Important Dates


    2020/21 Academic Year


    Programs with different add/drop dates

    • Open learning courses, those that don't follow the normal term dates, have different drop dates. Please check Open Learning Drop Dates (PDF - 168kB) for a full list.

    • The Schulich School of Law course add/drop dates differ from below. See the Dentistry, Law and Medicine Academic Calendar.

    Other important resources

     

    2020/2021

    May - August 2020

    September 2020

    September 7 Labour Day - University closed
    September TBA
    Induction Ceremony - Halifax Campus  
    September 8 Classes begin, fall term
    September 18
    Fees due for fall term
    Last day to register
    Last day to add fall term courses
    Last day to drop fall term courses and fall term X/Y courses with no financial implications
    Last day for a complete refund
    Last day to apply for honours programs
    Last day to Opt Out of the UPass
    Last day to change from Dalhousie to King's and vice versa
    September 29 Senate awards degrees/diplomas.  Transcripts updated, ceremony (aka Convocation) to follow; see below.
    September 29 Halifax Universities Career Fair

    October 2020

    October 1
    December Exam Schedule posted
    October 2 Last day to change fall term courses from audit to credit (and vice versa)
    Last day to drop fall term courses without a "W"
    See Refund Schedule for fee implications
    October 12 Thanksgiving Day, University closed
    October 16 Virtual Convocation Celebration 
    October TBA College Royal - Agriculture Campus, no afternoon classes

    November 2020

    November 2 Last day to drop Multi Term courses without a "W"
    Last day to change Multi Term courses from Audit to credit and vice versa
    Last day to drop Fall term classes with a "W"
    See refund schedule for fee implications
    November 9-13 Fall Study Break
    (except students in co-op, clinics or internships) - no classes (University open)
    November 11 University closed - Remembrance Day

    December 2020

    December 1 Last day to Apply to Graduate for Spring 2021 Convocation via Dal Online
    December 1
    (approximately)
    Account Detail (tuition & fees) for winter term available via Dal Online
    December 3 Summer timetable available via Dal Online
    December 8 Last day to drop Fall term classes with a "W"
    Classes end, fall term
    Tuesday, December 8 - Monday classes will be held
    December 10-20
    Exam Period
    December 18 Residences close at noon (Truro Campus)
    December 21 Residences close at noon (Halifax Campus)
    December 24 - 31 University closed
    December 30 Grades due  

    January 2021

    January 1 University closed - New Year's Day
    January 4
    Residences open - traditional and non-traditional
    January 6 Classes begin, winter term
    January 15 Fees due for winter term
    Last day to add winter term courses
    Last day for late registration
    Last day to drop winter term courses with no financial implications
    Last day to Opt Out of the UPass
    January 29 Last day to drop winter term courses without a "W"
    Last day to change winter term courses from audit to credit (and vice versa)
    January 31 Exchange/Study Abroad Program application deadline

    February 2021

    February TBA April Exam Schedule is Posted
    February 1 Last day to drop Multi Term courses with a "W"
    See Refund Schedule for fee implications
    February 5 Munro Day - University closed
    February TBA DalLead! Student Leadership Conference
    February 15 Nova Scotia Heritage Day - University closed
    February 15-19 Winter Study Break
    February 22 Registration begins for summer courses at 10am
    February 24 Dalhousie Student Job & Career Fair
    February TBA Program & Major Expo
    By Month End Income Tax forms available - see Money Matters for details

    March 2021

    March 8 Last day to drop winter term classes with a 10% refund.
    See refund schedule for fee implications
      Note: Returning student registration for the 2021-22 academic year has moved to June.

    April 2021

    April TBD Reserved seating for 2021/2022 courses will be lifted
    April 2 Good Friday, University closed
    April 7 and 8 Classes end, regular session
    Wednesday April 7 and Thursday April 8 - Friday classes will be held
    April 8 Last day to drop Winter term courses with a "W"
    April 10-23 Exam period
    April 20 Residences close at noon (Truro Campus)
    April 24 Residences close at noon (Halifax Campus)
    April TBD Letter of Permission transcripts due for Spring Convocation.
    April 30 Grades due.

    May - August 2021

      Please see Academic Dates in the Academic Calendar for summer term withdrawal dates, and the Refund Schedule for their fee implications
    May 3 Summer term begins
    May 18 Senate awards degrees/diplomas.  Transcripts updated.
    Ceremony (aka Convocation) dates to follow; see below.  
    May 24 Victoria Day, University closed
    June 2 At 10 a.m. ADT, registration opens for third/fourth year and part-time Law/Combined
    June 7-11 Spring Convocation Celebrations
    June 5 At 10 a.m. ADT, registration opens for Graduate Students, Health, Engineering, and Agriculture
    June 6
    Beginning at 10 a.m. ADT, registration opens for all other undergraduate programs (registration will open in two-hour intervals) 
    June 7 At 9 a.m. ADT, registration opens for Medicine and Dentistry 
    June 7 - 11 Spring Convocation Celebrations
    June 8 At 9 a.m. ADT, registration opens for Visiting Students.
    June 9 University-Wide Virtual Convocation Celebration
    June 9 At 10 a.m. ADT, registration opens for second year and transfer Law
    June 12 At 12 p.m. ADT, first-year student registration for all new undergraduates
    June 16 At 10 a.m. ADT, registration opens for exchange and visiting Law
    July 26 At 10 a.m. ADT, registration opens for first year Law
    July 1
    Canada Day, University closed
    July 1
    Last day to Apply to Graduate for Fall 2020 Convocation via Dal Online
    July 30 - Aug 7
    Exam Period for Computer Science and Engineering
    July 30 - Aug 18
    Exam Period for Commerce Co-op
    August 2 Halifax/Dartmouth Natal Day - University closed
    Senate awards degrees/diplomas
    Senate awards degrees/diplomas