Academic Calendar

The 2016/17 Academic Calendar is available in the college catalogue.


Fall Semester, 2015/16

August 2015

August 14 (Friday)

Last day for payment of first semester fees

August 24 (Monday)

Residence houses open at 9:00 am for new students only. All new students arrive before 1:00 pm for beginning of orientation. First board meal is lunch.

August 29 (Saturday)

Residence houses open at 9:00 am for all other students.

August 31 (Monday)

Classes begin. Registration of Special Students

September 2015

September 7 (Monday)

Labor Day - No Classes

September 9 (Wednesday)

Fall Convocation at 3:30 pm

September 14 (Monday)

Add period Ends

September 19-20 (Saturday-Sunday)

All Families Weekend

October 2015

October 9 (Friday)

Drop period ends

October 9 (Friday)

October Break begins at 5:30 pm

October 18 (Sunday)

October Break ends at midnight

November 2015

November 2-13 (Monday-Friday)

Preregistration for Spring, 2016

November 25 (Wednesday)

Thanksgiving recess begins at 10:00 pm

November 29 (Sunday)

Thanksgiving recess ends at midnight

December 2015

December 9 (Wednesday)

First semester classes end

December 9 (Wednesday)

Last day to withdraw from all first semester classes.

December 10-13 (Thursday-Sunday)

Study period

December 14-18 (Monday-Friday)

First semester examinations

December 19 (Saturday)

Residence houses close at 9:00 am. Last board meal is breakfast

Note: Because there are 14 Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and only 12 Thursdays and Fridays in the Fall term, the following changes are necessary:

  • Tuesday, December 8th = Thursday teaching day.
  • Wednesday, December 9th = Friday teaching day.

Spring Semester, 2015/16

January 2016

January 15 (Friday)

Last day for payment of second semester fees

January 24 (Sunday)

Residence houses open at 9:00am. New students arrive First board meal is lunch.

January 27 (Wednesday)

Second semester classes begin. Registration of special students.

February 2016

February 9 (Tuesday)

Add period ends.

March 2016

March 11 (Friday)

Drop period ends

March 11 (Friday)

Spring vacation begins at 5:30 pm

March 12 (Saturday)

Residence houses close at 9:00 am. Last board meal is breakfast

March 27 (Sunday)

Spring vacation ends at midnight. Residence houses open at 9:00 am on Saturday (26th). First board meal is lunch on Saturday, March 26th.

April 2016

April 11-22 (Monday-Friday)

Preregistration for Fall, 2016

May 2016

May 10 (Tuesday)

Second semester classes end

May 10 (Tuesday)

Last day to withdraw from all second semester classes.

May 11-17 (Wednesday-Tuesday)

Study period

May 18-24 (Wednesday-Tuesday)

Second semester examinations

May 25 (Wednesday)

Residence houses close at 9:00 am (except seniors)

May 29 (Sunday)

152nd Commencement. Residence houses close at 9:00 am on Monday, May 30th (for seniors)

May 30 (Monday)

Memorial Day

June 2016

June 10-12 (Friday-Sunday)

Vassar College Reunions

Fall Semester, 2016/17

August 2016

August 10 (Wednesday)

Last day for payment of first semester fees

August 22 (Monday)

Residence houses open at 9:00 am for new students only

All new students arrive before 1:00 pm for beginning of orientation

First board meal is lunch

August 27 (Saturday)

Residence Houses open at 9:00 am for all other students

August 29 (Monday)

Classes begin 

Registration of Special Students

September 2016

September 2 (Friday)

First six-week classes Add Period ends

September 5 (Monday)

Labor Day - No Classes

September 7 (Wednesday)

Fall Convocation at 3:30 pm

September 12 (Monday)

Add Period ends

September 16 (Friday)

First six-week classes Drop Period ends

Last day to NRO first six-week classes

September 24-25 (Saturday-Sunday)

All Families Weekend

October 2016

October 14 (Friday)

Drop Period ends

Last day to NRO full semester classes

October Break begins at 5:30 pm

October 23 (Sunday)

October Break ends at midnight

October 28 (Friday)

Second six-week classes Add Period ends

November 2016

November 7-18 (Monday-Friday)

Preregistration for Spring, 2017

November 11 (Friday)

Second six-week classes Drop Period ends

Second six-week classes NRO Period ends

November 23 (Wednesday)

Thanksgiving recess begins at 10:00 pm

November 27 (Sunday)

Thanksgiving recess ends at midnight

December 2016

December 7 (Wednesday)

