Academic Calendar

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

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Fall 2014

Thursday, August 28, 14 p.m., and Friday, August 29, 89:30 a.m.
Central check-in for new students

Friday, August 29Wednesday, September 3: Orientation
The week before the start of classes, new students gather to learn about the college and get to know each other.

Tuesday, September 2, 1–4 p.m.
Wednesday, September 3, 9 a.m.
Key pick-up for returning students, Indoor Track and Tennis Facility

Wednesday, September 3
Opening convocation, 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 4
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 11Tuesday, October 14 
Autumn recess

Thursday, October 16: 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 24–Sunday, October 26: Family Weekend
Students and their families are invited to attend concerts, lectures and panel discussions as well as athletic and social events.

Thursday, November 6: 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 10Friday, November 21
Advising and course registration for the second semester

Wednesday, November 26Sunday, November 30
Thanksgiving recess (houses close at 10 a.m. on November 26 and open at 1 p.m. on November 30)

Thursday, December 11
Last day of classes

Friday, December 12Monday, December 15
Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, December 16Friday, December 19
Midyear examinations (no evening period on December 19)

Saturday, December 20, 2014Saturday, January 3, 2015
Winter recess (houses and Friedman apartments close at 10 a.m. on December 20 and open at 1 p.m. on January 4)

Interterm 2015

Monday, January 5Friday, January 23, 2015
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 19.

Spring 2015

Monday, January 26
Classes begin at 8 a.m.

Wednesday, 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. All classes are canceled.

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

Monday, April 6Friday, April 17
Advising and course registration for the fall semester

Saturday, April 18: 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 2Monday, May 4
Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, May 5Friday, May 8
Final examinations (no evening period on May 8)

Saturday, May 9
Houses close for all students except graduates, commencement workers and those with Five College finals after May 9.

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.