The academic calendar of Washington University in St. Louis is designed to provide an optimal amount of classroom instruction and examination within a manageable time frame, facilitating our educational mission to promote learning among both students and faculty. Individual schools, particularly our graduate and professional schools, may have varying calendars due to the nature of particular fields of study. Please refer to each school’s website for more information.

Fall Semester 2017

Date Day Description
August 28 Monday Classes begin
September 4 Monday Labor Day holiday
October 14-17 Saturday-Tuesday Fall Break
November 22-26 Wednesday-Sunday Thanskgiving Break
December 8 Friday Last day of classes
December 11-13 Monday-Wednesday Reading Days
December 14-20 Thursday-Wednesday Final Examinations

Spring Semester 2018

Date Day Description
January 15 Monday Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
January 16 Tuesday Classes begin
March 11-17 Sunday-Saturday Spring Break
April 27 Friday Last day of classes
April 30 - May 2 Monday-Wednesday Reading Days
May 3-9 Thursday-Wednesday Final Examinations
May 18 Friday Commencement

Summer Semester 2018

Date Day Description
May 21 Monday First Summer Session begins
May 28 Monday Memorial Day holiday
July 4 Wednesday Independence Day holiday
August 16 Thursday Last Summer Session ends

Washington University recognizes the individual student’s choice in observing religious holidays that occur during periods when classes are scheduled. Students are encouraged to arrange with their instructors to make up work missed as a result of religious observance, and instructors are asked to make every reasonable effort to accommodate such requests.