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Academic Calendar 2019-2020

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. 

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.

Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2017 must complete three May terms during their time at Transylvania. A fourth May term is optional.

Fall 2019
August 23FridayNew students arrive on campus – Move-In Day
August 24-25Saturday – SundayNew & Transfer Student Orientation
August 25SundayFirst Engagements Class begins
August 29ThursdayFirst Engagements Class ends
September 1-2Sunday – MondayReturning students arrive on campus
September 2MondayLabor Day Holiday- No Classes/Offices Closed
September 3TuesdayClasses begin
September 6FridayLast day to add a first-half course
September 9MondayLast day to add a full-term course
Last day to change a grade option
Tuition Charges become final
September 11WednesdayLast day to drop a first-half course
September 16MondayLast day to drop a full-term course
September 23MondayLast day to withdraw from a first-half course
October 11FridayMidterm Progress Reports Due
October 14-15Monday – TuesdayFall Break
October 16-18Wednesday – FridayMay Travel Course Registration
October 22TuesdaySecond-half courses begin
October 24ThursdayLast day to add a second-half course
October 25FridayLast day to withdraw from a full-term course
November 1FridayIncomplete grades from Winter/May/Summer terms due
November 4-8Monday – FridayRegistration for Winter & May 2020 Terms
November 5TuesdayLast day to withdraw from a second-half course
November 26TuesdayResidence halls close at 6:00 PM for Thanksgiving Break 
November 27-29Wednesday – FridayThanksgiving Holiday
December 1SundayResidence halls open at 10:00 AM 
December 6FridayLast day of regular classes
December 9MondayReading Day
December 10-13Tuesday – FridayFinal Exams
December 13 FridayResidence halls close at 6:00 PM for Winter Break
December 17TuesdayFall Term Grades Available (after 2pm)
Winter 2020
January 5SundayResidence halls re-open at 10:00 AM
January 6MondayClasses begin
January 8WednesdayLast day to add a first-half course
January 10FridayLast day to add a full-term course
Last day to change a grade option
Tuition Charges become final
January 16ThursdayLast day to drop a first-half course
January 20MondayMartin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – No Classes/Offices Closed
January 23ThursdayLast day to drop a full-term course
February 14FridayMidterm Progress Reports Due
February 20ThursdaySecond-half courses begin
February 21FridayLast day to add a second-half course
February 28FridayLast day to withdraw from a full-term course
Last day to drop a second-half course
March 2MondayIncomplete grades from Fall term due
March 6FridayResidence halls close at 5:00 PM for Spring Break
March 9-13Monday – FridaySpring Break
March 15SundayResidence halls re-open at 12:00 PM
March 18WednesdayLast day to withdraw from a second-half course
March 23-27Monday – FridayRegistration for Fall term 2020
April 10FridayLast day of regular classes
April 13MondayReading Day
April 14-17Tuesday – FridayFinal Exams
April 17FridayResidence halls close at 6:00 PM for students not enrolled in May term
April 21TuesdayWinter Term Grades available (after 2pm)
May 2020
April 22WednesdayClasses begin
April 23ThursdayLast day to Add/Drop a course
Last day to change a grade option
April 30ThursdayLast day to withdraw from a course
May 19TuesdayLast day of classes – Final Exams
Residence halls close at 6:00 PM for non-graduates
May 23SaturdayCommencement
Residence halls close at 5:00 PM for graduates
May 25MondayMemorial Day Holiday – Offices Closed
May 26TuesdayMay Term Grades Available (after 2pm)
Summer 2020
June 1MondayClasses begin
June 2TuesdayLast day to Add/Drop a course
Last day to change a grade option
June 12FridayLast day to withdraw from a course
July 3FridayLast day of classes – Final Exams
July 7TuesdaySummer Term Grades Available (after 2pm)