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2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Classes Start and End Dates

Fall Semester

Aug. 24 - Dec. 18, 2020

Winter Session

Jan. 4 - Jan. 22, 2021

Spring Semester

Jan. 25 - May 21, 2021

Summer Term

June 1 - Aug. 17, 2021


Holidays and Breaks

  • Labor Day—Monday, Sept. 7, 2020
  • Veterans Day—Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020
  • Thanksgiving Break—Nov. 23–27, 2020
    • Thanksgiving. Campus closed Nov. 26 & 27, 2020
  • Winter Break—Dec. 21, 2020–Jan. 22, 2021
    • Christmas Day and winter campus closure–Dec. 25–30, 2020
  • New Year's Day–Friday, January 1, 2021
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day—Monday, Jan. 18, 2021
  • Spring Break—March 15-19, 2021 Campus open; no classes held.
  • César Chávez Day—Wednesday, March 31, 2021
  • Memorial Day—Monday, May 31, 2021
  • Independence Day (observed)—Monday, July 5, 2021

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Fall Semester 2020

October 1–November 30, 2019
Priority Undergraduate Application Filing Period for fall 2020 admission.

October 1, 2019–March 1, 2020
Priority Graduate and Credential Application Filing Period for fall 2020 admission.

November 2, 2019
Chico Preview Day

December 15, 2019
Last day to apply for bachelor’s degree expected in December 2020.

January 2–February 21, 2020
Financial Aid & Scholarship Office application filing period for 2020/2021 scholarships.

February 21, 2020
Last day to file an appeal for academic reinstatement for fall 2020.

April 4, 2020-CANCELED
Choose Chico!

April 20-May 15, 2020
Continuing Student Registration for fall 2020.

May 1, 2020*
Intent to Enroll Deadline and Enrollment Confirmation Deposit due for admitted undergraduate applicants.
*This deadline has been extended to June 1, 2020.

June 1, 2020
Priority deadline to submit requested verification items to the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office.

June 10–July 23, 2020
New Student Orientation (period varies).

July 15, 2020
Final Document Deadline for completion of admitted students’ admission files.

July 29, 2020
Registration & Tuition Fee Payment Deadline. Deadline for continuing students with enrollment (including waitlist only) completed by this date. Failure to pay fees (or have sufficient accepted financial aid) can be subject to disenrollment, late fees, or services withheld.

August 3–5, 2020
Fully Admitted New Student Registration.

August 10–September 4, 2020
Registration Add/Drop Period.

August 13, 2020
Second Registration & Tuition Fee Payment Deadline.

August 19, 2020
Academic year begins; first academic workday.

August 19–21, 2020
Wildcat Welcome. Welcome activities for new students (period varies).

August 20, 2020
Financial Aid Disbursement. First financial aid refunded by direct deposit or mail to students who have met all processing requirements and who have a credit balance after total charges are paid.

August 23, 2020
Last day to drop all classes to receive a full refund (less administrative fee).

August 24, 2020
Fall classes begin.

August 24, 2020
Term withdrawals on or after this date (but by October 26, 2020) will be eligible for a prorated refund of registration fees and non-resident tuition.

September 4, 2020
Last day to add or drop classes without special permission of instructor. You are financially responsible for any fees associated with classes in which you are enrolled on this date plus any classes in which you subsequently enroll.

September 7, 2020
Labor Day. Campus closed.

September 18, 2020
Census Date. No adding, dropping of classes, or changing of grade option beyond this date without a serious and compelling reason approved by the instructor, department chair, and college dean. Financial aid may be adjusted based on less than full time enrollment at census date.

September 18, 2020
Deadline for master’s students who are not regularly enrolled to register for adjunct enrollment.

September 18, 2020
Last day for Open University students to pay fees without late charge.

September 18, 2020
Last day to apply for a master’s degree expected in December 2020.

September 29, 2020
A late fee for each submission of an Add/Drop Request Form begins.

October 26, 2020
Withdrawals after this date will not receive any financial credit for refund.

November 11, 2020
Veterans Day (observed). Campus closed.

November 13, 2020
Last day to drop classes with a serious and compelling reason with approval of instructor, chair, and dean.

November 16–December 11, 2020
Dropping classes permitted only because of verifiable serious illness or accident with approval of instructor, chair, and dean.

November 23–27, 2020
Fall/Thanksgiving Break. No classes held.

November 26 & 27, 2020
Thanksgiving. Campus closed.

November 30, 2020
Last day for master’s degree candidates to take oral or comprehensive exams; submit thesis or terminal project; and submit final progress sheet to Graduate Studies.

December 14–18, 2020
Final Exam Week. See Final Examination Schedule in Portal.

December 14–23, 2020
Fall semester grade submission period. Grades are due by December 23.

December 21, 2020–January 22, 2021
Winter Break.

December 25–30, 2020
Christmas Day and winter campus closure.

December 31, 2020
Fall 2020 semester ends. Official fall semester degree conferral date.

