Academic Calendar

The academic calendar contains the dates of major academic events occurring each academic year and serves as an information source and planning tool for students, faculty, staff, families, and outside organizations. The academic calendar is published once a year, but is subject to change at any time. For more information, please contact SAS.

The majority of programs at Clarkson University operate on a semester calendar. Additional calendars for the Graduate Health Science programs, along with some graduate programs designed for working professionals operate on different calendars. Milestone dates for the current calendar year are listed below. For a detailed, multi-year projection, please select the academic calendar that pertains to the program in which you are interested.

Semester Programs

The academic calendar for semester-based programs includes all undergraduate programs, all graduate residential programs in Potsdam, except health sciences, as well as the Engineering Management MS and graduate Education programs based at the Capital Region Campus.

Semester Academic Calendars

Fall 2023

  • First Day of Classes - August 28
  • Midterm Grade Available - October 11
  • Last Day of the Semester - December 15
  • Fall Graduates Recognition Ceremony (Potsdam) - December 16
  • Final Grades Available - December 18

Spring 2024

  • First Day of Classes - January 11
  • Midterm Grade Available - March 8
  • Reading Days - April 29-30
  • Last Day of the Semester - May 7
  • Commencement (Potsdam) - May 9 (Graduate); May 11 (Undergraduate)
  • Final Grades Available - May 13
  • New Student Move-in - August 25
  • Returning Student Move-in - August 26-27
  • Classes Begin - August 28
  • Career Fair - September 12-14
  • Fall Recess - October 7-10
  • Classes Resume & Midterm Grades Due - October 11
  • Family Weekend Begins - October 27-29
  • Enrollment for Spring Classes Begin - November 8
  • Thanksgiving Recess - November 22-26
  • Classes Resume - November 27
  • Last Day of Class - December 8
  • Final Exams - December 11-15
  • Fall Graduates Recognition Ceremony - December 16
  • Final Grades Due at 9:00am - December 18
  • New Student Move-in* - January 9
  • Returning Student Move-in* - January 10
  • Classes Begin - January 11
  • Career Fair - February 6-8
  • February Break - February 22-25
  • Classes Resume - February 26
  • Midterm Grades Due - March 8
  • Spring Recess - March 16-24
  • Classes Resume - March 25
  • Enrollment for Fall Classes Begin - April 3
  • Last Day of Class - April 26
  • Reading Days - April 29-30
  • Final Exams - May 1-7
  • Final Grades Due at 9:00am - May 10
  • Graduate Commencement Ceremony - May 9
  • Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony - May 11
  • CRC Commencement - June 13

10 Week Session

  • Classes Begin - May 20
  • Classes End - August 3
  • Grades Due - August 6

First 5 Week Session

  • Classes Begin - May 20
  • Classes End - June 22
  • Grades Due - June 25

Second 5 Week Session

  • Classes Begin - July 1
  • Classes End - August 3
  • Grades Due - August 6

*2024-2025 dates are tentative pending approval and subject to change.

Fall 2024

  • First Day of Classes - August 26
  • Midterm Grade Available - October 16
  • Last Day of the Semester - December 13
  • Fall Graduates Recognition Ceremony (Potsdam) - December 14
  • Final Grades Available - December 16

Spring 2025

  • First Day of Classes - January 9
  • Midterm Grade Available - March 6
  • Reading Days - April 28-29
  • Last Day of the Semester - May 6
  • Commencement (Potsdam) - May 8
  • Final Grades Available - May 10
  • New Student Move-in - August 23
  • Returning Student Move-in - August 25
  • Classes Begin - August 26
  • Career Fair - TBA
  • Family Weekend - October 4 to October 6
  • Fall Recess - October 14-15
  • Classes Resume & Midterm Grades Due - October 16
  • Enrollment for Spring Classes Begin - November 6
  • Thanksgiving Recess - November 27-29
  • Classes Resume - December 2
  • Last Day of Class - December 6
  • Final Exams - December 9-13
  • Fall Graduates Recognition Ceremony - December 14
  • Final Grades Due at 9:00am - December 16
  • New Student Move-in* - January 7
  • Returning Student Move-in* - January 8
  • Classes Begin - January 9
  • Career Fair - TBA
  • February Break - February 20-21
  • Classes Resume - February 24
  • Midterm Grades Due - March 6
  • Spring Recess - March 17-21
  • Classes Resume - March 24
  • Enrollment for Fall Classes Begin - April 2
  • Last Day of Class - April 25
  • Reading Days - April 28-29
  • Final Exams - April 30 - May 6
  • Final Grades Due at 9:00am - May 9
  • Graduate Commencement Ceremony - May 8
  • Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony - May 10

Graduate Health Science Programs

Including the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, and the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program. Most milestone dates are program-dependent. Please view the detailed health sciences calendar by clicking the button below for more information.

