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College Calendar 2017-18 2017 August 29, Tuesday. New student orientation begins; first-year residences open at 9 a.m. September 2, Saturday. Residences open for upper-class students at 9 a.m. (Keys at the McCaffrey Room in the Keefe Campus Center during Center Hours—at Campus Police after hours.) September 4, Monday. Opening Convocation. September 5, Tuesday. Fall semester classes begin. September 14, Thursday. Last day to add/drop courses for fall semester. October 7-10, Saturday-Tuesday. Midsemester break. Residence halls and dining hall remain open but with limited services. October 11, Wednesday. Monday classes will be held. October 15, Sunday. Deadline for spring 2018 readmission applications. October 18, Wednesday. Midsemester grades due in Registrar’s Office. October 20, Friday. Last day for first-, second-, and third-year students to obtain permission to withdraw from a course without penalty. Last day for Class of 2018E to take comprehensive exams. October 30-November 3, Monday-Friday. Advising Week. November 1, Wednesday. Deadline for students to apply for spring 2018 withdrawal and off-campus housing. November 3-5. Friday-Sunday. Family Weekend. November 6-10, Monday-Friday. Preregistration for spring semester. November 10-12, Friday-Sunday. Homecoming Weekend. November 18-26, Saturday-Sunday. Thanksgiving vacation. Dining Hall opens for breakfast on Nov. 27. Residence Halls are open but with limited services. December 1, Friday. Deadline to submit spring 2018 study abroad, educational leave, and special program proposals. December 12, Tuesday. 2018E Senior honors theses and recommendations for honors due in Registrar’s Office. December 13, Wednesday. Last day of fall semester classes. Deadline for Class of 2020E to declare major at Registrar’s Office. December 14-17, Thursday-Sunday. Reading/Study period. December 18-22, Monday-Friday. Fall semester examination period. Dining hall closes after dinner Friday. December 22, Friday. Students not on campus for spring 2018 must vacate residence halls by 5 p.m. December 23-January 21, Saturday-Sunday. Residence halls are open but with limited services. Students staying for some or all of this time should register with the Office of Residential Life. 2018 January 2, Tuesday. Fall semester grades due on ACData. January 2-19, Tuesday-Friday. Interterm. Dining hall reopens with breakfast on Jan. 2. January 4, Thursday. Online Room selection for students returning to campus from absence during fall 2017. January 17, Wednesday. Students returning to campus after fall 2017 absence may access housing at 9 a.m. January 22, Monday. Spring semester classes begin at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts. January 23, Tuesday. Spring semester classes begin at Mount Holyoke College. January 24, Wednesday. Spring semester classes begin at Hampshire College. January 25, Thursday. Spring semester classes begin at Smith College. January 31, Wednesday. Last day to add/drop courses for spring semester. March 1, Thursday. Deadline for students to submit applications for room draw and 2018-19 off-campus housing. Deadline for fall 2018 readmission applications. Deadline for upperclass students to apply to renew financial aid. March 9, Friday. Last day for graduating seniors to take comprehensive exams. Last day for first-, second-, and third-year students to obtain permission to withdraw from a course without penalty. Mid-term grades due. Dining hall closes after dinner. March 10-18, Saturday-Sunday. Spring recess. March 26-30, Monday-Friday. Advising Week. March 28, Wednesday. Room Draw Lip Sync. April 1, Sunday. Deadline for students to submit spring 2018 study abroad, educational leave, and special program proposals. April 2-6, Monday-Friday. Preregistration for fall semester. April 9-12, Monday-Thursday. Room Draw. April 11, Wednesday. Deadline for students to submit spring 2019 study abroad and other educational requests. April 16-20, Monday-Friday. Second Round Registration for fall 2018. April 27, Friday. Last day of spring semester classes. Deadline for Class of 2019 to declare major. Senior Assembly. Deadline for RCs to post summer storage hours. April 30, Monday. Deadline for students to submit Commencement/Reunion housing applications. May 1, Tuesday. Senior honors theses due in Registrar’s Office at 4 p.m. Honors recommendations and grades due in Registrar’s Office. College meeting. May 2, Wednesday. Deadline for Class of 2019 to declare major. Senior Assembly. May 3, Thursday. Deadline for RCs to post summer storage hours. May 3-6, Thursday-Sunday. Reading/Study Period. May 7-11, Monday-Friday. Spring semester examination period, ends 5 p.m. Friday. Last meal for undergraduates will be dinner on May 11. May 12, Saturday. Residences close for non-graduating students at 2 p.m. May 14, Monday. Senior grades due at 9 a.m. May 16, Wednesday. Grades due for non-seniors at 4 p.m. May 20, Sunday. Commencement. Residences close for graduates at 5 p.m. May 23-27, Wednesday-Sunday. Alumni Holiday and Reunion. May 27, Sunday. Reunion worker housing closes at 5 p.m. This calendar is available online at www.amherst.edu/calendar.