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Academic Calendar

2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20

Please note that dates are subject to change. Visit the registrar’s calendar for detailed dates and deadlines.

Fall 2018

Friday, August 31
Central check-in for new students

Friday, August 31Wednesday, September 5: Orientation
The week before the start of classes, new students gather to learn about the college and get to know each other.

Tuesday, September 4 and Wednesday, September 5, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Key pick-up (Clark Hall) and move-in for returning students

Wednesday, September 5
Opening convocation, 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 6
Classes begin at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, September 12 
Last day to add a course online

Wednesday, September 19 
Last day to drop a course online; last day to add a Five College course

Wednesday, September 26 
Last day to add a Smith course

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 6Tuesday, October 9 
Autumn recess

Tuesday, October 23: 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.

Friday, October 26–Sunday, October 28: Family Weekend
Students and their families are invited to attend concerts, lectures and panel discussions as well as athletic and social events.

Thursday, November 1: 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 5Friday, November 16
Advising and course registration for the spring 2019 semester

Wednesday, November 21Sunday, November 25
Thanksgiving recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on November 21 and open at 1 p.m. on November 25)

Thursday, December 13
Last day of classes

Friday, December 14Monday, December 17
Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, December 18Friday, December 21
Final examinations

Saturday, December 22, 2018–Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Winter recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on December 22 and open at 1 p.m. on January 2)

Tuesday, January 8
Fall 2018 grades due

Interterm 2019

Thursday, January 3Wednesday, January 23
During January interterm, the college is open, but residence is not required. 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; or to enjoy the facilities of the campus at a more leisurely pace. No classes are held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21.

Houses open for returning students at 1 p.m. on January 2. Students returning from study abroad/away, readmitted students and transfers for the spring semester may move in Monday, January 21; keys may be picked up at Clark Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Spring 2019

Thursday, January 24
Classes begin at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, January 30 
Last day to add a course online

Wednesday, February 6 
Last day to drop a course online; last day to add a Five College course

Wednesday, February 13 
Last day to add a Smith course

Wednesday, February 20: 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. Afternoon classes are canceled.

Saturday, March 9Sunday, March 17
Spring recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on March 9 and open at 1 p.m. on March 17)

Monday, April 1Friday, April 12
Advising and course registration for the fall 2019 semester

Saturday, April 20: Celebrating Collaborations
Celebrating Collaborations is Smith’s annual showcase of student research and performance, highlighting the collaborative efforts of students and faculty.

Thursday, May 2
Last day of classes; Wednesday afternoon classes meet

Friday, May 3Monday, May 6
Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, May 7Friday, May 10 
Final examinations

Saturday, May 11
Houses close at 10 a.m. for all students except graduates, Commencement workers and those with Five College finals after May 11.

Monday, May 13 
Senior grades due

Sunday, May 19: 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 families, friends and seniors gather for the awarding of diplomas.

Monday, May 20
All houses close at noon

Monday, May 20
Non-senior grades due


Add the academic calendar to your Smith Google Apps calendar! Under "Other Calendars," type "academiccalendar" into the "Add a coworker's calendar" field. Or get the academic calendar for Apple’s Calendar app.

Please note that dates are subject to change. Visit the registrar’s calendar for detailed dates and deadlines.

Fall 2019

Friday, August 30
Central check-in for new students

Tuesday, September 3, 14 p.m.
Wednesday, September 4, 10 a.m.noon
Key pick-up for returning students

Friday, August 30–Wednesday, September 4: Orientation
The week before the start of classes, new students gather to learn about the college and get to know each other.

Wednesday, September 4
Opening convocation, 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 5
Classes begin at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, September 11
Last day to add a course online

Wednesday, September 18
Last day to drop a course online; last day to add a Five College course

Wednesday, September 25
Last day to add a Smith course

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 12–Tuesday, October 15
Autumn recess

TBA: 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.

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

Monday, November 4–Friday, November 15
Advising and course registration for the spring 2020 semester

Thursday, November 7 (tentative): 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.

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

Thursday, December 12
Last day of classes

Friday, December 13–Monday, December 16
Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, December 17–Friday, December 20
Final examinations

Saturday, December 21, 2019–Sunday, January 5, 2020
Winter recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on December 21 and open at 1 p.m. on January 5)

Wednesday, January 8
Fall 2019 grades due

Interterm 2020

Monday, January 6–Friday, January 24
During January interterm, the college is open, but residence is not required. 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; 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 2020

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

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

Friday, January 31
Last day to add a course online

Friday, February 7
Last day to drop a course online; last day to add a Five College course

Friday, February 14
Last day to add a Smith course

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. Afternoon classes are canceled.

Saturday, March 14–Sunday, March 22 (tentative)
Spring recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on March 14 and open at 1 p.m. on March 22)

Monday, March 30–Friday, April 10
Advising and course registration for the fall 2020 semester

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

Friday, May 1
Last day of classes

Saturday, May 2–Monday, May 4
Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, May 5–Friday, May 8
Final examinations

Saturday, May 9
Houses close at 10 a.m. for all students except graduates, Commencement workers and those with Five College finals after May 9

Monday, May 11
Senior grades due

Sunday, May 17: 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 families, friends and seniors gather for the awarding of diplomas.

Monday, May 18
All houses close at noon

Monday, May 18
Non-senior grades due


Add the academic calendar to your Smith Google Apps calendar! Under "Other Calendars," type "academiccalendar" into the "Add a coworker's calendar" field. Or get the academic calendar for Apple’s Calendar app.

Please note that dates are subject to change. Visit the registrar’s calendar for detailed dates and deadlines.

Fall Semester 2017 2018 2019
Labor Day September 4 September 3 September 2
Classes Begin September 7 September 6 September 5
Last day to add a course online September 13 September 12 September 11
Last day to drop a course online;
last day to add a Five College course
September 20 September 19 September 18
Last day to add a Smith course September 27 September 26 September 25
Fall Break October 7–10 October 6–9 October 12–15
Family Weekend October 13–15 October 26–28 October 25–27
Otelia Cromwell Day November 2 November 1 November 6 (tentative)
Spring Advising/Registration November 6-17 November 5–16 November 4–15
Thanksgiving Break November 22-26 November 21–25 November 27–December 1
Classes End December 14 December 13 December 12
Pre-exam Study Period December 15–18 December 14–17 December 13–16
Examinations December 19–22 December 18–21 December 17–20
Winter Recess December 23–
January 1
December 22–
January 1
December 21–January 5
Fall grades due January 8, 2018 January 8, 2019 January 8, 2020
Interterm January 3–23, 2018 January 3–23, 2019 January 6–24, 2020
Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15 January 21 January 20
Spring Semester 2018 2019 2020
Classes Begin January 25 January 24 January 27
Last day to add a course online January 31 January 30 January 31
Last day to drop a course online;
last day to add a Five College course
February 7 February 6 February 7
Last day to add a Smith course February 14 February 13 February 14
Rally Day February 21 February 20 February 19
Spring Break March 10–18 March 9–17 March 14–22 (tentative)
Fall Advising/Registration April 2–13 April 1–12 March 30–April 10
Classes End May 3 May 2 May 1
Pre-exam Study Period May 4–7 May 3–6 May 2–4
Examinations May 8–11 May 7–10 May 5–8
Senior grades due May 14 May 13 May 11
Commencement May 20 May 19 May 17
Non-senior grades due May 21 May 20 May 18