June-August
September
  • Sept 3 (HOLIDAY) Labor Day
  • Sept 4-5  Shopping days 
  • Sept 6  Full-term and Fall 1 classes begin
  • Sept 6-7  Fall bidding
  • Sept 7  Monday and Wednesday classes meet (excludes Wed-only courses)
  • Sept 7  Registration Round II begins at 3 p.m.
  • Sept 7  Cross-registration for incoming students begins
  • Sept 10  Fall term cross-registration petitions for HKS degree credit deadline
  • Sept 12  Cross-registration approval for non-HKS students begins
  • Sept 20  Full-term and Fall 1 courses add/drop deadline (without notation)
  • Sept 20  Cross-registration deadline (Full-term and Fall 1 courses)
October
  • Oct 5  Fall 1 drop deadline (with notation)
  • Oct 8  (HOLIDAY) Columbus Day (Federal and State)/Indigenous Peoples' Day (Cambridge)
  • Oct 19  Fall 1 ends
  • Oct 22  Fall 2 begins
  • Oct 22  January session registration (optional)
  • Oct 26  Fall 1 final papers due
November
  • Nov 2  Fall 1 grades due
  • Nov 2  Fall 2 add/drop deadline (without notation)
  • Nov 12 (HOLIDAY) Veterans Day observed
  • Nov 21-23  (HOLIDAY) Thanksgiving recess
  • Nov 30  Full-term and Fall 2 classes drop deadline (with notation)
December
  • Dec 7  Full-term and Fall 2 classes end
  • Dec 8-11 Reading period
  • Dec 8-20  Fall semester take-home exams/papers due
  • Dec 12-20  Fall semester examinations* (in class)
  • TBD January session drop deadline (without notation)
  • Dec 15 Spring course syllabi due
January 2019
  • Jan 2-18  January session (optional); begins January 2, 12 p.m.
  • Jan 3  January session add/drop deadline (with notation)
  • Jan 4  Full-term (Fall) and Fall 2 grades due
  • Jan 21  (HOLIDAY) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • TBD  Cross-registration submission for non-HKS students begins
  • Jan 24-25  Shopping days
  • TBD  Registration Round I
  • Jan 25  January session grades due
  • Jan 28  Full-term and Spring 1 classes begin
  • TBD  Spring bidding
  • TBD  Registration Round II
  • TBD  Spring term cross-registration petitions for HKS degree credit deadline
  • TBD  Cross-registration approval for non-HKS students begins
February
  • Feb 8  Cross-registration deadline (Full-term and Spring 1 courses)
  • Feb 8  Full-term and Spring 1 courses add/drop deadline (without notation)
  • Feb 18 (HOLIDAY) Presidents' Day
March
  • March 8  Spring 1 drop deadline (with notation)
  • March 15  Spring 1 ends
  • March 16-24  Spring break
  • March 25  Spring 2 begins
  • March 29  Spring 1 final papers due
April
  • April 2 Policy Analysis Exercise deadline 
  • April 5  Spring 2 add/drop deadline (without notation)
  • April 5  Spring 1 grades due
  • April 26  Full-term and Spring 2 classes drop deadline (with notation)
May
  • May 3  Full-term and Spring 2 classes end
  • May 4-7  Reading period
  • May 4-17  Spring semester take-home exams/papers due
  • May 8-17  Spring semester examinations* (in class)
  • May 20  Full-term (spring) and Spring 2 grades due
  • May 27  (HOLIDAY) Memorial Day
  • May 27-31  Commencement Week
  • May 30  Commencement 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.