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 offered at Luther, one in June and another in July.

If you have questions on the academic calendar, please contact the Luther College Registrar’s Office at (563) 387-1167 or

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Fall Semester 2022

Wednesday, August 17 – Friday, August 19Orientation of new international students
Thursday, August 25 – Friday, August 26Faculty days
Saturday, August 27First-year students arrive
Saturday, August 27 – Tuesday, August 30Orientation of new students
Sunday, August 28 - Tuesday, August 30Returning students arrive
Wednesday, August 31Fall semester classes begin
Friday, September 9Last day to add or drop full semester classes
Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25Family Weekend
Friday, October 7 - Sunday, October 9Homecoming
Friday, October 14End of first half of semester
Saturday, October 15 – Wednesday, October 19Fall vacation
Friday, October 28Last day to withdraw from full semester classes with "W"
Wednesday, November 23 – Sunday, November 27Thanksgiving vacation
Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, December 4Christmas at Luther
Friday, December 9Last day of classes
Monday, December 12 – Thursday, December 15Final examinations

January Term 2023

Tuesday, January 3Classes begin
Thursday, January 26End of term

Spring Semester 2023

Wednesday, February 1Spring semester classes begin
Friday, February 10Last day to add or drop full semester classes
Friday, March 17End of first half of semester
Saturday, March 18 – Sunday, March 26Spring vacation
Tuesday, April 4Last day to withdraw from full semester class with"W"
Friday, April 7 - Monday, April 10Easter vacation
Friday, May 5Learning @ Luther Showcase (no classes)
Friday, May 12Last day of classes
Monday, May 15 – Thursday, May 18Final examinations
Sunday, May 21Commencement

Summer 2023

Tuesday, May 30Summer session I and Summer Term begins
JuneNew student registration
Friday, June 23Summer session I ends
Monday, June 26Summer session II begins
Friday, July 21Summer session II ends
Friday, August 18Summer Term ends

Office of the Registrar

Main Building 123
700 College Drive
Decorah, Iowa 52101

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