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 - SaturdayDecember 12 - 19
Recognition Event for December GraduatesSaturdayDecember 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
Commencement / May degree dateSundayMay 30

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.