Academic Calendar

See below for an abbreviated version of the Academic Calendar. You can also view the full 2020-2021 Academic Calendar.

As Occidental College continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, information for incoming students may be subject to change. We know that students and their families are eager to know details about campus operations in the fall; you can find the latest information and updates on Oxy’s COVID-19 response and planning on our Coronavirus website.

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Fall 2020

Event Day Date
Orientation for New Students Entering Fall 2020 Fri - Sun Aug 21 - 23
First Day of Classes Monday Aug 24
Clearance Mon - Tues Aug 24 - 25
Labor Day — no classes Monday Sept 7
Mid-Semester Wednesday Oct 7
Advising Week TBD  
Registration Week for Spring 2021 TBD  
Last Day of Classes Friday Nov 20
Reading Days Mon-Tues Nov 23 - 24
Thanksgiving Break — no classes Wed - Fri Nov 25 - 27
Final Exams Mon - Fri Nov 30 - Dec 4
Reading Days Sat - Sun Dec 5 - 6

Final Exams Resume

  • Last Day to Late Drop from Classes
  • Petitions for Incomplete Due
  • Last Day to Change to CR/NC
Monday Dec 7
End of Semester Monday Dec 7

Spring 2021

Event Day Date
Orientation for New Students Entering Spring 2021 Friday Jan 15
Returning Students Move-In 10AM Saturday Jan 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday — no classes Monday Jan 18
First Day of Classes Tuesday Jan 19
Clearance Tues - Wed Jan 19 - 20
Presidents' Day Holiday — no classes Monday Feb 15

Mid-Semester

  • Last Day to Add One and Two Unit Classes
  • Last Day to Audit a Class
Friday Mar 5
Spring Break — no classes Mon - Fri Mar 8 - 12
Advising Week Mon - Fri Mar 22 - 26
Registration Week for Fall 2021 Mon - Fri Mar 29 - Apr 2

Last Day of Classes

  • Last Day to Late Drop from Classes
  • Petitions for Incomplete Due
  • Deadline For Those Who Are Ineligible to Petition to Participate in Commencement
Tuesday Apr 27
Reading Days Wed-Thur Apr 28 - 29
Final Exams Friday Apr 30
Reading Days Sat - Sun May 1 - 2
Final Exams Resume Mon - Fri May 3 - 7
End of Semester Friday May 7
Student Move-Out 24 Hours After Last Final Exam or by Hall Closing (Whichever Comes First)
Residence Halls Close for Non Graduating Seniors 10 AM Saturday May 8
Commencement Sunday May 16