Penn GSE Academic Calendar


Fall 2018 Calendar

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  Date

  Day

  Event/ Deadline

August 22 - 23

Wednesday - Thursday

International Student Orientation

August 27

Monday

New Student Orientation

August 28

Tuesday

Fall term classes begin

September 3

Monday

Labor Day (NO CLASSES)

September 7

Friday

Orientation for Students of Color

DOCTORAL (PH.D. AND ED.D.) STUDENTS GRADUATING IN DECEMBER 2018 are strongly advised to defend by October 22 to ensure that they can submit their dissertation for format review by November 5. The link to schedule your final defense is: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/student-forms/final-defense-sched. SRO requests that this form is submitted two weeks prior to defense date

September 17

Monday

Add/drop period ends at 11:59 PM ET 
Courses dropped after the add/drop period are subject to the following partial refund schedule:
75% refund September 18 - September 24
50% refund September 25 - October 1
NO REFUND October 2 - October 8

October 8

Monday

LAST DAY to drop a course (NO REFUND)

Courses dropped after October 8 require instructor approval and 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade

October 8

Monday

LAST DAY to request course grade type change to audit. Requires instructor approval

October 29 - November 11

Monday - Sunday

Advance Registration for Spring 2019 available via Penn InTouch: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch

November 5

Monday

LAST DAY doctoral students may submit dissertation for review by the Associate Dean for December 2018 degree:

November 9FridayLAST DAY  to withdraw from a course. 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade

November 12

Monday

LAST DAY  to apply for December 2018 degree:

November 20

Tuesday

Course selection for Spring 2019 re-opens. Log into Penn InTouch after 10am to register for courses: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch

November 20 - 21

Tuesday - Wednesday

Alternative class meeting schedule:

Thursday classes will meet on Tuesday; Friday classes will meet on Wednesday

November 22 - 25

Thursday - Sunday

Thanksgiving Break (NO CLASSES)

November 26

Monday

Classes resume

December 3

Monday

LAST DAY for submission of approved & signed dissertations for December 2018 degree:

  • Ed.D. to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane or Megan McManus)
  • Ph.D. to Graduate Arts & Sciences

December 3

Monday

LAST DAY divisions may submit Master’s Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Portfolio results to the GSE Student Records Office for December 2018 graduates

December 10

Monday

Undergraduate Classes end

December 17

Monday

LAST DAY of classes at GSE

December 17

Monday

LAST DAY doctoral final defense ballots for December 2018 graduates will be accepted by Student Records Office

December 20

Thursday

FALL TERM ENDS FOR UNIVERSITY

January 2, 2019

Wednesday

Fall term grades due

Spring Classes begin on January 16, 2019 (Monday class schedule)

*Graduation Applications do not roll over. Names are purged from the system after the December term. 

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Spring 2019 Calendar

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  Date

  Day

  Event/ Deadline

January 16

Wednesday

SPRING TERM CLASSES BEGIN; Alternative class meeting schedule: Monday classes meet Wednesday. Classes for remainder of this week meet on normal schedule

January 21

Monday

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observed (NO CLASSES)

February 4

Monday

Add/drop period ends at 11:59 PM ET 
Courses dropped after the add/drop period are subject to the following partial refund schedule:
75% refund February 5 – February 11
50% refund February 12 - February 18
NO REFUND February 19 - February 22

DOCTORAL STUDENTS (PH.D. AND ED.D.) STUDENTS GRADUATING IN MAY 2019 are strongly advised to defend by March 29 in order to ensure that they can submit their dissertation for format review by April 12. The link to schedule your final defense is: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/student-forms/final-defense-sched. SRO requests that this form is submitted two weeks prior to final defense date

February 22

Friday

LAST DAY to drop a course (NO REFUND)

Courses dropped after February 22 require instructor approval and 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade

February 22

Friday

LAST DAY to request course grade type change to audit. Requires instructor approval

March 2 - 10

Saturday - Sunday

Spring Break (NO CLASSES)

March 11

Monday

Classes resume

March 18 - March 31

Monday- Sunday

Registration period for Summer & Advance registration for Fall 2019 available via Penn InTouch: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch

March 29

Friday

LAST DAY for all May and August 2019 graduates to apply to graduate and RSVP for the May 2019 GSE commencement ceremony:

April 5

Friday

LAST DAY to withdraw from a course. 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade

April 10WednesdayCourse selection for Fall 2019 re-opens. Log into Penn InTouch after 10am to register for courses: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch

April 12

Friday

LAST DAY doctoral students may submit dissertation for review by the Associate Dean for May 2019 degree:

May 1

Wednesday

Undergraduate classes end

May 3

Friday

LAST DAY for submission of approved & signed dissertations for May 2019 degree:

  • Ed.D. to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane or Megan McManus)
  • Ph.D. to Graduate Arts & Sciences

May 3

Friday

LAST DAY that divisions may submit Master's Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Portfolio results to the GSE Student Records Office for May 2019 graduates

May 8

Wednesday

LAST DAY of classes at GSE

May 8

Wednesday

LAST DAY doctoral final defense ballots for May 2019 graduates will be accepted by Student Records Office 

May 13

Monday

Spring term grades due

May 14

Tuesday

Spring term ends for University

May 18

Saturday

GSE Commencement ceremony

May 20

Monday

University Commencement ceremony

Summer I and 11-week session begin on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

