Semester Dates and Deadlines

Below are important dates related to registration and grading.

For holidays, commencement, and other dates, please check the Academic Calendar.

Tuition Refund Policy

Columbia will refund 100% of tuition and fees for a course that is dropped within the add/drop period for that course. The add/drop period for a course is dependent on the start and end date for that course. After the add/drop period for a course, the student is responsible for 100% of tuition and fees associated with the course. 

Students who never begin attendance in any course for the term and who fail to properly drop their courses during the add/drop period may have their schedules canceled by the Office of the Registrar. At Columbia’s discretion, a $75 per credit hour fee may be assessed to cover the administrative costs associated with the student’s failure to properly drop their course schedule.

Spring 2021

The Spring 2021 semester will have classes within a number of different subsessions. The dates of these subsessions, and their specific add, drop, withdrawal, and Pass/Fail deadlines, are in the sections below. If a class is scheduled within a subsession, it will have the session code as part of the class information.

Spring 2021 Registration Dates


Monday, November 2, 2020: Spring 2021 course schedules go live.

Monday, November 9, 2020: Continuing degree-seeking student registration begins. Students are emailed their assigned date and time.

Monday, November 30, 2020: New degree-seeking student registration begins. New students are assigned times by going through the New Student Orientation process.

Monday, December 14, 2020: Non-degree student registration begins.


Summer 2021

The Summer 2021 semester will have classes within a number of different subsessions. The dates of these subsessions, and their specific add, drop, withdrawal, and Pass/Fail deadlines are in the sections below. If a class is scheduled within a subsession, it will have the session code as part of the class information.

Summer 2021 Registration Dates

Monday, March 22, 2021: Summer and Fall 2021 course schedules go live.

Monday, April 5, 2021: Continuing degree-seeking student registration begins. Students are emailed their assigned date and time.

Monday, May 10, 2021: Non-degree student registration begins.

  • Summer 2021 - Full 12 Week Semester

    Start Date: 6/1/2021
    End Date: 8/21/2021
    Add Deadline: 6/7/2021
    Drop Deadline: 6/10/2021
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 6/18/2021
    Withdrawal Deadline: 7/9/2021
    Grades Deadline: 8/27/2021

  • Summer 2021 - 1st 5 Week Session (UA)

    Start Date: 6/1/2021
    End Date: 7/2/2021
    Add Deadline: 6/2/2021
    Drop Deadline: 6/7/2021
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 6/9/2021
    Withdrawal Deadline: 6/18/2021
    Grades Deadline: 7/9/2021

  • Summer 2021 - 2nd 5 Week Session (UB)

    Start Date: 7/6/2021
    End Date: 8/7/2021
    Add Deadline: 7/7/2021
    Drop Deadline: 7/12/2021
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 7/14/2021
    Withdrawal Deadline: 7/23/2021
    Grades Deadline: 8/13/2021

  • Summer 2021 - 8 Week Session (U8)

    Start Date: 6/1/2021
    End Date: 7/24/2021
    Add Deadline: 6/3/2021
    Drop Deadline: 6/7/2021
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 6/11/2021
    Withdrawal Deadline: 6/28/2021
    Grades Deadline: 7/30/2021

  • Summer 2021 - 10 Week Session (10)

    Start Date: 6/1/2021
    End Date: 8/7/2021
    Add Deadline: 6/4/2021
    Drop Deadline: 6/7/2021
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 6/16/2021
    Withdrawal Deadline: 7/6/2021
    Grades Deadline: 8/13/2021

Fall 2021

The Fall 2021 semester will have classes within a number of different subsessions in addition to the normal 15 week classes. The dates of these subsessions, and their specific add, drop, withdrawal, and Pass/Fail deadlines are in the sections below. If a class is scheduled within a subsession, it will have the session code as part of the class information.

Fall 2021 Registration Dates


Monday, March 22, 2021: Fall 2021 course schedules go live.

Monday, April 5, 2021: Continuing degree-seeking student registration begins. Students are emailed their assigned date and time.

May 2021: New degree-seeking student registration begins. New students' schedules are drafted by their advisors. New students will have the opportunity to review and make changes in June.

Monday, August 2, 2021: Non-degree student registration begins.

  • Fall 2021 - Full 15 Week Semester (FF)

    Start Date: 9/7/2021
    End Date: 12/18/2021
    Add Deadline: 9/13/2021
    Drop Deadline 9/20/2021
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 10/1/2021
    Withdrawal Deadline: 11/5/2021
    Grade Deadline: 12/24/2021

  • Fall 2021 - First 5 Weeks (Subsession F1)
    Start Date: 9/7/2021
    End Date: 10/9/2021
    Add Deadline: 9/8/2021
    Drop Deadline 9/13/2021
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 9/15/2021
    Withdrawal Deadline: 9/24/2021
    Grade Deadline: 10/15/2021
  • Fall 2021 - 8 Week Session (Subsession F8)
    Start Date: 9/7/2021
    End Date: 10/30/2021
    Add Deadline: 9/9/2021
    Drop Deadline 9/13/2021
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 9/21/2021
    Withdrawal Deadline: 10/4/2021
    Grade Deadline: 11/5/2021
  • Fall 2021 - Second 5 Weeks (Subsession F2)

    Start Date: 10/11/2021
    End Date: 11/13/2021
    Add Deadline: 10/12/2021
    Drop Deadline 10/18/2021
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 10/19/2021
    Withdrawal Deadline: 10/28/2021
    Grade Deadline: 11/19/2021

  • Fall 2021 - 7 Week Session (Subsession F7)

    Start Date: 11/1/2021
    End Date: 12/18/2021
    Add Deadline: 11/3/2021
    Drop Deadline 11/8/2021
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 11/12/2021
    Withdrawal Deadline: 11/24/2021
    Grade Deadline: 12/24/2021

  • Fall 2021 - Third 5 Weeks (Subsession F3)

    Start Date: 11/15/2021
    End Date: 12/18/2021
    Add Deadline: 11/16/2021
    Drop Deadline 11/22/2021
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 11/23/2021
    Withdrawal Deadline: 12/2/2021
    Grade Deadline: 12/24/2021

  • Fall 2021 - MFA Theatre Arthaus (Subsession L1)
    Start Date: 9/27/2021
    End Date: 12/17/2021
    Add Deadline: 8/17/2021
    Drop Deadline 8/24/2021
    Pass/Fail Deadline: N/A
    Withdrawal Deadline: 11/19/2021
    Grade Deadline: 12/24/2021
Academic Dates and Deadlines