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.

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: 6/9/20
    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: 6/9/20
    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: 6/9/20
    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: 6/9/20
    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

Fall 2020

The Fall 2020 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 2020 Registration Dates


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

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

June 2020: 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 3, 2020: Non-degree student registration begins.

Monday, September 14, 2020: Add deadline for Independent Projects and Directed Studies

  • Fall 2020 - Full 15 Week Semester (FF)

    Start Date: 9/8/2020
    End Date: 12/19/2020
    Add Deadline: 9/14/2020
    Drop Deadline: 9/21/2020
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 10/2/2020
    Withdrawal Deadline: 11/6/2020
    Grade Deadline: 12/28/2020

  • Fall 2020 - First 5 Weeks (Subsession F1)
    Start Date: 9/8/2020
    End Date: 10/10/2020
    Add Deadline: 9/9/2020
    Drop Deadline: 9/14/2020
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 9/16/2020
    Withdrawal Deadline: 9/25/2020
    Grade Deadline: 10/16/2020
  • Fall 2020 - 8 Week Session (Subsession F8)
    Start Date: 9/8/2020
    End Date: 10/31/2020
    Add Deadline: 9/10/2020
    Drop Deadline: 9/14/2020
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 9/16/2020
    Withdrawal Deadline: 10/5/2020
    Grade Deadline: 11/6/2020
  • Fall 2020 - Second 5 Weeks (Subsession F2)

    Start Date: 10/12/2020
    End Date: 11/14/2020
    Add Deadline: 10/13/2020
    Drop Deadline: 10/19/2020
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 10/20/2020
    Withdrawal Deadline: 10/29/2020
    Grade Deadline: 11/20/2020

  • Fall 2020 - 7 Week Session (Subsession F7)

    Start Date: 11/2/2020
    End Date: 12/19/2020
    Add Deadline: 11/4/2020
    Drop Deadline: 11/9/2020
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 11/13/2020
    Withdrawal Deadline: 11/25/2020
    Grade Deadline: 12/28/2020

  • Fall 2020 - Third 5 Weeks (Subsession F3)

    Start Date: 11/16/2020
    End Date: 12/19/2020
    Add Deadline: 11/17/2020
    Drop Deadline: 11/23/2020
    Pass/Fail Deadline: 11/24/2020
    Withdrawal Deadline: 12/3/2020
    Grade Deadline: 12/28/2020

  • Fall 2020 - MFA Arthaus Year One (L1)

    Start Date: 9/21/2020
    End Date: 12/11/2020
    Add Deadline: 8/10/2020
    Drop Deadline: 8/17/2020
    Pass/Fail Deadline: N/A
    Withdrawal Deadline: 11/13/2020
    Grade Deadline: 12/28/2020

    Please see the Consumer Information Disclosure for full withdrawal and refund schedule.

    Students withdrawing from year one of the MFA must email the Office of the Registrar at registrar@colum.edu

    Please allow 72 hours for processing.

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

Monday, December 14, 2019: Non-degree student registration begins.

Monday, February 8, 2021: Add deadline for Independent Projects, Directed Studies, and Undergraduate Research Mentorships.

Academic Dates and Deadlines