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.
2020 Fall Semester
|August 24||Opening of classes|
|September 7||University holiday, no classes, offices closed|
|November 22-29||Thanksgiving recess (consult Dentistry and Medicine collegiate offices for recess dates)|
|November 26-27||University holidays, offices closed|
|November 30||Classes resume|
|December 11||Close of classes|
|December 14-18||Final examination week|
|December 17-20||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.
2020-21 Winter Session
|December 28||Opening of classes|
|January 1||University holiday, no classes, offices closed|
|January 15||Close of classes|
2021 Spring Semester
|January 18||Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, all classes suspended, offices closed|
|January 19||Opening of classes|
|March 14-21||Spring break|
|March 22||Classes resume|
|May 7||Close of classes|
|May 10-14||Final examination week|
|May 13-16||Commencement ceremonies**|
**Spring commencement ceremonies: dates vary by college; see Commencement on the Office of the Registrar website.
2021 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 18-June 10||Four-week session (final examination day: June 11)|
|May 18-June 24||Six-week session I (final examination day: June 25)|
|May 18-August 5||Twelve-week session (final examination day: August 6)|
|May 31||University holiday, no classes, offices closed|
|June 14-August 5||Eight-week session (final examination day: August 6)|
|June 28-August 5||Six-week session II (final examination day: August 6)|
|July 5||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.