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2020-21 Academic Information for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

Dear Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors,

We write to share important information on the upcoming academic year. Please read the following information carefully to learn more about advising, lotteries, and add/drop schedule for the Fall 2020 semester and January 2021 term, along with some additional details.

For your reference, we have also prepared an 2020-2021 Academics FAQ, developed in close consultation with the Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculty. Please refer to this FAQ for questions about course times, course load, and leaves of absence, among other important topics.

Academic departments and programs are currently coordinating with the Registrar’s Office to map out the course offerings according to the new academic year structure. 

Important Dates

July 28 Announcement of amended Fall 2020 and January 2021 Course Schedules. Fall 2020 will indicate remote or hybrid. January 2021 is all remote. Some new courses may be added. 
August 3-5 Course lotteries for sophomores, juniors, and seniors based on April pre-enrollment. 
  • Students may be lotteried into different sections than those for which they registered. 
  • Courses moved to the January term will be moved with their pre-registration of students and then lotteried. 
  • Some Fall 2020 courses may unfortunately be cancelled and not made up. Look for departmental announcements about those. 
August 11-14 Advising for sophomores, juniors, and seniors for Fall 2020 and January 2021 Term. Advisees, please confer with your advisors.
August 17 Add/Drop (conducted remotely) begins for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, for both Fall 2020 and January 2021.
August 24-28 New student advising and registration (conducted remotely) for both Fall 2020 and January 2021. (Add/Drop for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors will be paused during this time).
August 30 Add/Drop resumes for all students for both Fall 2020 and January 2021.
September 7 (Monday/Labor Day): First day of fall classes
September 14 (Monday): Last day of Add/Drop for Fall 2020 courses. Deadline 11:59 p.m. We expect to have a supplemental J-term add/drop later in the semester.
November 6 (Friday): CR/NC and Course Withdrawal deadlines
Advising and Pre-Registration for Spring 2021: Dates to be determined.
November 20 Last day of on-campus experiences
November 20–22 Phased departure of on-campus students
November 21–29 Thanksgiving break
December 4 Last day of classes
December 5–7 Reading period
December 8–15 Final exams
December 16–January 3 Winter Break I
January 4-29 January Term
January 29 All papers/projects due; all final exams
January 30-February 14 Winter Break II

Leaves of Absence

We understand that some students may need or want to take a leave of absence. If you are contemplating a leave of absence, you can learn more about the leave and return process on our Taking Time Off website and related links. Your assigned student dean or Dean Liz Derickson ( can help as you think through a possible leave of absence.

We know that you may have questions or concerns about advising and registration and encourage you to consult this FAQ. Please also reach out to us for additional information. 

Martin Warner, Registrar
Tomoko Sakomura, Dean of Academic Success and Professor of Art History