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Academic Calendar 2021-2022

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 2021
August 20FridayNew students arrive on campus – Move-In Day
August 21-22Saturday – SundayNew & Transfer Student Orientation
August 23MondayFirst Engagements Class begins
August 26ThursdayFirst Engagements Class ends
August 28-29Saturday – SundayReturning students arrive on campus
August 30MondayClasses begin
September 2ThursdayLast day to add a first-half course
September 3FridayLast day to add a full-term course
Last day to change a grade option
Tuition Charges become final
September 6MondayLabor Day Holiday- No Classes/Offices Closed
September 8WednesdayLast day to drop a first-half course
September 17FridayLast day to drop a full-term course
September 20MondayLast day to withdraw from a first-half course
October 1-15May Travel Course Registration
October 8FridayMidterm Progress Reports Due
October 11-12Monday – TuesdayFall Break
October 19TuesdaySecond-half courses begin
October 21ThursdayLast day to add a second-half course
October 22FridayLast day to withdraw from a full-term course
November 1MondayIncomplete grades from Winter/May/Summer terms due
November 8-11Monday – FridayRegistration for Winter & May 2022 Terms
November 8TuesdayLast day to withdraw from a second-half course
November 23TuesdayResidence halls close at 6:00 PM for Thanksgiving Break 
November 24-26Wednesday – FridayThanksgiving Holiday
November 28SundayResidence halls open at 10:00 AM 
December 3FridayLast day of regular classes
December 6MondayReading Day
December 7-10Tuesday – FridayFinal Exams
December 10 FridayResidence halls close at 6:00 PM for Winter Break
December 14TuesdayFall Term Grades Available (after 2pm)
Winter 2022
January 9SundayResidence halls re-open at 10:00 AM
January 10MondayClasses begin
January 13ThursdayLast day to add a first-half course
January 14FridayLast day to add a full-term course
Last day to change a grade option
Tuition Charges become final
January 17MondayMartin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – No Classes/Offices Closed
January 19WednesdayLast day to drop a first-half course
January 28FridayLast day to drop a full-term course
February 18FridayMidterm Progress Reports Due
March 1TuesdaySecond-half courses begin
Incomplete grades from Fall term due
March 3ThursdayLast day to add a second-half course
March 4FridayLast day to withdraw from a full-term course
March 9WednesdayLast day to drop a second-half course
March 11FridayResidence halls close at 5:00 PM for Spring Break
March 14-18Monday – FridaySpring Break
March 20SundayResidence halls re-open at 12:00 PM
March 18WednesdayLast day to withdraw from a second-half course
March 28-April 1Monday – FridayRegistration for Fall term 2022
April 15FridayLast day of regular classes
April 18MondayReading Day
April 19-22Tuesday – FridayFinal Exams
April 22FridayResidence halls close at 6:00 PM for students not enrolled in May term
April 26TuesdayWinter Term Grades available (after 2pm)
May 2022
April 27WednesdayClasses begin
April 28ThursdayLast day to Add/Drop a course
Last day to change a grade option
May 5ThursdayLast day to withdraw from a course
May 24TuesdayLast day of classes – Final Exams
Residence halls close at 6:00 PM for non-graduates
May 28SaturdayCommencement
Residence halls close at 5:00 PM for graduates
May 30MondayMemorial Day Holiday – Offices Closed
May 31TuesdayMay Term Grades Available (after 2pm)
Summer 2022
June 6MondayClasses begin
June 7TuesdayLast day to Add/Drop a course
Last day to change a grade option
June 10FridayLast day to withdraw from a course
July 8FridayLast day of classes – Final Exams
July 12TuesdaySummer Term Grades Available (after 2pm)