Academics

Academic Calendar

Fall 2012

Event Day(s) of the Week Date
Course Add/Drop Begins¹ Monday August 6
Check for Holds Preventing Registration¹ Tuesday August 14
New Student Check-in (new undergraduates) Friday August 17
Residence Halls Open/Orientation Begins Friday August 17
Graduate & Professional Student Welcome and Check-in Monday August 20
Instruction Begins Wednesday August 22
Labor Day/Holiday/No classes Monday September 3
Fall Break Begins, 1:10 p.m. Saturday October 6
Instruction Resumes, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday October 10
Thanksgiving Recess Begins, 1:10 p.m. Wednesday November 21
Instruction Resumes, 7:30 a.m. Monday November 26
Last Day of Classes Saturday December 1
Study Period Sunday - Wednesday December 2-5
Exams Wednesday² - Friday December 5-7 (exams begin at 7 p.m. Wed.)
Study Day N/A N/A
Exams Monday - Friday December 10-14
January Graduation Recognition Saturday December 15

Winter 2012-13

Event Day(s) of the Week Date
Winter Session Period Begins Wednesday December 26
3-Week Classes Begin Wednesday January 2, 2013
Winter Session Period Ends Saturday January 19

Spring 2013

Event Day(s) of the Week Date
Course Add/Drop Begins¹ Tuesday January 15
Check for Holds Preventing Registration¹ Tuesday January 15
January Orientation Begins Tuesday January 15
Instruction Begins Monday January 21
Spring Break Begins, 1:10 p.m. Saturday March 16
Instruction Resumes, 7:30 a.m. Monday March 25
Last Day of Classes Saturday May 4
Study Period Sunday - Wednesday May 5-8
Exams Wednesday² - Friday May 8-10 (exams begin at 7 p.m. Wed.)
Exams Monday - Friday May 13-17
Senior Week Sunday - Saturday May 19-25
Commencement Sunday May 26

Summer 2013

There are many summer programs that follow different calendars from the one shown here. For more information on these programs, visit Summer Sessions.

Event Day(s) of the Week Date
3-Week Session Registration/Classes Begin Wednesday May 29
8-Week Session Registration/Classes Begin Monday June 10
3-Week Session Final Exams Friday June 21
6-Week Session Registration/Classes Begin Monday June 24
6- and 8-Week Sessions Final Exams Monday/Tuesday August 5-6

¹ Verify Add/Drop appointment window and registration holds on Student Center

² Exams begin Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

For complete semester start-up information visit: Cornell University Campus Life and the Office of the University Registrar.

*Beginning Fall 2014 no classes will be held Wednesday due to Thanksgiving Recess

This calendar may be subject to modification and is not legally binding. Office of the Dean of the University Faculty, 9/2012.

Note: Changes in Calendar beginning in FALL 2014.