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 2016Intersession
(Dec. 2016 - Jan. 2017)
Spring Semester 2016Summer Session 2016
RegistrationM 4/18/16 - T 9/6/16*M 10/17/16 - M 12/12/16*M 10/17/16 - M 1/23/17*M 3/20/17 - M 5/22/17*
GSU Closed - Martin Luther King Holiday  M 1/16/17 
Smart Start Classes BeginM 8/15/16   
Smart Start Classes EndF 8/26/16   
Term BeginsM 8/29/16M 12/12/16T 1/17/17M 5/15/17
GSU Closed - Labor Day/Memorial DayM 9/5/16   
Graduation Applications DueF 9/16/16 F 2/3/17 for both Spring and Summer term graduations*
GSU Closed - Lincoln's Birthday Holiday  M 2/13/17 
No classes - Spring Break  M 3/13/17 – Su 3/19/17 
GSU Closed - Independence Day Observance   T 7/4/17
Last Day to Drop a ClassPublished on student class schedule in the portal for individual courses.
Thanksgiving BreakGSU open but no classes: W 11/23/16;
GSU closed Th 11/24/16 - Su 11/26/16
Term EndsSu 12/11/16M 1/16/17M 5/8/17Su 8/6/17
Final Grades DeadlineClasses end in semester - seven days after section ends.
Full-semester classes - 12/18/16
Seven days after section ends. Classes end in semester - seven days after section ends.
Full-semester classes - 5/15/17
Classes end in term - seven days after
section ends.
Full-semester classes - 08/13/17
GSU ClosedF 12/23/16 - M 1/2/17   
CommencementMay 20, 2017
(for fall 2016 graduates, spring 2017 graduates and summer 2017 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.