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Academic Calendar 2023-2024 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.

2023 Fall Semester Calendar
Date Day Event
8/1/2023 Tue Payment due for fall classes
8/19/2023 Sat Welcome Week (Sat - Sun)
8/21/2023 Mon WCL: Fall classes begin
8/25/2023 Fri Last day to register for fall without a late fee
8/28/2023 Mon Fall classes begin
8/28/2023 Mon Late registration (with $100 fee) begins
9/1/2023 Fri Late registration for fall ends
9/4/2023 Mon Labor Day; no classes, university offices closed
9/6/2023 Wed Mathematics Equivalency Examination
9/11/2023 Mon Last day to add a fall course, internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
9/11/2023 Mon Last day to drop a fall course for a 100% refund and without a "W" recorded
9/18/2023 Mon Last day to drop a fall course for a 50% refund
9/25/2023 Mon Last day to drop a fall course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
10/2/2023 Mon Schedule of Classes for Spring published.
10/2/2023 Mon Early warning notices due in Registrar's Office
10/13/2023 Fri Fall Break; no classes, university offices open
10/20/2023 Fri All-American Weekend (Fri-Sun)
10/23/2023 Mon Spring priority registration for graduate students begins.
10/28/2023 Sat Writing Proficiency Examination
10/30/2023 Mon Spring priority registration for undergraduate students begins.
10/31/2023 Tue Last day to apply for fall graduation
11/3/2023 Fri Last day to drop a fall course or change a grade option (end of the 10th week)
11/10/2023 Fri Theses and dissertations due in deans' offices for fall degree candidates
11/21/2023 Tue Tuesday classes cancelled; Friday classes meet.
11/22/2023 Wed Thanksgiving holiday; no classes; university offices closed Thursday and Friday
11/30/2023 Thu WCL: Fall classes end.
12/5/2023 Tue WCL: Examinations begin
12/8/2023 Fri Fall classes end. Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for fall degree candidates
12/9/2023 Sat Fall Study Days (Sat-Sun)
12/11/2023 Mon Fall final examinations (Mon-Sat)
12/16/2023 Sat WCL: Examinations end
12/17/2023 Sun Fall Commencement Ceremony for August and December graduates
12/21/2023 Thu All full-term fall classes final grades due.
12/22/2023 Fri WCL: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on December diplomas; no event associated with this date)
12/23/2023 - 1/1/2024 Sat Winter break; university offices closed (Sat - Mon)
12/31/2023 Sun Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on December diplomas; no event associated with this date)
2024 Spring Semester Calendar
Date Day Event
1/8/2024 Mon WCL: Fall classes begin
1/12/2024 Fri Winter Welcome (Thu-Sun)
1/13/2024 Sat Last day to register for spring without a late fee
1/15/2024 Mon Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no classes, university offices closed
1/16/2024 Tue Spring classes begin
1/16/2024 Tue Late registration (with $100 fee) begins
1/19/2024 Fri Late registration for spring ends
1/17/2024 Wed W Mathematics Equivalency Examination
1/29/2024 Mon Last day to add a spring course, internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
1/29/2024 Mon Last day to drop a spring course for a 100% refund and without a "W" recorded
2/1/2024 Thu Last day to apply for spring graduation
2/3/2024 Sat Writing Proficiency Examination
2/5/2024 Mon M Last day to drop a spring course for a 50% refund
2/12/2024 Mon M Last day to drop a spring course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
2/19/2024 Mon M Early warning notices due in Registrar's Office
2/26/2024 Mon Schedule of Classes for Summer and Fall published.
3/10/2024 Sun Su-Su Spring break; no classes, university offices open Monday through Friday
3/22/2024 Fri Last day to drop a spring class or change a grade option (end of 10th week)
3/23/2024 Sat Writing Proficiency Examination
3/25/2024 Mon Summer registration begins.
3/27/2024 Wed Fall priority registration for graduate students begins.
3/30/2024 Sat Theses and dissertations due in deans' offices for spring degree candidates
4/3/2024 Wed Fall priority registration for undergraduate students begins.
4/22/2024 Mon WCL: Last day of classes (includes make-ups for holidays)
4/29/2024 Mon Spring classes end
4/29/2024 Mon Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for spring degree candidates
4/30/2024 Tue Spring study day; no classes
5/1/2024 Wed Payment due for summer classes
5/1/2024 Wed Spring final examinations (Wed - Tues)
5/6/2024 Mon WCL: Examinations begin
5/10/2024 Fri All full-term spring classes final grades due.
5/10/2024 Fri F-Su Commencement Weekend Activities
5/11/2024 Sat WCL: Examinations end
5/12/2024 Sun Official Degree Award Date
5/19/2024 Sun WCL: Spring Commencement Ceremony
5/19/2024 Sun WCL: Official Degree Award Date
2024 Summer Sessions Calendar
Date Day Event
5/1/2024 Wed Payment due for summer classes
5/13/2024 Mon 7-week (A) and Online Learning I (E) sessions begin
5/20/2024 Mon First 6-week (B) and 3-week (C) sessions begin
5/24/2024 Fri Last day to add a summer internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
5/27/2024 Mon Memorial Day; no classes, university offices closed
5/28/2024 Tue WCL: First day of classes
06/01/2024 Sat Last day to apply for summer graduation
6/6/2024 Thu 3-week (C) session ends
6/8/2024 Sat Writing Proficiency Examination
6/27/2024 Thu 7-week (A), first 6-week (B), and Online Learning I (E) sessions end
7/1/2024 Mon Second 6-week (D) and Online Learning II (F) session begin
7/4/2024 Thu Independence Day; no classes, university offices closed
7/19/2024 Fri Theses and dissertations due in deans' offices for summer degree candidates
8/1/2024 Thu WCL: Last day of classes
8/1/2024 Thu Payment due for fall classes
8/8/2024 Thu Second 6-week (D) session ends
8/8/2024 Thu Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for summer degree candidates
8/9/2024 Fri WCL: Examinations end
8/15/2024 Thu Online Learning II (F) session ends; end of summer sessions
8/25/2024 Sun Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on August diplomas; no event associated with this date)
8/22/2024 Thu WCL: Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on August diplomas; no event associate with this date)