2020-21 Academic Calendar

Fall 2020
EventDay(s) of the WeekDate
Residence halls openFridayAugust 21
Instruction beginsThursdayAugust 27
Labor Day Holiday - no classesMondaySeptember 7
Fall Break beginsSaturdayOctober 10
Indigenous Peoples' DayMondayOctober 12
Instruction ResumesWednesdayOctober 14
Veterans DayWednesdayNovember 11
Thanksgiving break beginsWednesdayNovember 25
Instruction ResumesMondayNovember 30
Last Day of ClassesTuesdayDecember 8
Study PeriodWednesday - FridayDecember 9 - 11
Scheduled ExamsSaturday - FridayDecember 12 - 18
Recognition Ceremony for December GraduatesSaturdayDecember 19
Scheduled ExamsSaturdayDecember 19
December degree dateThursdayDecember 31
Winter 2020-21
EventDay(s) of the WeekDate
Winter 3-Week session beginsMondayJanuary 4
Winter Session endsSaturdayJanuary 23
Spring 2021
EventDay(s) of the WeekDate
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day / HolidayMondayJanuary 18
Instruction beginsTuesdayJanuary 26
February Break beginsSaturdayFebruary 27
Instruction ResumesWednesdayMarch 3
Spring Break beginsSaturdayApril 3
Instruction ResumesMondayApril 12
Last Day of ClassesTuesdayMay 11
Study PeriodWednesday - FridayMay 12 - 14
Scheduled ExamsSaturday - SaturdayMay 15 - 22
Senior DaysSunday - FridayMay 23 - 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 2021
EventDay(s) of the WeekDate
3-week Summer Session beginsWednesdayMay 26
8-week Summer Session beginsMondayJune 7
3-week Summer Session exams endFridayJune 18
6-week Summer Session beginsMondayJune 21
6- and 8-week Summer Sessions exams endMonday - TuesdayAugust 2 - 3
August degree dateMondayAugust 16

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.

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 have been revised as announced on July 13, 2017. More information is available in the Cornell Chronicle.