Changes in Academic Calendar will Begin Next Fall

November 05, 2002

Penn State officials have finalized the academic year calendar for the next six years, including changes to the fall semester that will result in a more compact and efficient teaching and learning term for faculty and students alike beginning in 2003. The new academic year will consist of 145 class days and 10 assessment/examination days. While the new calendar does not impact the current schedule for spring and summer semesters, students will see a noticeable change in the fall semester format. The new fall term will span 16 weeks, including 14 weeks of classes and one five-day week of finals and assessment activities. In addition, class start dates in the fall will be later; through 2008, classes will begin no earlier than Aug. 30 and as late as Sept. 5. Five days without classes are also built into the schedule: Labor Day; the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week; and the Friday at the end of the sixth week, creating a three-day study break at the midpoint of the fall calendar. For the full story by Tysen Kendig, visit

Last Updated March 19, 2009