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

2020-21

*Fall 2020 quarter date changes announced by Northwestern University Provost on June 16, 2020.

**Winter 2021 quarter date changes announced by Northwestern University Provost on October 9, 2020.

2021-22
  • Fall quarter: September 21 – December 11, 2021
  • Winter quarter: January 3 – March 19, 2022
  • Spring quarter: March 28 - June 11, 2022
  • Summer quarter: June 20 - August 27, 2022

Academic Calendar

2020-21

LAST UPDATED: May 6, 2021

Summer / Fall 2020


AUGUST 3 Registration for Fall 2020 opens
30 Summer Session 2020 ends
SEPTEMBER 3 Summer degrees conferred
7 Late registration for Fall 2020 begins 12:00 a.m. CDT; $75 late registration fee applies
15 Students who drop a course after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition
16 Fall 2020 quarter begins
22 Last day to add a Fall 2020 course and change sections in CAESAR
25 Last day to add a Fall 2020 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections with Change of Registration Form
OCTOBER 30 Last day to submit incomplete work for Summer 2020
30 Last day to submit Graduation Application for December graduation
NOVEMBER 6 Last day to drop a Fall 2020 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.)
13 Last day to change a Fall 2020 course to P/NP and audit, and change sections in CAESAR
  16 Registration for Winter 2021 begins at 8:30 a.m. CST
  25 Thanksgiving vacation begins; no classes through December 1
DECEMBER  2 Classes resume
  8 Fall 2020 quarter ends
14 Grades for Fall 2020 due from instructors by 1:00 p.m. CST
  15 Grades for Fall 2020 available through CAESAR
18 Fall degrees conferred
27 Registration for Winter 2021 ends at 11:59 p.m. CST
28 Late registration for Winter 2021 begins; $75 late registration fee applies

Winter 2021


JANUARY 10 Students who drop a course after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition
11 Winter 2021 quarter begins
  17 Last day to add a Winter 2021 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections in CAESAR
  22 Last day to add a Winter 2021 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections with Change of Registration Form
  18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no classes in session
FEBRUARY 5 Last day to submit Graduation Application for March graduation
  5 Last day to submit incomplete work for Fall 2020
19 Last day to drop a Winter 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.)
22 Registration for Spring 2021 opens at 8:30 a.m. CDT
26 Last day to change a Winter 2021 course to P/NP and audit
MARCH 20 Winter 2021 quarter ends; spring break begins
21 Registration for Spring 2021 ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT
22 Late registration for Spring 2021 begins; $75 late registration fee applies
22 Grades for Winter 2021 due from instructors by 3:00 p.m. CDT
23 Grades for Winter 2021 available through CAESAR
26 Winter degrees conferred

Spring 2021


MARCH 28 Students who drop a course after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition
29 Spring 2021 quarter begins
APRIL 2 Last day to add a Spring 2021 course, change to P/NP and audit, and change sections in CAESAR
9 Last day to submit Graduation Application for June graduation
9 Last day to add a Spring 2021 course and change sections with Change of Registration Form
12 Summer Session 2021 registration opens 
MAY 7 Last day to submit incomplete work for Winter 2021
7 Last day to drop a Spring 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.)
21 Last day to change a Spring 2021 course to P/NP and audit
  31 Memorial Day, no classes in session
JUNE 12 Spring 2021 quarter ends
15 Grades for Spring 2021 due from instructors by 3:00 p.m. CDT
  16 Grades for Spring 2021 available through CAESAR

Summer 2021


JUNE 18 Spring degrees conferred
20 Students who drop a course after this date will not receive a 100% refund for tuition
  21 Summer Session 2021 begins; late registration for Summer 2021 begins
  25 Late registration for Summer 2021 ends
 JULY
5 Independence Day observed, no classes in session
15 Last day to submit Graduation Application for August graduation
19 Registration for Fall 2021 opens at 8:30 a.m. CDT
AUGUST
29 Summer Session 2021 ends
SEPTEMBER
3 Summer degrees conferred
21 Fall 2021 quarter begins
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