Academic Calendars

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2016-17 Academic Calendar

 *updated August 9, 2016
July-August  Summer reading: Book TBD 
August 27(Sa)

Arrival Day for Class of 2020

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 28(Su)-31(W) Orientation:  Academic Advising, Team Building and Leadership Skills 
August 30(Tu) Upperclass students begin arriving after 12:00 p.m. Campus closed to returning students before 12:00 p.m. 
September 1(Th) First day of instruction, Fall Semester
September 5(M) [Labor Day - no classes]
September 16(F) Olin Monday - Monday class schedule in effect
September 16(F)- 18(Su) Alumni Weekend - Welcome Class of 2011 & 2006
September 17(Sa) Constitution Day
September 28(W) Town Meeting
October 5(W) Fall Career Fair
October 10(M) [Columbus Day – no classes] 
October 14(F)- 16(Su) Family Weekend
October 19(W) 33rd instructional day 
October 20(Th) Olin Monday - Monday class schedule in effect
November 21(M)–25(F) [Thanksgiving Recess – no classes] 
December 9(F) Last day of instruction, Fall Semester
December 12(M) Study Day
December 13(Tu)-16(F) Final Events
December 19(M) Olin Exposition (required for all students)  
December 20(Tu)  Residence Halls close at 5 p.m. for intersession 
December 21(W)- January 16(M)  [Intersession – no classes] 
January 15(Su) Residence Halls open at 12:00 p.m.  
January 17(Tu) First day of instruction, Spring Semester 
January 24(Tu) Olin Monday - Monday class schedule in effect
February 1(W) Town Meeting 
February 8(W)  Spring Career Fair 
February 17(F)-18(Sa) Candidate Weekend I for Class of ‘21
February 20(M) [President's day - no classes]
February 22(W) Olin Monday – Monday class schedule in effect
February 24(F)-25(Sa)  Candidate Weekend II for Class of ‘21
March 2(Th) [no classes] 
March 3(F)-March 4(Sa) Candidate Weekend III for Class of ‘21
March 6(M) 33rd instructional day 
March 13(M)-17(F) [Spring Break – no classes]
April 17(M) [Patriots Day – no classes] 
April 27(Th)  Last day of instruction, Spring Semester 
April 28(F) Study Day 
May 2(Tu)-5(F)   Final Events
May 8(M) Olin Exposition – Underclass projects and presentations(required for non-seniors) 
May 9(Tu) SCOPE Summit
May 14(Su)  Commencement for Class of ‘17
May 15(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.