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Academic calendars

The important dates below are scheduled by the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. Some deadlines and other dates may be different in other Penn Schools or Colleges.

Spring 2021 academic calendar and deadlines

Advance registration period for the spring term Monday, November 30 -
Monday, December 7 (2020)
Classes begin (regular Wednesday classes) Wednesday, January 20
Last day to add writing or language course Friday, January 22
Tuition reduction request forms due Tuesday, February 2
Last day to add a course Tuesday, February 2
Last day to drop a course with no financial obligation and no notation on the transcript (After this date LPS students must contact the LPS office to drop a course) Tuesday, February 2
Last day to drop a course with 50% financial obligation and no notation on transcript (LPS students must complete a Late Drop Form) Monday, March 1
Spring recess begins at close of classes on Tuesday, March 9 Wednesday, March 10 -
Thursday, March 11
Spring recess ends; classes resume Friday, March 12
Last day to change grade type status in a course (Submit a request form at https://srfs.upenn.edu/grade-type-change) Friday, March 19
Registration for summer classes begins Monday, March 22
Last day to withdraw from a course. Full financial obligation applies. (LPS students must submit a Withdrawal Form) Monday, March 29
Advance registration for fall classes Tuesday, April 13 -
Friday, April 23
Spring term classes end Thursday, April 29
Reading days Friday, April 30 -
Monday, May 3
Final examinations Tuesday, May 4 -
Tuesday, May 11
Spring term ends Tuesday, May 11
LPS Graduation Sunday, May 16
University Commencement Monday, May 17

Summer 2021 academic calendar and deadlines

  11-Week Summer Session Summer Session I Summer Session II
Course registration begins March 22 March 22 March 22
Open enrollment form deadline May 10 May 10 June 17 
Classes begin May 24 May 24 July 1
No classes, University holiday July 5 May 31 July 5
Last day to add a course/drop a course with no financial obligation June 8 June 1 July 8
Last day to drop a course with 50% financial obligation
Students must contact their home school by the deadline to have the course dropped and the money refunded. (LPS students must submit a Late Drop Form)
June 22 June 9 July 16
Last day to change grade status
Please see contacts for home school for more information. (LPS students must email lps@sas.upenn.edu with the grade type change request)
June 22 June 9 July 16
Last day to withdraw from a course
Full financial obligation will apply. Transcript to read "W.” Please see contacts in home school for more information. (LPS students must complete a Withdrawal Form)
July 26 June 23 July 30
Classes end* August 6 June 30 August 6

*Summer Sessions do not have a set schedule for final exams. All exam dates are at the discretion of the course instructor.

Fall 2021 academic calendar and deadlines

New Student Orientation See information on orientation dates
Advance registration period Tuesday, April 13 -
Friday, April 23
Classes begin Tuesday, August 31
Labor Day Monday, September 6
(no classes)
Last day to add language courses and writing seminars TBD
Last day to add a course TBD
Last day to drop a course with no financial obligation and no notation on transcript TBD
Tuition reduction request forms due Tuesday, September 14
Last day to drop a course with 50% financial obligation and no notation on transcript (LPS students must submit a Late Drop Form) TBD
Fall term break
Saturday classes will not meet
Thursday, October 14 -
Sunday, October 17
Fall term break ends; classes resume Monday, October 18
Last day to change grade type status in a course (LPS students must complete a Grade Type Change Webform) TBD
Advance registration for spring term TBD
Last day to withdraw from a course. Full financial obligation applies. (LPS students must complete a withdrawal form) TBD
Thu/Fri class schedule on Tue/Wed Tuesday, November 23 &
Wednesday, November 24
Thanksgiving Break begins at 4:30 p.m.
LPS evening classes will not meet
Wednesday, November 24
Thanksgiving Break ends - Classes resume Monday, November 29
Fall term classes end Friday, December 10
Reading days Saturday, December 11 -
Tuesday, December 14
Final examinations Wednesday, December 15 -
Wednesday, December 22
Fall term ends Thursday, December 19