Forward Together: Academic Calendar

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Message from the Provost

We have modified the start and end dates for our undergraduate academic calendar for Fall 2020 (printed in its entirety below). We will begin the semester on Monday, August 10, and end the semester on Tuesday, November 24.

There are several important items to note related to this change to the academic calendar:

  • In Fall 2020, we will not hold a separate final exam week. All undergraduate, end-of-semester assessments (exams, papers, projects, presentations) will be completed during scheduled class sessions in the final week of instruction.
  • This academic calendar change is only for our undergraduate day and evening programs (including individual online courses offered in those programs).
  • The graduate calendar remains as originally published. Directors of the Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant programs will advise students of any changes to in-person instruction in their respective programs.
  • The Methodist University Online (fully online programs) calendar remains as originally published.

Questions? Contact us at forward@methodist.edu, our dedicated email address for COVID-19 communications.


The 2020-2021 Academic Year

At the discretion of the University, changes may be made to the following.

Fall 2020

August

Saturday1Tuition & Fees Due for Fall
Monday-Wednesday3-5Faculty Meetings & Workshops
Friday-Sunday7-9New & Returning Students Arrive (check email for dates and times)
Monday10Classes Begin; Drop/Add Period begins
Friday14Opening Convocation at 11:00 a.m.
Monday17Academic Advisor Consultation at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday18Last day to ADD a class or DROP a class without record

September

Monday7Labor Day Holiday (no classes)
Monday14Last day to submit “Intent to Graduate” forms for May 2021 graduation

October

Friday2Midterm grades due in the Office of the Registrar by 5:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday12-16Advising Week
Monday12Academic Advisor Consultation at 11:00 a.m.
Evening Student Early Registration Begins
Friday – Saturday23-24Homecoming Weekend
Monday19Senior Early Registration begins at 7 a.m.
Tuesday20Junior Early Registration begins at 7 a.m.
Wednesday21Sophomore Early Registration begins at 7 a.m.
Thursday22Freshman Early Registration begins at 7 a.m.
Friday23Evening-to-Day Registration begins at 7 a.m.
Monday26Evening Course Registration for Day Students begins at 7 a.m.

November

Monday9Last day to drop a class with record
Wednesday11Veterans Day Holiday (no class)
Tuesday24Last day of classes
Monday30Final Grades Due

December

Saturday12Commencement Ceremony

MU at Night Autumn Term I

MondayAug. 10Classes begin
FridayAug. 14Last day to add/drop without record (Evening)
FridayAug. 21Last day to add/drop without record (Weekend)
Monday-TuesdaySept. 7-8Labor Day Holiday
FridaySept. 25Last day to drop a class with record
Wednesday-FridaySept. 30-Oct. 2Final Exams
MondayOct. 5Final Grades Due

MU at Night Autumn Term II

MondayOct. 5Classes begin
FridayOct. 9Last day to add/drop without record (Evening)
MondayOct. 12Evening Student Early Registration begins
FridayOct. 16Last day to add/drop without record (Weekend)
FridayOct. 23Evening-to-Day Early Registration begins
WednesdayNov. 11Veterans Day Holiday
FridayNov. 13Last day to drop a class
Friday-TuesdayNov. 20-24Final Exams
MondayNov. 30Final Grades Due
SaturdayDec. 12Commencement Ceremony

Methodist University Online Term I

Note – This schedule is for fully online programs offered through Methodist University Online. Individual online courses offered through the main campus – day and evening programs—are included in the schedules for those sessions.

MondayAug. 17Classes begin
FridayAug. 21Last day to add/drop without record
MondaySept. 7Labor Day Holiday
FridayOct. 2Last day to drop a class with record
Wednesday-FridayOct. 7-10Final Exams
MondayOct. 12Final Grades Due

Methodist University Online Term II

Note – This schedule is for fully online programs offered through Methodist University Online. Individual online courses offered through the main campus – day and evening programs—are included in the schedules for those sessions.

