The Catholic University of America

Academic Calendar

Below are the undergraduate and graduate academic calendars for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. 

These calendars do not apply to CUA's fully online programs.  Online programs calendars can be found here.

PDF versions of these calendars and calendars for past and future terms (through Spring 2025) can be found here.

The Summer Sessions calendars can be found here.

Law School academic calendars can be found here.

 

Fall Semester 2017

Monday, March 27 Registration for Fall Semester 2017 begins (use Cardinal Station)
Thursday, August 24
Monday, August 28
Opening of classes 
Thursday, August 31
Mass of the Holy Spirit - University Mass, 12:10 p.m.; No classes held between 11:50 a.m. and 2:10 p.m.
Monday, September 4

Labor Day (Holiday: No classes) 

Wednesday, September 6 Class of 2021 Convocation, 9:00 a.m.
Friday, September 8
Last day to register or add regular session courses for credit, including comprehensive exams and internships (use Cardinal Station)*
Last day to drop regular session courses without record (use Cardinal Station)*
Friday, September 22
Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for Summer 2017 graduation
Monday, October 2
Last day for Summer 2017 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application (use Cardinal Station)
Monday, October 9 Columbus Day (Holiday: No classes)
Tuesday, October 10 Administrative Friday: Classes follow a Friday schedule this day; Tuesday classes do not meet
Tuesday, October 10 
Friday, October 13
Faculty submit interim grades for freshmen
Friday, October 13
Midterm
Last day to resolve grades of Incomplete from the previous semester
Last day to change to audit (must have dean's permission)
Monday, October 30
Pre-registration advising begins
Wednesday, November 1 All Saints Day
Thursday, November 2
All Souls Liturgy - Memorial Mass for deceased of the university community
Monday, November 6 Registration for Spring (Second) Semester 2018 begins (use Cardinal Station).
Friday, November 10
Last day to withdraw from regular session classes with a “W” grade (use Cardinal Station)*
Friday, November 17
Last day to request pass/fail option (undergraduates only; must have dean's permission)
Wednesday, November 22
Thanksgiving recess begins
Monday, November 27
Classes resume
Friday, December 8 Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holiday and Reading Day: No classes)
Saturday, December 9 –
Sunday, December 10
Reading Period (Note: Classes that meet on Saturdays will meet on Saturday, December 9)
Monday, December 11
Last day of classes
Tuesday, December 12 –
Saturday, December 16
Final Examination Period
Tuesday, December 19
All final grades due by 3:00p.m.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Last day for Fall 2017 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application (use Cardinal Station)
Friday, January 5, 2018
Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for Fall 2017 graduation 
  

Spring Semester 2018

Monday, November 6, 2017
Registration for Spring Semester 2018 begins (use Cardinal Station)
 
Tuesday, January 2
Last day for Fall 2017 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application (use Cardinal Station)
 
Monday, January 8
Opening of classes
 
Monday, January 15
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (Holiday: No classes)
 
Friday, January 19
Last day to register or add regular session courses for credit, including comprehensive exams and internships (use Cardinal Station)*
Last day to drop regular session courses without record (use Cardinal Station)*
 
Thursday, January 25
Patronal Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas University Mass, 12:10 p.m.; No classes held between 11:50 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
 
Wednesday, February 14 Ash Wednesday  
Monday, February 19 –
Friday, February 23
Faculty submit interim grades for freshmen  
Tuesday, February 20 Administrative Monday: Classes follow a Monday schedule this day; Tuesday classes do not meet  
Friday, February 23
Midterm
Last day to resolve grades of Incomplete from the previous semester
Last day to change to audit (must have dean's permission)
 
Friday, March 2 Last day for Spring 2018 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application (use Cardinal Station)  
Monday, March 5 Spring recess begins  
Monday, March 12 Classes Resume  
Tuesday, March 15
Registration for Summer 2018 begins (use Cardinal Station)
 
Monday, March 19
Pre-registration advising for Fall 2018 begins
 
Monday, March 26

Registration for Fall (First) Semester 2018 begins (use Cardinal Station)

 
Wednesday, March 28 Last day to withdraw from regular session courses with a "W" grade (use Cardinal Station)*  
Monday, March 29 Holy Thursday. No Classes; Easter recess begins  
Friday, March 30 Good Friday  
Sunday, April 1 Easter Sunday  
Monday, April 2 Easter Monday  
Tuesday, April 3 Classes resume  
Wednesday, April 4 Last day to request pass/fail option (undergraduates only; must have dean’s permission)  
Tuesday, April 10 Founders Day  
Thursday, April 19 University Research Day; No classes before 3:30 p.m.  
Wednesday, April 25 Reading Day (No Classes)  
Friday, April 27
Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for May 2018 graduation
 
Saturday, April 28 Last day of classes  
Sunday, April 29 –
Monday, April 30
Reading Period
 
Tuesday, May 1 – 
Saturday, May 5
Final examination period
 
Monday, May 7
Grades for graduating students due by noon
 
Tuesday, May 8
All other grades due by 3:00 p.m.
 
Friday, May 11
 
Saturday, May 12
 
Friday, May 25
Law School Commencement
 
Monday, May 7 –
Saturday, August 11
Summer Session
 

 *Courses offered in dynamically dated sessions (those which do not extend the full length of the semester) may have earlier or later deadlines.  These deadlines may be viewed via the calendar icon in Cardinal Station.