The requested calendar for 2015-16 is not available; showing the current academic year.

2016-17 Academic Calendar

Fall 2016
EventDay(s) of the WeekDate
Residence halls openFridayAugust 19
Instruction beginsTuesdayAugust 23
Labor Day Holiday - no classesMondaySeptember 5
Fall Break BeginsSaturdayOctober 8
Instruction resumesWednesdayOctober 12
Thanksgiving Recess BeginsWednesdayNovember 23
Instruction resumesMondayNovember 28
Last day of classesFridayDecember 2
Study PeriodSaturday - TuesdayDecember 3 - 6
Scheduled Exams (Fall)Wednesday - ThursdayDecember 7 - 15
January Graduation RecognitionSaturdayDecember 17
Winter 2016-17
EventDay(s) of the WeekDate
University Winter BreakMonday - MondayDecember 26 - 2
Winter 3-Week Session Classes BeginTuesdayJanuary 3
Winter Session Period endsSaturdayJanuary 21
Spring 2017
EventDay(s) of the WeekDate
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day / HolidayMondayJanuary 16
January Orientation BeginsFridayJanuary 20
Instruction Begins (Spring)WednesdayJanuary 25
February Break Begins, 1:10 pmSaturdayFebruary 18
Instruction Resumes (Spring)WednesdayFebruary 22
Spring Break BeginsSaturdayApril 1
Instruction Resumes (Spring)MondayApril 10
Last Day of Classes (Spring)WednesdayMay 10
Study Period (Spring)Thursday - SundayMay 11 - 14
Scheduled Exams (Spring)Monday - ThursdayMay 15 - 18
Study Day (Spring)FridayMay 19
Scheduled Exams (Spring)Saturday - TuesdayMay 20 - 23
CommencementSundayMay 28

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

Summer 2017
EventDay(s) of the WeekDate
3-Week Summer Session Registration/classes BeginWednesdayMay 31
8-Week Summer Session registration/classes BeginMonday - MondayJune 12 - 12
3-Week Summer Session final examsFridayJune 23
6-Week Summer Session registration/classes beginMondayJune 26
6- and 8-Week Summer Sessions Final ExamsMonday - TuesdayAugust 7 - 8

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

See also Key Academic Dates from the Office of the University Registrar website.

See also Key Cornell Dates which include dining, housing, and health services deadlines plus yearly major events and student governance meetings, in addition to all key academic dates. (Subscribe via: Google, iCal, Outlook, RSS.)

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

The 2018-19 and 2019-20 calendars are subject to change; the 2020-21 calendar is under review and not available at this time.