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2020-21 Official Academic Calendar

The University Registrar establishes the official calendar followed by the University of South Carolina system. Access the full current and upcoming semester academic calendars to find key dates and information including holidays, registration dates, payment deadlines, drop or add dates, exams and commencement for each term. 

Event Date
Faculty Reporting Date Aug. 17, Monday
New Student Convocation Aug. 19, Wednesday
Classes Begin Aug. 20, Thursday
Last day to change/drop a course without a grade of "W" being recorded (Part of Term 30) Aug. 26, Wednesday
Labor Day - Asynchronous Remote Class Day (No Class Meetings)  Sept. 7, Monday
Last day to apply for December graduation Graduation Application Deadline
Midpoint in Semester Oct. 12, Monday
General Election Day - Asynchronous Remote Class Day (No Class Meetings)  Nov. 3, Tuesday
Last day to drop a course or withdraw without a grade of "WF" being recorded (Part of Term 30) Nov. 4, Wednesday
Face-to-Face Instruction Ends (last day for in-person exams) Nov. 24, Tuesday
Thanksgiving Recess (no classes) Nov. 25 – 29, Wednesday – Sunday
Remote Class Days Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, Monday - Tuesday
Reading Days (Part of Term 30) Dec. 2 - 4, Wednesday - Friday
Remote Final Examinations (includes exams on Saturday) Dec. 7 – 14, Monday - Monday
Virtual Commencement Exercises Dec. 13, Sunday
Event Date
Classes Begin Jan. 11, Monday
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Jan. 18, Monday
Last day to change/drop a course without a grade of "W" being recorded (Part of Term 30) Jan. 19, Tuesday
Presidents' Day Holiday Feb. 15, Monday
Last day to apply for May graduation Feb. 15, Monday
Wellness Holiday Feb. 25, Thursday
Wellness Holiday March 12, Friday
Last day to drop a course or withdraw without a grade of "WF" being recorded (Part of Term 30) March 27, Saturday
Wellness Holiday March 30, Tuesday
Wellness Holiday April 21, Wednesday
Last Day of Classes April 26, Monday
Reading Day April 27, Tuesday
Final Examinations (includes exams on Saturday) April 28 – May 5, Wednesday - Wednesday
Commencement Exercises in Columbia May 7 - 8, Friday - Saturday

Note: No classes, assignments or tests due on all Holidays.

Please refer to your campus calendars or records office for summer class dates or Self Service Carolina (SSC) for summer schedule information (available Spring 2021).
Event Date
Memorial Day Holiday (no classes) May 31, Monday
Last day to apply for Summer graduation Graduation Application Deadline
Independence Day Holiday (no classes) July 5, Monday
Summer Graduation 
(note – there is no Summer Commencement Exercise)
Aug. 15, Sunday
Event Date
Class Schedule Activated in Self Service Carolina (SSC) Oct. 2, Friday
SCHC Advisor Registration Begins Oct. 9, Friday
Graduate students time tickets begin Nov. 9, Monday
Undergraduate time tickets begin Nov. 16, Monday
Event Date
Class Schedule Activated in Self Service Carolina (SSC) March 5, Friday
SCHC Advisor Registration Begins March 5, Friday
Graduate students time tickets begin April 5, Monday
Undergraduate time tickets begin April 12, Monday
Payment deadlines for each semester are set by the Bursar's Office. 
The dates listed below are for classes that meet for the full term during the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semester. Each part of term has specific drop, add, and refund dates. Review your schedule in Self Service Carolina (SSC) to determine the part of term for your classes.
Event Date
Fall 2020: Last day to change/drop a course without a grade of "W" being recorded (Part of Term 30) Aug. 26, Wednesday
Fall 2020: Last day to drop a course or withdraw without a grade of "WF" being recorded (Part of Term 30) Nov. 4, Wednesday
Spring 2021: Last day to change/drop a course without a grade of "W" being recorded (Part of Term 30) Jan. 19, Tuesday
Spring 2021: Last day to drop a course or withdraw without a grade of "WF" being recorded (Part of Term 30) March 27, Saturday
Event Date
Thanksgiving Recess (no classes) Nov. 25 – 29, Wednesday – Sunday
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes) Jan. 18, Monday
Presidents' Day Holiday (no classes) Feb. 15, Monday
Wellness Holiday (no classes) Feb. 25, Thursday
Wellness Holiday (no classes) March 12, Friday
Wellness Holiday (no classes) March 30, Tuesday
Wellness Holiday (no classes) April 21, Wednesday
Memorial Day Holiday (no classes) May 31, Monday
Independence Day Holiday (no classes) July 5, Monday
See the complete exam schedule. The final exam schedule is designed for full semester length classes. Not all class meeting times are reflected. Your instructor will announce your exam time if it is not listed.

 


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