Academic Calendar

View calendars for the 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years

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Fall 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 1–4 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28, 8–9:30 a.m.
Central check-in for new students

Wednesday, August 28Monday, September 2: Orientation
The week before the start of classes, new students gather to learn about the college and get to know each other.

Sunday, September 1, 1–4 p.m.
Monday, September 2, 9 a.m.
–noon
Key pick-up for returning students, Indoor Track and Tennis Facility

Monday, September 2
Opening convocation, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, September 3
Classes begin at 8 a.m.

To be announced by the president: Mountain Day
Mountain Day is a surprise break from classes. The president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces the holiday by ringing the college bells. Classes scheduled before 7 p.m. are canceled.

Saturday, October 12Tuesday, October 15 
Autumn recess

Thursday, October 24: Sherrerd Teaching Prize Ceremony
The Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching is given annually to Smith faculty members selected for their distinguished teaching records and demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence.

Saturday, October 19: Inauguration
Kathleen McCartney will be formally installed as Smith’s 11th president.

Friday, October 25Sunday, October 27: Family Weekend
Students and their families are invited to attend concerts, lectures and panel discussions as well as athletic and social events.

Tuesday, November 5: Otelia Cromwell Day
Otelia Cromwell Day is an annual slate of workshops, lectures, films and entertainment held to honor Smith's first African-American graduate. Afternoon and evening classes are canceled.

Monday, November 11Friday, November 22
Advising and course registration for the second semester

Wednesday, November 27Sunday, December 1
Thanksgiving recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on November 27 and open at 1 p.m. on December 1)

Tuesday, December 10
Last day of classes

Wednesday, December 11Sunday, December 15
Pre-examination study period

Monday, December 16Thursday, December 19
Midyear examinations

Friday, December 20, 2013Saturday, January 4, 2014
Winter recess (houses and Friedman apartments close at 10 a.m. on December 20 and open at 1 p.m. on January 5)

Interterm 2014

Monday, January 6Friday, January 24, 2014
During January Interterm, the college is open, but residence is not required. For two to three weeks, Interterm provides time for students to investigate a special area of interest; to participate in courses, activities and conferences at Smith and other area colleges; to do work in libraries, museums, laboratories, etc.; to participate in internships; to work on research projects individually, in small groups or with faculty; or to enjoy the facilities of the campus at a more leisurely pace. No classes are held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 20.

Spring 2014

Thursday, January 23Sunday, January 26
Orientation for entering students

Monday, January 27
Classes begin at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, February 19: Rally Day
Rally Day is highlighted by an all-college convocation at which distinguished alumnae are awarded the Smith College Medal, with a reception to follow. All classes are canceled.

Saturday, March 15Sunday, March 23
Spring recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on March 15 and open at 1 p.m. on March 23)

Monday, April 7Friday, April 18
Advising and course registration for the fall semester

Saturday, April 12: Celebrating Collaborations
Celebrating Collaborations is Smith’s annual showcase of student research and performance, highlighting the collaborative efforts of students and faculty.

Friday, May 2
Last day of classes

Saturday, May 3Monday, May 5
Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, May 6Friday, May 9
Final examinations

Saturday, May 10
Houses close for all students except graduates, commencement workers and those with Five College finals after May 10.

Sunday, May 18: Commencement
Commencement Weekend is Smith's final chance to honor its graduating seniors and to observe such traditions as Ivy Day and Illumination Night. The weekend culminates on Sunday when parents, friends and seniors gather for the awarding of diplomas.

Monday, May 19 
All houses close at noon.