Return to: Section 4. Academic Calendar, Admission, and Enrollment
Please note quarter and semester start and end dates for the 2020–2021 academic years. 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). 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.” For specific state refund policies, please see the Refund Policies in this student handbook.
Students who need to access calendars from previous academic years should refer to the archived student handbooks .
||First Day of Term
||Last Day of Term
|Fall Quarter 2020
|Winter Quarter 2020–2021
|Spring Quarter 2021
|Summer Quarter 2021
|Fall Semester 2020
|Spring Semester 2021
|Summer Semester 2021
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).