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Stanford Academic Calendar, 2015-16

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The University bill is issued on the 20th of each month. Billed charges are due by the 15th of the following month. For more information, see the Student Financial Services site or Stanford ePay.

See the R&DE Student Housing site for additional information on Housing deadlines. Key undergraduate dates are included below.

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Issued April 15, 2015. All dates are subject to change at the discretion of the University.

AUTUMN QUARTER 2015-16

August 1 (Sat) Axess opens for course enrollment. Stanford Bulletin opens with AY 2015-16 degree requirements

August 24 (Mon) M.D. first-year students, first day of instruction.

August 27 (Thu) M.D. second-year students, first day of instruction.

August 31 (Mon) Law School instruction begins for 1st-year J.D. students. See the full Stanford Law School academic calendar.

September 11 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) At-status enrollment deadline in order to receive stipend or financial aid refund within the first week of term.

September 11 (Fri) MBA first-year instruction begins.

September 15 (Tue) New undergraduates arrive. Convocation. Undergraduate housing opens for new students; see 2015-16 Student Housing Calendar.

September 17 (Thu) Undergraduate housing opens for returning students; see 2015-16 Student Housing Calendar.

September 21 (Mon) First day of quarter; instruction begins.

September 21 (Mon, 5:00 p.m.) Preliminary Study List deadline. Students must be "at status"; i.e., students must have a study list with sufficient units to meet requirements for their status, whether full-time, 8-9-10 units (graduate students only), or approved Undergraduate Special Registration Status or Graduate Special Registration Status. The late study list fee is $200.

September 21 (Mon, 5:00 p.m.) Deadline to submit Leave of Absence for full refund (see undergraduate leaves of absence and graduate leaves of absence). See Tuition and Refund Schedule 2015-16 for a full refund schedule.

September 21 (Mon) Law School instruction begins for 2nd/3rd-year J.D. and advanced degree students. See the full Stanford Law School academic calendar.

September 23 (Wed) Yom Kippur (classes held: some students will be observing Yom Kippur and are not expected to attend classes; some faculty will not be holding classes).

September 24 (Thu) Conferral of degrees, Summer Quarter 2014-15.

September 25 (Fri) GSB course add/drop deadline (GSB courses only).

October 9 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Final Study List deadline, except GSB. Last day to add or drop a class; last day to adjust units on a variable-unit course. Last day for tuition reassessment for dropped courses or units. Students may withdraw from a course until the Course Withdrawal deadline and a 'W' notation will appear on the transcript.

November 2 (Mon, 5:00 p.m.) Term withdrawal deadline; last day to submit Leave of Absence to withdraw from the University with a partial refund.

November 13 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Change of grading basis deadline, except GSB.

November 13 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Course withdrawal deadline, except GSB, Law, and M.D.

November 13 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Application deadline for Autumn Quarter degree conferral.

November 20 (Fri) Last day of Law classes. See the full Stanford Law School academic calendar.

November 23-27 (Mon-Fri) Thanksgiving Recess (no classes).

November 30-December 6 (Mon-Sun) End-Quarter Period.

December 4 (Fri) Last day of classes (unless class meets on Sat.)

December 4 (Fri) Last opportunity to arrange Incomplete in a course, at last class.

December 4 (Fri, noon) University thesis, D.M.A. final project, or Ph.D. dissertation, last day to submit.

December 4 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Late application deadline for Autumn Quarter degree conferral ($50 fee).

December 4-11 (Fri-Fri) Law School examinations. See the full Stanford Law School academic calendar.

December 7-11 (Mon-Fri) End-Quarter examinations.

December 12 (Sat, noon) Undergraduate housing closes for Winter Break; see 2014-15 Student Housing Calendar.

December 15 (Tue, 11:59 p.m.) Grades due.

January 7 (Thu) Conferral of degrees, Autumn Quarter.

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WINTER QUARTER 2015-16

October 25 (Sun) Axess opens for course enrollment.

