Academic Calendar

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 2021

College of Arts & Sciences, McKelvey School of Engineering, Olin Business School, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and University College

Date Day Description
August 30 Monday First day of classes
September 6 Monday Labor Day - no classes
October 9-12 Saturday-Tuesday Fall Break - no classes
November 24-28 Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving break - no classes
December 10 Friday Last day of classes
December 13-22 Monday-Wednesday Reading and Finals

Spring Semester 2022

College of Arts & Sciences, McKelvey School of Engineering, Olin Business School, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and University College

Date Day Description
January 18 Tuesday First day of classes
March 13-19 Sunday-Saturday Spring Break - no classes
April 29 Friday Last day of classes
May 2-11 Monday-Wednesday Reading and Finals

Commencement Ceremonies

Date Day Description
May 20 Friday Class of 2022 Commencement

Summer Semester 2022

Date Day Description
May 23 Monday First Summer Session begins
May 30 Monday Memorial Day holiday (no classes)
July 4 Monday Independence Day holiday - no classes
August 18 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.