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

      Please see Academic Dates in the Academic Calendar for summer term withdrawal dates, and the Refund Schedule for their fee implications
    May 4 Summer term begins
    May 13 Senate awards degrees/diplomas.  Transcripts updated.
    May 18 Victoria Day, University closed
    June 15
    Registration opens for new students admitted from high school (8 a.m. ADT)
    July 1
    Canada Day, University closed
    July 1
    Last day to Apply to Graduate for Fall 2020 Convocation via Dal Online
    July 2 & 3 University closed
    July 31 - August 6 Exam Period
    August 3 Halifax/Dartmouth Natal Day - University closed
    August TBA Residence Move-in
    Senate awards degrees/diplomas
    Senate awards degrees/diplomas

    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 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 X/Y courses without a "W"
    Last day to change X/Y 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 8 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 20 Residences close at noon (Halifax Campus)
    December TBA Summer timetable available via Dal Online
    December 25 - 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 Last day to add winter term courses
    Last day for late registration
    Last day to drop winter term courses with no financial implications
    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 X/Y courses with a "W"
    See Refund Schedule for fee implications
    February 5 Munro Day - University closed
    February TBA Dalhousie Student Job & Career Fair
    February TBA DalLead! Student Leadership Conference
    February 15 Nova Scotia Heritage Day - University closed
    February 15-19 Winter Study Break
    February TBA Registration begins for summer courses at 10am
    February TBA Program & Major Expo
    By Month End Income Tax forms available - see Money Matters for details

    March 2021

    March TBA Fall and Winter 2021/2022 timetable will be available. 
    March 8 Last day to drop winter term classes with a "W"
    See refund schedule for fee implications
    March TBA Deadline to re-apply for residence for students who want to keep their room, or move to another residence of their choice.
    March TBA Registration opens for returning and transfer students in the Faculties of Agriculture, Architecture & Planning, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health and Journalism
    March TBA Registration opens for returning and transfer students in the Faculties of Arts & Social Science, Computer Science, Management and Science (Check Your Registration Status for time)
    March TBA Registration opens for returning students in the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry
    March TBA Deadline to apply for exam accommodations with the Student Accessibility Centre
    March TBA Registration opens for visiting students

    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 10-23 Exam period
    April TBD Residences close at noon (Halifax Campus)
    April TBD Letter of Permission transcripts due for Spring Convocation.
    April TBD Grades due for courses with formal exams

    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 TBD Senate awards degrees/diplomas.  Transcripts updated.
    Ceremony (aka Convocation) dates to follow; see below.  
    May 24 Victoria Day, University closed
    May TBD Spring Convocations
    June TBD
    Registration opens for new students admitted from high school (noon ADST)
    June TBD Registration opens for third year Law students (10 a.m. ADT)
    June TBD Registration opens for second year Law students (10 a.m. ADT)
    June TBD Registration opens for visiting Law students (10 a.m. ADT)
    July 1
    Canada Day, University closed
    July 1
    Last day to Apply to Graduate for Fall 2020 Convocation via Dal Online
    July TBD Registration opens for first year Law students (10 a.m. ADT)
    TBD
    Exam Period for Computer Science and Engineering
    TBD
    Exam Period for Commerce Co-op
    August 2 Halifax/Dartmouth Natal Day - University closed
    Senate awards degrees/diplomas
    Senate awards degrees/diplomas