

MARCH 11, THURSDAY 

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

MARCH 12, SATURDAY 

  • Spring Recess begins. 

MARCH 20, SUNDAY 

  • Spring recess ends. 

MARCH 21, MONDAY (9TH MONDAY) 

  • Last day to drop a spring course via my.harvard. To withdraw from a spring 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. 

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

MARCH 31, WEDNESDAY 

  • 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 27, TUESDAY 

  • Last day of spring term classes. 

  • Deadline to submit work for incomplete grades from the fall 2021 term. 

APRIL 28, THURSDAY 

  • Spring term reading period begins. 

MAY 4, 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 5, THURSDAY 

  • Spring term examinations begin. 

MAY 12, THURSDAY 

MAY 13, FRIDAY 

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

MAY 14, SATURDAY 

  • Spring term examinations end. 

MAY 19, THURSDAY 

  • Degree recommendations from academic programs for May 2022 degree candidates due. 

MAY 26, THURSDAY 

  • Conferral date for May 2022 degrees and Commencement

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