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Academic Calendar

The academic calendar of Lake Forest College is based on two 15-week semesters (14 weeks of classes plus a 5-day final exam period), from late August through mid-December and from mid-January to early May. Students normally take four course credits per semester (the equivalent of 16 semester hours). All courses run for 15 weeks.

Three summer sessions offer a number of courses, the great majority being taught by regular members of the College’s faculty. Each session is four weeks in length, during which a student may enroll in a single course.

Fall Semester 2021

Thursday, August 26
First day of classes

Thursday, September 2
Last day for permissible change of registration

Thursday, September 23
Academic Early Alerts due

Monday, October 18
Mid-Semester break

Tuesday, October 19
Mid-Semester break

Wednesday, October 20
Classes resume 

Friday, October 29
Last day for approved withdrawal from a course with an automatic “W” and last day to register for Pass-Fail option 

Wednesday, November 24
Thanksgiving break

Thursday, November 25
Thanksgiving break

Friday, November 26
Thanksgiving break

Monday, November 29
Classes resume 

Wednesday, December 8
Last day of classes

Thursday, December 9
Reading day 

Friday, December 10
Final exams

Saturday, December 11
Reading days 

Sunday, December 12
Reading days

Monday, December 13
Final exams

Tuesday, December 14
Final exams

Wednesday, December 15
Final exams 

Thursday, December 16
Final exams


Spring Semester 2022

Tuesday, January 11
First day of classes

Tuesday, January 18
Last day for permissible change of registration

Tuesday, February 8
Academic Early Alerts due

Monday, March 7
Mid-semester break

Tuesday, March 8
Mid-semester break

Wednesday, March 9
Mid-semester break

Thursday, March 10
Mid-semester break

Friday, March 11
Mid-semester break

Monday, March 14
Classes resume

Monday, March 21
Last day for approved withdrawal from a course with an automatic “W” and last day to register for Pass-Fail option

Tuesday, April 5
Student Symposium

Tuesday, April 26
Last day of classes 

Wednesday, April 27
Reading days

Thursday, April 28
Reading days

Friday, April 29
Final exams 

Saturday, April 30
Final exams 

Sunday, May 1
Reading day

Monday, May 2
Final exams

Tuesday, May 3
Final exams

Wednesday, May 4
Final exams 

Saturday, May 7
Commencement 

Summer 2022
Learn more about the Summer Session at Lake Forest College. 

May Term


Tuesday, May 10
May Term: classes begin 

Thursday, May 12
May Term: last day for permissible change of registration

Friday, May 20
May Term: last day for withdrawal with automatic W and P/F registration 


Monday, May 30
May Term: no class on Memorial Day 

Thursday, June 2
May Term: last day of classes

Friday, June 3
May Term: final exams 

June Term


Monday, June 6
June Term: classes begin

Wednesday, June 8
June Term: last day for permissible change of registration

Thursday, June 16
June Term: last day for withdrawal with automatic W and P/F registration

Wednesday, June 29
June Term: last day of classes

Thursday, June 30
June Term: final exams 

July Term


Tuesday, July 5
July Term: classes begin

Thursday, July 7
July Term: last day for permissible change of registration

Thursday, July 14
July Term: last day for withdrawal with automatic W and P/F registration

Thursday, July 28
July Term: last day of classes 

Friday, July 29
July Term: final exams

Extended Summer Term

Friday, December 3
Registration period opens for current students

Monday, May 30
Deposit Due

Monday, June 6
Extended Term: Classes begin and tuition is due

Friday, June 10
Extended Term: Last day for change of registration

Thursday, June 16
Extended Term: last day for withdrawal with automatic W and P/F registration

Monday, June 20
Extended Term: no class due to observence of Juneteenth

Wednesday, July 27
Extended Term: last day of classes

Thursday, July 28
Extended Term: final exam day for classes that meet on Thursdays

Friday, July 29
Extended Term: final exam day for classes that meet on Fridays