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Academic Calendar

The primary purpose of the Academic Calendar is to serve as an information source and planning document for faculty, staff, departments and students. The academic calendar is set based on Fisk University approved guidelines. The academic calendar adheres to the University Policy of legislated contractual days of instruction.  Mandated dates in the academic calendar include the following: term start and end dates, breaks, registration, study days, final exam period, and commencement. All documents are in PDF format.

Download pdf version of the Academic Calendar or word version  for 2013 to 2014.
Download pdf version of the Academic Calendar or word version  for 2014 to 2015.

  1. Spring 2014

  2. Summer 2014

  3. Fall 2014

  4. Spring 2015

Thu Jan. 2 University opens
Thu Jan. 2 Students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00 a.m.; New-Student and Parent Orientation
Fri Jan. 3 Spring University Institute (8:00 am to 1:30 p.m.)
Fri Jan. 3 Computer Proficiency test for new students; advising and registration (1:30 p.m. to 5:00 pm)
MonJan. 6 Spring term classes begin; last day for registration for Spring term; (penalty fee of $125 applies for all returning students who failed to register during the University regularly scheduled registration period during the previous Fall term)
Fri Jan. 10 First attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
Thu Jan. 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon; classes as usual at all other hours
Fri Jan. 17 Second attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
MonJan. 20 Martin Luther King Day, Jr. (holiday); students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
Tue Jan. 21Last day to add/drop courses for Spring term (after this date students will be financially responsible for all attempted hours, regardless of individual class withdrawals made)
Tue Jan. 21Last day for room/meal changes and/or refunds
Fri Jan. 24 Third attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
Sat-Fri Feb 1 - 28 Black History Month; (credit by examination administered other times by permission of Provost)
Fri Feb. 14 Last day to drop courses with “WD” (Withdrawn) mark
Mon–Fri Feb. 17 - 21 Mid-semester Evaluations
Tue Feb. 25 Last day for faculty to submit mid-term grades via Banner Web, grades due 12:00 noon Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
Thu Feb. 27 Pierson Lecture, 7:00 p.m. Appleton Room of Jubilee Hall
Fri-Fri Feb 28 - Mar 28 Junior Audits: Faculty Advisors to meet with students to conduct Junior Audits for all juniors
Mon–Fri Mar. 3 - 7Spring Recess; students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
MonMar.10 Classes resume
Mon-Fri Mar 10 - 14 Campaign Week
Mon Mar. 17 Election Day
Fri Mar. 28 Last day to administer Major Field Tests (MFT); Measure of Proficiency Profile (PP) for graduating seniors
Mon-Fri Mar. 17 - Apr 25 Registration for Summer & Fall terms
Thu Mar. 27Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
Sun-SunMar. 30 - Apr. 685th Annual Spring Arts Festival
MonMar. 31 Last day to submit Junior Audits to the University Registrar; Deadline for application for Study Abroad for Fall semester
Thu-SatApr. 3 - 5Scholars' Weekend Campus Open House
Wed-ThuApril 9 - 10Fisk Research Symposium
ThuApr. 10Honors Convocation and Research Symposium Speaker at 1:00 p.m.
Thu-SunApr. 10 - 13PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION
TueApr. 15Last day to drop course with a grade of WP (Withdrawn Passing) or WF (Withdrawn Failing)
FriApr. 18Good Friday (holiday); students, faculty, and administrators)
Tue Apr. 22 Spring term classes end; and last day to submit work for completion of “I” (Incomplete) mark from previous semester; Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
Wed Apr. 23 Final Examination preparation day
Thu-Mon Apr. 24 - 28 Final Examination period for all registered students ( Seniors take finals April 24-26)
Fri Apr. 25 MA students marching in May Commencement: Last day to receive library receipt for thesis binding
Sat Apr. 26Last day for faculty to submit senior grades via Banner Web, grades due 12:00 noon
Thu May. 1 Last day for students to file for degree for August; Residence Halls close 12:00 noon
Thu May. 1 Last day for faculty to submit final grades for non-seniors via Banner Web, grades due 12:00 noon Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon; end of Spring term
Mon May. 5 COMMENCEMENT
Tue-Fri May. 6 - 30 MAYMESTER
Fri May. 9 Last official day for Faculty

All dates are subject to change.


*Essential personnel, to include Facilities & Grounds and Public Safety personnel may be required, if business operations warrant working on any of these designated holidays. When this occurs, the supervisor schedules time off as holiday time for the staff member within the next ninety (90) days.  For hourly-paid staff, if the department cannot provide holiday time off within ninety (90) days, the staff member will be paid for that holiday.

Mon-Fri Mar. 17 - Apr. 25 Registration for Summer term
Mon-Fri May 12 - 30 Special Registration for Summer School
TueMay. 6Maymester classes begin
Mon May. 26 Memorial Day (holiday); students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
Thu May. 29 Summer students arrive; Residence Halls open at 9:00 a.m.
FriMay. 30Maymester classes end
Mon Jun. 2 Summer term classes begin;
Wed Jun. 4 Last day to add/drop courses for Summer term
Fri Jun. 6 Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12 noon
Fri Jun. 20 Last day to drop courses with “WD” (Withdrawn) mark
Mon – Thu Jun. 23-26 Mid-term Evaluations
Fri Jun. 27 Last day for faculty to submit midterm grades via Banner Web; Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12 noon
Fri Jul. 4 Independence Day (holiday); students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
Fri Jul. 18 Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12 noon
Tue Jul. 22 Summer term classes end; Last day to drop classes with “WP” (Withdrawn Passing) or E Grade
Wed Jul. 23 Final Examinations preparation day
Thu-Mon Jul. 24 - 28 Final Examinations
Tue Jul 29.End of Summer term; Residence Halls close by 5:00 p.m.
Thu Jul. 31 Last day for faculty to submit Summer term grades via Banner web, due 12:00 noon; Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon;
Fri Aug. 15Last day to complete and submit all requirements for August graduation 2014

All dates are subject to change.


