Amherst College 2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Date Event Additional Information

FALL 2020 Semester

Thursday July 16 - Friday July 24 Advising Period Students should communicate with their advisor(s) during this week to discuss courses and obtain advisor(s) approval. It is recommended that students select additional classes in case they are dropped from courses during roster management.
Monday July 27 - Sunday August 2 Re-Registration Round One First Round of Registration is open to ALL students but enrollment is not guaranteed. Adjustments for classes with limits will be made during roster management.
Monday August 3 - Tuesday August 4 Roster Management Faculty teaching courses with limited enrollment will edit their rosters during this period.
Thursday August 6 - Sunday August 9 Re-Registration Round Two Students may add and drop courses from their schedules during this period if necessary. All course enrollment limits are enforced.
Monday August 24 First Day of Fall 2020 Classes; First Day of Add/Drop; First Day of Five Colleges Interchange Registration During add/drop students may add or remove courses from their fall schedule. For Fall 2020, students typically may be enrolled in a minimum of three courses at the end of add/drop. A fourth class can be taken in January 2021.  All Five College registrations must have instructor permission.
Tuesday September 1 Last Day of Add/Drop; Last day of Five Colleges Interchange Registration; Pass/Fail & Flexible Grading Option forms due All students must be registered for their final semester courseload by this date.
Monday September 7 Labor Day Classes will be held.
August 31 - September 4 Advising Week for January 2021 term Students planning to take a class during the January term should meet with their advisor to get course approval.
Tuesday September 8 - Wednesday September 9 Round 1 Pre-registration for January 2021 January Term will run from Monday January 4 - Friday January 29, 2021.  No classes will be held on Monday January 18, Martin Luther King Day.  Students may enroll in one class.  All classes will be held online.
Thursday September 10 Roster Management Courses with limits will be adjusted if they are overenrolled.
Friday September 11 Round 2 Pre-registration for January term. Final day for course selection for January term until the Add/Drop period in December.
Monday September 28 New Course Proposals for Spring 2021 due to the CEP New Course information to be entered in Course Catalog Editing Tool with chair approvals obtained.
Monday September 28 Thesis Advisor Names due from Academic Departments to Registrar's Office Updated thesis advisor information must be sent to the Registrar's Office for Seniors via Google Docs.
Tuesday September 29 Spring 2021 Course Information due to Registrar

Departments submit their course information on the Campus Planning Interface (CPI) part of the EMS reservation program. This includes classes, instructors, times, and room preferences, if they have them.

Thursday October 1 January 2021 Registration Reopens

Students can add or drop their January course in ACData. Course capacities and instructor permission will be enforced. This extension will end on October 21.

Friday October 9  Last Day to withdraw from the College  This is the last day that students may withdraw from the College for a semester or more. Students should work with the Office of Student Affairs to withdraw.
Friday October 9 Comprehensive Exam Date for Class of 2021E

Departments should hold Comprehensive Exams for second semester seniors by this date.

Friday October 9 Midterm Grades due to Registrar Faculty must submit midterm grades for students earning a D or F via ACdata.
Wednesday October 21 January Registration Extension Closes This pre-registration extension for January will close at 5pm. Students will have another opportunity to register for January courses beginning December 14.

Monday October 26 -

Friday October 30

Advising Week Students must meet with their advisors this week to discuss their plan for Spring 2021 course registration. Advisors should approve course selections via AC Data after meeting.

Friday, October 30

Last day to Withdraw from a course as a First, Second, or Third Year student

First, second, and third year students should work with their Class Deans to withdraw from a course by this deadline.  

Monday November 2 -

Friday November 6

First Round Pre-Registration for Spring 2021

First round of Spring 2020 course registration for all returning students.

Course registration during this period is not guaranteed.

Monday November 9 -

Friday November 13

Roster Management Week Faculty submit lists to the Registrar's Office to manage roster lists. During this week, students may be cut from course rosters.

Monday November 16 -

Friday November 20

Second Round Pre-Registration for Spring 2021 After Roster Management Week, students have a second chance to register for Spring 2021 classes. Registration times are staggered by class year. Limits are enforced.
Friday November 20 Audit Sheets sent to Dept. for 2021E Degree Candidates Degree Audit for students completing at end of semester.
Friday November 20 Major Declaration due for Class of 2023E Second Semester Sophomores must submit their major declaration form to the Registrar's Office by this deadline.
Friday November 20 Last Day of Classes Final day of Fall 2020 classes  
Saturday November 21 - Sunday November 29 Thanksgiving Vacation No academic classes.
TBD Edit Access ends for ADC 2021E Audit Sheets Start Docusign Process.

