2020–2021 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2020) 
    
    Jan 19, 2021  
2020–2021 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2020)

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 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 .

At-A-Glance Calendar

2020–2021

Term First Day of Term Last Day of Term
Quarter Based    
Fall Quarter 2020 31-Aug-20 22-Nov-20
Winter Quarter 2020–2021 30-Nov-20 21-Feb-21
Spring Quarter 2021 1-Mar-21 23-May-21
Summer Quarter 2021 31-May-21 22-Aug-21
Semester Based    
Fall Semester 2020 7-Sep-20 27-Dec-20
Spring Semester 2021 11-Jan-21 2-May-21
Summer Semester 2021 10-May-21 29-Aug-21

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).