2015-16 Academic Calendar

Fall 2015
EventDay(s) of the WeekDate
Residence halls openFridayAugust 21
Instruction beginsTuesdayAugust 25
Labor Day Holiday - no classesMondaySeptember 7
Fall Break beginsSaturdayOctober 10
Instruction ResumesWednesdayOctober 14
Thanksgiving break beginsWednesdayNovember 25
Instruction ResumesMondayNovember 30
Study PeriodSaturday - TuesdayDecember 5 - 8
Scheduled ExamsWednesday - ThursdayDecember 9 - 17
Recognition Ceremony for December GraduatesSaturdayDecember 19
Winter 2015-16
EventDay(s) of the WeekDate
Winter 3-Week session beginsMondayJanuary 4
Winter Session endsSaturdayJanuary 23
Spring 2016
EventDay(s) of the WeekDate
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day / HolidayMondayJanuary 18
January Orientation BeginsThursdayJanuary 21
Instruction beginsWednesdayJanuary 27
February Break beginsSaturdayFebruary 13
Instruction ResumesWednesdayFebruary 17
Spring Break beginsSaturdayMarch 26
Instruction ResumesMondayApril 4
Last Day of ClassesWednesdayMay 11
Study PeriodThursday - SundayMay 12 - 15
Scheduled ExamsMonday - ThursdayMay 16 - 19
Study DayFridayMay 20
Scheduled ExamsSaturday - TuesdayMay 21 - 24

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

Summer 2016
EventDay(s) of the WeekDate
3-week Summer Session beginsWednesdayJune 1
8-week Summer Session beginsMondayJune 13
8-Week Summer Session registration/classes BeginMondayJune 13
3-week Summer Session exams endFridayJune 24
6-week Summer Session beginsMondayJune 27
Independence Day - no classes MondayJuly 4
6- and 8-week Summer Sessions exams endMonday - TuesdayAugust 8 - 9

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.