The Catholic University of America

Academic Calendar

Below are the undergraduate and graduate academic calendars for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 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 2015

Thursday, August 27
Monday, August 31
Opening of classes 
Thursday, September 3
Mass of the Holy Spirit - University Mass, 12:10 p.m.; No classes held between 11:50 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.) 
Monday, September 7
Labor Day (Holiday: No classes) 
Friday, September 11
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)*
Wednesday, September 16
Class of 2019 Convocation, 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, September 22 No classes held after 5:00 p.m. (does not apply to Columbus School of Law)
Wednesday, September 23 Pope Francis visit (President's Holiday: No Classes)
Friday, September 25
Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for Summer 2015 graduation
Thursday, October 1
Last day for Summer 2015 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application (use Cardinal Station)
Monday, October 12 Columbus Day (Holiday: No classes)
Tuesday, October 13
Friday, October 16
Faculty submit interim grades for freshmen
Friday, October 16
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 26
Pre-registration advising begins
Sunday, November 1 All Saints Day
Monday, November 2
Registration for Spring (Second) Semester 2016 begins (use Cardinal Station).
All Souls Liturgy - Memorial Mass for deceased of the university community
Friday, November 13
Last day to withdraw from regular session classes with a “W” grade (use Cardinal Station)*
Monday, November 16
Last day to request pass/fail option (undergraduates only; must have dean's permission)
Wednesday, November 25
Thanksgiving recess begins
Monday, November 30
Classes resume
Tuesday, December 8 Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holiday and Reading Day: No classes)
Saturday, December 12 –
Sunday, December 13
Reading Period (Note: Classes that meet on Saturdays will meet on Saturday, December 12)
Monday, December 14
Last day of classes
Tuesday, December 15 –
Saturday, December 19
Final Examination Period
Tuesday, December 22
All final grades due by 3:00 p.m. 
Monday, January 4, 2016
Last day for Fall 2015 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application (use Cardinal Station)
Friday, January 8, 2016
Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for January 2016 graduation
  

Spring Semester 2016

Monday, November 2, 2015
Registration for Spring Semester 2016 begins (use Cardinal Station)
Monday, January 4
Last day for Fall 2015 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application (use Cardinal Station)
Monday, January 11
Opening of classes
Monday, January 18
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (Holiday: No classes)
Friday, January 22
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 28
Patronal Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas University Mass, 12:10 p.m.; No classes held between 11:50 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 10 Ash Wednesday
Monday, February 22 –
Friday, February 26
Faculty submit interim grades for freshmen
Tuesday, February 23 Administrative Monday: Classes follow a Monday schedule this day; Tuesday classes do not meet
Friday, February 26
Midterm
Last day to resolve grades of Incomplete from the previous semester
Last day to change to audit (must have dean's permission)
Monday, February 29 Spring recess begins**
Monday, March 7 Classes resume
Tuesday, March 8 Last day for Spring 2016 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application (use Cardinal Station)
Tuesday, March 15
Registration for Summer 2016 begins (use Cardinal Station)
Monday, March 21
Pre-registration advising for Fall 2016 begins
Thursday, March 24 Holy Thursday.  No classes; Easter recess begins
Friday, March 25 Good Friday
Sunday, March 27 Easter Sunday
Monday, March 28 Easter Monday
Tuesday, March 29
Classes resume
Registration for Fall (First) Semester 2016 begins (use Cardinal Station)
Last day to request pass/fail option (undergraduates only; must have dean’s permission)
Wednesday, March 30
Last day to withdraw from regular session courses with a “W” grade (use Cardinal Station)*
Sunday, April 10 Founders Day
Wednesday, April 27
Reading Day (No classes)
Friday, April 29
Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for May 2016 graduation
Saturday, April 30 Last day of classes
Sunday, May 1 –
Monday, May 2
Reading Period
Tuesday, May 3
Saturday, May 7
Final examination period
Monday, May 9
Grades for graduating students due by noon
Tuesday, May 10
All other grades due by 3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 13
Saturday, May 14
Friday, May 27
Law School Commencement
Monday, May 9 –
Saturday, August 13
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.

**Earlier scheduling to allow sufficient time between Spring and Easter breaks.