Academic Calendar

Columbia University reserves the right to revise or amend this academic calendar, in whole or in part, at any time. Registration and Change of Program period dates are tentative, and students should consult their registration materials or speak with their advising dean in the Berick Center for Student Advising to confirm up-to-date deadlines. Updated calendar information is also available from the Registrar.

Fall Term 2016

August1Monday. Last day for new students entering in Fall 2016 to submit vaccination documentation for measles, mumps, and rubella; and to certify meningitis decision online. Vaccination documentation is due 30 days prior to registration; students are not permitted to register for classes without this documentation.
1-5Monday–Friday. Fall 2016 online registration for continuing students via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment.
23-25Tuesday–Thursday. Fall 2016 online registration for continuing students and transfer students via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment.
29Monday. New Student Orientation Program begins for new students entering in Fall 2016.
September1Thursday. Last day to apply or reapply for the B.A. degree to be awarded in October 2016. Applications received after this date are automatically applied to the next conferral date.
2-3Friday-Saturday. Fall 2016 online registration for first-year students via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment.
3Saturday. Fall 2016 online registration for continuing students and transfer students via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment.
5Monday. Labor Day. University holiday.
6Tuesday. Classes begin for the 263rd academic year.
6-16Weekdays only. Fall 2016 change-of-Program period by on-line appointment via Student Services Online (SSOL): all students.
9,12Friday and Monday. Deferred examination dates.
15Thursday. Last day to join a class off the Wait List via Student Services Online (SSOL). The Wait List tool will close at 9:30 p.m.
16Friday. End of Change-of-Program period. Last day to add courses. Last day to uncover grade for Spring or Summer 2016 course taken Pass/D/Fail. Last day to drop a Core Curriculum course. Must be registered for a minimum of 12 points.
19–October 11Weekdays only. Post Change-of-Program Add/Drop period by on-line appointment via Student Services Online (SSOL).
30Friday. Last day to confirm, upgrade, or request a waiver from the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan.
October11Tuesday. Last day for students to drop individual courses.
19Wednesday. Award of October degrees.
20Thursday. Midterm Date.
November1Tuesday. Last day to apply or reapply for the B.A. degree to be awarded in February. Applications received after this date are automatically applied to the next conferral date.
7Monday. Academic holiday.
8Tuesday. Election Day. University holiday.
14–18Monday–Friday. On-line registration for Spring 2017 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
17Thursday. Last day for students to register for R credit, to change a regular course to a Pass/D/Fail course or a Pass/D/Fail course to a regular course, and/or to withdraw from an individual course and receive a notation of “W” on the transcript in place of a letter grade.
24–27Thursday–Sunday. Thanksgiving holidays.
December1Thursday. Last day to apply or reapply for the B.A. degree to be awarded in May. Applications received after this date are automatically applied to the next conferral date.
2Friday. Last day for new Spring 2017 students to submit vaccination documentation for measles, mumps, and rubella; and to certify meningitis decision on-line. Vaccination documentation is due 30 days prior to registration; students are not permitted to register for classes without this documentation.
5–9Monday–Friday. On-line registration for Spring 2017 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
12Monday. Last day of classes.
13–15Tuesday–Thursday. Study days.
16–22Friday–Thursday. Final examinations.
22Thursday. Fall term ends.
23Friday, December 23, 2016 through Monday, January 16, 2017. Winter holidays.

Spring Term 2017

January1Sunday. Last day for applicants to the Class of 2021 to apply for admission.
3–13Weekdays only. On-line registration for Spring 2017 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing and transfer students only.
16Monday. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. University holiday.
17Tuesday. Classes begin.
17–27Weekdays only. Change-of-Program period by on-line appointment via Student Services Online (SSOL).
20, 23Friday and Monday. Deferred examination dates.
26Thursday. Last day to join a class off the Wait List via Student Services Online (SSOL). The Wait List tool will close at 9:30 p.m.
27Friday. End of Change-of-Program period. Last day to add courses. Last day to uncover grade for Fall 2016 course taken Pass/D/Fail. Last day to drop a Core Curriculum course. Must be registered for a minimum of 12 points.
January30-February 21Weekdays only. Post Change-of-Program Add/Drop period by on-line appointment via Student Services Online (SSOL).
February8Wednesday. Awarding of February 2017 degrees.
21Tuesday. Last day for students to drop individual courses.
March6Monday. Midterm date.
7–10Tuesday–Friday. Major Declaration.
13–17Monday–Friday. Spring recess.
23Thursday. Last day for students to register for R credit, to change a regular course to a Pass/D/Fail course or a Pass/D/Fail course to a regular course, and/or to withdraw from an individual course and receive a notation of “W” on the transcript in place of a letter grade.
April17–21Monday–Friday. On-line registration for Fall 2017 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
May1Monday. Last day of classes.
2–4Tuesday–Thursday. Study days.
5Friday. Deadline for continuing students to apply for financial aid for 2017-2018.
5–11Friday–Thursday. Final examinations.
11Thursday. Spring term ends.

Commencement

May15Monday. Baccalaureate Service.
16Tuesday. Columbia College Class Day. Academic Awards and Prizes Ceremony. Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony.
17Wednesday. Award of May 2017 degrees. University Commencement.

 Summer Registration Dates for Fall 2017

June12-16Monday–Friday. On-line registration for Fall 2017 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
19-23Monday–Friday. On-line registration for Fall 2017 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
July31-August 4Monday–Friday. On-line registration for Fall 2017 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
August7-11Monday–Friday. On-line registration for Fall 2017 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
22-24Tuesday–Thursday. On-line registration for Fall 2017 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing and transfer students only.
September1-2Friday-Saturday. On-line registration for Fall 2017 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: first-year students only.
2Saturday. On-line registration for Fall 2017 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing and transfer students only.