Tuesday - Monday, Aug. 10 - Sept. 20
Graduate students register and enroll.

Sunday, Aug. 29             
New undergraduate students arrive.

Monday - Monday, Aug. 30 - Sept. 20
Undergraduate students register and enroll. New students start Aug. 30; returning students start Aug. 31.

Tuesday, Aug. 31           
Residence halls open for returning students.

Thursday, Sept. 2      
First day of instruction.

Monday, Sept. 6        
No University exercises, staff holiday:  Labor Day.

Wednesday, Sept. 15         
Brandeis Thursday - Thursday class schedule in effect.

Thursday – Friday, Sept. 16 – Sept. 17
No University exercises: Rosh Hashanah.

Monday, Sept. 20      
Last opportunity to enroll in courses for all students.  Last opportunity to drop courses without instructor's permission. All work for spring term undergraduate incompletes due to instructors.

Monday, Sept. 27      
Last day for undergraduates to elect a pass/fail option for the current term and to convert to graded basis for the preceding term. Grades replacing spring undergraduate incompletes due in the University Registrar's Office.

Thursday, Sept. 30    
No University exercises: Sukkot

Monday, Oct. 4            
February Ph.D. candidates should submit penultimate copies of dissertations to program chairs.

Thursday, Oct. 7          
No University exercises: Shimini Atzeret.

Monday, Oct. 11          
Staff holiday, classes in session:  Columbus Day.

Friday, Oct. 15              
Last day for undergraduates to drop courses without transcript notation (instructor's permission required).  Last day to drop Module I Heller and IBS courses. Undergraduate midterm grades due in the University Registrar's Office.

Tuesday, Oct. 26          
Brandeis Wednesday - Wednesday class schedule in effect. 

Tuesday - Tuesday, Oct. 26 - Nov. 2
Undergraduate registration period for spring term 2005.

Friday, Nov. 19          
Last day for undergraduates to drop courses with a "W" transcript notation (instructor's permission required).

Wednesday, Nov. 24          
Brandeis Thursday - Thursday class schedule in effect.  Last day for all Graduate Arts and Sciences,  Heller School, and International Business School students to drop a course with the signatures of the instructor and chair.

Thursday - Friday, Nov. 25 - 26     
No University exercises, staff holidays:  Thanksgiving.       

Wednesday, Dec. 1   
Last day for February graduate degree candidates (certificates, final and continuing master’s and Ph.D.) to file Application for Degree in the Office of Student Financial Services. Final day for February Heller School graduate degree candidates to file Application for Degree at the Heller School Registrar. Final day for faculty certification that all February master’s candidates have completed degree requirements, including language(s) and theses, and all Ph.D. candidates have defended dissertations.      

Friday, Dec. 10           
Last day of instruction. Last day to voluntarily withdraw from the semester (written notification required).

Monday, Dec. 13                 
Study day.

Tuesday - Tuesday, Dec. 14 - 21
Final examination period.

Tuesday, Dec. 21       
Final day for February graduate doctoral degree candidates to deposit dissertations at their graduate school office.

Tuesday, Dec. 28       
Fall term grades due in the University Registrar’s Office.  Graduate incompletes from spring term 2004 due.

*Note:  Make-up examinations for spring term 2004 will be held Sept.  8, 9, and 13, 2004.

Policy of Brandeis University Pertaining to Religious Observance

In constructing the academic calendar, religious holy days will not be the sole factor in determining days on which classes will be held or suspended. It is the policy of the University, however, that students be encouraged to observe their appropriate religious holy days; that instructors strive to facilitate this by allowing absence from classes for such purposes and by trying to insure that no examinations, written reports, oral reports, or other mandatory class assignments are scheduled for or due on such holy days; and that instructors provide ample opportunities for such students to make up work missed on such occasions without penalty. Jewish holidays begin at sundown of the previous evening and end at nightfall of the day listed.