2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Academic Calendar 2020-2021

The University of Dayton operates under an early semester, split third-term calendar. The academic year begins with the fifteen-week fall term, which ends before Christmas. The spring term, also fifteen weeks, begins in January and ends early in May. The third, or summer term, is split into two complete sessions of six weeks each.

Students may enroll for the traditional fall and spring semesters and have a three-month summer vacation; or they may add half terms or full terms in the summer to enrich their programs or speed the completion of their degree requirements. The University issues diplomas at the end of fall, spring and second summer terms and holds ceremonies in May and December. 

Fall 2020

Date Description
Sat, Aug 8 - Sun, Aug 23 Staggered move-in days for ALL students
Mon, Aug 10 Degrees conferred--no ceremony
Mon, Aug 17 New Faculty Orientation
Fri, Aug 21 Last day to complete registration
Fri-Sun, Aug 21-23 Fall Welcome Weekend, student programming only
Sat, Aug 22 President's Welcome/New Student Convocation. This will be a pre-recorded, virtual event
Mon, Aug 24 Classes begin at 8:00 AM
Fri, Aug 28 Last day for late registration, change of grading options and schedules
Mon, Sep 7 Labor Day - Monday classes will be held
Fri, Sep 11 Faculty Meeting-via Zoom at 3:30 PM
Mon, Sep 14 Last day to change Second Session and full Summer Term grades
Mon, Sep 14 Last day to drop classes without record
Fri-Sun, Sept 18-20 Virtual Family Weekend
Wed, Sept 23 Fall one-day mini-break 1 - Daytime classes cancelled. Graduate classes meeting 3:35 PM or later, or only once per week, held as usual
Thu, Sept 24 Classes resume at 8:00 AM
Fri, Sep 25 Academic Senate Meeting - via Zoom at 3:30 PM
Thu, Oct 15 Last day for Graduate and Doctoral students to apply for December 2020 graduation
Fri, Oct 16 Academic Senate Meeting - via Zoom at 3:30 PM
Tue, Oct 20 Fall one-day mini-break 2 - Daytime classes cancelled. Graduate classes meeting 3:35 PM or later, or only once per week, held as usual
Wed, Oct 21 Classes resume at 8:00 AM
Wed, Oct 21 First-Year students' midterm progress grades due by 9:00 AM
Sun, Nov 1 Last day for Undergraduate students to apply for May 20212 graduation
Mon, Nov 16 Last day to drop classes with record of W
Fri, Nov 20 Academic Senate Meeting - via Zoom at 3:30 PM
Tue, Nov 24 Last day of in person classes, except where prior permission has been granted
Wed, Nov 25 Holiday exchange for Labor Day. No classes and University offices are closed
Thu-Fri, Nov 26-27 Thanksgiving holiday - no classes
Sat, Nov 28 Saturday classes meet
Mon, Nov 30 Classes resume at 8:00 AM online, except where prior permission has been granted
Tue, Dec 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception-- no classes
Fri, Dec 11 Last day of formal instruction
Sat, Dec 12 Study Day
Sun, Dec 13 Study Day
Mon-Fri, Dec 14-18 Final Fall assessment activities - *More information forthcoming
Sat, Dec 19 Diploma Exercises at 9:45 AM - format to be determined
Tue, Dec 22 Grades due by 9:00 AM
Thu, Dec 24 End of term processing officially complete
Thu, Jan 21 Last day to change Fall Term grades

Christmas Break

Date Description
Sun, Dec 20 Christmas Break begins
Sun, Jan 10 Christmas Break ends

Spring 2021

*The Spring semester Academic Calendar is subject to change due to public health considerations.