MondayOct. 19Classes begin
MondayOct. 19Spring Early Registration begins
FridayOct. 23Last day to add/drop without record
WednesdayNov. 11Veterans Day Holiday
Wednesday-SundayNov. 25-29Thanksgiving Holiday
FridayDec. 4Last day to drop a class with record
Friday-TuesdayDec. 9-11Final Exams
SaturdayDec. 12Commencement Ceremony
MondayDec. 14Final Grades Due

Spring 2021

January

Sunday10Students arrive/Orientation
Monday11All Classes and Drop/Add Period begin
Friday15Advisor Meeting at 11:00 a.m.
Monday18Martin Luther King Day holiday (no classes)
Tuesday19Last day to ADD a class or DROP a class without record

February

Monday1Spring Convocation

March

Friday5Midterm grades due
Saturday-Tuesday8-12Spring X-Term for Experiential Learning Opportunities including Study Abroad
Monday-Friday8-12Spring Break
Monday-Friday22-26Advising Week
Monday22Academic Advising Consultation at 11:00 a.m.
Evening Student Early Registration begins at 7 a.m.
Monday29Senior Early Registration begins at 7 a.m.
Summer Course Early Registration begins at 7 a.m. (all students)
Tuesday30Junior Early Registration begins at 7 a.m.
Wednesday31Sophomore Early Registration begins at 7 a.m.

April

Thursday1Freshman Early Registration begins at 7 a.m.
Friday2Good Friday Holiday (no classes)
Friday2Evening-to-Day Student Early Registration begins at 7 a.m.
Monday-Friday5-9Research and Creativity Week
Monday5Evening Course Registration begins for Day Students at 7 a.m.
Wednesday7Research & Creativity Symposium and Awards Day
Monday12“Intent to Graduate” forms for December 2020 graduation Due
Monday19Last day to drop a class with record
Wednesday28Last day of day classes
Thursday-Thursday29-May 6Final Examinations

May

Monday3Senior grades due to the Registrar by 1:00 p.m.
Saturday8Commencement Ceremony (Graduate and Undergraduate)
Monday10Final grades due

MU at Night Spring Term I

MondayJan. 11Classes begin
FridayJan. 15Last day to add/drop without record (Evening)
Monday-TuesdayJan. 18-19Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday
FridayJan. 22Last day to add/drop without record (Weekend)
FridayFeb. 26Last day to drop a class with record
Wednesday-SaturdayMar. 3-5Final Exams
MondayMar. 8Final Grades Due

MU at Night Spring Term II

MondayMar. 15Classes begin
FridayMar. 19Last day to add/drop without record (Evening)
MondayMar. 22Evening Student Early Registration begins
FridayMar. 26Last day to add/drop without record (Weekend)
MondayMar. 29Summer Early Registration begins
Thursday-MondayApr. 1-4Easter Holiday
FridayApr. 2Evening-to-Day Student Registration begins
FridayApr. 30Last day to drop a class with record
MondayMay 3Senior grades (Day and Evening) due
Wednesday-SaturdayMay 5-8Final Exams
SaturdayMay 8Commencement Ceremony (Graduate and Undergraduate)
MondayMay 10Final Grades Due

Summer 2021

Summer Day Term I

Summer X-TermMay 17-Jun. 11Experiential Learning, including Study Abroad Opportunities
MondayMay 17Classes begin
TuesdayMay 18Last day to add/drop without record
MondayMay 31Memorial Day Holiday
WednesdayJun. 9Last day to drop a class with record
FridayJun. 11Last day of classes, Final Exams
MondayJun. 14Final Grades (Term I) Due

Summer Day Term II

MondayJun. 14Classes begin
TuesdayJun. 15Last day to add/drop without record
TuesdayJul. 7Last day to drop a class with record
FridayJul. 9Last day of classes, Final Exams
MondayJul. 12Final Grades (Term II) Due

Summer Day Term III (Reserved for Special Programs)

MondayJul. 12Classes begin
TuesdayJul. 13Last day to add/drop without record
WednesdayAug. 4Last day to drop a class with record
FridayAug. 6Last day of classes
MondayAug. 9Final Grades (Term III) Due

Summer MU at Night Term IV

MondayMay 17Classes begin
FridayMay 21Last day to add/drop without record (Evening)
FridayMay 28Last day to add/drop without record (Weekend)
Monday-TuesdayMay 31-Jun. 1Memorial Day Holiday
WednesdayJul. 2Last day to drop a class with record
Wednesday-FridayJul. 7-9Final Exams
MondayJul. 12Final Grades (Term IV) Due

Summer Day Term V (Reserved for Internships)

MondayMay 17Classes begin
FridayMay 21Last day to add/drop without record
FridayJul. 30Last day to drop a class with record
FridayAug. 6Last day of classes
MondayAug. 9Final Grades Due
SaturdayAug. 14Summer Degree Conferral Date