Health Sciences Academic Calendars by Program

  • First Day of Classes - Varied by Program
  • Midterm Grades Available - N/A
  • Commencement - N/A
  • Final Grades Available - August 27

Occupational Therapy

  • New Student Orientation - August 23-25
  • Classes Begin - August 28
  • Fall Recess - Octpber 7-10
  • Classes Resume & Midterm Grades Due (12pm, noon) - October 11
  • Enrollment for Spring Classes Begin - November 8
  • Thanksgiving Recess - November 22-26
  • Classes Resume - November 27
  • Last Day of Class - December 8
  • Final Exams - December 11-15
  • Fall December Recognition Ceremony - December 16
  • Final Grades Due (9am) - December 18

Physician Assistant Program 

  • Classes Begin - August 28
  • Fall Recess - September 2-4
  • Classes Resume  September 5
  • Midterm Grade Due (12pm, Noon)  - October 11
  • Enrollment in Spring Classes Begins  - November 8
  • Thanksgiving Recess  - November 22-26
  • Classes Resume  - November 27
  • Last Day of Classes  - December 1
  • Final Exams  - December 4-8
  • Fall December Recognition Ceremony  - December 16
  • Final Grade Due (9am)  - December 18

Physical Therapy

  • New Student Orientation - August 23-25
  • Classes Begin - August 28
  • Fall Recess - Varies by Cohort
  • Classes Resume - Varies by Cohort
  • Midterm Grades Due (12pm, noon) - October 11
  • Enrollment in Spring Classes Begins - November 8
  • Thanksgiving Recess - November 22-26
  • Classes Resume - November 27
  • Last Day of Classes - December 8
  • Final Exams - December 11-15
  • Fall December Recognition Ceremony - December 16
  • Final Grades Due (9am) - December 18

Occupational Therapy

  • Classes Begin - January 11
  • Level I Fieldwork Rotation - January 31 - April 19
  • Winter Recess - February 22-25
  • Classes Resume - Februart 26
  • Midterm Grades Due (12 pm, noon) - March 8
  • Spring Recess - March 16-24
  • Classes Resume - March 25
  • Summer & Fall Enrollment Begins - April 3
  • Last Day of Classes - May 3
  • Final Exams - May 6-9
  • Graduate Commencement Ceremony - May 9
  • Final Grades Due (9am) - May 10

Physician Assistant Program 

  • Orientation and Classes Begin - January 8
  • Midterm Grades Due (12pm, Noon) - March 8
  • Spring Recess - March 16-24
  • All Classes Resume - March 25
  • Summer & Fall Enrollment Begins - April 3
  • Last Day of Classes - April 19
  • Final Exams - April 22-26
  • Graduate Commencement Ceremony - May 9
  • Final Grade Due (9am) - May 10

Physical Therapy

  • Classes Begin - January 8
  • Winter Recess - Februart 15-18
  • Classes Resume - February 19
  • Midterm Grades Due (12pm, noon) - March 8
  • Spring Recess - March 16-24
  • All Classes Resume - March 18
  • Summer & Fall Enrollment Begins - April 3
  • Last Day of Classes - May 10
  • Graduate Commencement Ceremony - May 9
  • Final Grades Due (9am) - May 10

Quarter Programs

The academic calendar for the quarter-based programs includes all remaining graduate programs not referenced above. The current year highlights are included below.

Quarter Academic Calendar

  • First Day of Classes - January 8
  • Enrollment Period - February 9
  • Last Day of Classes - March 15
  • Final Exams - March 18-22
  • Final Grades Due (9am)- March 26
  • First Day of Classes - April 1
  • Enrollment Period - May 10
  • Last Day of Classes - June 7
  • Final Exams - June 10-14
  • Final Grades Due (9am) - June 18
  • June Commencement Ceremony - June 13
  • First Day of Classes - June 17
  • Enrollment Period - May 9
  • Last Day of Classes - August 23
  • Final Exams - August 26-30
  • Final Grades Available - September 3
  • Classes Begin  - September 4
  • Enrollment in Winter Classes Begins  - October 18
  • Last Day of Classes  - November 13
  • Final Exams - November 14 - 19
  • Final Grade Due (9am)  - November 25
  • December Recognition Ceremony - December 14
  • Classes Begin - Janaury 6
  • Enrollment in Spring Classes Begins  - February 7
  • Last Day of Classes  - March 14
  • Final Exams - March 17-21
  • Final Grades Due (9am) - March 25
  • Classes Begin - March 31
  • Enrollment in Summer Clases Begins - May 9
  • Last Day of Classes - June 6
  • Final Exams - June 9-13
  • Final Grades Due (9am) - June 17
  • June Commencement Ceremony - TBD
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