The Catholic University of America

Academic Calendar

Below are the undergraduate and graduate academic calendars for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 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 2016

Thursday, August 25
Monday, August 29
Opening of classes 
Monday, September 5
Labor Day (Holiday: No classes) 
Thursday, September 8 Mass of the Holy Spirit - University Mass, 12:10 p.m.; No classes held between 11:50 a.m. and 2:10 p.m.
Friday, September 9
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 14
Class of 2019 Convocation, 9:00 a.m.
Friday, September 23
Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for Summer 2016 graduation
Monday, October 3
Last day for Summer 2016 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application (use Cardinal Station)
Monday, October 10 Columbus Day (Holiday: No classes)
Tuesday, October 11 Administrative Thursday: Classes follow a Thursday schedule this day; Tuesday classes do not meet
Tuesday, October 11
Friday, October 14
Faculty submit interim grades for freshmen
Friday, October 14
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 31
Pre-registration advising begins
Tuesday, November 1 All Saints Day
Wednesday, November 2
All Souls Liturgy - Memorial Mass for deceased of the university community
Monday, November 7 Registration for Spring (Second) Semester 2017 begins (use Cardinal Station).
Friday, November 11
Last day to withdraw from regular session classes with a “W” grade (use Cardinal Station)*
Monday, November 14
Last day to request pass/fail option (undergraduates only; must have dean's permission)
Wednesday, November 23
Thanksgiving recess begins
Monday, November 28
Classes resume
Thursday, December 8 Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holiday and Reading Day: No classes)
Saturday, December 10 –
Sunday, December 11
Reading Period (Note: Classes that meet on Saturdays will meet on Saturday, December 10)
Monday, December 12
Last day of classes
Tuesday, December 13 –
Saturday, December 17
Final Examination Period
Tuesday, December 20
All final grades due by 3:00p.m.
Monday, January 2, 2017
Last day for Fall 2016 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application (use Cardinal Station)
Friday, January 6, 2017
Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for Fall 2017 graduation
  

Spring Semester 2017

Monday, November 7, 2016
Registration for Spring Semester 2017 begins (use Cardinal Station)
Monday, January 2
Last day for Fall 2016 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application (use Cardinal Station)
Monday, January 9
Opening of classes
Monday, January 16
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (Holiday: No classes)
Friday, January 20 Inauguration day (Holiday: No classes)
Monday, January 23
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)*
Tuesday, January 31
Patronal Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas University Mass, 12:10 p.m.; No classes held between 11:50 a.m. and 2:10 p.m.
Monday, February 20 –
Friday, February 24
Faculty submit interim grades for freshmen
Tuesday, February 21 Administrative Monday: Classes follow a Monday schedule this day; Tuesday classes do not meet
Friday, February 24
Midterm
Last day to resolve grades of Incomplete from the previous semester
Last day to change to audit (must have dean's permission)
Wednesday, March 1 Ash Wednesday
Friday, March 3 Last day for Spring 2017 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application (use Cardinal Station)
Monday, March 6 Spring recess begins
Monday, March 13 Classes Resume
Tuesday, March 15
Registration for Summer 2017 begins (use Cardinal Station)
Monday, March 20
Pre-registration advising for Fall 2017 begins
Wednesday, March 22 Administrative Friday: Classes follow a Friday schedule this day; Wednesday classes do not meet
Monday, March 27

Registration for Fall (First) Semester 2017 begins (use Cardinal Station)

Last day to request pass/fail option (undergraduates only; must have dean’s permission)

Wednesday, March 29 Last day to withdraw from regular session courses with a "W" grade (use Cardinal Station)*

Monday, April 10

Founders Day

Thursday, April 13 Holy Thursday. No Classes; Easter recess begins
Friday, April 14 Good Friday
Sunday, April 16 Easter Sunday
Monday, April 17 Easter Monday
Tuesday, April 18 Classes resume
Friday, April 28
Final date to deposit theses and dissertations for May 2017 graduation
Saturday, April 29 Last day of classes
Sunday, April 30 –
Monday, May 1
Reading Period
Tuesday, May 2
Saturday, May 6
Final examination period
Monday, May 8
Grades for graduating students due by noon
Tuesday, May 9
All other grades due by 3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 12
Saturday, May 13
Friday, May 26
Law School Commencement
Monday, May 8 –
Saturday, August 12
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.