Academic Calendars

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2015-16 Academic Calendar

July-August  Summer reading: Book TBD 
August 29(Sa)

Arrival Day for Class of 2019

West Hall opens at 9 a.m.

Welcoming luncheon, afternoon program and dinner for new students and parents

Farewell to parents; Orientation begins after dinner 

August 30(Su)- September 2(W) Orientation:  Academic Advising, Team Building and Leadership Skills 
September 1(Tu) Upperclass students begin arriving after 3 p.m. Campus closed to returning students before 3 p.m. 
September 3(Th) First day of instruction, Fall Semester
September 7(M) [Labor Day - no classes]
September 17(Th)

Olin Monday - Monday class schedule in effect
Constitution Day

September 18(F)- 20(Su) Alumni Weekend - Welcome Class of 2010

September 30 (W)

Town Meeting
October 7(W) Fall Career Fair
October 12(M) [Columbus Day – no classes] 
October 16(F)- 18(Su) Family Weekend
October 21(W) 33rd instructional day 
October 25(Su) Admission Open House
November 13(F) Olin Monday - Monday class schedule in effect
November 23(M)–27(F) [Thanksgiving Recess – no classes] 
December 11(F) Last day of instruction, Fall Semester
December 14(M) Study Day
 December 15(Tu)-18(F) Final Events
December 21(M) Olin Exposition (required for all students)  
December 22(Tu)  Residence Halls close at 5 p.m. for intersession 
December 23(W)- January 18(M)  [Intersession – no classes] 
January 17(Su) Residence Halls open at 5 p.m.  
January 19(Tu) First day of instruction, Spring Semester 
February 3(W) Town Meeting 
February 10(W)  Spring Career Fair 
February 15(M) [President's Day - no classes]
February 17(W) Olin Monday – Monday class schedule in effect
February 19(F)-20(Sa) Candidate Weekend I for Class of ‘20
February 26(F)-27(Sa)  Candidate Weekend II for Class of ‘20
March 3(Th) [no classes] 
March 4(F)-March 5(Sa) Candidate Weekend III for Class of ‘20 
March 7(M) 33rd instructional day 
March 14(M)-18(F) [Spring Break – no classes]
April 18(M) [Patriots Day – no classes] 
April 19(Tu) Olin Monday – Monday class schedule in effect
April 28(Th)  Last day of instruction, Spring Semester 
April 29(F) Study Day 
May 3(Tu)-6(F)   Final Events
May 9(M) Olin Exposition – Underclass projects and presentations(required for non-seniors) 
May 10(Tu) SCOPE Summit
May 15(Su)  Commencement for Class of ‘16
May 16(M)  Residence Halls close at 5 p.m. 

Student Absence for Religious Observances

Massachusetts state law regarding student absence due to religious beliefs has been adopted by Olin College as follows: “Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day because of his or her religious beliefs is excused from any such activity. The student will be given the opportunity to make up the work that was missed, provided that the makeup work does not create an unreasonable burden upon the College.  The College will not level fees or charges of any kind when allowing the student to make up missed work.  In addition, no adverse or prejudicial effects will result because students have made use of these provisions.”

The reference,, (although not exhaustive) is commonly used to determine dates for specific religious observances each year.