First semester classes end

Last day to withdraw from all first semester classes

December 8-11 (Thursday-Sunday)

Study period

December 12-16 (Monday-Friday)

First semester examinations

December 17 (Saturday)

Residence houses close at 9:00 am 

Last board meal is breakfast

Note: Because there are 14 Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and only 12 Thursdays and Fridays in the Fall term, the following changes are necessary:

  • Tuesday, December 6th = Thursday teaching day
  • Wednesday, December 7th = Friday teaching day

Spring Semester, 2016/17

January 2017

January 10 (Tuesday)

Last day for payment of second semester fees

January 22 (Sunday)

Residence houses open at 9:00am

New students arrive

First board meal is lunch

January 25 (Wednesday)

Second semester classes begin

Registration of Special Students

January 31 (Tuesday)

First six-week classes Add Period ends

February 2017

February 7 (Tuesday)

Add period ends

February 8 (Wednesday)

First six-week classes Drop Period ends

Last day to NRO first six-week classes

March 2017

March 10 (Friday)

Drop period ends

Last day to NRO full semester classes

Spring vacation begins at 5:30 pm

March 11 (Saturday)

Residence houses close at 9:00 am

Last board meal is breakfast

March 26 (Sunday)

Spring vacation ends at midnight

Residence houses open at 9:00 am on Saturday (25th)

First board meal is lunch on Saturday, March 25th

March 31 (Friday)

Second six-week classes Add Period ends

April 2017

April 10-21 (Monday-Friday)

Preregistration for Fall, 2017

April 14 (Friday)

Second six-week classes Drop Period ends

Second six-week classes NRO Period ends

May 2017

May 9 (Tuesday)

Second semester classes end

Last day to withdraw from all second semester classes

May 10-16 (Wednesday-Tuesday)

Study period

May 17-23 (Wednesday- Tuesday)

Second semester examinations

May 24 (Wednesday)

Residence houses close at 9:00 am (except seniors)

May 28 (Sunday)

153rd Commencement

Residence houses close at 9:00 am on Monday, May 29th (for seniors)

May 29 (Monday)

Memorial Day

June 2016

June 9-11 (Friday-Sunday)

Vassar College Reunions

Four-Year Calendar

2016/17 - 2019/20

Fall Semester

2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Classes Begin

8/29 (Mon)

8/28 (Mon)

9/4 (Tue)

9/3 (Tue)

October Break
Begin

10/14 (Fri)

10/6 (Fri)

10/12 (Fri)

10/18 (Fri)

End

10/23 (Sun)

10/15 (Sun)

10/21 (Sun)

10/27 (Sun)

Thanksgiving
End

11/23 (Wed)

11/22 (Wed)

11/21 (Wed)

11/27 (Wed)

End

11/27 (Sun)

11/26 (Sun)

11/25 (Sun)

12/1 (Sun)

Classes End

12/7 (Wed)

12/7 (Wed)

12/12 (Wed)

12/11 (Wed)

Study Period
End

12/8 (Thu)

12/7 (Thu)

12/13 (Thu)

12/12 (Thu)

End

12/11 (Sun)

12/10 (Sun)

12/16 (Sun)

12/15 (Sun)

Final Exams
End

12/12 (Mon)

12/11 (Mon)

12/17 (Mon)

12/16 (Mon)

End

12/16 (Fri)

12/15 (Fri)

12/21 (Fri)

12/20 (Fri)

Note: No Classes on Labor Day

Spring Semester

  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20
Classes Begin

1/25 (Wed)

1/24 (Wed)

1/23 (Wed)

1/22 (Wed)

Spring Break
End

3/10 (Fri)

3/9 (Fri)

3/8 (Fri)

3/6 (Fri)

End

3/26 (Sun)

3/25 (Sun)

3/24 (Sun)

3/22 (Sun)

Classes End

5/9 (Tue)

5/8 (Tue)

5/7 (Tue)

5/5 (Tue)

Study Period
End

5/10 (Wed)

5/9(Wed)

5/8 (Wed)

5/6 (Wed)

End

5/16 (Tue)

5/15 (Tue)

5/14 (Tue)

5/12 (Tue)

Final Exams
End

5/17 (Wed)

5/16 (Wed)

5/15 (Wed)

5/13 (Wed)

End

5/23 (Tue)

5/22 (Tue)

5/21 (Tue)

5/19 (Tue)

Commencement

5/28 (Sun)

5/27 (Sun)

5/26 (Sun)

5/24 (Sun)