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

2016 Fall Semester

August 22Opening of classes
September 5University holiday, no classes, offices closed
November 20-27Thanksgiving recess
November 24-25University holidays, offices closed
November 28Classes resume
December 9Close of classes
December 12-16Final examination week
December 26-27University holidays, offices closed

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

2016-17 Winter Session

December 28Opening of classes
January 2University holiday, no classes, offices closed
January 13Close of classes

2017 Spring Semester

January 16Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, all classes suspended, offices closed
January 17Opening of classes
March 12-19Spring break
March 20Classes resume
May 5Close of classes
May 8-12Final examination week

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

2017 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 8Four-week session (final examination day: June 9)
May 15-June 22Six-week session I (final examination day: June 23)
May 15-August 3Twelve-week session (final examination day: August 4)
May 29University holiday, no classes, offices closed
June 12-August 3Eight-week session (final examination day: August 4)
June 26-August 3Six-week session II (final examination day: August 4)
July 4University 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 (PDF file available). 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 on the University of Iowa home page.