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

2017 Fall Semester

August 21 Opening of classes
September 4 University holiday, no classes, offices closed
November 19-26 Thanksgiving recess
November 23-24 University holidays, offices closed
November 27 Classes resume
December 8 Close of classes
December 11-15 Final examination week
December 25-26 University holidays, offices closed

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

2017-18 Winter Session

December 27 Opening of classes
January 1 University holiday, no classes, offices closed
January 12 Close of classes

2018 Spring Semester

January 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, all classes suspended, offices closed
January 16 Opening of classes
March 11-18 Spring break
March 19 Classes resume
May 4 Close of classes
May 7-11 Final examination week

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

2018 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 15-June 7 Four-week session (final examination day: June 8)
May 15-June 21 Six-week session I (final examination day: June 22)
May 15-August 2 Twelve-week session (final examination day: August 3)
May 28 University holiday, no classes, offices closed
June 11-August 2 Eight-week session (final examination day: August 3)
June 25-August 2 Six-week session II (final examination day: August 3)
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 & 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.