Academic calendar dates for 15-week semesters announced; Law, Medicine remain on same schedule

March 15, 2017 | UToday
By Staff

Important dates for the University’s 15-week semesters that will begin in the 2017-18 academic year have been released.

While the colleges of Law and Medicine and Life Sciences will remain on 16-week semesters, UT’s other colleges are converting to the shorter term.

Fall semester will begin Monday, Aug. 28. Fall break will be Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 16 and 17.

The last day of classes for fall semester will be Friday, Dec. 8. Exams will be held Monday through Friday, Dec. 11-15.

Fall commencement will take place Sunday, Dec. 17.

Approved in December by the UT Board of Trustees, the 15-week semesters will continue to provide the required 750 minutes of instruction per credit hour for lecture classes while allowing more flexibility for students.

“Student success is our main goal. The conversion from a 16-week semester to a 15-week semester will be a great benefit,” Provost Andrew Hsu said. “The shorter semesters will allow students to participate in more summer and winter intersessions, which can improve their time to degree, or add experiential learning opportunities, such as internships, research or study abroad.”

He added, “The 15-week semesters also will help our faculty members by giving them two weeks more time to do their research and scholarly activities.”

Spring semester will begin Tuesday, Jan. 16, after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, except for the College of Nursing, which will start Monday, Jan. 8. Spring break will take place Monday through Friday, March 5-9.

The last day of classes for spring semester will be Friday, April 27. Exams will be held Monday through Friday, April 30-May 4. The last day of the semester for the College of Nursing will be Friday, April 20, with exams taking place Monday through Friday, April 23-27.

Spring commencement will take place Saturday, May 5.

The 2017-18 academic calendar is available at

The change in the academic calendar brings UT in line with peers in Ohio, including Ohio State, Cincinnati, Miami, Kent State, Akron, Cleveland State, Wright State and Ohio University.

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