2016-2017 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2016) 
    Feb 28, 2021  
2016-2017 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2016) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Calendar and Registration Policies

Return to: Section 4. Academic Calendar, Admission, and Enrollment  

Please note quarter and semester start and end dates for the 2016–2017 academic year. Click on the links above to access detailed calendars for either the Quarter-Based Programs or the Semester-Based Programs. 

Walden University’s Academic Calendar is broken up into Quarter-Based Terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) and Semester-Based Terms (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Within each of these terms, there are Parts of Term that correlate to specific course lengths. These calendars provide term-specific information and list the last day to add or drop a course (with refund) and the last day to withdraw with a grade of “W.” The calendars also contain coding that is aligned with the Office of the Registrar’s system for student registration.

For a downloadable (and expanded) Academic Calendar in PDF format, visit the registrar’s Academic Calendar web page.

At-A-Glance Calendar


Term First Day of Term Last Day of Term
Fall Quarter 2015 31-Aug-2015 22-Nov-2015
Winter Quarter 2015 30-Nov-2015 21-Feb-2016
Spring Quarter 2016 29-Feb-2016 22-May-2016
Summer Quarter 2016 31-May-2016 21-Aug-2016
Fall Semester 2015 31-Aug-2015 20-Dec-2015
Spring Semester 2016 04-Jan-2016 24-Apr-2016
Summer Semester 2016 02-May-2016 21-Aug-2016


Term First Day of Term Last Day of Term
Fall Quarter 2016 29-Aug-2016 20-Nov-2016
Winter Quarter 2016–2017 28-Nov-2016 19-Feb-2017
Spring Quarter 2017 27-Feb-17 21-May-17
Summer Quarter 2017 30-May-17 21-Aug-17
Fall Semester 2016 29-Aug-2016 18-Dec-16
Spring Semester 2017 9-Jan-2017 30-Apr-2017
Summer Semester 2017 1-May-17 20-Aug-17

Walden University is a private educational institution and, therefore, it is not required to adhere to federal holiday observance for either its students or employees. All students have the option of enrolling in programs based on the academic calendar and what suits their individual schedules. Further, students are permitted to request an extension to an assignment due date in their courses in the event of a personal time conflict (e.g., holidays, preplanned vacations, and/or unexpected emergencies).