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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 2020

August 16
First Connection

August 17
First Connection

August 18
Virtual New Student Orientation

August 19
Virtual New Student Orientation

August 20
Virtual New Student Orientation

August 21
Virtual New Student Orientation

August 22
Virtual New Student Orientation

August 24
First Day of Classes

September 4
Last day for permissible change of registration

September 21
Early Academic Alerts Due

November 23-27
Thanksgiving Break

December 4
Last day for approved withdrawal from a course with an automatic “W”

December 4
Last day of classes

December 7
Final Exams

December 8
Final Exams

December 9
Final Exams

December 10
Final Exams

December 11
Final Exams

December 11
Residence Halls Close

January 29
Last day to register for Fall 2020 Pass-Fail option

Spring Semester 2021

Spring 2021 residential opening/closing dates are not included. 

February 1
First Day of Classes

February 12
Last day for permissible change of registration

March 1
Early Academic Alerts Due

March 17-19
The last day for approved withdrawal from a course with an automatic “W” and last day to register for Pass-Fail option for half-term courses is the last day of classes for each course. Check the course schedule for the final day of classes.

April 10
Student Symposium - Held Remotely

May 7
Last day for approved withdrawal from a course with an automatic “W” and last day to register for Pass-Fail option

May 7
Last Day of Classes 

May 10
Final Exams

May 11
Final Exams

May 12
Final Exams

May 13
Final Exams

May 14
Final Exams

May 22
Commencement - Date TBD - No Later than May 22-23

J-Term and Summer 2021