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.

Fall Semester 2017

Monday, August 21 – 25
Orientation of new international students
Thursday, August 24 – 25
Faculty days
Saturday, August 26
First-year students arrive
Saturday, August 26 – 29
Orientation of new students
Sunday, August 27
Returning students arrive
Wednesday, August 30
Fall semester classes begin
Friday, September 8
Last day to add full semester classes and due date of incomplete grades from previous semester
Friday, September 22 - 24
Family Weekend
Tuesday, September 26
Last day to withdraw from full semester class without record
Friday, October 6 - 8
Homecoming
Thursday, October 12
End of first half of semester
Friday, October 13 – 17
Fall vacation
Friday, October 27
Last day to withdraw from full semester classes with "W" and last day to drop Senior Projects without record
Tuesday, October 31
Reformation Commemoration (no classes)
Monday, November 20
Last day to withdraw from Senior Projects with a "W"
Wednesday, November 22 – 26
Thanksgiving vacation
Thursday, November 30 – December 3
Christmas at Luther
Friday, December 8
Last day of classes
Saturday, December 9
Reading day
Monday, December 11 – 14
Final examinations
Thursday, December 21
Fall grades due at noon

January Term 2018

Monday, January 8
Classes begin
Wednesday, January 31
End of term

Spring Semester 2018

Thursday, February 8
Spring semester classes begin
Friday, February 16
Last day to add full semester classes
Tuesday, March 6
Last day to withdraw from full semester class without record
Friday, March 23
End of first half of semester
Saturday, March 24 – April 2
Spring/Easter Vacation
Tuesday, April 10
Last day to withdraw from full semester class with "W" and last day to drop Senior Projects without record
Monday, April 30
Last day to withdraw from Senior Projects with a "W"
Friday, May 11
Student Research Symposium (no classes)
Friday, May 18
Last day of classes
Saturday, May 19
Reading day
Monday, May 21 – 24
Final examinations
Sunday, May 27
Commencement
Thursday, May 31
Spring grades due at noon

Summer 2018

Monday, June 4
Summer session I begins
TBD
New student registration
Friday, June 29
Summer session I ends
Monday, July 2
Summer session II begins
Friday, July 27
Summer session II ends