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Academic Calendar 2021-2022 Tentative Dates

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, and its key dates are noted below in italics. For the full WCL academic calendar, please go to: http://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-andWithdrawals.cfm.

2021 Fall Semester Calendar
Date Day Event
8/1/2021 Sun Payment due for fall classes
8/21/2021 - 8/29/2021 Sat Welcome Week (Sat - Sun)
8/23/2021 Mon WCL: Fall classes begin
8/27/2021 Fri Last day to register for fall without a late fee
8/30/2021 Mon Fall classes begin
8/30/2021 Mon Late registration (with $100 fee) begins
9/3/2021 Fri Late registration for fall ends
9/6/2021 Mon Labor Day; no classes, university offices closed
9/8/2021 Wed Mathematics Equivalency Examination
9/13/2021 Mon Last day to add a fall course, internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
9/13/2021 Mon Last day to drop a fall course for a 100% refund and without a "W" recorded
9/20/2021 Mon Last day to drop a fall course for a 50% refund
9/27/2021 Mon Last day to drop a fall course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
10/1/2021 - 10/3/2021 Fri All-American Weekend (Fri-Sun)
10/4/2021 Mon Schedule of Classes for Spring published.
10/4/2021 Mon Early warning notices due in Registrar's Office
10/15/2021 Fri Fall Break; no classes, university offices open
10/25/2021 Mon Spring priority registration for graduate students begins.
10/30/2021 Sat Writing Proficiency Examination
11/1/2021 Mon Spring priority registration for undergraduate students begins.
10/31/2021 Sun Last day to apply for fall graduation
11/5/2021 Fri Last day to drop a fall course or change a grade option (end of the 10th week)
11/12/2021 Fri Theses and dissertations due in deans’ offices for fall degree candidates
11/23/2021 Tue Tuesday classes cancelled; Friday classes meet.
11/24/2021 - 11/28/2021 Wed Thanksgiving holiday; no classes; university offices closed Thursday and Friday
12/2/2021 Thu WCL: Fall classes end.
12/7/2021 Tue WCL: Examinations begin
12/10/2021 Fri Fall classes end. Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for fall degree candidates
12/11/2021 - 12/12/2021 Sat Fall Study Days (Sat-Sun)
12/13/2021 - 12/18/2021 Mon Fall final examinations (Mon-Sat)
12/18/2021 Sat WCL: Examinations end
12/19/2021 Sun Fall Commencement Ceremony for August and December graduates
12/23/2021 Thu All full-term fall classes final grades due.
12/24/2021 Fri WCL: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on December diplomas; no event associated with this date)
12/24/2021 - 1/2/2022 Fri Winter break; university offices closed (Fri - Sun)
12/31/2021 Fri Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on December diplomas; no event associated with this date)
2022 Spring Semester Calendar
Date Day Event
1/3/2022 Mon WCL: Fall classes begin
1/6/2022 - 1/9/2022 Thu Winter Welcome (Thu-Sun)
1/7/2022 Fri Last day to register for spring without a late fee
1/10/2022 Mon Spring classes begin
1/10/2022 Mon Late registration (with $100 fee) begins
1/14/2022 Fri Late registration for spring ends
1/17/2022 Mon Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no classes, university offices closed
1/19/2022 Wed Mathematics Equivalency Examination
1/24/2022 Mon Last day to add a spring course, internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
1/24/2022 Mon Last day to drop a spring course for a 100% refund and without a "W" recorded
2/1/2022 Tue Last day to apply for spring graduation
1/29/2022 Sat Writing Proficiency Examination
1/31/2022 Mon Last day to drop a spring course for a 50% refund
2/7/2022 Mon Last day to drop a spring course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
2/14/2022 Mon Early warning notices due in Registrar’s Office
2/21/2022 Mon Schedule of Classes for Summer and Fall published.
3/6/2022 Sun Spring break (Sun-Sun); no classes, university offices open Monday through Friday
3/18/2022 Fri Last day to drop a spring class or change a grade option (end of 10th week)
3/19/2022 Sat Writing Proficiency Examination
3/21/2022 Mon Summer registration begins.
3/23/2022 Wed Fall priority registration for graduate students begins.
3/25/2022 Fri Theses and dissertations due in deans’ offices for spring degree candidates
3/30/2022 Wed Fall priority registration for undergraduate students begins.
4/18/2022 Mon WCL: Last day of classes (includes make-ups for holidays)
4/25/2022 Mon Spring classes end
4/25/2022 Mon Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for spring degree candidates
4/26/2022 Tue Spring study day; no classes
5/1/2022 Sun Payment due for summer classes
4/27/2022 - 5/3/2022 Wed Spring final examinations (Wed - Tues)
5/2/2022 Mon WCL: Examinations begin
5/6/2022 Fri All full-term spring classes final grades due.
5/6/2022 - 5/8/2022 Fri Commencement Weekend Activities (Fri - Sun)
5/7/2022 Sat WCL: Examinations end
5/8/2022 Sun Official Degree Award Date
5/15/2022 Sun WCL: Spring Commencement Ceremony
5/15/2022 Sun WCL: Official Degree Award Date
2022 Summer Sessions Calendar
Date Day Event
5/1/2022 Sun Payment due for summer classes
5/9/2022 Mon 7-week (A) and Online Learning I (E) sessions begin
5/16/2022 Mon First 6-week (B) and 3-week (C) sessions begin
5/20/2022 Fri Last day to add a summer internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
5/30/2022 Mon Memorial Day; no classes, university offices closed
5/31/2022 Tue WCL: First day of classes
06/01/2022 Wed Last day to apply for summer graduation
6/2/2022 Thu 3-week (C) session ends
6/4/2022 Sat Writing Proficiency Examination
6/23/2022 Thu 7-week (A), first 6-week (B), and Online Learning I (E) sessions end
6/27/2022 Mon Second 6-week (D) and Online Learning II (F) session begin
7/4/2022 Mon Independence Day; no classes, university offices closed
7/15/2022 Fri Theses and dissertations due in deans' offices for summer degree candidates
7/28/2022 Thu WCL: Last day of classes
8/1/2022 Mon Payment due for fall classes
8/4/2022 Thu Second 6-week (D) session ends
8/4/2022 Thu Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for summer degree candidates
8/5/2022 Fri WCL: Examinations end
8/11/2022 Thu Online Learning II (F) session ends; end of summer sessions
8/28/2022 Sun Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on August diplomas; no event associated with this date)
8/18/2022 Thu WCL: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on August diplomas; no event associate with this date)