2020-21 Academic Calendar

Pacific Lutheran University uses a 4-1-4 calendar, which consists of two 15-week semesters bridged by a four-week January Term.

Undergraduate Programs

2019-20 End of term dates

    • May 22, 2020 – Friday, Spring Semester ends
    • May 25, 2020 – Monday, Memorial Day Holiday   (PLU closed)

Summer Sessions 2020 (June 1 – July 31)

    • Term I: Monday, June 1 – Friday, June 26
    • Term II: Monday, July 29 – Friday, July 24
    • Independence Day: Friday, July 3 – Saturday, July 4  (No classes, PLU offices closed)
    • Workshop Week: Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
    • Summer Session Ends: Friday, July 31   (Diploma date for undergraduates)
    • Final Grades Due: Friday, August 7 by 5:00 p.m.
    • Labor Day: Monday, September 7   (PLU offices closed)

Fall Semester 2020 (September 8 – December 18)

    • Student Orientation: Thursday, September 3 – Sunday, September 6
    • Opening Convocation: Tuesday, September 8 at 10 a.m.
    • Classes Begin: Tuesday, September 8 at 11:50 a.m.
    • Mid-Semester Break: Friday, October 23   (No classes, PLU offices open)
    • Veterans Day: Wednesday, November 11   (Observance at Chapel)
    • Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, November 25 at 1:35 p.m. – Sunday, November 29
      (PLU offices are closed Thursday and Friday, November 26-27)
      Classes resume on Monday, November 30 at 8 a.m.
    • Classes End: Saturday, December 12   (Saturday classes take final exam this day)
    • Final Examinations: Monday, December 14 – Friday, December 18
    • Fall Semester Ends: Friday, December 18
    • Final Grades Due: Wednesday, December 23 by 5:00 p.m.

January Term 2021 (January 4 – January 29)

    • Classes Begin: Monday, January 4
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Holiday: Monday, January 18   (No classes, PLU offices closed)
    • Classes End: Friday, January 29
    • Final Grades Due: Friday, February 5 by 5:00 p.m.

Spring Semester 2021 (February 8 – May 28)

    • Classes Begin: Monday, February 8
    • Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 15   (No classes, PLU offices closed) 
    • Spring Break/Easter Break: Monday, March 29 – Thursday, April 1   (PLU offices open)
    • Good Friday: Friday, April 2   (No classes, PLU offices closed)
      Classes resume Monday, April 5 at 8 a.m.
    • Classes End: Saturday, May 22   (Saturday classes take final exam this day.)
    • Final Examinations: Monday, May 24 – Friday, May 28
    • Spring Semester Ends: Friday, May 28
    • Commencement: Saturday, May 29
    • Final Grades Due: Friday, June 4 by 5:00 p.m.

Graduate Programs

Students should consult with their program for specific calendar information on meeting dates.

Summer Session 2020 (May 26 – August 14)

    • Session Begins: Tuesday, May 26
    • Independence Day: Friday, July 3 – Saturday July 4   (No classes, PLU offices closed)
    • Sessions Ends: Friday, August 14   (Diploma date for graduate students)
    • Final Grades Due: Friday, August 21 by 5:00 p.m.

Fall Semester 2020 (September 8 – December 18)

    • Classes Begin: Tuesday, September 8
    • Mid-Semester Break: Friday, October 23   (No classes, PLU offices open)
    • Veterans Day: Wednesday, November 11   (Observance at Chapel)
    • Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, November 25 at 1:35 p.m. – Sunday, November 29
      (PLU offices are closed Thursday and Friday, November 26-27)
    • Fall Semester Ends: Friday, December 18
    • Final Grades Due: Wednesday, December 23 by 5:00 p.m.

January Term 2021 (January 4 – January 29)

    • Classes Begin: Monday, January 4
    • Martin Luther King, Jr., Birthday Holiday: Monday, January 18   (No classes, PLU offices closed)
    • Classes End: Friday, January 29
    • Final Grades Due: Friday, February 5 by 5:00 p.m.

Spring Semester 2021 (February 8 – May 28)

    • Classes Begin: Monday, February 8
    • Presidents’ Day: Monday, February 15   (No classes, PLU offices closed)
    • Spring Break/Easter Break: Monday, March 29 – Thursday, April 1   (No classes, PLU offices open)
    • Good Friday: Friday, April 2   (PLU offices closed)
    • Spring Semester Ends: Friday, May 28
    • Final Grades Due: Friday, June 4 by 5:00 p.m.

Last Modified: July 18, 2018 at 8:23 pm