Academic Calendars

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Olin College Calendar with Academic and College Deadlines 2017-18*

(Note: All dates are Olin-specific unless prefaced by a BBW school name. For specific BBW calendars, please visit the host school's website. Olin academic deadlines may be amended due to unforeseen circumstances.)

*Last Updated August 14, 2017; and subject to change

July-August, 2017
  Summer reading
August 26(Sa)   Arrival Day for Class of 2021 (West Hall Opens at 9am)
August 26(Sa)-August 30(W)   Orientation: Academic Advising, Team Building, Leadership Skills
August 29(Tu)   Upperclass students begin arriving after 12:00 p.m.
August 31(Th)   First day of instruction, Fall Semester
September 4(M)   [Labor Day – no classes]
September 7(Th)   Session I Add Deadline
September 14(Th)   Add Deadline for Full Semester Courses, Passionate Pursuits, Independent Study, Research, OSS and Co-Curricular activities
September 17(Sun)   Constitution Day
September 22(F)-24(Su)   Alumni Weekend – Welcome Class of 2007 and 2012
September 27(W)   Town Meeting
September 29(F)   Olin Monday – Monday class schedule in effect
October 2(M)   Session I Drop and Pass/No Credit Deadline
October 4(W)   Fall Career Fair
October 9(M)   [Columbus Day – no classes]
October 12(Th)   Olin Monday – Monday class schedule in effect
October 13(F)-15(Su)   Family Weekend
October 16(M)   Session I, End and last day to withdraw from a Session I course
October 18(W)   33rd instructional day
October 19(Th)   Session II Begins
November 2(Th)   Session II Add Deadline
November 6(M)   Approximate beginning of Spring 2018 registration
November 3(F)   Drop and Pass/No Credit Deadline
November 17(F)   Session II Drop and Pass/No Credit Deadine
November 20(M)–24(F)   [Thanksgiving Recess – no classes]
December 8(F)    Last day of instruction, Fall Semester; Last day to withdraw from a Full Session or Session II Course
December 11(M)   Study Day
December 12(Tu)-15(F)   Final Assessments
December 18(M)   Olin Exposition
December 19(Tu)   Residence Halls close at 5:00 p.m. for intersession
January 3, 2018(W)   Grading Deadline; all grades due from Fall 2017 and any outstanding spring 2017 incompletes
December 20(W)-January 20, 2018   [Intersession – no classes]
January 21(Su)   Residence Halls open at 12:00 p.m. 
January 23(Tu)   First day of instruction, Spring Semester
January 29(M)   Session I Add Deadline
January 31(W)   Olin Monday – Monday class schedule in effect
February 5(M)   Add Deadline; full semester courses, passionate pursuits, independent study, research, OSS and co-curricular activities
 February 7(W)    Town Meeting
February 14(W)   Spring Career Fair
February 19(M)   [Presidents’ Day – no classes]
February 20(Tu)   Olin Monday – Monday class schedule in effect
February 16(F)-17(Sa)   Candidate Weekend I for Class of ‘22
February 23(F)   Session I Drop and Pass/No Credit Deadline
February 23(F)-24(Sa)   Candidate Weekend II for Class of ‘22
March 1(Th)   [no classes]
March 2(F)-3(Sa)   Candidate Weekend III for Class of ‘22
March 9(F)   Session I End and last day to withddraw from Session I course
March 12(M)   33rd instructional day; Session II Begins
March 16(F)   Session II Add Deadline
March 19(M)-23(F)   [Spring Break – no classes]
April 4(W)   Drop and Pass/No Credit Deadline for full semester courses
April 9(M)   Approximate beginning of Fall 2018 registration
April 16(M)   [Patriots Day – no classes]
April 19(Th)   Session II Drop and Pass/No Credit Deadline
May 3(Th)   Last day of instruction, Spring Semester; Last day to withdraw from a full semester or Session II course
May 4(F)   Study Day
May 7(M)-10(Th)   Final Assessments
May 14(M)   Olin Exposition – Underclass projects and presentations (required for non-seniors)
    All Senior Grades Due - Monday, May 14, 2018
May 15(Tu)   SCOPE Summit
May 20(Su)   Commencement for Class of ‘18
May 21(M)   Residence Halls close at 5 p.m.
May 24(Th)   Grading Deadline; all grades due from Spring 2018 and any outstanding fall 2017 incompletes


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.