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 concerning dates on this calendar, please contact the Luther College Registrar’s Office at (563) 387-1167 or [email protected].

Fall Semester 2019

Wednesday, August 21 – 23
Orientation of new international students
Saturday, August 24 - 30
Endeavor Together pre-orientation
Thursday, August 29 - 30
Faculty days
Saturday, August 31
First-year students arrive
Saturday, August 31 - September 3
Orientation of new students
Sunday, September 1 - 3
Returning students arrive
Wednesday, September 4
Fall semester classes begin
Friday, September 13
Last day to add full semester classes
Friday, September 20 - 22
Family Weekend
Tuesday, October 1
Last day to withdraw from full semester class without record
Friday, October 4 - 6
Homecoming
Friday, October 18
End of first half of semester
Saturday, October 19 - 23
Fall vacation
Friday, November 1
Last day to withdraw from full semester classes with "W" and last day to drop Senior Projects without record
Monday, November 25
Last day to withdraw from Senior Projects with a "W"
Wednesday, November 27 - December 1
Thanksgiving vacation
Thursday, December 5 - 8
Christmas at Luther
Friday, December 13
Last day of classes
Monday, December 16 - 19
Final examinations

January Term 2020

Monday, January 6
Classes begin
Wednesday, January 29
End of term

Spring Semester 2020

Wednesday, February 5
Spring semester classes begin
Friday, February 14
Last day to add full semester classes
Tuesday, March 3
Last day to withdraw from full semester class without record
Friday, March 20
End of first half of semester
Saturday, March 21 - 29
Spring Vacation
Tuesday, April 7
Last day to withdraw from full semester class with "W" and last day to drop Senior Projects without record
Friday, April 10 - 13
Easter Vacation
Monday, April 27
Last day to withdraw from Senior Projects with a "W"
Friday, May 8
Student Research Symposium (no classes)
Friday, May 15
Last day of classes
Monday, May 18 - 21
Final examinations
Sunday, May 24
Commencement

Summer 2020

Monday, June 1
Summer session I begins
Summer term begins
TBD
New student registration
Friday, June 26
Summer session I ends
Monday, June 29
Summer session II begins
Friday, July 24
Summer session II ends
Friday, August 21
Summer term ends