The academic calendar provides important dates of a particular semester or term.

At GSU, the academic year starts with the fall semester. The academic calendar is a useful document for planning purposes.The academic calendar contains:

  • Start and end dates of a semester or term  
  • Holidays and breaks
  • Registration deadlines
  • Grading deadlines

Academic Calendar

 Fall Semester 2015Intersession
(Dec. 2015 - Jan. 2016)
Spring Semester 2016Summer Session 2016
RegistrationM 4/20/15 - M 8/31/15*M 10/19/15 - M 12/06/15*M 10/19/15 - M 1/25/16*M 3/21/16 - M 5/23/16*
GSU Closed - Martin Luther King Holiday  M 1/18/16 
Smart Start Classes BeginM 8/10/15   
Smart Start Classes EndF 8/21/15   
Term BeginsM 8/24/15M 12/07/15T 1/19/16M 5/16/16
GSU Closed - Labor Day/Memorial DayM 9/7/15   
Graduation Applications DueF 9/11/15 F 2/5/16 for both Spring and Summer term graduations*
GSU Closed - Lincoln's Birthday Holiday  F 2/12/16 
No classes - Spring Break  M 3/14/16 – Su 3/20/16 
GSU Closed - Independence Day Observance   M 7/4/16
Last Day to Drop a ClassPublished on student class schedule in the portal for individual courses.
Thanksgiving BreakGSU open but no classes: W 11/25/15;
GSU closed Th 11/26/15 - Su 11/29/15
Term EndsSu 12/6/15M 1/18/16Su 5/8/16Su 8/7/16
Final Grades DeadlineClasses end in semester - seven days after section ends.
Full-semester classes - 12/13/15
Seven days after section ends. Classes end in semester - seven days after section ends.
Full-semester classes - 5/15/16
Classes end in term - seven days after
section ends.
Full-semester classes - 08/14/16
GSU ClosedTh 12/24/15 - M 1/4/16   
CommencementMay 14, 2016
(for fall 2015 graduates, spring 2016 graduates and summer 2016 candidates for graduation

* check online class schedule for registration and other deadline dates for late-start classes and other special offerings.
Note: Posting of grades in student myGSU portal accounts will be done each Monday for grades submitted by faculty during the prior week.
**During times noted GSU Closed - Prairie Place Residence will remain open for those students who have contracted to remain living on campus over the specific break/closure

A more detailed admitted student calendar is available in the MyGSU student portal.