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.

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.

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 drop Senior Projects without record
Friday, April 10 - 13
Easter Vacation
Friday, May 15
Last day of classes; Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes and Senior Projects with a "W"
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