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.

Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 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 2019 Registration Dates


Monday, March 18, 2019: Fall 2019 course schedules go live.

Monday, April 1, 2019: Continuing degree-seeking student registration begins. Students are emailed their assigned date and time.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019: New degree-seeking student registration begins. New students are assigned times by going through the New Student Orientation process.

Monday, August 5, 2019: Non-degree student registration begins.

Monday, September 16, 2019: Add deadline for Independent Projects and Directed Studies

Spring 2020

The Spring 2020 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 2020 Registration Dates


Monday, October 28, 2019: Spring 2020 course schedules go live.

Monday, November 4, 2019: Continuing degree-seeking student registration begins. Students are emailed their assigned date and time.

Monday, November 18, 2019: New degree-seeking student registration begins. New students are assigned times by going through the New Student Orientation process.

Monday, December 9, 2019: Non-degree student registration begins.

Friday, February 3, 2020: Add deadline for Independent Projects, Directed Studies, and Undergraduate Research Mentorships.

Summer 2020

The Summer 2020 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 2020 Registration Dates

Monday March 23, 2020: Summer and Fall 2020 course schedules go live.

Monday, April 6, 2020: Continuing degree-seeking student registration begins. Students are emailed their assigned date and time.

Monday, May 11, 2020: Non-degree student registration begins.

  • Summer 2020 - Full 12 Week Semester

    Start Date: 6/1/20
    End Date: 8/22/20
    Add Deadline: 6/5/20
    Drop Deadline: 6/8/20
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 6/19/20
    Withdrawal Deadline: 7/10/20
    Grade Deadline: 8/28/20

  • Summer 2020 - 1st 5 Week Session (UA)

    Start Date: 6/1/20
    End Date: 7/2/20
    Add Deadline: 6/2/20
    Drop Deadline: 6/8/20
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 6/9/20
    Withdrawal Deadline: 6/18/20
    Grade Deadline: 7/10/20

  • Summer 2020 - 2nd 5 Week Session (UB)

    Start Date: 7/6/20
    End Date: 8/8/20
    Add Deadline: 7/7/20
    Drop Deadline: 7/13/20
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 7/14/20
    Withdrawal Deadline: 7/23/20
    Grade Deadline: 8/14/20

  • Summer 2020 - 8 Week Session (U8)

    Start Date: 6/1/20
    End Date: 7/25/20
    Add Deadline: 6/3/20
    Drop Deadline: 6/8/20
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 6/12/20
    Withdrawal Deadline: 6/29/20
    Grade Deadline: 7/31/20

  • Summer 2020 - 10 Week Session (10)

    Start Date: 6/1/20
    End Date: 8/8/20
    Add Deadline: 6/4/20
    Drop Deadline: 6/8/20
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 6/17/20
    Withdrawal Deadline: 7/6/20
    Grade Deadline: 8/14/20

  • Summer 2020 - MFA Arthaus Year One (L3)

    Start Date: 5/26/20
    End Date: 6/20/20
    Add Deadline: 5/22/20
    Drop Deadline: 4/6/20
    Withdrawal Deadline: 6/15/20
    Grade Deadline: 6/26/20

Academic Dates and Deadlines