University of Pennsylvania Three-Year Academic Calendar, 2018-2019 through 2020-2021

Fall2018 Fall Term2019 Fall Term2020 Fall Term

Move-in for First Year Students         Wednesday

August 22

August 21

August 26

New Student Orientation         Wednesday-Monday           

August 22-27

August 21-26

August 26-31

Opening Exercises and Freshman Convocation         Monday

August 27

August 26

August 31

First day of classes         Tuesday

August 28

August 27

September 1

Labor Day (no classes)         Monday

September 3

September 2

September 7

Course Selection Period ends         Monday

September 17

September 16

(to be decided)

Fall Term Break         Thursday-Sunday

October 4-7

October 10-13

October 1-4

Drop Period ends         Monday

October 8

October 7

(to be decided)

Classes resume         Monday

October 8

October 14

October 5

Family Weekend         Friday-Sunday

October 19-21 (Yale)

November 1-3 (Brown)

October 16-18 (Columbia)

Advance Registration for Spring Term         Monday-Sunday

October 29-November 11

October 28-November 10

(to be decided)

Last day to withdraw from a course         Friday

November 9

November 8

(to be decided)

Homecoming         Saturday

November 10 (Harvard)

November 9 (Cornell)

November 14 (Harvard)

Thur-Fri class schedule on Tue-Wed

November 20-21

November 26-27

November 24-25

Thanksgiving Break         Thursday-Sunday

November 22-25

November 28-December 1

November 26-29

Classes resume         Monday

November 26

December 2

November 30

Last day of classes

December 10 (Mon)

December 9 (Mon)

December 10 (Thur)

Reading Days

December 11-12 (Tues-Wed)

December 10-11 (Tues-Wed)

December 11-14 (Fri-Mon)

Final Examinations

December 13-20 (Thur-Thur)

December 12-19 (Thur-Thur)

December 15-22 (Tues-Tues)

Fall Term ends

December 20 (Thur)

December 19 (Thur)

December 22 (Tues)


2019 Spring Term

2020 Spring Term

2021 Spring Term

First day of classes (Monday class schedule on Wednesday)

January 16 (Monday classes)

January 15 (Monday classes)

January 13 (Monday classes)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed (no classes)         Monday

January 21

January 20

January 18

Course Selection Period ends         Monday

February 4

February 3

(to be decided)

Drop Period ends         Friday

February 22

February 21

(to be decided)

Spring Term Break         Saturday-Sunday

March 2-10

March 7-15

March 6-14

Classes resume         Monday

March 11

March 16

March 15

Advance Registration for Fall Term and Summer Sessions         Monday-Sunday   

March 18-March 31

March 23-April 5

(to be decided)

Last day to withdraw from a course         Friday

April 5

April 3

(to be decided)

Last day of classes         Wednesday

May 1

April 29

April 28

Reading Days         Thursday-Sunday

May 2-5

April 30-May 3

April 29-May 2

Final Examinations         Monday-Tuesday

May 6-14

May 4-12

May 3-11

Spring Term ends         Tuesday

May 14

May 12

May 11

Alumni Day         Saturday

May 18

May 16

May 15

Baccalaureate         Sunday

May 19

May 17

May 16

Commencement         Monday

May 20

May 18

May 17

Summer2019 Summer Term2020 Summer Term2021 Summer Term

11-Week Session classes begin

May 28 (Tue)

May 26 (Tue)

May 24 (Mon)

Session I classes begin                 

May 28 (Tue)

May 26 (Tue)

May 24 (Mon)

Memorial Day observed (no classes)         Monday

May 27

May 25

May 31

Session I classes end         Wednesday

July 3

July 1

June 30

Session II classes begin

July 5 (Fri)

July 2 (Thurs)

July 1 (Thur)

Independence Day observed (no classes)

July 4 (Thurs)

July 3 (Fri)

July 5 (Mon)

Session II & 11-Week Session classes end         Friday

August 9

August 7

August 6



Graduate and professional programs follow their own calendars with different registration/drop deadlines, which are typically available on the website of the school or program. The College of Liberal and Professional Studies may have different registration/drop deadlines. Please visit the LPS website,  for more information.

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, the first two days of Passover and Good Friday are religious holidays that affect large numbers of University community members and that fall during the academic year. To view the University’s policy regarding these and other holidays, please visit

The University’s Three-Year Academic Calendar is subject to change.

In the event that changes are made, the latest, most up-to-date version will be posted to Almanac’s website,