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Academic Calendar

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

Wednesday, April 10
Diversity and Inclusion Conference (all classes are canceled)

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; all Wednesday classes meet (Rally Day, Inclusion Conference make-up)

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–Wednesday, September 4, 9 a.m.4 p.m.
Key pick-up (Clark Hall) and move-in 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: 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.

Houses open for returning students at 1 p.m. on January 5. Students returning from study abroad/away, readmitted students and transfers for the spring semester may move in Monday, January 20; keys may be picked up at Clark Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Thursday, 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 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, April 6–Friday, April 17
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

Thursday, May 21–Sunday, May 24 
Second Reunion Weekend


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 2020

Wednesday, September 2
Central check-in for new students

Wednesday, September 2–Monday, September 7: Orientation
The week before the start of classes, new students gather to learn about the college and get to know each other.

Sunday, September 6–Monday, September 7, 9 a.m.4 p.m.
Key pick-up (Clark Hall) and move-in for returning students

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

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

Monday, September 14
Last day to add a course online

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

Friday, 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 10–Tuesday, October 13
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 23–Sunday, October 25: Family Weekend
Students and their families are invited to attend concerts, lectures and panel discussions as well as athletic and social events.

Monday, November 9–Friday, November 20
Advising and course registration for the spring 2021 semester

Tuesday, November 3: Otelia Cromwell Day (tentative)
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 25–Sunday, November 29
Thanksgiving recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on November 25 and open at 1 p.m. on November 29)

Tuesday, December 15
Last day of classes

Wednesday, December 16–Friday, December 18
Pre-examination study period

Saturday, December 19–Tuesday, December 22
Final examinations (note weekend exams)

Wednesday, December 22, 2020–Sunday, January 3, 2021
Winter recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on December 22 and open at 1 p.m. on January 3)

Wednesday, January 6
Fall 2020 grades due

Interterm 2021

Monday, January 4–Friday, January 22
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 18.

Houses open for returning students at 1 p.m. on January 3. Students returning from study abroad/away, readmitted students and transfers for the spring semester may move in Monday, January 18; keys may be picked up at Clark Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spring 2021

Thursday, January 21–Sunday, January 24
Orientation for entering students

Monday, January 25
Classes begin at 8 a.m.

Friday, January 29
Last day to add a course online

Friday, February 5
Last day to drop a course online; last day to add a Five College course

Friday, February 12
Last day to add a Smith course

Thursday, February 18: 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 13–Sunday, March 21 (tentative)
Spring recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on March 13 and open at 1 p.m. on March 21)

Monday, April 5–Friday, April 16
Advising and course registration for the fall 2021 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, April 30
Last day of classes

Saturday, May 1–Monday, May 3
Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, May 4–Friday, May 7
Final examinations

Saturday, May 8
Houses close at 10 a.m. for all students except graduates, Commencement workers and those with Five College finals after May 8

Monday, May 10
Senior grades due

Sunday, May 16: 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 17
All houses close at noon

Monday, May 17
Non-senior grades due

Saturday, May 20–Sunday, May 23
Second Reunion Weekend


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 2018 2019 2020
Labor Day September 3 September 2 September 7
Classes Begin September 6 September 5 September 8
Last day to add a course online September 12 September 11 September 14
Last day to drop a course online;
last day to add a Five College course
September 19 September 18 September 18
Last day to add a Smith course September 26 September 25 September 25
Fall Break October 6–9 October 12–15 October 10–13
Family Weekend October 26–28 October 25–27 October 23–25
Otelia Cromwell Day November 1 November 7 November 3 (tentative)
Spring Advising/Registration November 5–16 November 4–15 November 9-20
Thanksgiving Break November 21–25 November 27–December 1 November 25-29
Classes End December 13 December 12 December 15
Pre-exam Study Period December 14–17 December 13–16 December 16–18
Examinations December 18–21 December 17–20 December 19–22
Winter Recess December 22–
January 1
December 21–January 5 December 23–
January 3
Fall grades due January 8, 2019 January 8, 2020 January 6, 2021
Interterm January 3–23, 2019 January 6–24, 2020 January 3–23, 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 21 January 20 January 18
Spring Semester 2019 2020 2021
Classes Begin January 24 January 27 January 25
Last day to add a course online January 30 January 31 January 29
Last day to drop a course online;
last day to add a Five College course
February 6 February 7 February 5
Last day to add a Smith course February 13 February 14 February 12
Rally Day February 20 February 20 February 18
Spring Break March 9–17 March 14–22 (tentative) March 13–21 (tentative)
Fall Advising/Registration April 1–12 April 6–17 April 5–16
Classes End May 2 May 1 April 30
Pre-exam Study Period May 3–6 May 2–4 May 1–3
Examinations May 7–10 May 5–8 May 4–7
Senior grades due May 13 May 11 May 10
Commencement May 19 May 17 May 16
Non-senior grades due May 20 May 18 May 17