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Academic Calendar 2023-2024 Tentative Dates

The academic calendar is divided into fall and spring semesters of approximately 15 weeks each and summer sessions of varying length. The last week of the fall and spring semesters is set aside for final examinations. The academic calendar for the Washington College of Law (WCL) of American University varies from this general schedule. For the full WCL academic calendar, please go to: http://www.wcl.american.edu/registrar/

The holidays and vacations observed by the university are noted below. Spring break is the week following the spring semester midterm. Classes continue until 10:40 p.m. the evening before a holiday or vacation period.

Note: The refund, add/drop/withdrawal, grade change, and final grades schedule applies to all courses with a standard schedule during a regular semester (fall/spring). Refunds, adds/drops/withdrawals, and grade changes for courses on nonstandard schedules (including MBA modules), as well as all summer session courses, are calculated proportionately, based on the percentage of the course completed. Final grades are always due 72 hours after the official end date of the course. For more information, please go to: www.american.edu/finance/studentaccounts/Refunds-for-Course-Drops-andWithdrawals.cfm. For Summer Registration and Refund Dates please go to: https://www.american.edu/summer/calendar.cfm 

2023 Fall Semester Calendar
Date Day Event
8/1/2023 Tue Payment due for fall classes
8/19/2023 Sat All-American Welcome (Events begin with new student move-in and continue through the first two weeks of classes.)
8/28/2023 Mon Fall classes begin
9/4/2023 Mon Labor Day; no classes, university offices closed
9/11/2023 Mon Last day to add a fall course, internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
9/11/2023 Mon Last day to drop a fall course for a 100% refund and without a "W" recorded
9/18/2023 Mon Last day to withdraw from a fall course for a 50% refund
9/25/2023 Mon Last day to withdraw from a fall course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
10/2/2023 Mon Schedule of Classes for Spring published.
10/2/2023 Mon Academic alerts due in Registrar's Office
10/4/2023 - 10/6/2023 Fri-Sun All-American Weekend
10/13/2023 Fri Fall Break; no classes, university offices open
10/23/2023 Mon Spring priority registration for graduate students begins.
10/30/2023 Mon Spring priority registration for undergraduate students begins.
10/31/2023 Tue Last day to apply for fall graduation
11/3/2023 Fri Last day to withdraw from a fall course or change a grade option (end of the 10th week)
11/10/2023 Fri Theses and dissertations due in deans' offices for fall degree candidates
11/21/2023 Tue Tuesday classes cancelled; Friday classes meet.
11/22/2023 Wed Thanksgiving holiday; no classes; university offices closed Thursday and Friday
12/8/2023 Fri Fall classes end. Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for fall degree candidates
12/9/2023 Sat-Sun Fall Study Days
12/11/2023 Mon-Sat Fall final examinations
12/17/2023 Sun Fall Commencement Ceremony for August and December graduates
12/21/2023 Thu All full-term fall classes final grades due.
12/23/2023 Sat Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on December diplomas; no event associated with this date)
12/23/2023 - 1/1/2024 Sat-Mon Winter break; university offices closed
2024 Spring Semester Calendar
Date Day Event
1/11/2024-1/14/2024 Thu-Sun Winter Welcome
1/15/2024 Mon Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no classes, university offices closed
1/16/2024 Tue Spring classes begin
1/29/2024 Mon Last day to add a spring course, internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
1/29/2024 Mon Last day to drop a spring course for a 100% refund and without a "W" recorded
2/1/2024 Thu Last day to apply for spring graduation
2/5/2024 Mon Last day to withdraw from a spring course for a 50% refund
2/12/2024 Mon Last day to withdraw from a spring course for a 25% refund (no refunds after this date)
2/19/2024 Mon Academic alerts due in Registrar's Office
2/26/2024 Mon Schedule of Classes for Summer and Fall published.
3/10/2024-3/17/2024 Sun-Sun Spring break; no classes, university offices open Monday through Friday
3/22/2024 Fri Last day to withdraw from a spring class or change a grade option (end of 10th week)
3/25/2024 Mon Summer registration begins.
3/27/2024 Wed Fall priority registration for graduate students begins.
3/30/2024 Sat Theses and dissertations due in deans' offices for spring degree candidates
4/3/2024 Wed Fall priority registration for undergraduate students begins.
4/29/2024 Mon Spring classes end
4/29/2024 Mon Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for spring degree candidates
4/30/2024 Tue Spring study day; no classes
5/1/2024 Wed Payment due for summer classes
5/1/2024 Wed-Tue Spring final examinations
5/10/2024 Fri All full-term spring classes final grades due.
5/10/2024-5/12/2024 Fri-Sun Commencement Weekend Activities
5/12/2024 Sun Official Degree Award Date
2024 Summer Sessions Calendar
Date Day Event
5/1/2024 Wed Payment due for summer classes
5/13/2024 Mon 7-week (A) and Online Learning I (E) sessions begin
5/20/2024 Mon First 6-week (B) and 3-week (C) sessions begin
5/24/2024 Fri Last day to add a summer internship, Independent Reading or Research, or Community Service-Learning project
5/27/2024 Mon Memorial Day; no classes, university offices closed
06/01/2024 Sat Last day to apply for summer graduation
6/6/2024 Thu 3-week (C) session ends
6/27/2024 Thu 7-week (A), first 6-week (B), and Online Learning I (E) sessions end
7/1/2024 Mon Second 6-week (D) and Online Learning II (F) session begin
7/4/2024 Thu Independence Day; no classes, university offices closed
7/19/2024 Fri Theses and dissertations due in deans' offices for summer degree candidates
8/1/2024 Thu Payment due for fall classes
8/8/2024 Thu Second 6-week (D) session ends
8/8/2024 Thu Theses and dissertations due in Registrar's Office for summer degree candidates
8/15/2024 Thu Online Learning II (F) session ends
8/17/2024 Sat End of summer sessions
8/25/2024 Sun Official Degree Award Date (date that appears on August diplomas; no event associated with this date)