Academic Calendar Guidelines

Guidelines and policies for the IUPUI academic calendar

As you develop your courses, keep in mind these guidelines that govern the academic calendar at IUPUI.

Instruction days

Fall and spring terms have 15 weeks of instruction (75 days excluding weekends).

Summer terms have 12 weeks of instruction (60 days excluding weekends). Most summer classes are scheduled in one of two major summer sessions of 6 weeks each (30 days excluding weekends).

Final exams

The fall and spring terms are each followed by six days for final exams. Each final exam period is two hours long.

Fall term final exams must end no later than December 21 for there to be sufficient time for grade submission and transcript availability.

Spring term final exams must end at least one day before Commencement. When the normal Monday start of the term in January would result in finals ending the same day as Commencement, Weekend College classes are scheduled to start on Saturday two days before the Monday start of the term.

Summer terms have no special days for final exams.

Class lengths

Lecture classes offered for 3 credit hours must meet for a minimum of 2,250 minutes (excluding the final exam).

During fall and spring terms, 3 credit hour lecture classes meet either:

  • Twice a week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) in 75-minute classes for a total of 2,250 minutes
  • Once a week (Monday through Thursday evening or Friday during the day) in a 160-minute class for a total of 2,400 minutes (including a 10-minute in-class break during each meeting)
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Term start, end, and break dates

During fall, spring, and summer terms, each day of the week meets an equal number of times.

About the common calendar

Before 2014, IU did not have a common calendar shared across all campuses. As a result, campuses had different rules and deadlines resulting in many inefficiencies.

The IU Board of Trustees approved these common calendar dates in April 2014 for implementation in the fall 2014 term and beyond:

  • Term begin date: Start of the semester. To accommodate the required number of class meetings, campuses may need to adjust the term begin date for weekend and/or nonstandard sessions.
  • Census date: The official date of record for reporting is Sunday at 11:59 p.m. following the first week of classes.
  • Refund 100 percent: End of first week (as set by Trustees policy).
  • Refund 75 percent: End of second week (as set by Trustees policy).
  • Refund 50 percent: End of third week (as set by Trustees policy).
  • Refund 25 percent: End of fourth week (as set by Trustees policy).
  • End of automatic withdrawal (W on transcript): End of ninth week of class (Sunday).
  • Classes final end date: Date includes the last weekend plus Monday. Classes could end earlier but must be completed by this date.
  • Exams final end date: Exams must be completed by the Sunday after the classes final end date (includes last weekend).
  • Summer class start date: The common calendar includes a common start date for the summer session. Other summer dates are flexible to permit innovation and variety in summer offerings. While the summer start date is very close to the spring end date, the campus can schedule spring classes or exams to end before the common end dates in order to create a greater gap between spring and summer terms.

What dates are still unique to individual campuses?

  • Sessions within the semester
  • Fall and spring breaks
  • MED, DENT, LAW, and GRD1 careers
  • Nonstandard and weekend class sessions may begin earlier or end later than the common semester dates, as determined by the individual campus