ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2003-2004

Academic Calendar - Fall 2003

Academic Calendar - Spring 2004


ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR FALL TERM 2003*

Tuesday - Friday
Aug.5 - Sept.12
Graduate students register and enroll
Sunday, August 24 New undergraduate students arrive
Tuesday, August 26 Residence halls open for returning students
Monday - Friday,
Aug. 25 - Sept. 12
Undergraduate students register and enroll. New students start August 25; returning students start August 26.

Thursday, August 28

First day of instruction
Monday, September 1 No University exercises, staff holiday: Labor Day.
Friday, September 12 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.
Friday, September 19 Grades replacing spring undergraduate incompletes due in the University Registrar's Office.
Friday, September 26 Last day for undergraduates to elect a pass/fail option for the current term and to convert to graded basis for the preceding term.
Wednesday, October 1 February graduate PhD. candidates should submit penultimate copies of dissertations to program chairs.
Friday, October 3 Last day for undergraduates to drop courses without transcript notation (instructor's permission required). Last day to drop Module I IBS and Heller courses.
Monday, October 6 No University exercises, staff holiday: Yom Kippur.
Tuesday, October 7 Brandeis Monday -- Monday class schedule in effect.
Friday, October 10 Undergraduate midterm grades due in the Office of the University Registrar.
Monday, October 13 Staff holiday, classes in session: Columbus Day.

Monday - Wednesday
Oct. 27 - Nov. 5

Undergraduate registration period for spring term 2004.

Friday, November 7 Last day for undergraduates to drop courses with a "W" transcript notation (instructor's permission required).
Monday, November 24 Last day for all Graduate Arts and Sciences, International Business School, and Heller School students to drop a course with the signatures of the instructor and chair.

Thursday - Friday
November 27 - 28

No University exercises, staff holidays: Thanksgiving.

Monday, December 1

Last day for February graduate degree candidates (certificates, final and continuing master's and PhD.) to file Application for Degree in the Office of Student Financial Services. 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.

Tuesday, December 2 Last day of instruction. Last day to voluntarily withdraw from the semester (written notification required).
Wednesday, December 3 Study day.

Thursday - Thursday
December 4 - 11

Final examination period
Thursday, December 11 Final day for February graduate doctoral candidates to deposit dissertations at their graduate school offices.

Friday, December 19
10:00 a.m.

Fall term grades due in the Office of the University Registrar. Grades replacing Graduate Arts and Sciences, International Business School, and Heller School incompletes from spring term 2003 due.

*Note: Make-up examinations for spring term 2003 will be held September 4, 8, and 9, 2003.


ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR SPRING TERM 2004*

Tuesday - Friday
January 6 - January 30

Graduate Students register and enroll.

Sunday, January 11 New undergraduate students arrive. Residence halls open.

Wednesday - Friday
January 14 - January 30

Undergraduate students register and enroll.

Wednesday, January 14 First day of instruction.
Monday, January 19 No University exercises, staff holiday: Martin Luther King Day.
Friday, January 30 Last opportunity to enroll in courses for all students. Last opportunity to drop courses without instructor's permission. All work for fall term incompletes due to instructors.

Friday, February 6

Grades replacing fall undergraduate incompletes due in the Office of the University Registrar.
Last day for undergraduates to elect a pass/fail grading option for the current term and to convert to graded basis for the preceding term.

Monday - Friday
February 16- 20

No University exercises: midterm recess.
Monday, February 16 Staff holiday: President's day.
Friday, February 27 Last day for undergraduates to drop courses without transcript notation (instructor's permission required). Last day to drop Module I IBS and Heller courses.
Monday, March 1 Last day for May graduate degree candidates (certificates, final and continuing master's and PhD.) to file Application for Degree in the Office of Student Financial Services. May PhD. candidates should submit penultimate copies of dissertations to program chairs.
Friday, March 12 Undergraduate midterm grades due in the Office of the University Registrar.

Monday, March 22

Final day for master's candidates to complete foreign language requirement(s) for May degree.

Monday - Wednesday
March 22 - 31

Undergraduate registration period for fall term 2004.
Friday, April 2 Last day for undergraduates to drop courses with a "W" transcript notation (instructor's permission required).

Monday - Tuesday
April 5 - April 13

No University exercises: Passover and spring recess.
Wednesday, April 14 Brandeis Monday - -Monday class schedule in effect
Thursday, April 15 Brandeis Tuesday -- Tuesday class schedule in effect.
Friday, April 16 Brandeis Monday -- Monday class schedule in effect. Final day for faculty certifications that May Ph.D. candidates have defended dissertations. Last day for all Graduate Arts and Sciences, International Business School, and Heller School students to drop a course with the signatures of the instructor and chair.
Monday, April 19 Staff holiday, classes in session: Patriot's Day.
Friday, April 30 Last day of instruction. Last day to voluntarily withdraw from the semester (written notification required).

Monday - Tuesday
May 3 - 4

Study days.

Wednesday - Wednesday
May 5 - 12

Final examination period.
Wednesday, May 5 Senior grades for all courses without final exams due in the University Registrar's Office by 10:00 a.m. Senior grades for all courses with final exams due by 10:00 a.m. on the third day after the examination, and in no case later than Monday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. Final day for May graduate doctoral degree candidates to deposit dissertations at their graduate school office. Final day for faculty certification that master's candidates' theses have been accepted.

Friday, May 7
10:00 a.m

Grades for all graduate degree candidates due in the Office of the University Registrar.
Monday, May 17 Last day for graduating seniors to convert current pass/fail enrollments to graded basis.
Wednesday, May 19 Department degree meetings at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, May 21 Faculty meeting at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 23 Commencement.

Tuesday, May 25
10:00 a.m.

All other spring term grades due in the Office of the University Registrar. Graduate incompletes from fall term 2003 due.

Monday, May 31

Staff holiday: Memorial Day observed.

*Note: Make-up examinations for fall term 2003 will be held January 15, 20, and 21, 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.