December 25 (Fri) At-status enrollment deadline in order to receive stipend or financial aid refund within the first week of term.

January 2 (Sat, 8:00 a.m.) Undergraduate housing opens for Winter Quarter; see 2015-16 Student Housing Calendar.

January 4 (Mon) First day of quarter; instruction begins for all students.

January 4 (Mon, 5:00 p.m.) Preliminary Study List deadline. Students must be "at status"; i.e., students must have a study list with sufficient units to meet requirements for their status, whether full-time, 8-9-10 units (graduate students only), or approved Undergraduate Special Registration Status or Graduate Special Registration Status. The late study list fee is $200.

January 4 (Mon, 5:00 p.m.) Deadline to submit Leave of Absence for full refund (see undergraduate leaves of absence and graduate leaves of absence). See Tuition and Refund Schedule 2015-16 for a full refund schedule.

January 8 (Fri) GSB course add/drop deadline (GSB courses only).

January 18 (Mon) Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (holiday, no classes).

January 22 Fri (5:00 p.m.) Final Study List deadline, except GSB. Final day to add or drop a class; last day to adjust units on a variable-unit course. Last day for tuition reassessment for dropped courses or units. Students may withdraw from a course until the Course Withdrawal deadline and a 'W' notation will appear on the transcript.

February 15 (Mon) Presidents' Day (holiday, no classes; Law does hold classes).

February 17 (Wed, 5:00 p.m.) Term withdrawal deadline; last day to submit Leave of Absence to withdraw from the University with a partial refund.

February 26 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Change of grading basis deadline, except GSB.

February 26 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Course withdrawal deadline, except GSB, Law, and M.D.

February 26 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Application deadline for Winter Quarter degree conferral.

March 7 (Mon) Last day of Law classes. See the full Stanford Law School academic calendar.

March 7-13 (Mon-Sun) End-Quarter Period.

March 11 (Fri) Last day of classes (unless class meets on Sat.)

March 11 (Fri) Last opportunity to arrange Incomplete in a course, at last class.

March 11 (Fri, noon) University thesis, D.M.A. final project, Ph.D. dissertation, last day to submit.

March 11 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Late application deadline for Winter Quarter degree conferral ($50 fee).

March 11-18 (Fri-Fri) Law School examinations. See the full Stanford Law School academic calendar.

March 14-18 (Mon-Fri) End-Quarter examinations.

March 19 (Sat) Undergraduate housing move-out (if departing at end of Winter Quarter); see 2015-16 Student Housing Calendar.

March 22 (Tue, 11:59 p.m.) Grades due.

March 31 (Thu) Conferral of degrees, Winter Quarter.

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SPRING QUARTER 2015-16

February 7 (Sun) Axess opens for course enrollment.

March 18 (Fri) At-status enrollment deadline in order to receive stipend or financial aid refund within the first week of term.

March 26 (Sat) Undergraduate housing move-in date for Spring Quarter; see 2014-15 Student Housing Calendar.

March 28 (Mon) First day of quarter; instruction begins for all students.

March 28 (Mon, 5:00 p.m.) Preliminary Study List deadline. Students must be "at status"; i.e., students must have a study list with sufficient units to meet requirements for their status, whether full-time, 8-9-10 units (graduate students only), or approved Undergraduate Special Registration Status or Graduate Special Registration Status. The late study list fee is $200.

March 28 (Mon, 5:00 p.m.) Deadline to submit Leave of Absence for full refund (see undergraduate leaves of absence and graduate leaves of absence). See See Tuition and Refund Schedule 2015-16 for a full refund schedule.

March 31 (Thu) GSB instruction begins (MBA and MSx courses only).

April 5 (Tue) GSB course add/drop deadline (GSB courses only).

April 8 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Application deadline for Spring Quarter degree conferral.

April 15 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Final Study List deadline, except GSB. Last day to add or drop a class; last day to adjust units on a variable-unit course. Last day for tuition reassessment for dropped courses or units. Students may withdraw from a course until the Course Withdrawal deadline and a "W" notation will appear on the transcript.

May 9 (Mon, 5:00 p.m.) Term withdrawal deadline; last day to submit Leave of Absence to withdraw from the University with a partial refund.

May 20 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Change of grading basis deadline, except GSB.

May 20 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Course withdrawal deadline, except GSB, Law, and M.D.

May 27 (Fri) Last day of Law classes. See the full Stanford Law School academic calendar.

May 27-June 2 (Fri-Thu) End-Quarter Period.

May 30 (Mon) Memorial Day (holiday, no classes).

May 31- June 4 (Tue-Sat) Law School examinations. See the full Stanford Law School academic calendar.

June 1 (Wed) Last day of classes.

June 1 (Wed) Last opportunity to arrange Incomplete in a course, at last class.

June 1 (Wed, noon) University thesis, D.M.A. final project, or Ph.D. dissertation, last day to submit.

June 1 (Wed, 5:00 p.m.) Late application deadline for Spring Quarter degree conferral ($50 fee).

June 2 (Thu) Day before finals, no classes.

June 3-8 (Fri-Wed) End-Quarter examinations.

June 8 (Wed, noon) Grades for GSB graduating students due.

June 9 (Thu, noon) Grades for graduating students due.

June 10 (Fri) Undergraduate housing move-out date (for all students not involved in Commencement); see 2014-15 Student Housing Calendar.

June 11 (Sat) Senior Class Day.

June 11 (Sat) Baccalaureate Saturday.

June 11 (Sat) Law School Diploma Ceremony. See the full Stanford Law School academic calendar.

June 12 (Sun) Commencement. Conferral of degrees, Spring Quarter.

June 13 (Mon) Undergraduate Housing move-out date (for graduates and others involved in Commencement with permission); see 2014-15 Student Housing Calendar.

June 14 (Tue, 11:59 p.m.) Grades for non-graduating students due.

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SUMMER QUARTER 2015-16

April 10 (Sun) Axess opens for course enrollment.

June 10 (Fri) At-status enrollment deadline in order to receive stipend or financial aid refund within the first week of term.

June 20 (Mon) First day of quarter; instruction begins.

June 20 (Mon, 5:00 p.m.) Preliminary Study List deadline.

June 20 (Mon) Deadline to submit Leave of Absence for full refund (see undergraduate leaves of absence and graduate leaves of absence). See Tuition and Refund Schedule 2015-16 for a full refund schedule.

July 1 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Final Study List deadline. Final day to add or drop a class; last day to adjust units on a variable-unit course. Last day for tuition reassessment for dropped courses or units. Students may withdraw from a course until the Course Withdrawal deadline and a 'W' notation will appear on the transcript.

July 4 (Mon) Independence Day celebrated (holiday, no classes).

July 22 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Term withdrawal deadline; last day to submit Leave of Absence to withdraw from the University with a partial refund.

July 29 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Change of grading basis deadline.

July 29 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Course withdrawal deadline.

July 29 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Application deadline for Summer Quarter degree conferral.

August 6-11 (Sat-Thu) End-Quarter Period.

August 11 (Thu) Last day of classes.

August 11 (Thu) Last opportunity to arrange Incomplete in a course, at last class.

August 12-13 (Fri-Sat) End-Quarter examinations.

August 16 (Tue, 11:59 p.m.) Grades due.

August 26 (Fri, noon) University thesis, D.M.A. final project, or Ph.D. dissertation, last day to submit.

August 26 (Fri, 5:00 p.m.) Late application deadline for Summer Quarter degree conferral ($50 fee).

September 29 (Thu) Conferral of degrees, Summer Quarter.

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Academic Calendar 2016-17

First day of classes and last day of finals:

  • Autumn 2016-17: September 26 and December 16

  • Winter 2016-17: January 9 and March 24

  • Spring 2016-17: April 3 and June 14 (Commencement June 18)

  • Summer 2016-17: June 26 and August 19