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Academic Calendar 2015-2016

Transylvania uses a modified calendar called a "4-4-1 system." The academic year is divided into three parts: two regular terms (fall and winter) and a one-month term in May. An August term also is required for entering first-year students.

A regular term is 14 weeks long, and students normally take four courses.

During the four-week May term, students concentrate on one class and often get their first taste of international study. Many May term courses are team-taught and are highly interdisciplinary.

The three-week August term is an academic and cocurricular program that prepares entering first-year students for academic success and personal growth and earns them one course credit. Students read and discuss books and participate in student-life programs that orient them to college.

Students must complete August term their first year, and three May terms during their time at Transylvania. A fourth May term is optional.

August 2015
August 14 Friday New students arrive on campus
August 15 - 16 Saturday - Sunday Orientation for new students
August 17 Monday Class begins
September 3 Thursday Last day of class
 
Fall 2015
September 6 Sunday Returning students arrive on campus
September 7 Monday Labor Day Holiday- No Classes/Offices Closed
September 8 Tuesday Classes begin
September 11 Friday Last day to add a first-half course
September 14 Monday

Last day to add a full-term course

Last day to change a grade option

Tuition Charges become final

September 16 Wednesday Last day to drop a first-half course
September 21 Monday

Last day to drop a full-term course

September 28 Monday

Last day to withdraw from a first-half course

October 16 Friday Midterm Progress Reports Due
October 19 - 20 Monday - Tuesday Fall Break
October 21 - 23 Wednesday - Friday May Travel Course Registration
October 27 Tuesday Second-half courses begin
October 29 Thursday Last day to add a second-half course
October 30 Friday Last day to withdraw from a full-term course
November 9 - 13
Monday - Friday Registration for Winter & May 2016 Terms
November 10 Tuesday Last day to withdraw from a second-half course
November 25 - 27 Wednesday - Friday Thanksgiving Holiday
December 11 Friday Last day of regular classes
December 14 Monday Reading Day
December 15 - 18 Tuesday - Friday Final Exams
December 18  Friday Residence halls close at 6:00 PM for Winter Break
 
Winter 2016
January 10 Sunday Residence halls re-open at 10:00 AM
January 11 Monday Classes begin
January 13 Wednesday Last day to add a first-half course
January 15 Friday

Last day to add a full-term course

Last day to change a grade option

Tuition Charges become final

January 18 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No Classes/Offices Closed
January 21 Thursday Last day to drop a first-half course
January 26 Tuesday Last day to drop a full-term course
February 19 Friday Midterm Progress Reports Due
February 24 Wednesday Second-half courses begin
February 26 Friday Last day to add a second-half course
March 1 Tuesday

Incomplete grades from Fall term due

March 4 Friday

Last day to withdraw from a full-term course

Last day to drop a second-half course

March 11 Friday Residence halls close at 5:00 PM for Spring Break
March 14 - 18 Monday - Friday Spring Break
March 20 Sunday Residence halls re-open at 12:00 PM
March 28 - April 1 Monday - Friday Registration for Fall term 2016
April 15 Friday Last day of regular classes
April 18 Monday Reading Day
April 19 - 22 Tuesday - Friday Final Exams
 
May 2016
April 27 Wednesday Classes begin
April 28 Thursday

Last day to Add/Drop a course

Last day to change a grade option

May 5 Thursday Last day to withdraw from a course
May 24 Tuesday

Last day of classes - Final Exams

Residence halls close at 6:00 PM for non-graduates

May 28 Saturday

Commencement

Residence halls close at 5:00 PM for graduates

May 30 Monday Memorial Day Holiday - Offices Closed
 
2016 Summer Session
June 6 Monday Classes begin
June 7 Tuesday

Last day to Add/Drop a course

Last day to change a grade option

June 17 Friday Last day to withdraw from a course
July 8 Friday Last day of classes - Final Exams
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