2015–2016

When an official deadline falls on a holiday observed by the University, the effective deadline is the next working day.

 

July 2015
 

July 1, Wednesday.

  • Applications for Non-Resident Status for the fall term or academic year are due in academic departmental Students submitting after this date will be charged a late registration fee of $50 plus an additional $5 for each week thereafter.

July 31, Friday.

August 2015
 

August 10, Monday.

August 17, Monday.

  • 9:00 a.m. Online registration for fall academic term opens for all GSAS students including Special Students and Visiting Fellows.

     See Chapter V, Registration and Enrollment, for detailed information on pertaining policies.

August 25, Tuesday.

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., International Student Orientation, Harvard Hall 202.

August 25, Tuesday.

  • Official registration period end of spring 2015 term.
  • Deadline to submit work for Incomplete grades from the fall 2014 term.

August 27, Thursday.

  • 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Orientation for New Students, Memorial Hall, Sanders Theatre 
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Lunch, Science Center Plaza
  • 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., DudleyFest, Dudley House and Boylston Hall.
  • 11:59 p.m. Deadline for all GSAS students including Special Students and Visiting Fellows to register online for the fall term. Students who fail to register will be charged a late registration fee of $50 plus an additional $5 for each week thereafter. GSAS students can inquire about holds placed on registration at DudleyFest or at the office placing the hold during regular business hours. 

     November degree candidates who have not yet submitted a dissertation must register online.

     See website for information on cross-registration.

     Resident students who register late must file a Study Card within five business days of the date of their registration. Subsequently, the late Study Card fee will be assessed.

  • Official registration period start of fall 2015 term.

August 26, Wednesday and 27, Thursday.

  • Derek Bok Center Fall Teaching Conference. See website for more information.

September 2015
 

September 1, Tuesday.

  • University Holiday: Labor Day

September 2, Wednesday.

  • Fall term and academic year begins. First meeting of classes.

September 9, Wednesday.

  • Study Card Day. Completed Study Cards are due by 5:00 p.m. Students who fail to submit a Study Card will be charged $40 for each week late.

    Any Study Card submitted after Study Card Day requires the approval of the instructor for every course listed.

    Resident students who register late must file a Study Card within five business days of the date of their registration; subsequently the late Study Card fee will be assessed.

    To change courses after the Study Card has been filed, students must submit a petition to add or drop a course with the FAS Registrar’s Office, Smith Campus Center 450. Special Students should file the petition at Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350.

September 10, Thursday.

  • Deadline for November degree candidates to submit approved dissertations to FAS Registrar’s Office who would like fall term tuition charge and Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan removed from their termbill (retroactive to July 31).  

    If November degree candidate submits approved dissertation by this date, registration for fall term will be cancelled, fall tuition charge will be removed and fall Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan will be cancelled. Student will be billed for any medical costs incurred during the period following July 31. See timeline for additional information.

September 11, Friday.

  • Deadline for November degree candidates to submit approved dissertations to FAS Registrar’s Office. Students submitting on this date will be responsible for the fall term Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan.
  • Last day on which student may withdraw from their program and cancel registration for the fall term without payment of tuition. Students withdrawing after this date will be charged tuition pursuant to calendar in Chapter VIII, Tuition Associated with Mid-Term Withdrawal.

September 14, Monday.

  • Make-up examinations for spring 2015 term begin.

September 18, Friday.

  • Last day students from other schools may file cross-registration petitions for fall term with the FAS Registrar’s Office. See website for information on cross-registration.
  • Deadline to add or drop a fall course without paying a fee. After this date there is a $10 fee for each petition filed. If two petitions are filed simultaneously, only one processing fee is charged.

September 25, Friday.

  • Fall tuition charge and fall Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan will be removed from the termbills of students who are not registered for the fall term by this date. Students who are not registered for the fall term by this date will enter Lapsed Registration status as outlined in Chapter V, Lapsed Registration.

September 30, Wednesday.

October 2015
 

October 12, Monday.

  • University Holiday: Columbus Day

October 19, Monday.

  • Last day to add (or register for) fall courses. After this date students may add (or register for) units of TIME only. To add a course after this date an approved Petition to Add must be submitted to the GSAS Student Affairs office, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.
  • Last day for graduate students to add or change SAT/UNS grading option for designated language courses. After this date a petition to add must be completed and returned to the GSAS Student Affairs Office, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.

October 27, Tuesday.

  • Last day to drop a fall course. To withdraw from a fall course after this date an approved Petition to Withdraw must be submitted to the GSAS Office of Student Affairs, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center. A grade of “WD” will be notated on the student’s transcript for course if Petition is approved.

November 2015
 

November 11, Wednesday.

  • University (Administrative) Holiday: Veterans’ Day: (observed by staff). FAS classes will be held as scheduled.

November 13, Friday.

  • Conferral date for November degrees.

November 24, Tuesday.

November 25, Wednesday.

  • Thanksgiving recess begins.

November 29, Sunday.

Thanksgiving recess ends.

December 2015

 

December 1, Tuesday.

  • Applications for Non-resident Status for the spring term are due in academic departmental Students submitting after this date will be charged a late registration fee of $50 plus an additional $5 for each week thereafter.

December 3, Thursday.

  • Last day of fall term classes.

December 4, Friday.

  • Fall term Reading Period begins.

December 10, Thursday.

