Academic Calendar 2020-21

The academic calendar has been organized in the following manner:   

  1. While the timing for the fall remains similar to previous years, starting the day following Labor Day (September 8), spring and summer terms will take place earlier than usual. Classes for spring 2021 will first meet on January 11; in the summer term on May 3. 
  2. Each term will offer the optional possibility of immersive courses by being divided into two equal-length sequential blocks. This arrangement of A and B time frames will provide flexibility to faculty as they develop curricula for specific programs and for students as they select coursework, even as most courses are likely to take the more traditional full-term shape.
  3. The earlier start to the spring term will allow a prompter opening for the summer term, thus assisting students who enroll in summer coursework (including those who concentrate their work during ‘summer A’) to have the ability to participate in internships, summer employment, and other seasonal activities.
  4. Commencement events will take place following the spring term exam period, as is traditional, but earlier than is common, during the last week of April.

Columbia University academic calendar for summer 2021 term

Columbia University academic calendar for spring 2021 term

Columbia University academic calendar for fall 2020 term