Date Description
Fri, Jan 8 Last day to complete registration
Mon, Jan 11 Classes begin at 8:00 AM
Fri, Jan 15 Last day for late registration, change of grading options and schedules
Mon, Jan 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - no classes
Thu, Jan 21 Last day to change Fall Term grades
Fri, Jan 22 Academic Senate - via Zoom at 3:30 PM
Mon, Feb 1 Last day for Graduate and Doctoral students to apply for May 2021 graduation
Mon, Feb 1 Last day to drop classes without record
Fri, Feb 5 Faculty/Academic Senate Meeting - via Zoom at 3:30 PM
Fri, Feb 26 Academic Senate Meeting - via Zoom at 3:30 PM
Wed, Mar 10 First-Year students' midterm progress grades due by 9:00 AM
Fri, Mar 12 Spring Break begins after last class
Mon, Mar 15 Last day for Undergraduate students to apply for August 2021 graduation
Mon, Mar 22 Classes resume at 8:00 AM
Fri, Mar 26 Academic Senate Meeting - via Zoom at 3:30 PM
Wed, Mar 31 Easter Recess begins after last class
Thu, Apr 1 Last day for Undergraduate students to apply for December 2021 graduation
Mon, Apr 5 Easter Monday--no day classes-- classes recess at 4:30 PM
Mon, Apr 5 Last day to drop classes with record of W
Fri, Apr 16 Academic Senate Meeting - via Zoom at 3:30 PM
Wed, Apr 21 Bro. Joseph W. Stander Symposium-Day of Research, Creativity and Discovery
Fri, Apr 30 Last day of classes
Fri, Apr 30 Academic Senate Meeting - via Zoom at 3:30 PM
Sat, May 1 Study Day
Sun, May 2 Study Day
Mon-Fri, May 3-7 Exams--Spring Term ends after final examinations
Sat, May 8 Doctoral/Graduate Commencement Exercises at 12:45 PM
Sun, May 9 Undergraduate Commencement Exercises at 9:45 AM
Tue, May 11 Grades due by 9:00 AM
Thu, May 13 End of term processing officially complete
Thu, Jun 10 Last day to change Spring Term grades

Summer 2021-- First Session

Date Description
Fri, May 14 Last day to complete registration
Sat, May 15 Saturday classes begin
Mon, May 17 Classes begin at 8:00 AM
Tue, May 18 Last day for late Summer Term- First Session registration, change of grading options and schedules
Thu, May 20 Last day for late full Summer Term registration, change of grading options and schedules
Wed, May 26 Last day to drop without record from First Session classes
Mon, May 31 Memorial Day--no classes
Mon, Jun 7 Last day to drop without record from full Summer Term classes
Thu, Jun 10 Last day to change Spring Term grades
Mon, Jun 14 Last day to drop with record of W from First Session classes
Fri-Sat, Jun 25-26 Exams--full Summer Term classes do not meet First Session ends after final examinations
Tue, Jun 29 Grades due by 9:00 AM
Thu, Jul 1 Last day for Graduate and Doctoral students to apply for August 2021 graduation
Thu, Jul 1 End of term processing officially complete
Thu, Jul 29 Last day to change First Session grades

Summer 2021--Second Session

Date Description
Fri, Jun 25 Last day to complete registration
Sat, Jun 26 Saturday classes begin
Mon, Jun 28 Second Session classes begin
Tue, Jun 29 Last day for late Summer Term-Second Session registration, change of grading options and schedules
Thu, Jul 1 Last day for Graduate and Doctoral students to apply for August 2021 graduation
Sun, Jul 4 Independence Day
Fri, Jul 9 Last day to drop without record from Second Session classes Term classes
Mon, Jul 19 Last day to drop with record of W from Second Session and full Summer Term classes
Thu, Jul 29 Last day to change First Session grades
Fri-Sat, August 6-7 Exams--Second Session and full Summer Term end after final examinations
Mon, Aug 9 Degrees conferred--no ceremony
Tue, Aug 10 Grades due by 9:00 AM
Thu, Aug 12 End of term processing officially complete
Thu, Sep 9 Last day to change Second Session and full Summer Term grades