Monday November 30 -

Friday December 4

Reading/Study Period No academic classes.

Monday December 7 -

Friday December 11

Examination Period Final exams for Fall 2020 classes.

Monday December 14 -

Tuesday January 5

Add Period for January 2021 Term Amherst students may take one online class at Amherst only during this period (January 4-26, 2021)  No classes will be held on Monday January 18 for the MLK holiday.  Course times will be arranged with the professor. Students may add a course during this time.

Monday December 14 -

Monday January 11

Drop Period for January 2021 Term Amherst students may take one online class at Amherst only during this period (January 4-26, 2021)  No classes will be held on Monday January 18 for the MLK holiday.  Course times will be arranged with the professor. Students may drop a course during this time. The latest a student can drop a January course is 9am ET on Monday, January 11.
Monday December 21 Senior Theses due for Class of 2021E; Summa Recommendations due to Registrar; Audit Sheet signatures due to Registrar for 2021E students at noon Class of 2021E student must submit their electronic theses online, and paper theses to the Registrar's Office by this deadline. Academic departments must submit DocuSign signatures and summa recommendation letters to the Registrar's Office by this deadline.
Monday December 21 - Friday December 25 College is Closed The College will be closed this week and the Registrar's Office will resume operations on Monday, December 28.
Tuesday December 22 Final Fall 2020 Grades due to Registrar

Faculty must submit final grades via ACdata by this date.

January 2021 Term

Monday January 4 First Day of January Term Students will have the option to select no more than one online class.
Tuesday January 5 Add Period for January 2021 Term ends Amherst students may enroll in one online Amherst class.
Monday January 11 Drop Period for January 2021 Term ends The latest a student can drop a January course is 9am ET on Monday, January 11.
Tuesday January 12 - Friday January 22 Withdrawal Period for January 2021 Term Students will need to contact their Class Dean if they wish to withdraw from a January term class.
Monday January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day No academic classes.
Thursday January 21 Holdover Degree Audit Sheets Due from Departments to the Registrar's Office The Registrar's Office will send Degree Audit sheets to departments with pending degree cases that will be ready for faculty vote in February. Signatures must be received by this deadline.
Tuesday January 26 Last Day of Classes  
Wednesday January 27 - Friday January 29 Evaluation Period There are no scheduled exams or evaluations during this January term.  Faculty will determine how they propose to evaluate the online classes.
Monday February 1 Grades Due Grades must be submitted by the end of the day on ACData.
Monday February 1 Thesis Deadline January 2021  

Spring 2021    

Wednesday February 3 New Course Proposals for 2021-22 due to the CEP New Course information to be entered in Course Catalog Editing Tool with chair approvals obtained.
Tuesday February 9 Deadline to Declare FGO for the January Term  
Monday February 15 First Day of Spring 2021 Classes; First Day of Add/Drop; First Day of Five Colleges Interchange Registration During add/drop students may add or remove courses from their spring schedule. For Spring 2021, students can be enrolled in a minimum of three courses at the end of add/drop. Students may only add or remove Five Colleges courses during the add/drop period.
Tuesday February 23 Last Day of Add/Drop; Last day of Five College Interchange Registration; Pass/Fail and FGO forms due All students must be registered for their final semester courseload by this date.
Friday February 26 Application to Participate in Commencement due for Class of 2022E Students who will have their degree conferred in Fall 2021 and wish to participate in May 2021 Commencement must submit the Application to Participate in Commencement by this deadline. Students who participated in a prior Commencement ceremony may not apply to participate for a second time.  Note that there is likely to be a ceremony for the Class of 2020 and 2021E students who applied to walk in May 2020.  Watch for details.
Monday March 1 Deadline to record written and spoken name in NameCoach Seniors should enter their information for Commencement. Students should check email for link to NameCoach website. 
Wednesday March 3 Thesis Advisor Name changes/ corrections due from Academic Departments to Registrar's Office Updated thesis advisor information must be sent to the Registrar's Office for Seniors.
Friday March 5 2021-2022 Course Information due to Registrar

Departments to edit courses via the Course Catalog Editing Tool regarding Fall and Spring offerings. Information includes instructor, semester offered, updates to description, title, and course restrictions. All courses should be moved to "Department Chair" regardless of offering status.

Monday March 8-

Friday March 12

Registrar's Office prepares CPI. 

Course information entered into CPI for departments to be able to add course times and room requests.

Monday March 15

CPI will open in afternoon.

ADCs begin editing

Information from course catalog editing tool to be uploaded to CPI. ADCs can begin entering course times and room preferences.

