Important Dates

Here are some important dates to keep in mind so you can manage your semester successfully. However, this is not a complete list, and for the most accurate and comprehensive list of important dates and holiday breaks, please view the Academic Calendars.

Tues-Fri, August 16-21, 2016  Fall 2016 New Student Orientation Week 
Tuesday, August 16, 2016  First day students can move into resident halls 
Tuesday, August 16, 2016  Final New, International, PSEO & Exchange Student Registration Sessions
Monday, August 22, 2016
Fall 2016 classes begin 
Friday, August 26, 2016
Last day to drop courses with 100% tuition refund
Friday, August 26, 2016
Last day to add courses without instructor approval (Blue Cards required after this date)
Friday, August 26, 2016
Last day to apply for Arranged Courses or Independent Studies
Friday, August 26, 2016  Last day to clear in-progress (IP) grades from Summer 2015 courses 
Friday, August 26, 2016  Part-Time Job Fair (11am – 2pm East Hall, Kryzsko Commons) 
Friday, August 26, 2016  Registration Cancellation/Drop for Non-Payment: Students must pay or have made arrangements to pay Fall 2016 tuition by end of business day (4:30pm) 
Thursday, September 1, 2016  Last day to submit Class Registration Permit Forms (Blue Cards)
Friday, September 2, 2016  Financial Aid Disbursement 
Monday, September 5, 2016  Labor Day Holiday (no classes/offices closed) 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016  University Improvement Day (classes meeting before 3:30 p.m. are cancelled/offices open)
Note: Labs and classes meeting once per week meet as scheduled
Friday, October 14, 2016  Midterm
Friday, October 14, 2016  Last day to notify the Office of Graduate Studies of intent to take Spring Semester Exams 
Friday, October 14, 2016  Last day to clear incompletes (I) from Spring 2016 & Summer 2016 courses 
Friday, October 14, 2016  Last day to submit Application for Graduation for Fall 2016 and appear in the printed
commencement program – approved late applicants may still participate 
Wednesday, October 26, 2016  Major and Career Exploration Fair (10:30am – 1:30pm East Hall, Kryzsko Commons) 
Friday, October 28, 2016  Last day for international students to apply for Spring 2017 admission 
Wednesday, November 1, 2016 Spring 2017 Registration Advising Period begins
Tuesday, November 8, 2016  *General Election Day 
Friday, November 11, 2016  Veterans' Day Holiday (no classes/offices closed) 
Monday, November 14, 2016  General Registration for Spring 2017 begins
Monday, November 14, 2016  First day to apply for Spring 2017 Graduation 
Thursday, November 17, 2016  Last day to change grade method 
Thursday, November 17, 2016  Last day to withdraw from Fall 2016 courses 
Friday, November 18, 2016  Last day for domestic students to apply for Spring 2017 admission 
Thurs-Sun, November 24-27, 2016  Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes/offices closed Th & F) 
Mon-Thurs, December 5-8, 2016  Final Examinations 
Friday, December 9, 2016
Fall 2016 Commencement

The University calendar is subject to modification or interruption due to occurrences such as fire, flood, labor disputes, service interruption, natural disaster, civil disorder, war, and changes in MnSCU Board or WSU Policy. In the event of such occurrences, the University will attempt to accommodate its students. It does not, however, guarantee that courses of instruction, extracurricular activities or other University programs or events will be completed or rescheduled. Refunds will be made to eligible students in accordance with our governing board's policy.

*Excerpt:  204C.03  Public meetings prohibited on election day.  Subd. 2. State colleges and universities.  Except for regularly scheduled classes, no Minnesota state college or university may schedule an event between 6pm and 8 pm on the day that an election is held in any political subdivision in which the university or college is located.  Copyright 2005 by the Office of Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota.