Harvard announced the adoption of a coordinated academic calendar which puts the academic schedules of the university's thirteen Schools into sync.
The new schedule will begin with the 2009-2010 academic year, improving student access to resources throughout Harvard and make it easier for students to take classes in more than one School.
Fall terms starting in early September with exams completed in December before winter break.
Spring terms beginning in late January, with commencement ceremonies scheduled for the end of May.
Coordinated Thanksgiving and spring breaks.
A three-week optional session in January.
The optional session will be used with each school's discretion, encouraging individual interests outside the university or to provide enhanced educational opportunities such as study abroad, lab experiences, internships, and mini-courses. A copy of the 2009-2010 through 2015-2016 coordinated calendars for undergraduate academics can be found on our website.