* ALL students who wish to march in the GSE Graduation Ceremony must RSVP to march online regardless of graduation date. For eligibility to march please consult the Graduation FAQ site: http://www.gse.upenn.edu/students/graduationfaqs

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Summer 2019 Calendar

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  Date

  Day

  Event/ Deadline

March 26

Tuesday

Course selection for summer session opens

May 27

Monday

Memorial Day observed (NO CLASSES)

May 28

Tuesday

Summer Session I classes begin at GSE

June 4

Tuesday

Add/drop period for Summer Session I ends at 11:59 PM EST. Drops after this period are subject to a partial refund schedule:

50% refund June 5 - June 7 (email gse-sro@gse.upenn.edu with your request)

Courses dropped after June 7 require instructor approval and 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade

June 10

Monday

LAST DAY to Withdraw from a Summer Session I course. Full financial obligation will apply. 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade

  DOCTORAL (PH.D. AND ED.D.) STUDENTS GRADUATING IN AUGUST 2019 are strongly advised to defend by June 24  to ensure that they can submit their dissertation for format review by July 8. The link to schedule your final defense is: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/student-forms/final-defense-sched. SRO requests that this form is submitted two weeks prior to defense date

July 1

Monday

LAST DAY of Summer Session I at GSE 

July 4

Thursday

Independence Day observed (NO CLASSES)

July 5

Friday

Summer Session I grades due

July 8

Monday

Summer Session II classes begin at GSE

July 8

Monday

LAST DAY doctoral students may submit dissertation for review by the Associate Dean for August 2019 degree:

EdD students: Upload to Proquest

PhD students: email dissertation to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane- bettyd@upenn.edu or Megan McManus- mcmmeg@upenn.edu)

July 12

Friday

Add/drop period for Summer Session II ends at 11:59 PM EST. Drops after this period are subject to a partial refund schedule:

50% refund July 15 - July 17 (email gse-sro@gse.upenn.edu with your reqeuest)

Courses dropped after July 17 require instructor approval and 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade

July 18

Thursday

Last Day to Withdraw from a Summer Session II course. Full financial obligation will apply. 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade

July 29

Monday

LAST DAY for submission of approved & signed dissertations for August 2019 degree:

  • EdD students: to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane or Megan McManus)
  • PhD students: to Graduate Arts & Sciences

July 29

Monday

LAST DAY Divisions may submit Master’s Examination/Thesis Portfolio results to the GSE Student Records Office for August 2019 degree

August 9

Friday

Summer Session II classes end at GSE

August 9

Friday

LAST DAY doctoral final defense ballots for August 2019 graduates will be accepted by Student Records Office 

August 12

Monday

Summer Session II grades due


 

Fall 2019

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  Date

  Day

  Event/ Deadline

August 20 - August 26

Tuesday - Monday

GSE New Student Orientation (full schedule TBA)

August 27

Tuesday

Fall term classes begin

September 2

Monday

Labor Day (NO CLASSES)

September 16

Monday

Add/drop period ends at 11:59 PM EST
Courses dropped after the add/drop period are subject to the following partial refund schedule: 
75% refund September 17 - September 23 
50% refund September 24 - September 30 
NO REFUND October 1 - October 7

DOCTORAL (PH.D. and ED.D.) STUDENTS GRADUATING IN DECEMBER 2019 are strongly advised to defend by October 21, 2019 to ensure that they can submit their dissertation for format review by November 4, 2019. The link to schedule your final defense is: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/student-forms/final-defense-sched. SRO requests that this form is submitted two weeks prior to defense date

October 7

Monday

LAST DAY to drop a course (NO REFUND)

October 7

Monday

LAST DAY to request course grade type change to audit. Requires instructor approval

October 28 - November 10

Monday - Sunday

Advance Registration for Spring

November 4

Monday

LAST DAY doctoral students may submit dissertation for review by the Associate Dean for December 2019 degree:

November 8

Friday

LAST DAY to withdraw from a course (NO REFUND). Requires instructor approval. 'W' will appear on transcript in place of grade

November 18
Monday

LAST DAY to apply for December 2019 degree:

TBA

TBA

Course selection for Spring 2020 re-opens. Log into Penn InTouch after 10am to register for courses: www.upenn.edu/pennintouch

November 26 - 27

Tuesday - Wednesday

Alternative class meeting schedule:
Thursday classes will meet on Tuesday, Friday classes will meet on Wednesday

November 28 - December 1

Thursday - Sunday

Thanksgiving Break (NO CLASSES)

December 2

Monday

Classes resume

December 2

Monday

LAST DAY for submission of approved & signed dissertations for December 2019 degree:

  • Ed.D. to Faculty Affairs Office (Betty Deane or Megan McManus)
  • Ph.D. to Graduate Arts & Sciences

December 2

Monday

LAST DAY Divisions may submit Master’s Comprehensive Examination/Thesis/Portfolio result

December 9

Monday

Undergraduate Classes end

December 16

Monday

LAST DAY of classes at GSE

December 16

Monday

LAST DAY doctoral final defense ballots for December 2019 graduates will be accepted by Student Records Office

December 19

Thursday

FALL TERM ENDS FOR UNIVERSITY

January 2, 2020

Thursday

Fall term grades due

Spring Classes begin on January 15, 2020 (Monday class schedule)

*Graduation Applications do not roll over. Names are purged from the system after the December term