Important Dates

Academic year 2016-2017

Key dates for the coming academic year are listed below. Please note that final exam dates are set by the Registrar and cannot be moved. Students should plan to leave campus the day after their last scheduled final exam.

A complete academic calendar is posted on the Registrar's website; the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 calendars are published. You may also download an annual Year-at-a-Glance document that includes major dates for easy reference.

Fall 2016

Aug 31, 2016 Wed Undergraduates studying at Brown on an F-1 visa should arrive on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 to participate in international student orientation. Incoming first-year and transfer students who self-identify as international, regardless of citizenship or residency (including in the United States), should attend International Orientation. Students studying at Brown on a visa are expected to attend.
Sep 3, 2016 Saturday Orientation begins for new undergraduate students
Pre-Orientation programs begin earlier
Sep 4, 2016 Sunday Residence halls reopen for returning students
Sept 7, 2016 Wednesday First day of classes
Oct 10, 2016 Monday

Fall Weekend holiday, no classes

CLOSED Monday: Academic and administrative offices.
OPEN: Emergency services, residence halls, Meal Plan service.

October 21-23,  2016 Friday - Sunday Family Weekend
November 2, 2016 Date by which sophomores entering their 5th semester must file their concentration declaration forms via ASK to avoid having a "No Concentration" hold placed against their Banner registration. (5:00 pm deadline).
Nov 24-27, 2016 Wed-Sun

Thanksgiving recess begins Wed at noon
CLOSED Thursday through Sunday: Academic and administrative offices.
OPEN: Emergency services, residence halls, Meal Plan service.

Dec 12, 2016 Mon Last day of regular class meetings
Dec 13-21, 2016 Tu-Wed

Final exam period. Exam periods are 9am-noon and 2pm-5pm.

The Final Exam Schedule is available on the Registrar's site. Students must sit for exams at the times designated for each course. Exam times are indicated in course descriptions when students register. Students should plan to leave campus the day after their last scheduled final exam.

Dec 22, 2016 Wed 9am Residence Halls Close for winter break. Students for whom extenuating circumstances require them to seek housing during the winter break must contact Residential Life to discuss options.

Spring 2017

Jan 21, 2017 Sat Residence Halls reopen for spring semester
Jan 25, 2017 Wed Spring semester classes begin
Feb 18-21, 2017 Sat-Tues

Long weekend holiday

No classes. Administrative offices open.

Mar 25-Apr 2, 2017 Sat-Sun

Spring Break

CLOSED: Meal Plan service. Spring Break Meal Plan available.
OPEN:  Emergency services, residence halls, academic and administrative offices (including Health Services).

Apr 1, 2017 Date by which sophomores entering their 5th semester must file their concentration declaration forms via ASK to avoid having a "No Concentration" hold placed against their Banner registration. (5:00 pm deadline).
May 9, 2017 Tues Last day of regular class meetings
May 10-19, 2016 Wed-Fri

Final exam period. Exams are 9am-noon and 2pm-5pm.

The Final Exam Schedule is available on the Registrar's site. Students must sit for exams at the times designated for each course. Exam times are indicated in course descriptions when students register. Students should plan to leave campus the day after their last scheduled final exam.

 May 28, 2017 Sun Commencement

 A few future dates of interest

Please verify dates below against the full academic calendar available on the Registrar's webpage. 

September 2, 2017 Saturday (tentative)
New Student Orientation (with some optional programs beginning prior to this date)
September 6, 2017 Wednesday
Fall semester classes begin
October 13-15,  2017 Friday - Sunday Family Weekend  - date could be subject to change
May 27, 2018 Sunday
Commencement