Academic Calendar

View calendars for the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years

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Fall 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Central check-in for new students

Wednesday, September 2Monday, 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, 1–4 p.m.
Monday, September 7, 9 a.m.
–noon
Key pick-up for returning students, Indoor Track and Tennis Facility

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

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

Friday, September 18
End of Interchange registration

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 10Tuesday, October 13 
Autumn recess

Wednesday, October 21: 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.

Tuesday, November 3: 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 9Friday, November 20
Advising and course registration for the second semester

Wednesday, November 25Sunday, 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 16Friday, December 18
Pre-examination study period

Saturday, December 19Tuesday, December 22
Midyear examinations (no evening period on December 22)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015–Sunday, January 3, 2016
Winter recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on December 23 and open at 1 p.m. on January 3)

Interterm 2016

Monday, January 4Friday, 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.

Spring 2016

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

Wednesday, February 17: 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 12Sunday, March 20
Spring recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on March 12 and open at 1 p.m. on March 20)

Monday, April 4Friday, April 15
Advising and course registration for the fall semester

Saturday, April 16: Celebrating Collaborations
Celebrating Collaborations is Smith’s annual showcase of student research and performance, highlighting the collaborative efforts of students and faculty.

Friday, April 29
Last day of classes

Saturday, April 30Monday, May 2
Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, May 3Friday, May 6
Final examinations (no evening period on May 6)

Saturday, May 7
Houses close for all students except graduates, Commencement workers and those with Five College finals after May 7.

Sunday, May 15: 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 16
All houses close at noon.