Academic Calendar

Luther operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar. First semester runs from September to December, followed by a three-week January Term. Second semester runs from February to May. In the liberal arts tradition of broad inquiry, students often use J-term to study abroad, perform internships in their field, or study one topic intensely while on campus.

Two four-week summer sessions are also offered at Luther, one in June and another in July.

2014-15 Academic Calendar

If you have questions concerning dates on this calendar, please contact the Luther College Registrar’s Office at (563) 387-1167 or registrar@luther.edu.

Fall Semester 2014

Monday, August 25–Friday, August 29
Orientation of new international students
Thursday, August 28–Friday, August 29
Faculty days
Saturday, August 30
First-year students arrive
Saturday, August 30—Tuesday, September 2
Orientation of new students
Sunday, August 31
Returning students arrive
Wednesday, September 3
Fall semester classes begin
Friday, September 12
Last day to add full semester classes and due date of incomplete grades from previous semester
Friday, September 19—Sunday, September 21
Family Weekend
Tuesday, September 30
Last day to withdraw from full semester class without record
Friday, October 10—Sunday, October 12
Homecoming
Friday, October 17
End of first half of semester
Saturday, October 18—Wednesday, October 22
Fall vacation
Friday, October 31
Last day to withdraw from full semester classes with "W"
Tuesday, November 25
Senior projects due by 5 p.m.
Wednesday, November 26–Sunday, November 30
Thanksgiving vacation
Thursday, December 4—Sunday, December 7
Christmas at Luther
Friday, December 12
Last day of classes
Saturday, December 13
Reading day
Monday, December 15—Thursday, December 18
Final examinations

January Term 2015

Monday, January 5
Classes begin
Wednesday, January 28
End of term

Spring Semester 2015

Wednesday, February 4
Spring semester classes begin
Friday, February 13
Last day to add full semester classes and due date of incomplete grades from previous semester
Tuesday, March 3
Last day to withdraw from full semester class without record
Saturday, March 14–Sunday, March 22
Spring vacation
Friday, March 27
End of first half of semester
Friday, April 3–Monday, April 6
Easter Vacation
Tuesday, April 7
Last day to withdraw from full semester class with"W"
Wednesday, April 29
Senior projects due by 5 p.m.
Friday, May 8
Student Research Symposium (no classes)
Tuesday, May 12
Senior recognition convocation
Friday, May 15
Last day of classes
Saturday, May 16
Reading day
Monday, May 18–Thursday, May 21
Final examinations
Sunday, May 24
Commencement

Summer 2015

Monday, June 1
Summer session I begins
Friday, June 26
Summer session I ends
Monday, June 29
Summer session II begins
Friday, July 24
Summer session II ends