Academic Calendar

2020-2021 Academic Year

In order to allow for the de-densification of campus and to offer the maximum amount of flexibility in course offerings, the 2020-2021 academic year will be comprised of three semesters of equal length: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021. Students are not required to enroll in Summer 2021 but may wish to spread their academic-year coursework over the three semesters.

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.

Summer Registration Dates for Fall 2020

June 8–12 Monday–Friday. Online registration for Fall 2020 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
15–19 Monday–Friday. Online registration for Fall 2020 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
August 3-7 Monday–Friday. Online registration for Fall 2020 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
10-14 Monday–Friday. Online registration for Fall 2020 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
25–27 Tuesday–Thursday. Online registration for Fall 2020 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing and transfer students only.


Fall Term 2020

July 31 Friday. Last day for new students entering in Fall 2020 to submit vaccination documentation for measles, mumps, and rubella; and to certify meningitis decision via secure.health.columbia.edu. Vaccination documentation is due 30 days prior to registration; students are not permitted to register for classes without this documentation.
August 31 Monday. New Student Orientation Program begins for new students entering in Fall 2020.
September 1 Tuesday. Last day to apply or reapply for the B.A. degree to be awarded in October 2020. Applications received after this date are automatically applied to the next conferral date.
4-5 Friday–Saturday. Fall 2020 online registration for first-year students via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment.
5 Saturday. Fall 2020 online registration for continuing and transfer students via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment.
7 Monday. Labor Day. University holiday.
8 Tuesday. Last day to submit Student Health History form using the Columbia Health Portal.
8 Tuesday. First day of classes for Fall and Fall A courses (on a Tuesday schedule) for the 267th academic year.
8–18 Weekdays only. Fall 2020 Change of Program period by online appointment via Student Services Online (SSOL): all students.
11; 14 Friday; Monday. Deferred examination dates.
11 Friday. Last day to add a Fall A class. Last day to join a Fall A class off the Wait List via Student Services Online (SSOL). The Wait List tool will close at 9:30 p.m.
18 Friday. End of Change of Program period. Students must be registered for a minimum of 12 points. Last day to add Fall or Fall B courses. Last day to join a Fall B class off of the Wait List via Student Services Online (SSOL). The Wait List tool will close at 9:30 p.m. Last day to drop a Core Curriculum course. Last day to uncover grade for a Summer 2020 course taken Pass/D/Fail.
21–October 8 Weekdays only. Post Change of Program Add/Drop period by online appointment via Student Services Online (SSOL).
22 Tuesday. Deadline to drop Fall A courses.
30 Wednesday. Last day to confirm, enroll dependents, or request a waiver (domestic students only) from the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan.
October 8 Thursday. Last day for students to drop Fall full-term courses via Student Services (SSOL). Last day to choose P/D/Fail for Fall A courses. Deadline to withdraw from a Fall A course.
20-23 Tuesday-Friday. Reading and final exam period for Fall A courses.
21 Wednesday. Award of October degrees.
22 Thursday. Midterm Date.
26 Monday. First day of Fall B courses.
November 1 Sunday. 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.
2 Monday. Academic holiday.
3 Tuesday. Election Day. University holiday.
9 Monday. Deadline to drop Fall B courses.
25 Wednesday. Academic holiday. No classes held. Administrative offices open.
26–29 Thursday–Sunday. Thanksgiving holidays.
December 1 Tuesday. 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.
1-4 Tuesday–Friday. Online registration for Spring 2021, Spring A, and Spring B courses via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
4 Friday. Last day for new Spring 2021 students 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.
7-11 Monday-Friday. Online registration for Spring 2021 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
14 Monday. Last day of classes. Last day for students to register for R credit. Last day to change a regular course to a Pass/D/Fail course or a Pass/D/Fail course to a regular course for Fall and Fall B courses. Last day to withdraw from an individual course and receive a notation of “W” on the transcript in place of a letter grade.
15–16 Tuesday–Wednesday. Study days.
17–23 Thursday–Wednesay. Final examinations.
23 Wednesay. Fall term ends.
23 Wednesday, December 23, 2020–Sunday, January 10, 2020. Winter holidays.

