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.
For 2020-21, Luther announced a revised academic calendar. Luther will transition from the 4-1-4 academic calendar to the revised 1-2-2-4-1 calendar that was adopted for the 2020-21 academic year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details regarding September Term, the revised start and stop dates for the 2020-21 academic year, meeting periods for the Fall Quarters, and the process to adjust course registrations for the Fall Quarters is available on the 2020-21 Academic Calendar.