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GS Academic Calendar 2015-2016

The following Academic Calendar was correct and complete when compiled; however, the University reserves the right to revise or amend it, in whole or in part, at any time. Information on the current status of the University Academic Calendar may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

Note: Deadlines that fall on a Saturday, Sunday, or University Holiday are moved to the next business day.

Fall Term 2015

August

31-9/7

Monday, August 31–Monday, September 7. New Student Orientation Week.

25-27

Tuesday–Thursday. Online course registration for Fall 2015.

September

1-3

TuesdayThursday. Online course registration for Fall 2015.

7

Monday. Labor Day. University Holiday.

8

Tuesday. Classes begin for the Fall 2015 semester.

8-11, 14-18

Tuesday–Friday, Monday–Friday. Late registration and change of program online for Fall 2015.

11, 14

Friday, Monday. Spring-term deferred examination dates (by petition and approval only).

18

Friday.

  • Last day to make registration changes (add/drop courses) for the fall semester. Courses officially dropped by this date do not incur tuition charges.
  • Last day to uncover the mark of Pass for a spring- or summer-semester course.

30

Wednesday. Last day to enroll in, or request a waiver of, the Student Medical Insurance Plan.

October

1-31

Major declaration month.

1

Wednesday. Early Action admission deadline for Spring 2016 enrollment.

13

Tuesday. Last day to drop individual courses without incurring the mark of W (withdrew). Late drops must be approved by a student's advisor. Courses dropped by this deadline are charged at full tuition but do not appear on a student's transcript.

15

Thursday. Deadline for submitting the GS Study Abroad Clearance Form to the Dean of Students Office for studying abroad in the spring semester.

21

Wednesday. October degrees conferred.

22

Thursday. Midterm date.

November

2

Monday.

  • Academic Holiday. University offices are open, but classes are not in session.
  • Deadline to apply or reapply for degrees to be awarded in February.
  • Regular Decision admission deadline for Spring 2016 enrollment.

3

Tuesday. Election Day. University Holiday.

16

Monday. Senior thesis stipend application deadline for fall-term or academic-year senior theses.

16-20

Monday–Friday. Online course registration for Spring 2016.

17

Tuesday.

  • Last day to submit completed Study Abroad Registration Form and Course Approval Form to the Dean of Students Office for studying abroad in the spring semester.
19

Thursday.

  • Last day to exercise Pass/D/Fail option.
  • Last day to drop a course for a mark of W (withdrew).

26

Thursday. Thanksgiving Day. University Holiday.

27

Friday. University Holiday

December

7-11

Monday–Friday. Online course registration for Spring 2016.

14

Monday.

  • Last day of classes for Fall 2015.
  • Last day to apply for an incomplete on written work.
  • Last day to completely withdraw from semester in progress.
15

Tuesday. Deadline for completed re-enrollment applications for students who have withdrawn from GS and wish to return for the spring semester.

15-16

Tuesday–WednesdayStudy days.

17-23

ThursdayWednesday. Final examinations.

23

Wednesday. Fall 2015 semester ends.

24-1/15

Thursday, December 24-Friday, January 15. Winter Holiday.

24

Thursday. University Holiday.

25

Friday. Christmas Day. University Holiday.

31

Thursday. University Holiday.

Spring Term 2016

January

1

Friday. New Year's Day. University Holiday.

5-8

Tuesday–Friday. Online course registration for Spring 2016.

11-15

Monday–Friday.

  • New Student Orientation Week.
  • Online course registration for Spring 2016.

18

Monday. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. University Holiday.

19

Tuesday. Classes begin for the Spring 2016 semester.

19-22, 25-29

Tuesday–Friday, Monday–Friday. Late registration and change of program online for Spring 2016.

22, 25

Friday, Monday. Fall-term deferred examination dates (by petition and approval only).

29

Friday.

  • Last day to make registration changes (add/drop courses) for the spring semester. Courses officially dropped by this date do not incur tuition charges.
  • Last day to uncover the mark of Pass for a fall-term course.

February

10

Wednesday. February degrees conferred.

15

Monday. Last day to enroll in, or request a waiver of, the Student Medical Insurance Plan.

23

Tuesday. Last day to drop individual courses without incurring the mark of W (withdrew). Late drops must be approved by a student's advisor. Courses dropped by this deadline are charged at full tuition but do not appear on a student's transcript.

March

1-31

Major declaration month.

1

Tuesday.

  • Early Action admission deadline for Fall 2016 enrollment.
  • International student admission deadline for Fall 2016 enrollment.
  • Admission deadline for Summer 2016 enrollment.
  • Senior thesis stipend application deadline for spring-term-only senior theses.

7

Monday. Midterm date.

14

Monday. Deadline to apply or reapply for degrees to be awarded in May (or October if participating in following May graduation ceremony).

14-18

Monday–Friday. Spring Break.

15

Friday. Deadline for submitting the GS Study Abroad Clearance Form to the Dean of Students Office for studying abroad in the summer semester, fall semester, or full academic year.

24

Thursday.

  • Last day to exercise Pass/D/Fail option.
  • Last day to drop a course for a mark of W (withdrew).

April

18-22

Monday–Friday. Online course registration for Fall 2016.

15

Tuesday. Last day to submit completed Study Abroad Registration Form and Course Approval Form to the Dean of Students Office for studying abroad in the summer semester, fall semester, or full academic year.

May

2

Monday.

  • Last day of classes for Spring 2016.
  • Last day to apply for an incomplete on written work.
  • Last day to completely withdraw from a semester in progress.
  • Deadline for completed re-enrollment applications for students who have withdrawn from GS and wish to return for the summer semester.
  • Senior thesis stipend application deadline for calendar-year or EALAC senior theses.

3-5

TuesdayThursday. Study days.

6-13

Friday–Friday. Final examinations.

13

Friday. Spring 2016 semester ends.

18

Wednesday. Commencement.

30

Monday. Memorial Day. University Holiday.

Summer Term 2016

Visit the Columbia Summer website to review summer registration deadlines, add/drop periods, and term dates.

June

13-17

MondayFriday. Online course registration for Fall 2016.

20-24

MondayFriday. Online course registration for Fall 2016.

July

4

Monday. Independence Day. University Holiday.

25-29

MondayFriday. Online course registration for Fall 2016.

August

1

Monday. Deadline to apply or reapply for degrees to be awarded in October (if not participating in preceding May graduation ceremony).

1-5

MondayFriday. Online course registration for Fall 2016.

15

Monday. Deadline for completed re-enrollment applications for students who have withdrawn from GS and wish to return for the fall semester.

30-9/1

Tuesday, August 30Thursday, September 1. Online course registration for Fall 2016.