Winter Session 2021

November 2, 2020–January 4, 2021
Winter session registration period for courses offered through Regional and Continuing Education.

December 11, 2020
Winter Session Fee Payment Deadline.

January 1, 2021
New Year's Day. Campus Closed.

January 4, 2021
Winter session classes begin.

January 5–7, 2021
Adds and drops require instructor approval. Use Continuing Education Add/Drop Request Form.

January 8–22, 2021
Adds and drops require serious and compelling reason plus instructor, chair, and dean approval.

January 18, 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Campus Closed.

January 22, 2021
Last day of winter session classes.

January 31, 2021
Winter session grades due. 

Spring Semester 2021

May 15, 2020
Last day to apply for a bachelor’s degree expected in May 2021.

August 1–31, 2020
Priority Undergraduate Application Filing Period for spring 2021 admission.

August 1–September 15, 2020
Priority Graduate and Credential Application Filing Period for spring 2021 admission.

September 25, 2020
Last day to file an appeal for academic reinstatement for spring 2021.

October 26–November 20, 2020
Continuing Student Registration.

November 16, 2020
Intent to Enroll Deadline and Enrollment Confirmation Deposit due for (spring) undergraduate applicants.

November 20, 2020
New Student Orientation.

December 7–11, 2020
Fully Admitted New Student Registration.

December 10, 2020
Registration & Tuition Fee Payment Deadline. Deadline for continuing students with enrollment (including waitlist only) completed by this date. Failure to pay fees (or have sufficient accepted financial aid) can be subject to disenrollment, late fees, or having services withheld.

January 11–February 5, 2021
Registration Add/Drop Period.

January 15, 2021
Second Registration & Tuition Fee Payment Deadline.

January 21, 2021
Financial Aid Disbursement. First financial aid refunded by direct deposit or mail to students who have met all processing requirements and who have a credit balance after total charges are paid.

January 21, 2021
Spring semester begins; first academic workday.

January 24, 2021
Last day to drop all classes to receive a full refund (less administrative fee).

January 25, 2021
Spring classes begin.

January 25, 2021
Term withdrawal on or after this date (but by April 7) will be eligible for a pro rata refund of registration fees and nonresident tuition.

February 5, 2021
Last day to add or drop classes without special permission of instructor. You are financially responsible for any fees associated with classes in which you are enrolled on this date plus any classes in which you subsequently enroll.

February 15, 2021
Final Document Deadline for completion of admitted students’ admission files.

February 19, 2021
Census Date. No adding, dropping of classes, or changing of grade option beyond this date without a serious and compelling reason approved by the instructor, department chair, and college dean. Financial aid may be adjusted based on less than full time enrollment at census date.

February 19, 2021
Deadline for master’s degree students who are not regularly enrolled to register for adjunct enrollment.

February 19, 2021
Last day for Open University students to pay fees without late charge.

February 19, 2021
Last day to apply for a master’s degree expected in May 2021.

March 1, 2021
A late fee for each submission of an Add/Drop Request Form begins.

March 15–19, 2021
Spring Break. No classes held.

March 31, 2021
César Chávez Day. Campus closed.

April 7, 2021
Withdrawal after this date will not receive any financial credit for refund.

April 23, 2021
Last day for master’s degree candidates to take oral or comprehensive examination; submit thesis or terminal project; and submit final progress sheet to the Office of Graduate Studies.

April 23, 2021
Last day to drop classes with a serious and compelling reason with approval of instructor, chair, and dean.

April 26–May 14, 2021
Dropping classes permitted only because of verifiable serious illness or accident with approval of instructor, chair, and dean.

May 17–21, 2021
Final Exam Week. See Final Examination Schedule in Portal.

May 17–26, 2021
Spring semester grade submission period. Grades are due by May 26.

May 20–23, 2021
Commencement.

May 31, 2021
Memorial Day. Campus closed.

May 31, 2021
Spring 2021 semester and academic year ends. Official spring semester degree conferral date.

Summer Term 2021

August 15, 2020
Last day to apply for a bachelor's degree expected in August 2021.

April 1–August 17, 2021
Summer Session (self-support, RCE) and state term (limited state-support) Registration Period. See the Class Schedule online for more information.

May 14, 2021
Registration & Fee Payment Deadline for limited State summer term classes. Summer Session (RCE) fees due at registration.

June 1–August 17, 2021
Summer Session (RCE) and state summer term courses of varying lengths will be scheduled between these dates. See the Class Schedule for information.

June 1, 2021
Summer term and summer session classes begin.

June 14, 2021
Last day to apply for master's degree expected in August 2021.

June 7–August 13, 2021
The University observes summer hours. Monday–Thursday, 7 am–5:30 pm, closed Fridays.

July 5, 2021
Independence Day (observed). Campus closed.

August 9, 2021
Last day for master’s degree candidates to take oral or comprehensive examination; submit thesis or terminal project; and submit final progress sheet to Graduate Studies.

August 17, 2021
Last day of summer session and summer term.

August 20, 2021
Summer grades due.

August 31, 2021
Official summer term degree conferral date.