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Academic Calendar 2016-2017

Transylvania uses a modified calendar called a "4-4-1 system." The academic year is divided into three parts: two regular terms (fall and winter) and a one-month term in May. An August term also is required for entering first-year students.

A regular term is 14 weeks long, and students normally take four courses.

During the four-week May term, students concentrate on one class and often get their first taste of international study. Many May term courses are team-taught and are highly interdisciplinary.

The three-week August term is an academic and cocurricular program that prepares entering first-year students for academic success and personal growth and earns them one course credit. Students read and discuss books and participate in student-life programs that orient them to college.

Students must complete August term their first year, and three May terms during their time at Transylvania. A fourth May term is optional.

August 2016
August 12 Friday New students arrive on campus
August 13 - 14 Saturday - Sunday Orientation for new students
August 15 Monday Class begins
September 1 Thursday Last day of class
 
Fall 2016
September 2 - 3 Friday - Saturday Returning students arrive on campus
September 5 Monday Labor Day Holiday- No Classes/Offices Closed
September 6 Tuesday Classes begin
September 9 Friday Last day to add a first-half course
September 12 Monday

Last day to add a full-term course

Last day to change a grade option

Tuition Charges become final

September 14 Wednesday Last day to drop a first-half course
September 19 Monday

Last day to drop a full-term course

September 26 Monday

Last day to withdraw from a first-half course

October 14 Friday Midterm Progress Reports Due
October 17 - 18 Monday - Tuesday Fall Break
October 19 - 21 Wednesday - Friday May Travel Course Registration
October 25 Tuesday Second-half courses begin
October 27 Thursday Last day to add a second-half course
October 28 Friday Last day to withdraw from a full-term course
November 7 - 11
Monday - Friday Registration for Winter & May 2017 Terms
November 8 Tuesday Last day to withdraw from a second-half course
November 23 - 25 Wednesday - Friday Thanksgiving Holiday
December 9 Friday Last day of regular classes
December 12 Monday Reading Day
December 13 - 16 Tuesday - Friday Final Exams
December 16  Friday Residence halls close at 6:00 PM for Winter Break
 
Winter 2017
January 8
Sunday Residence halls re-open at 10:00 AM
January 9 Monday Classes begin
January 11 Wednesday Last day to add a first-half course
January 13 Friday

Last day to add a full-term course

Last day to change a grade option

Tuition Charges become final

January 16 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No Classes/Offices Closed
January 19 Thursday Last day to drop a first-half course
January 26 Thursday Last day to drop a full-term course
February 17 Friday Midterm Progress Reports Due
February 22 Wednesday Second-half courses begin
February 24 Friday Last day to add a second-half course
March 1 Wednesday

Incomplete grades from Fall term due

March 3 Friday

Last day to withdraw from a full-term course

Last day to drop a second-half course

March 10 Friday Residence halls close at 5:00 PM for Spring Break
March 13 - 17 Monday - Friday Spring Break
March 19 Sunday Residence halls re-open at 12:00 PM
March 22 Wednesday Last day to withdraw from a second-half course
March 27 - 31 Monday - Friday Registration for Fall term 2017
April 14 Friday Last day of regular classes
April 17 Monday Reading Day
April 18 - 21 Tuesday - Friday Final Exams
April 21 Friday Residence halls close at 6:00 PM for students not enrolled in May term
April 25 Tuesday Winter Term grades available (after 2pm)
 
May 2017
April 26 Wednesday Classes begin
April 27 Thursday

Last day to Add/Drop a course

Last day to change a grade option

May 4 Thursday Last day to withdraw from a course
May 23 Tuesday

Last day of classes - Final Exams

Residence halls close at 6:00 PM for non-graduates

May 27 Saturday

Commencement

Residence halls close at 5:00 PM for graduates

May 29 Monday Memorial Day Holiday - Offices Closed
 
2017 Summer Session
June 5 Monday Classes begin
June 6 Tuesday

Last day to Add/Drop a course

Last day to change a grade option

June 16 Friday Last day to withdraw from a course
July 7 Friday Last day of classes - Final Exams
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