June/July

August

  • Aug 1  Fall and January course syllabi due
  • Aug 21-25  Orientation (for incoming two-year students only)
  • TBD  Cross-registration begins for non-HKS students
  • Aug 28-29  Shopping days 
  • Aug 28  Fall registration round I begins
  • Aug 30  Full-term & Fall 1 classes begin
  • Aug 30  Fall bidding begins
  • Aug 31  Fall registration round II begins

September

  • Sept 1  Monday and Wednesday classes meet (excludes Wed-only courses)
  • Sept 1  Cross-registration approval for non-HKS students begins
  • Sept 4  (HOLIDAY) Labor Day
  • Sept 5  Fall term cross-registration petitions for HKS degree credit deadline
  • Sept 13  Cross-registration deadline (full-term and Fall 1 courses)
  • Sept 13  Full-term & Fall 1 courses add/drop deadline (without notation)

October

  • Oct 6  Fall 1 drop deadline (with notation)
  • Oct 9  (HOLIDAY) Columbus Day
  • Oct 16  Fall 1 ends
  • Oct 17  Fall 2 begins
  • Oct 20  Fall 1 final papers due
  • Oct 23-27  January session registration (optional)
  • Oct 27  Fall 1 grades due
  • Oct 27  Fall 2 add/drop deadline (without notation)

November

  • Nov 10 (HOLIDAY) Veterans Day
  • Nov 21  Full-term and Fall 2 classes drop deadline (with notation)
  • Nov 22-24  (HOLIDAY) Thanksgiving recess

December

  • Dec 1  Full-term and Fall 2 classes end
  • Dec 2-5  Reading period
  • Dec 2-15  Fall semester take-home exams/papers due
  • Dec 6-15  Fall semester examinations* (in class)
  • Dec 8  January session drop deadline (without notation)
  • Dec 15  Spring course syllabi due

January 2018

  • Jan 2-12  January session (optional); begins January 2, 12 p.m.
  • Jan 3  January session add and drop deadline (with notation)
  • Jan 5  Full-term (Fall) and Fall 2 grades due
  • Jan 15 (HOLIDAY) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • TBD  Cross-registration submission for non-HKS students begins
  • Jan 17  Spring registration round I begins
  • Jan 18-19  Shopping days
  • Jan 22  Full-term and Spring 1 classes begin
  • Jan 22  Spring bidding begins
  • Jan 23  Spring registration round II begins
  • Jan 25  Spring term cross-registration petitions for HKS degree credit deadline
  • Jan 25  Cross-registration approval for non-HKS students begins
  • Jan 26  January session grades due

February

  • Feb 2  Cross-registration deadline (Full-term and Spring 1 courses)
  • Feb 2  Full-term and Spring 1 courses add/drop deadline (without notation)
  • Feb 19 (HOLIDAY) Presidents' Day

March

  • March 2  Spring 1 drop deadline (with notation)
  • March 9  Spring 1 ends
  • March 10-18  Spring break
  • March 19  Spring 2 begins
  • March 23  Spring 1 final papers due
  • March 27  Policy Analysis Exercise deadline
  • March 30  Spring 2 add/drop deadline (without notation)
  • March 30  Spring 1 grades due

April

  • April 20  Full-term and Spring 2 classes drop deadline (with notation)
  • April 27  Full-term and Spring 2 classes end
  • April 28-May 1  Reading period
  • April 28-May 11  Spring semester take-home exams/papers due

May

  • May 2-11  Spring semester examinations* (in class)
  • May 14  Full-term (spring) and Spring 2 grades due
  • May 21-25  Commencement Week
  • May 24  Commencement Day
  • May 28  (HOLIDAY) Memorial Day

*Students must plan on being on campus throughout the in-class examination period. Family emergency and serious illness are the only acceptable excuses for missing an examination. This exam schedule applies only to courses held at HKS; jointly listed courses held at other Harvard schools may operate on a different exam schedule. Check your syllabi for all courses carefully to ensure that you avoid exam conflicts.

This calendar is subject to change.