Academic Calendar

Teaching modes (remote, hybrid, in-person) are subject to change at any point. If this happens, faculty will be in contact with students enrolled in their courses.

To determine if a course is remote, hybrid, or in-person use the catalog search tool to narrow results. Otherwise, when browsing courses, the section indicates teaching mode:

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0 = In-person

Subscribe to the Williams Academic Calendar and never miss a deadline.

  • 2020

    August 10-17 Monday-Monday Fall 2020 pre-registration period
    August 26-30 Wednesday-Sunday Fall 2020 registration period
    August-
    September
    31-9 Monday-Wednesday Virtual First Days
    September 7 Monday Williams Reads
    September 8 Tuesday First-year student advising
    September 8-18 Tuesday-Friday Drop/add period
    September 9 Wednesday Tutorial drop deadline, 4:00 pm
    September 10 Thursday Fall semester classes begin
    September 12 Saturday Convocation
    September 18 Friday Independent Study forms due, 4:30 pm
    October TBA One of first three Fridays Mountain Day
    October 12-13 Monday-Tuesday Reading period, no classes
    October 11 Thursday Last day to drop a fourth or fifth/extra-graded course, 4:30 pm
    October 23-25 Friday-Sunday Family Days
    October-
    November
    TBD TBD Spring 2021 pre-registration period
    November 7 Saturday Homecoming
    November
    25-29 Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving Break
    December 4 Friday Last day to claim exam hardship
    December 11 Friday Last day to change course grading option to pass/fail, 4:30 pm
    Last day to withdraw from a course
    Fall semester classes end
    December 12-15 Saturday-Tuesday Reading period
    December 12-20 Saturday-Sunday Self-Scheduled final exam period (administered by faculty)
    December 15 Tuesday Last day written work due in courses with final exams, 5:00 pm
    December 16-21 Wednesday-Monday Scheduled final exam period (administered by faculty)
    December 19 Saturday Last day written work due in courses without final exams, 5:00 pm
    December 28 Monday Fall semester grades due

    2021 (due to COVID-19 all dates tentative and subject to change)

    January Winter Study canceled due to COVID-19
    February 3 Wednesday Spring semester classes begin (classes follow a Thursday schedule,
    attend any class on your schedule that has a Thursday meeting time)
    February 4 Thursday Claiming Williams Day, no classes
    February 5 Friday Classes resume assigned schedule
    February 19-20 Friday-Saturday Winter Carnival, no classes
    March-
    April
    20-4 Saturday-Sunday Spring Break
    April 5 Monday Spring semester classes resume
    May 14 Friday Spring semester classes end
    May 15-18 Saturday-Tuesday Reading period
    May 15-23 Saturday-Sunday Self-Scheduled and Take-Home final exam period
    May 19-24 Wednesday-Monday Scheduled final exam period
    June 5 Saturday Baccalaureate Service
    Class Day
    June 6 Sunday Commencement
    June 10-13 Thursday-Sunday Alumni Reunions

    Number of Class Meetings

      Mornings  Afternoons Evenings
    M, W, F T, Th M, Th W T, F M, W
    Fall Semester 36 25 25 12 24 12
    Spring Semester 36 25 25 12 24 12
  • 2021

    August-
    September
    30-8 Monday-Wednesday First Days
    September 6 Monday Williams Reads
    September 7 Tuesday Rosh Hashanah
    September 8 Wednesday First-year student advising
    September 9 Thursday Fall semester classes begin
    September 11 Saturday Convocation
    October TBA One of first three Fridays Mountain Day
    October 11-12 Monday-Tuesday Reading period, no classes
    October 22-24 Friday-Sunday Fall Family Days
    November 13 Saturday Homecoming
    November
    24-28 Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving Break
    December 10 Friday Fall semester classes end
    December 11-14 Saturday-Tuesday Reading period
    December 11-19 Saturday-Sunday Self-Scheduled and Take-Home final exam period
    December 15-20 Wednesday-Monday Scheduled final exam period

    2022

    January 3 Monday Winter Study begins
    January 17 Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no classes
    January 27 Thursday Winter Study ends
    February 2 Wednesday Spring semester classes begin (classes follow a Thursday schedule,
    attend any class on your schedule that has a Thursday meeting time)
    February 3 Thursday Claiming Williams Day, no classes
    February 4 Friday Classes resume assigned schedule
    February 18-19 Friday-Saturday Winter Carnival, no classes
    March-
    April
    19-3 Saturday-Sunday Spring Break
    April 4 Monday Spring semester classes resume
    April TBA Saturday-Sunday Spring Family Days
    May 13 Friday Spring semester classes end
    May 14-17 Saturday-Tuesday Reading period
    May 14-22 Saturday-Sunday Self-Scheduled and Take-Home final exam period
    May 18-23 Wednesday-Monday Scheduled final exam period
    June 4 Saturday Baccalaureate Service
    Class Day
    June 5 Sunday Commencement
    June 9-12 Thursday-Sunday Alumni Reunions

    Number of Class Meetings

      Mornings  Afternoons Evenings
    M, W, F T, Th M, Th W T, F M, W
    Fall Semester 36 25 25 12 24 12
    Spring Semester 36 25 25 12 24 12

    The Winter Study Period covers 25 calendar days.

  • 2022

    August-
    September
    29-7 Monday-Wednesday First Days
    September 5 Monday Williams Reads
    September 7 Wednesday First-year student advising
    September 8 Thursday Fall semester classes begin
    September 10 Saturday Convocation
    October TBA One of first three Fridays Mountain Day
    October 10-11 Monday-Tuesday Reading period, no classes
    October 28-30 Friday-Sunday Fall Family Days
    November 5 Saturday Homecoming
    November
    23-27 Wednesday-Sunday Thanksgiving Break
    December 9 Friday Fall semester classes end
    December 10-13 Saturday-Tuesday Reading period
    December 10-18 Saturday-Sunday Self-Scheduled and Take-Home final exam period
    December 14-19 Wednesday-Monday Scheduled final exam period

    2023

    January 3 Tuesday Winter Study begins
    January 16 Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no classes
    January 26 Thursday Winter Study ends
    February 1 Wednesday Spring semester classes begin (classes follow a Thursday schedule,
    attend any class on your schedule that has a Thursday meeting time)
    February 2 Thursday Claiming Williams Day, no classes
    February 3 Friday Classes resume assigned schedule
    February 17-18 Friday-Saturday Winter Carnival, no classes
    March-
    April
    18-2 Saturday-Sunday Spring Break
    April 3 Monday Spring semester classes resume
    April TBA Saturday-Sunday Spring Family Days
    May 12 Friday Spring semester classes end
    May 13-16 Saturday-Tuesday Reading period
    May 13-21 Saturday-Sunday Self-Scheduled and Take-Home final exam period
    May 17-22 Wednesday-Monday Scheduled final exam period
    June 3 Saturday Baccalaureate Service
    Class Day
    June 4 Sunday Commencement
    June 8-11 Thursday-Sunday Alumni Reunions

    Number of Class Meetings

      Mornings  Afternoons Evenings
    M, W, F T, Th M, Th W T, F M, W
    Fall Semester 37 25 25 12 24 12
    Spring Semester 37 25 25 12 24 12

    The Winter Study Period covers 24 calendar days.

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