Friday March 19 Midterm grades due to Registrar Faculty must submit midterm grades for students earning a D or F via ACdata.
Friday March 19 No Classes Held  
Monday March 22 CPI closes for editing

First round of course times and room preferences ends.  

Tuesday March 23-

Friday March 26

Registrar's office to imput CPI information Information from CPI entered into Datatel student database.

Friday March 26

Last day to withdraw from the college This is the last day that students may withdraw from the College for a semester or more. Students should work with the Office of Student Affairs to withdraw.

Monday March 29-

Wednesday March 31

CPI 2nd Round CPI opens for ADCs to make additions and corrections to course times and room requests.

Thursday April 1-

Friday April 2

Registrar's office enters corrections for course times Course information is updated from CPI 

Monday April 5

Course information is published in Course Scheduler Students can begin to build schedules using the Course Scheduler

 

Monday April 12 -

Friday April 16

Advising Period

Students must talk with their advisors this week to discuss their plan for Fall 2022 course registration.

Wednesday April 14 

Last day to Withdraw from a course as a First, Second, or Third Year Student

First, second, and third year students should work with their Class Deans to withdraw from a course by this deadline.

Monday April 19 -

Tuesday April 20

No Classes Held  

Monday April 26 -

Friday April 30

First Round Pre-Registration for Fall 2021

First round of Fall 2021 course registration for ALL returning students.

Course registration during this period is not guaranteed.

 

All students will be enrolled during this week but faculty will make adjustments during Roster Management Week for classes with stated limits.

Monday May 3 -

Friday May 7

Roster Management Week Faculty of classes with limits will submit lists to the Registrar's Office to manage roster lists. During this week, students may be cut from course rosters.

Monday May 10

Senior Audit sheets for Class of 2021 sent to ADCs via Google Docs Begin final updates to Senior Audit Sheets.

Monday May 10 -

Friday May 14

Second Round Pre-Registration for Fall 2021  After Roster Management Week, students have a second chance to register for Fall 2021 classes. Limits are enforced.

Wednesday May 12

Class prize winner names to the Registrar Departments must submit the names of all class prize winners to the Registrar's Office by this date.
Friday May 14

Seniors are asked to submit their graduation information to NameCoach.

Deadline for Class of 2021 seniors to submit information to NameCoach regarding their data for graduation.
Tuesday May 18 Major Declaration due for Class of 2023 to avoid Fall holds. Second Semester Sophomores should submit their major declaration form to the Registrar's Office by this deadline to avoid Fall hold. Forms can be sent accompanied by department approval via email, listing the name of the new advisor.  Please notify current advisor of change.
Tuesday May 18 Undergraduate Awards Ceremony Awards for non-seniors are given out at this event.
Wednesday May 19 Last Day of regularly scheduled Spring 2021 Classes Final scheduled day of Spring 2021 classes. Friday Classes held.

Wednesday May 19

Senior Theses and thesis grades due for Class of 2021 by 5:00 p.m. EST.  Summa Recommendations due online to Registrar; Audit Sheet signatures due to Registrar for class of 2021 students at noon. Class of 2021 students must submit their electronic theses online.  Please do this by 5:00 p.m. EST.   Paper theses are NOT being collected this year. Academic departments must submit DocuSign signatures and summa recommendation letters to the Registrar's Office by this deadline.

Wednesday May 19

Senior Assembly Awards Ceremony  The ceremony may be virtual. More information to come.

Thursday May 20 -

Sunday May 23

Reading Period No academic classes or exams are held.  If there are Make-up Days, you will be notified by the Provost and Dean of the Faculty's Office.
 TBD Final Senior Audit Sheets  Start Docusign Process.

Monday May 24 -

Friday May 28

Examination Period Final exams for Spring 2021 classes.
Sunday May 30 10:00 a.m. Commencement Conferral of degrees will take place at a date to be determined.
Monday May 31 at 9:00 a.m. Grades Due for Graduating Seniors Deadline for Faculty to submit final grades for Graduating Seniors via ACdata.
Wednesday June 2 Grades Due for First, Second, and Third Year Students Deadline for Faculty to submit final grades for first, second, and third year students via ACdata by 5 p.m.
Friday June 4 Seniors (Class of 2021) Choose Final or Pass Grade Seniors will decide if they want a letter grade or a pass grade for their classes. Decision MUST be made by 5 p.m.
TBD Faculty Meeting Final vote on degree candidates. No changes to graduating student records after this vote.
Monday June 14 Non-Seniors Choose Final or Pass Grade Non-Seniors will decide if they want a letter grade or a pass grade for their classes. Decision MUST be made by 5 p.m