  • Deadline to submit approved Petition to Withdraw to GSAS Office of Student Affairs to withdraw from fall term course. (See Chapter V, Variations in Program). A grade of “WD” will be notated on the student’s transcript for course if Petition is approved.
  • Fall term Reading Period ends.

December 11, Friday.

  • Fall term examinations begin.

December 21, Monday.

  • Fall term examinations end.

December 22, Tuesday.

  • Winter recess begins. (Most University offices closed during recess.)

January 2016
 

January 3, Sunday.

  • Winter recess ends.

January 4, Monday.

  • University offices reopen.
  • Applications from continuing students for 2015–2016 grants due in the GSAS Office of Financial Aid, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.

January 11, Monday.

January 15, Friday.

  • Deadline for March degree candidates to submit approved dissertations to FAS Registrar’s Office.

January 16, Saturday.

  • 9:00 a.m. Online registration for spring academic term opens for all GSAS students including Special Students and Visiting Fellows.

    See Chapter V, Registration and Enrollment, for detailed information on pertaining policies.

January 18, Monday.

  • University Holiday: Martin Luther King Day

January 22, Friday.

January 24, Sunday.

  • Official registration period end of fall 2015 term. <P>
  • Deadline to submit work for Incomplete grades from the spring 2015 term.

January 25, Monday.

  • Spring term begins. First meeting of classes.
  • 11:59 p.m. Deadline for all GSAS students including Special Students and Visiting Fellows to register online for the spring term. Students who fail to register will be charged a late registration fee of $50 plus an additional $5 for each week thereafter.

    March and May degree candidates who have not yet submitted dissertation must register online.

    See website for information on cross-registration.

    Resident students who register late must file a Study Card within five business days of the date of their registration; subsequently the late Study Card fee will be assessed.

January 29, Friday.

  • Study Card Day. Completed Study Cards are due by 5:00 p.m. Students who fail to submit a Study Card will be charged $40 for each week late.

    Any Study Card submitted after Study Card Day requires the approval of the instructor for every course listed.

    Resident students who register late must file a Study Card within five business days of the date of their registration; subsequently the late Study Card fee will be assessed.

    To change courses after the Study Card has been filed, students must submit a petition to add or drop a course with the FAS Registrar’s Office, Smith Campus Center 450. Special Students should file the petition at Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350.

  • Official registration period start of spring 2016 term.

January 31, Sunday.

February 2016

 

February 5, Friday. 

  • Last day on which student may withdraw from their program and cancel registration for the spring term without payment of tuition.

    Students withdrawing after this date will be charged tuition pursuant to calendar in Chapter VIII, Tuition Associated with Mid-Term Withdrawal.
  • Deadline for May degree candidates to submit approved dissertations to FAS Registrar’s Office who would like spring term tuition charge and Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan removed from their termbill. If May degree candidate submits approved dissertation by this date, registration for spring term will be cancelled, spring tuition charge will be removed, and spring Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan will be cancelled (retroactive to January 31).   Student will be billed for any medical costs incurred during the period following January 31. See timeline for additional information.

February 8, Monday.

  • Make-up examinations for fall term 2015 begin.

February 12, Friday.

  • Last day students from other schools may file cross-registration petitions for spring term with the FAS Registrar’s Office. See website for information on cross-registration.
  • Deadline to add or drop a spring course without paying a fee. After this date there is a $10 fee for each petition filed. If two petitions are filed simultaneously, only one processing fee is charged.

February 15, Monday.

  • University holiday: Presidents’ Day.

February 26, Friday.

  • Spring tuition charge and spring Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan will be removed from the termbills of students who are not registered for the spring term by this date. Students who are not registered for the spring term by this date will enter Lapsed Registration status as outlined in Chapter V, Lapsed Registration.

March 2016
 

March 7, Monday.

  • Last day to add (or register for) spring courses. After this date students may add (or register for) units of TIME only. To add a course after this date an approved Petition to Add must be submitted to the GSAS Student Affairs office, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.
  • Last day for graduate students to add or change SAT/UNS grading option for designated language courses. After this date a petition to add must be completed and returned to the GSAS Student Affairs Office, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.

March 8, Tuesday.

  • Conferral date for March degrees.

March 12, Saturday.

  • Spring recess begins.

March 20, Sunday.

  • Spring recess ends.

March 22, Tuesday.

  • Last day to drop a spring course. To withdraw from a fall course after this date an approved Petition to Withdraw must be submitted to the GSAS Office of Student Affairs, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center. A grade of “WD” will be notated on the student’s transcript for course if Petition is approved.

March 25, Friday.

April 2016

 

April 27, Wednesday.

  • Last day of spring classes.

April 28, Thursday.

  • Spring term Reading Period begins.

May 2016

 

May 4, Wednesday.

  • Deadline to submit approved Petition to Withdraw to GSAS Office of Student Affairs to withdraw from spring term course. (See Chapter V, Variations in Program). A grade of “WD” will be notated on the student’s transcript for course if Petition is approved.

May 4, Wednesday.

  • Spring term Reading Period ends.

May 5, Thursday.

  • Final examinations begin.

May 13, Friday.

  • Deadline for May degree candidates to submit approved dissertations to FAS Registrar’s Office.

May 14, Saturday.

  • Final examinations end.

May 26, Thursday.

  • Conferral date for May degrees.

May 30, Monday.

  • University Holiday: Memorial Day.