Academic Calendar 2023-2024

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 2023

August 25FridayNew students arrive on campus – Move In Day
August 26-27Saturday – SundayNew Student Orientation
August 28MondayFirst Engagements Class begins for First-Year students
August 31ThursdayFirst Engagements Class ends for First-Year students
September 3-4Sunday – MondayReturning students arrive on campus
September 4MondayLabor Day Holiday- No Classes/Offices Closed
September 5TuesdayClasses begin
September 8FridayLast day to add a first-half course
September 11MondayLast day to add a full-term course
Last day to change a grade option
Tuition Charges become final
September 13WednesdayLast day to drop a first-half course
September 22FridayLast day to drop a full-term course
September 25MondayLast day to withdraw from a first-half course
October 13FridayMidterm Progress Reports Due
October 16 – 17Monday – TuesdayFall Break
October 1 – 20May Travel Course Registration
October 24TuesdaySecond-half courses begin
October 27ThursdayLast day to add a second-half course
October 27FridayLast day to withdraw from a full-term course
November 6- 10Monday – FridayRegistration for Winter & May 2024 Terms
November 7TuesdayLast day to withdraw from a second-half course
November 22-24Wednesday – FridayThanksgiving Holiday
December 8FridayLast day of regular classes
December 11MondayReading Day
December 12- 15Tuesday – FridayFinal Exams
December 15 FridayResidence halls close at 6:00 PM for Winter Break
December 19TuesdayFall Term Grades Available (after 2pm)

Winter 2024

January 7SundayResidence halls re-open at 10:00 AM
January 8MondayClasses begin
January 10WednesdayLast day to add a first-half course
January 12FridayLast day to add a full-term course
Last day to change a grade option
Tuition Charges become final
January 15MondayMartin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – No Classes/Offices Closed
January 18ThursdayLast day to drop a first-half course
January 26FridayLast day to drop a full-term course
February 16FridayMidterm Progress Reports Due
February 20TuesdaySecond-half courses begin
February 22ThursdayLast day to add a second-half course
February 26MondayLast day to drop a second-half course
Incomplete grades from Fall term due
March 1FridayLast day to withdraw from a full-term course
March 8FridayResidence halls close at 5:00 PM for Spring Break
March 11 – 15Monday – FridaySpring Break
March 17SundayResidence halls re-open at 12:00 PM
March 20WednesdayLast day to withdraw from a second-half course
March 25 – March 29Monday – FridayRegistration for Fall term 2024
April 12FridayLast day of regular classes
April 15MondayReading Day
April 16 – 19Tuesday – FridayFinal Exams
April 19FridayResidence halls close at 6:00 PM for students not enrolled in May term
April 23TuesdayWinter Term Grades Available (after 2pm)

May 2024

April 24WednesdayClasses begin
April 25ThursdayLast day to Add/Drop a course
Last day to change a grade option
May 2ThursdayLast day to withdraw from a course
May 21TuesdayLast day of classes – Final Exams
Residence halls close at 6:00 PM for non-graduates
May 25SaturdayCommencement
Residence halls close at 5:00 PM for graduates
May 27MondayMemorial Day Holiday – Offices Closed
May 28TuesdayMay Term Grades Available (after 2pm)

Summer 2024

June 3MondayClasses begin
June 4TuesdayLast day to Add/Drop a course
Last day to change a grade option
June 14FridayLast day to withdraw from a course
June 19WednesdayJuneteenth Observed-Offices Closed
July 9TuesdayLast day of classes – Final Exams
July 11ThursdaySummer Term Grades Available (after 2pm)