Fall 2016 Academic Calendar


Full Term

Sept. 7–Dec. 21

Five-Week Terms

Sept. 7–Oct. 11
Oct. 12–Nov. 15
Nov. 16–Dec. 21

1st Half Term

Sept. 7–Oct. 30



2nd Half Term

Oct. 31–Dec. 21

Full-Term Hybrid

Sept. 1–Dec. 21

Full Term and Half Term Calendars

event Full Term 1rst Half Term 2nd Half Term
Baccalaureate, Associate & Graduate Programs Sept. 7–Dec. 21 Sept. 7–Oct. 30 Oct. 31–Dec. 21
Adult bachelor's students: Syllabi available for adult bachelor's courses Aug. 17 Aug. 17 Aug. 17
Audit registration begins Aug. 17 Aug. 17 Aug. 17
Associate and healthcare certificate non-degree student registration begins Aug. 17 Aug. 17 Aug. 17
First day of classes Sept. 7 Sept. 7 Oct. 31
Opening celebration (classes do not meet 10am-2pm) Sept. 7 Sept. 7 N/A
Last day to add a class without instructor's signature Sept. 12 Sept. 8 Nov. 1
Online registration closed as of today. All add/drops must be made through the Registrar's Office. Sept. 13 Sept. 9 Nov. 2
Last day to drop a course without a "W" appearing on your transcript.
(NOTE: This may have financial implications. See your financial aid counselor.)
Sept. 14 Sept. 14 Nov. 7
Registration deadline for maximum financial aid eligibility Sept. 14 Sept. 14 Sept. 14
Last day to add a class with an instructor's signature Sept. 20 Sept. 9 Nov. 2
Last day to designate audit grading Sept. 20 Sept. 9 Nov. 2
Inauguration Day - daytime classes cancelled. (Does not apply to clinicals, fieldwork or student teaching responsibilities.) Classes that begin 5:00 p.m. or later meet as scheduled. Oct. 11 Oct. 11 N/A
Full term/First-half term: Midterm break (on campus classes only) Oct. 28 Oct. 28 Nov. 7
Full term midterm grades/First-half term final grades due Nov. 4 Nov. 4 Nov. 14–Dec. 2
Early Spring Registration 2017 Nov. 14–Dec. 2 Nov. 14–Dec. 2 Nov. 14–Dec. 2
Last day to designate S/U grading option (undergraduate students only) Nov. 11 Oct. 4 Nov. 28
Last day to withdraw from a class Nov. 11 Oct. 4 Nov. 28
Full term/Second-half term: Thanksgiving holiday break (University closed) Nov. 24–27 N/A Nov. 24–27
Full term/Second-half term classes resume Nov. 28 N/A Nov. 28
Intent to Graduate Form due for May commencement Nov. 30 Nov. 30 Nov. 30
Petition for incomplete grade (online form on the Office of the Registrar website) due to instructor (see academic catalogs) Dec. 14 Oct. 30 Dec. 21
Last day of classes Dec. 14 Oct. 30 Dec. 21
Final examination period (see St. Paul and Minneapolis Final Exam Schedules) Dec. 15–21 N/A N/A*
Commencement Dec. 21 Dec. 21 Dec. 21
Final grades due Jan. 3 Nov. 4 Jan. 3

* Second-half term courses do not have a final examination period. Weekday evening courses meet as regularly scheduled; Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday courses meet online; and St. Paul campus weekday morning and afternoon classes meet online and/or during scheduled final examination time slot for full term courses (see Final Examinations schedule).

Please note: If you drop or withdraw from a course, please see the University's Refund Schedule to determine tuition implications


Five-Week Term Calendars

event 1st 5-wk term 2nd 5-wk term 3rd 5-wk term
Baccalaureate, Associate & Graduate Programs - St. Paul/Minneapolis campus Sept. 7-Oct. 11 Oct. 12-Nov. 15 Nov. 16-Dec. 21
First day of classes Sept. 7 Oct. 12 Nov. 16
Last day to add a class without instructor's signature Sept. 7 Oct. 12 Nov. 16
Online registration closed as of today. Add/drops must be made through the Registrar's Office. Sept. 8 Oct. 13 Nov. 17
Last day to add a class with instructor's signature Sept. 8 Oct. 13 Nov. 17
Last day to designate audit grading Sept. 8 Oct. 13 Nov. 17
Last day to drop a class without a "W" appearing on your transcript Sept. 9 Oct. 14 Nov. 18
Third 5-Week Term: Thanksgiving holiday break (University closed) n/a n/a Nov. 24-27
Third 5-Week Term: Classes resume n/a n/a Nov. 28
Last day to designate S/U grading option (undergraduate students only) Sept. 27 Nov. 1 Dec. 6
Last day to withdraw from a class Sept. 27 Nov. 1 Dec. 6
Third 5-Week Term: Final examination period. Classes meet as regularly scheduled with some exceptions* n/a n/a Dec. 15-21
Inauguration Day - daytime classes cancelled. (Does not apply to clinicals, fieldwork or student teaching responsibilities.) Classes that begin 5:00 p.m. or later meet as scheduled. Oct. 11 n/a n/a
Petition for incomplete grade (online form on the Office of the Registrar website) due to instructor (see academic catalogs) Oct. 11 Nov. 15 Dec. 21
Last day of classes Oct. 11 Nov. 15 Dec. 21
Final grades due Oct. 20 Nov. 22 Jan. 3

*No Scheduled Final Examination Period. During the week of December 15-21, weekday evening courses meet as regularly scheduled; Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday courses meet online or on campus; and St. Paul campus weekday morning and afternoon classes meet online and/or during scheduled final examination time slot for full term courses (see Final Examinations Schedule).

NOTE: If you drop or withdraw from a course, please see the University's Refund Schedule to determine tuition implications


Full-Term Hybrid Calendar

event Date(s)
On-campus Sept. 7-Sept. 13
Off-campus Sept. 14-Sept. 18
On-campus Sept. 19-Sept. 25
Off-campus Sept. 26-Oct. 2
On-campus Oct. 3-Oct. 9
Off-campus Oct. 10-Oct. 16
On-campus Oct. 17-Oct. 23
Off-campus Oct. 24-Oct. 27
Break* Oct. 28
Off-campus Oct. 29-Oct. 30
On-campus Oct. 31-Nov. 6
Off-campus Nov. 7-Nov. 13
On-campus Nov. 14-Nov. 20
Off-campus Nov. 21-Nov. 23
Break Nov. 24-Nov. 27
On-campus Nov. 28-Dec. 4
Off-campus Dec. 5-Dec. 11
On-campus Dec. 12-Dec. 14**
Final exams Dec. 15-Dec. 21

*Does not pertain to undergraduate or graduate weekend courses.

**Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday classes may meet on campus the weekend of December 16-18.

**Full-term hybrid courses meet on campus the weeks noted above. Instruction may take various forms during off campus weeks, but will always involve substantial interaction between the faculty and students.

Monday and Tuesday classes meet back-to-back the first two weeks of the semester and follow the standard calendar thereafter.

Thanksgiving break falls on an "off-campus" week. Instructors are expected to require off-campus class participation this week as they do for all off-campus weeks.

Final Examination Period: Instructors must perform some form of final assessment during the final examination period. This may take the form of an in-class exam, final project, take home exam or final paper submitted during the final examination period. See the Final Examination Schedules on the Office of the Registrar website.