Academic Calendar

Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar Dates
Date(s) Event
Aug 20 Batten Honors College New Students Arrive, Batten Honors College Matriculation Ceremony

Aug 21

Fall Faculty Workshop

Aug 21

State of the University

Aug 21

New First-Year students arrive

Aug 23 Resident transfer students arrive

Aug 22-23

Marlin Nation Orientation

Aug 23

Returning students arrive

Aug 24

Day and evening classes begin

Aug 26

Online Fall 1 classes begin

Aug 28 Last Day of "Add/Drop" Period (On-campus)

Sept 1

Last Day of "Add/Drop" Period (Online Fall 1 courses)

Sept 4-5

Weekend classes begin

Sept 7

Labor Day
(classes will be held)

Sept 10

Founders Day Convocation

Sept 28

Online Term 1 last day of dropping a course with an automatic W

Oct 2-4

Homecoming and Family Weekend

Oct 12-13

FALL BREAK - ELIMINATED
(classes will be held)

Oct 16

Online Term 1 Classes End

Oct 16

Mid-semester Progress Reports due

Oct 21

Online Term 2 Classes Begin

Oct 26-30

VWU Global Campus Advising/Registration for Spring

Oct 26 - Nov 6

Advising Weeks for Spring Registration 
(avoid scheduling meetings this week)

Oct 27

Last day of "Add/ Drop" Period
Online Fall 2 courses

Nov 2

Advance Registration for Spring Semester begins

Nov 6

Last day for dropping a course with automatic W
On-Campus courses

Nov 20 In-person classes end
Nov 20 Residence halls close

Nov 23

Online Term 2 last day of dropping a course with an automatic W

Nov 23-27

Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 30-Dec 4

Classes resume with remote instruction

Dec 4

Classes End

Dec 5 - 6 2020 Commencement Ceremonies
Dec 7-11 Final Examinations (Remote Format)

Dec 9

Reading Day

Dec 11 Fall Semester Ends

Dec 11

Online Term 2 Classes End


January Term 2021

January Term 2021 Academic Calendar Dates
Date(s) Event
Jan 4 January Term Classes Begin
Jan 6

Last day to drop January Term Course without record

Jan 12

Last day to drop January Term Course with automatic W

Jan 22 Last Day of January Term

Spring Semester 2021

Spring Semester 2021 Academic Calendar Dates
Date(s) Event
Jan 21 New Resident First Year and Resident Transfer Students Arrive
Jan 22 Spring Faculty Workshop
Jan 22 New Student Orientation
Jan 24 Residence Halls open at 10:00 a.m. for returning students
Jan 25 Day and Evening Classes Begin 
Jan 25 Online Term 1 Classes Begin
Jan 29 Last day of "Add/ Drop" Period
On-campus
Jan 29-30 Weekend Classes Begin
Jan 31 Online Spring Term 1 Classes
Last day of "Add/Drop" Period
Feb 25 Online Term 1
Last day of dropping a course with automatic W
Mar 15-19 SPRING BREAK - ELIMINATED
(classes will be held)
Mar 17 Online Term 1 Classes End
Mar 22 Online Term 2 Classes Begin
Mar 24 Mid-Semester Progress Reports available on WebAdvisor
Mar 28 Online Spring Term 2 Classes
Last day of "Add/Drop" Period
Mar 29 - Apr 2 VWU Global Campus Advising/Registration for Summer & Fall Begins
Mar 29 - Apr 9 Advising Weeks for Fall Registration
(avoid scheduling meetings)
Apr 5 EASTER MONDAY - ELIMINATED
(classes will be held)
Apr 6 Advance Registration for Summer & Fall Begins
Apr 9 Last day for dropping a course with automatic W
Apr 9-10 Spring Alumni Weekend
Apr 22 Online Term 2
Last day of dropping a course with automatic W
April 27 Classes end
(Evening Classes end April 26, 2021)
April 27 - May 3 Evening Final Examinations
April 28 Reading Day
April 29, 30, May 3, 4 Final Examinations 
May 4 Residence Halls Close at 5:00 p.m.              
(except for graduates)
May 11 Online Term 2 Classes End
May 8 Commencement
(format may depend on COVID)
May 16 VWU Global Campus Commencement
(Graduate and Online students, format may depend on COVID)

Summer Session 2021

Summer Session 2021 Academic Calendar Dates
Date(s) Event
May 17 Online Summer Terms Begin
May 24 Traditional Summer Terms Begin
May 24 - June 21 Summer Term 1
(4 weeks)
May 25 Summer Term 1
Last day of "Add/ Drop" Period 
June 9 Summer Term 1
Last day of dropping a course with automatic W 
May 24 - Aug 13 Summer Term 2
(12 weeks)
May 30 Summer Term 2
Last day of "Add/ Drop" Period 
Jul 12 Summer Term 2
Last day of dropping a course with automatic W
July 6 - Aug 13 Summer Term 3
(6 weeks)
Jul 8 Summer Term 3
Last day of "Add/ Drop" Period 
Jul 27 Summer Term 3
Last day of dropping a course with automatic W
May 17 - July 2  Summer Term 4
(7 weeks) Online / Graduate
May 23 Summer Term 4
Last day of "Add/ Drop" Period 
Jun 14 Summer Term 4
Last day of dropping a course with automatic W
July 6 - Aug 20 Summer Term 5
(7 weeks ) Online / Graduate
Jul 12 Summer Term 5
Last day of "Add/ Drop" Period 
Aug 3 Summer Term 5
Last day of dropping a course with automatic W
Aug 20 Summer Session Ends