Important Dates and Academic Calendar

Application deadlines for post-baccalaureate programs and the SPS academic calendar, including quarter dates and registration deadlines, are detailed below.

Students seeking information about the refund schedule for the School of Professional Studies should view the Refund Schedule at the Northwestern Student Finance website, as well as the Withdrawal Calculator.

 

Application Deadlines

  • Fall quarter: August 1
  • Winter quarter: November 1
  • Spring quarter: February 1
  • Summer quarter: May 1

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Quarter Dates

2021-22

Academic Calendar

2021-22

LAST UPDATED: JULY 29, 2021

Summer / Fall 2021


AUGUST 30 Summer Session 2021 ends
SEPTEMBER 3 Summer degrees conferred
13 Late registration for Fall 2021 begins 12:00 a.m. CDT; $75 late registration fee applies
20 Students who drop a course after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition
21 Fall 2021 quarter begins
27 Last day to add a Fall 2021 course and change sections in CAESAR
OCTOBER 29 Last day to drop a Fall 2021 course without academic penalty (withdrawals after this date will result in a “W” grade posted to the transcript. Requests for withdrawal can be initiated until the Friday before finals week.)
NOVEMBER 5 Last day to submit incomplete work for Summer 2021
5 Last day to submit Graduation Application for December graduation
12 Last day to change a Fall 2021 course to P/NP via CAESAR for courses eligible to be taken as P/NP
  15 Registration for Winter 2022 begins at 8:30 a.m. CST
  24 Thanksgiving vacation begins; no classes through November 28.
  29 Fall 2021 classes resume
DECEMBER  11 Fall 2021 quarter ends
13 Grades for Fall 2021 due from instructors by 3:00 p.m. CST
  14 Grades for Fall 2021 available through CAESAR
17 Fall degrees conferred
26 Registration for Winter 2022 ends at 11:59 p.m. CST
27 Late registration for Winter 2022 begins; $75 late registration fee applies

Winter 2022


JANUARY 2 Students who drop a course after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition
3 Winter 2022 quarter begins
  7 Last day to add a Winter 2022 course and change sections in CAESAR
  17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no classes in session
FEBRUARY 4 Last day to submit Graduation Application for March graduation
  4 Last day to submit incomplete work for Fall 2021
11 Last day to drop a Winter 2022 course without academic penalty (withdrawals after this date will result in a “W” grade posted to the transcript. Requests for withdrawal can be initiated until the Friday before finals week.)
21 Registration for Spring 2022 opens at 8:30 a.m. CDT
25 Last day to change a Winter 2022 course to P/NP via CAESAR for courses eligible to be taken as P/NP
MARCH 13 Registration for Spring 2022 ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT
14 Late registration for Spring 2022 begins; $75 late registration fee applies
19 Winter 2022 quarter ends; spring break begins
21 Grades for Winter 2022 due from instructors by 3:00 p.m. CDT
22 Grades for Winter 2022 available through CAESAR
25 Winter degrees conferred

Spring 2022


MARCH 27 Students who drop a course after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition
28 Spring 2022 quarter begins
APRIL 1 Last day to add a Spring 2022 course and change sections in CAESAR
8 Last day to submit Graduation Application for June graduation
11 Summer Session 2022 registration opens 
MAY 6 Last day to submit incomplete work for Winter 2022
6 Last day to drop a Spring 2022 course without academic penalty (withdrawals after this date will result in a “W” grade posted to the transcript. Requests for withdrawal can be initiated until the Friday before finals week.)
20 Last day to change a Spring 2022 course to P/NP via CAESAR for courses eligible to be taken as P/NP
  30 Memorial Day; no classes in session
JUNE 11 Spring 2022 quarter ends
13 Grades for Spring 2022 due from instructors by 3:00 p.m. CDT
  14 Grades for Spring 2022 available through CAESAR

Summer 2022


JUNE 17 Spring degrees conferred
19 Students who drop a course after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition
  20 Summer Session 2022 begins; late registration for Summer 2022 begins
  24 Late registration for Summer 2022 ends
 JULY
4 Independence Day; no classes in session
15 Last day to submit Graduation Application for August graduation
18 Registration for Fall 2022 opens at 8:30 a.m. CDT
AUGUST
27 Summer Session 2022 ends
SEPTEMBER
2 Summer degrees conferred
20 Fall 2022 quarter begins
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