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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. 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, add/drop/withdrawal, grade change, and final grades schedule applies to all courses with a standard schedule during a regular semester (fall/spring). Refunds, adds/drops/withdrawals, and grade changes 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. Final grades are always due 72 hours after the official end date of the course. For more information, please go to: www.american.edu/finance/studentaccounts/Refunds-for-Course-Drops-andWithdrawals.cfm. For Summer Registration and Refund Dates please go to: https://www.american.edu/summer/calendar.cfm 

2023 Fall Semester Calendar
Date Day Event
08/01/2023 Tue Payment due for fall classes
08/19/2023 - 08/27/2023 Sat-Sun All-American Welcome (Events begin with new student move-in and continue through the first two weeks of classes.)
08/28/2023 Mon Fall classes begin
09/04/2023 Mon Labor Day; no classes, university offices closed
09/11/2023 Mon Last day to add a fall course, internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
09/11/2023 Mon Last day to drop a fall course for a 100% refund and without a "W" recorded
09/12/2023 Tue Fall withdrawal period begins (withdraw recorded on record; 50% refund)
09/18/2023 Mon Last day to withdraw from a fall course for a 50% refund
09/25/2023 Mon Last day to withdraw from a fall course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
10/02/2023 Mon Schedule of Classes for Spring published
10/02/2023 Mon Academic alerts due in Registrar's Office
10/06/2023 - 10/08/2023 Fri-Sun AU Family Weekend
10/13/2023 Fri Fall Break; no classes, university offices open
10/23/2023 Mon Spring priority registration for graduate students begins
10/30/2023 Mon Spring priority registration for undergraduate students begins
10/31/2023 Tue Last day to apply for fall graduation
11/03/2023 Fri Last day to withdraw from 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
12/08/2023 Fri Fall classes end. Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for fall degree candidates
12/09/2023 Sat-Sun Fall Study Days
12/11/2023 Mon-Sat Fall final examinations
12/17/2023 Sun Fall Commencement Ceremony for August and December graduates
12/21/2023 Thu All full-term fall classes final grades due
12/23/2023 Sat Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on December diplomas; no event associated with this date)
12/23/2023 - 01/01/2024 Sat-Mon Winter break; university offices closed
2024 Spring Semester Calendar
Date Day Event
01/11/2024-01/14/2024 Thu-Sun Winter Welcome
01/15/2024 Mon Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no classes, university offices closed
01/16/2024 Tue Spring classes begin
01/30/2024 Tue Last day to add a spring course, internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
01/30/2024 Tue Last day to drop a spring course for a 100% refund and without a "W" recorded
01/31/2024 Wed Spring withdrawal period begins (withdraw recorded on record; 50% refund)
02/01/2024 Thu Last day to apply for spring graduation
02/06/2024 Tue Last day to withdraw from a spring course for a 50% refund
02/13/2024 Tue Last day to withdraw from a spring course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
02/19/2024 Mon Academic alerts due in Registrar's Office
03/04/2024 Mon Schedule of Classes for Summer and Fall published
03/10/2024-03/17/2024 Sun-Sun Spring break; no classes, university offices open Monday through Friday
03/22/2024 Fri Last day to withdraw from a spring class or change a grade option (end of 10th week)
03/25/2024 Mon Summer registration begins
03/27/2024 Wed Fall priority registration for graduate students begins
03/29/2024 Fri Theses and dissertations due in deans' offices for spring degree candidates
04/01/2024 Mon Fall priority registration for undergraduate students begins
04/29/2024 Mon Spring classes end
04/29/2024 Mon Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for spring degree candidates
04/30/2024 - 05/01/2024 Tue-Wed Spring study day; no classes
05/01/2024 Wed Payment due for summer classes
05/02/2024 - 05/08/2024 Thu-Wed Spring final examinations
05/10/2024 Fri All full-term spring classes final grades due
05/10/2024-05/12/2024 Fri-Sun Commencement Weekend Activities
05/12/2024 Sun Official Degree Award Date
2024 Summer Sessions Calendar
Date Day Event
05/01/2024 Wed Payment due for summer classes
05/13/2024 Mon 7-week (A) and Online Learning I (E) sessions begin
05/20/2024 Mon First 6-week (B) and 3-week (C) sessions begin
05/24/2024 Fri Last day to add a summer internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
05/27/2024 Mon Memorial Day; no classes, university offices closed
06/01/2024 Sat Last day to apply for summer graduation
06/08/2024 Sat 3-week (C) session ends
06/19/2024 Wed Juneteenth; no classes, university offices closed
06/29/2024 Sat 7-week (A), first 6-week (B), and Online Learning I (E) sessions end
07/01/2024 Mon Second 6-week (D) and Online Learning II (F) session begin
07/04/2024 Thu Independence Day; no classes, university offices closed
07/19/2024 Fri Theses and dissertations due in deans' offices for summer degree candidates
08/01/2024 Thu Payment due for fall classes
08/08/2024 Thu Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for summer degree candidates
08/10/2024 Sat Second 6-week (D) session ends
08/17/2024 Sat Online Learning II (F) session ends
08/17/2024 Sat End of summer sessions
08/25/2024 Sun Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on August diplomas; no event associated with this date)