Summer 2019
Fall 2019
  • Aug 26-30 Orientation (for incoming two-year students only)
  • Aug 30-Sept 4  Registration Round I begins at 12 p.m.
  • Sept 2 (HOLIDAY) Labor Day
  • Sept 3-4  Shopping days 
  • Sept 5  Full-term and Fall 1 classes begin
  • Sept 5  Fall bidding
  • Sept 6  Monday and Wednesday classes meet (excludes Wed-only courses)
  • Sept 6  Registration Round II begins at 3 p.m.
  • Sept 6  Cross-registration for incoming students begins
  • Sept 6  Fall term cross-registration petitions for HKS degree credit deadline
  • Sept 9  Cross-registration approval for non-HKS students begins
  • Sept 12  Full-term and Fall 1 courses add/drop deadline (without notation)
  • Sept 12  Cross-registration deadline (Full-term and Fall 1 courses)
  • Oct 4  Fall 1 drop deadline (with notation)
  • Oct 14  (HOLIDAY) Columbus Day (Federal and State)/Indigenous Peoples' Day (Cambridge)
  • Oct 18  Fall 1 ends
  • Oct 21  Fall 2 begins
  • Oct 21  January session (optional) Registration Round I begins
  • Oct 25  Fall 1 final papers due
  • Nov 1  Fall 2 add/drop deadline (without notation)
  • Nov 4  Fall 1 grades due
  • Nov 11 (HOLIDAY) Veterans Day observed
  • Nov 26  Full-term and Fall 2 classes drop deadline (with notation)
  • Nov 27-29  (HOLIDAY) Thanksgiving recess
  • Dec 6  Full-term and Fall 2 classes end
  • Dec 7-10  Reading period
  • Dec 7-20  Fall semester take-home exams/papers due
  • Dec 11-20  Fall semester examinations* (in class)
  • Dec 13  January session drop deadline (without notation)
  • Dec 16  Spring course syllabi due

Spring 2020

  • Jan 6  Full-term (Fall) and Fall 2 grades due
  • Jan 6-17  January session (optional)
  • Jan 7  January session add/drop deadline (with notation)
  • Jan 20  (HOLIDAY) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Jan 23-24  Shopping days
  • Jan 23-27  Registration Round I
  • Jan 24  Cross-registration submission for non-HKS students begins
  • Jan 27  January session grades due
  • Jan 27  Full-term and Spring 1 classes begin
  • Jan 27-28  Spring bidding
  • Jan 28-29  Registration Round II
  • Jan 29  Spring term cross-registration petitions for HKS degree credit deadline
  • Jan 29  Cross-registration approval for non-HKS students begins
  • Jan 31  Cross-registration deadline (Full-term and Spring 1 courses)
  • Jan 31  Full-term and Spring 1 courses add/drop deadline (without notation)
  • Feb 17 (HOLIDAY) Presidents' Day
  • March 6  Spring 1 drop deadline (with notation)
  • March 13  Spring 1 ends
  • March 14-22  Spring break
  • March 23  Spring 2 begins
  • March 27  Spring 1 final papers due
  • March 31  Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) deadline
  • April 3  Spring 2 add/drop deadline (without notation)
  • April 6  Spring 1 grades due
  • April 24  Full-term and Spring 2 classes drop deadline (with notation)
  • May 1  Full-term and Spring 2 classes end
  • May 2-5  Reading period
  • May 2-15  Spring semester take-home exams/papers due
  • May 6-15  Spring semester examinations* (in class)
  • May 18  Full-term (spring) and Spring 2 grades due
  • May 25  (HOLIDAY) Memorial Day
  • May 25-29  Commencement Week
  • May 28  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.