Spring Term 2021

January 1 Friday. Last day for applicants to the Class of 2025 to apply for admission.
4-8 Monday-Friday. Online registration for Spring 2021 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing and transfer students only.
11 Monday. Classes begin for Spring full-term and Spring A courses (on a Monday schedule).
11 Monday. Last day for new Spring 2021 students to submit Student Health History form using the Columbia Health Patient Portal.
11–22 Weekdays only. Change of Program period by online appointment via Student Services Online (SSOL).
15 Friday. Last day to join a Spring A class off the Wait List via Student Services Online (SSOL). The Wait List tool will close at 9:30 p.m.
18 Monday. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. University holiday.
22; 25 Friday; Monday. Deferred examination dates.
22 Friday. End of Change of Program period. Students must be registered for a minimum of 12 points. Last day to add Spring or Spring B courses. Last day to drop a Core Curriculum course. Last day to uncover grade for Fall 2020 course taken Pass/D/Fail.
25 Monday. Last day to drop a Spring A course.
February 10 Wednesday. Award of February 2021 degrees.
16 Tuesday. Last day for students to drop individual full term courses via Student Services (SSOL).
22 Monday. Last day to declare P/D/Fail option for Spring A course. Deadline to withdraw from a Spring A course.
23-26 Tuesday-Friday. Reading and final exam period for Spring A courses
March 1-5 Monday–Friday. Spring recess.
2 Monday. Midterm date. Date to be confirmed.
8 Monday. First day of Spring B classses.
8-12 Monday-Friday. Online registration for SUMMER 2021 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment.
16-19 Tuesday-Friday. Major Declaration.
22 Monday. Deadline to drop a Spring B course.
March-April 29-2 Monday-Friday. Online registration for SUMMER 2021 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment.
April 5-9 Monday-Friday. Online registration for FALL 2021 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
12-May 7 Monday-Friday. Online registration for 2021 Summer full-term, Summer A, and Summer B courses via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment. Weekdays only.
15 Thursday. Last day of classes. Last day for students to register for R credit. Last day to change a regular course to a Pass/D/Fail course or a Pass/D/Fail course to a regular course for Spring and Spring B courses. Last day to withdraw from an individual course and receive a notation of “W” on the transcript in place of a letter grade.
16-19 Friday-Monday. Study days.
20-23 Tuesday–Friday. Final examinations.
26 Monday. Spring term ends.
May 5 Wednesday. Deadline for continuing students to apply for financial aid for 2021–2022.

Commencement

April 28 Wednesday. Columbia College Class Day.
29 Thursday. Academic Awards and Prizes Ceremony and Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony.
30 Friday. Award of May 2021 degrees. University Commencement.

 Summer A Term

May 3 Monday. First day of classes for Summer full-term and Summer A courses.
3 Monday. Last day for new Summer 2021 students to submit Student Health History Form using the Columbia Health Patient Portal.
3-7 Weekdays only. Summer A and Summer full-term Change of Program Period.
7 Friday. Deadline to add Summer A and Summer full-term courses.
10-July 2 Monday-Wednesday. Online registration for Summer B 2021 courses via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment. Weekdays only.
17 Monday. Deadline to drop a Summer A course.
19 Wednesday. Degree conferral date.
31 Monday. Memorial Day. University holiday. No classes.
June 7 Monday. Deadline to declare the pass/d/fail option for, or to withdraw from, Summer A courses.
8 Tuesday. Deadline to drop a Summer full-term course.
14 Monday. last day of classes for Summer A term.
15 Tuesday. Reading day for Summer A classes.
16-18 Wednesday-Friday. Final exam period for Summer A courses
21-25 Monday-Friday. Summer recess.

Summer B Term

June 28 Monday. Classes of Summer B term begin.
28-July 2 Weekdays only. Summer B Change of Program Period.
30 Wednesday. Degree conferral date
July 5 Monday. Independence day holiday. No classes.
12 Monday. Deadline to drop a Summer B course.
22 Thursday. Deadline to declare the pass/d/fail option for Summer full-term courses.
30 Friday. Deadline to withdraw from Summer B and Summer full-term courses. Deadline to declare the pass/d/fail option for Summer B courses.
August 6 Friday. Last day of classes for Summer full-term and Summer B classes.
9-10 Monday-Tuesday. Reading period for Summer full-term and Summer B courses.
11-16 Wednesday - Monday. Final exam period for Summer full-term and Summer B courses.

Summer Registration Dates for Fall 2021

June 7–11 Monday–Friday. Online registration for Fall 2021 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
14–18 Monday–Friday. Online registration for Fall 2021 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
July 26-30 Monday-Friday. Online registration for Fall 2021 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment.
August 2-6 Monday–Friday. Online registration for Fall 2021 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing students only.
25–27 Tuesday–Thursday. Online registration for Fall 2021 via Student Services Online (SSOL) appointment: continuing and transfer students only.