Some University Calendar dates may change; see Calendars and Deadlines on the Office of the Registrar website for the most up-to-date academic calendar.

2018 Fall Semester

August 20 Opening of classes
September 3 University holiday, no classes, offices closed
November 18-25 Thanksgiving recess (consult Dentistry and Medicine collegiate offices for recess dates)
November 22-23 University holidays, offices closed
November 26 Classes resume
December 7 Close of classes
December 10-14 Final examination week
December 13-16 Commencement ceremonies*
December 24-25 University holidays, offices closed

*Fall commencement ceremonies: dates vary by college; see Commencement on the Office of the Registrar website.

2018-19 Winter Session

December 26 Opening of classes
January 1 University holiday, no classes, offices closed
January 11 Close of classes

2019 Spring Semester

January 14 Opening of classes
January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, all classes suspended, offices closed
March 17-24 Spring break
March 25 Classes resume
May 3 Close of classes
May 6-10 Final examination week
May 9-12 Commencement ceremonies**

**Spring commencement ceremonies: dates vary by college; see Commencement on the Office of the Registrar website.

2019 Summer Sessions

The University of Iowa offers several summer sessions: one 12-week session, one 8-week session, two 6-week sessions, and one 4-week session. Each session is listed below in order by its starting date. 

May 14-June 6 Four-week session (final examination day: June 7)
May 14-June 20 Six-week session I (final examination day: June 21)
May 14-August 1 Twelve-week session (final examination day: August 2)
May 27 University holiday, no classes, offices closed
June 10-August 1 Eight-week session (final examination day: August 2)
June 24-August 1 Six-week session II (final examination day: August 2)
July 4 University holiday, no classes, offices closed

Office of the Registrar Calendars

The Office of the Registrar provides additional calendars that list detailed academic deadlines, final exam schedules, and University holidays. It also publishes a five-year academic calendar. See Calendars and Deadlines on the Office of the Registrar website.

Individual College Calendars

Some University of Iowa colleges have academic year schedules that vary from the one listed above. Contact the individual colleges or visit their websites; use the A-Z Search or the Directory Search on the University of Iowa home page.