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Academic Policies

Academic Calendar

Summer Session 2005

May 16-17Registration
May 18Classes Begin
May 30Memorial Day, University Holiday
July 1Thesis/Dissertation Submission
July 4Independence Day, University Holiday
August 9Classes End

Fall Semester 2005

August 15-19Open Registration
August 22Classes Begin
September 5Labor Day, University Holiday
November 1Thesis/Dissertation Submission
November 24-26Thanksgiving, University Holiday
December 2Classes End
December 3-6Study Days
December 7-14Exams
December 15-January 8Winter Recess

Spring Semester 2006

January 5-6Open Registration
January 9Classes Begin
January 16Martin Luther King Day, University Holiday
February 20Presidents' Day, University Holiday
March 7Academic Honors Convocation
March 13-18Spring Recess
April 4Thesis/Dissertation Submission
April 28Classes End
April 29-May 2Study Days
May 3-10Exams
May 12Commencement

Summer Session 2006

May 15-16Registration
May 17Classes Begin
May 29Memorial Day, University Holiday
July 3-4Independence Day, University Holiday
July 5Thesis/Dissertation Submission
August 8Classes End

Fall Semester 2006

August 14-18Open Registration
August 21Classes Begin
September 4Labor Day, University Holiday
November 1Thesis/Dissertation Submission
November 23-25Thanksgiving, University Holiday
December 1Classes End
December 2-5Study Days
December 6-13Exams
December 14 -January 7Winter Recess

Spring Semester 2007

January 4-5Open Registration
January 8Classes Begin
January 15Martin Luther King Day, University Holiday
February 19Presidents' Day, University Holiday
March 6Academic Honors Convocation
March 12-17Spring Recess
April 2Thesis/Dissertation Submission
April 27Classes End
April 28-May 1Study Days
May 2-9Exams
May 11Commencement

Summer Session 2007

May 14-15Registration
May 16Classes Begin
May 28Memorial Day, University Holiday
July 2Thesis/Dissertation Submission
July 4Independence Day, University Holiday
August 7Classes End

Academic Calendars of the Professional Schools

Certain professional schools schedule the academic year according to differing calendars. These differences affect the deadlines for certain student actions (e.g., dropping or adding courses, registering for courses, obtaining refunds of tuition). Detailed information on these academic calendars is available from the individual schools.

Consult the Office of Student Affairs, Keck School of Medicine for the academic calendars of professional medical degree programs. The graduate programs in biochemistry, cell and neurobiology, microbiology, nurse anesthesia, pathology, physiology and biophysics, and preventive medicine follow the university calendar.

The academic year of the School of Dentistry is divided into three 14-week trimesters. The graduate program in craniofacial biology follows the university calendar.

Independent Health Professions
Programs in occupational science and occupational therapy and biokinesiology and physical therapy follow the university calendar. However, certain programs require entrance to a post-summer session.