*Essential personnel, to include Facilities & Grounds and Public Safety personnel may be required, if business operations warrant working on any of these designated holidays. When this occurs, the supervisor schedules time off as holiday time for the staff member within the next ninety (90) days.  For hourly-paid staff, if the department cannot provide holiday time off within ninety (90) days, the staff member will be paid for that holiday.

FriAug. 8Faculty return to Campus; University Faculty and Staff Institute.
Sat - SunAug 9-10New students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00 a.m.; New Student and Parent Orientation
Mon - TuesAug 11-12Placement tests for Foreign Languages and Computer Proficiency for incoming freshmen
Mon - FriAug 11-15New Students Orientation continues (Students only)
ThuAug. 14Advising and registration for new students only; continuing students arrive; move into residence halls
FriAug. 15Advising and course registration for returning students ($125 penalty fee apply for returning students who failed to register during the regularly scheduled registration period during the previous Spring term)
MonAug. 18Fall term classes begin
Mon - FriAug 18 – Oct. 3Senior audits: Faculty Advisors/Discipline Coordinators/Chairpersons to meet with students to conduct Senior Audits for all graduating seniors
Thu - FriAug 21-22Credit by examination administered (other times by permission of Provost)
ThuAug. 21Opening Honors Convocation, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Classes as usual at other hours
FriAug. 22Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
FriAug. 29Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
MonSep. 1Labor Day: University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
TueSep. 2Last day to add courses (after this date students will be financially responsible for all attempted hours, regardless of individual course withdrawals made)
FriSep. 5Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
Mon-WedSept 15- Oct 15Hispanic Heritage Month
WedSep. 17Constitution Day
FriSep. 19Last day to drop classes with “WD” (Withdrawn) mark
Mon - FriSept 29 - Oct 3Mid-semester evaluations
MonOct. 6Jubilee Day Convocation, 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.
MonOct. 6Last day for faculty to submit mid-term grades via Banner Web, grades due at 12 noon Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
WedOct. 8Measure of Proficiency Profile (PP) for entering freshmen
WedOct. 8Senior Audits due in the Registrar’s Office
Wed - WedOct 8-29Computer Proficiency Examination; mandatory for Sophomores or Juniors who have not taken or do not plan to take CSCI 100 or BAD 110; credit by examination administered (other times by permission of Provost)
MonOct. 13Deadline for application for study abroad for Spring semester
Fri –ThuOct 24 - Dec 4Registration for Spring term 2015
FriOct. 24Last day for students to file for degree for May Commencement and December completion date
Mon-MonNov 3 - 21Senior exit/major field examination period; Students should check with their Department Chairs for information on exact dates and times
FriOct. 31Measure of Proficiency Profile (PP) for graduating seniors
Sat-SunNov 1-Nov 30Native American Heritage Month
FriNov. 7Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
Sun-SunNov 9 - 16Homecoming Week
Thu-SatNov 13 - 15Campus Open House
TueNov. 18Last day to drop course with a grade of WP (Withdrawn Passing) or WF (Withdrawn Failing)
MonNov. 24Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
Mon-FriNov 24-28Thanksgiving recess: University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
TuesDec. 2Fall term classes end; and last day to submit work for completion of “I” (Incomplete) grade from previous semester
WedDec. 3Final examination preparation day
ThuDec. 4Last day to register for Spring term (penalty fee of $125 after this date); some courses may be unavailable to these students
Thu-MonDec 4-8Final examinations
TuesDec. 9Last day for faculty to submit final grades via Banner Web; grades due at 12 noon Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon, 12:00 noon; Residence halls close 12:00 p.m. (noon)
FriDec. 12End of Fall term;
MonDec 15 - Jan 1Faculty, staff and administration winter holiday break; University closed.*

All dates are subject to change.


*Essential personnel, to include Facilities & Grounds and Public Safety personnel may be required, if business operations warrant working on any of these designated holidays. When this occurs, the supervisor schedules time off as holiday time for the staff member within the next ninety (90) days.  For hourly-paid staff, if the department cannot provide holiday time off within ninety (90) days, the staff member will be paid for that holiday.

FriJan. 2University opens: Faculty return to Campus
FriJan. 2Students arrive; residence halls open at 9:00 a.m. New Student and Parent Orientation
SatJan. 3Spanish Placement test and Computer Science Proficiency test for new students; advising and registration (1:30 p.m. to 5:00 pm)
MonJan. 5Spring term classes begin;
Last day for registration for Spring term; (penalty fee of $125 apply for all returning students who failed to register during the University regularly scheduled registration period during the previous Fall term)
Mon - FriJan 12 – Feb 6Registration for Maymester and Summer Terms
FriJan. 9First attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
ThuJan. 15Martin Luther King Convocation, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.; classes as usual at all other hours
FriJan. 16Second attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
MonJan. 19Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. University closed*
TueJan. 20Last day to add courses for Spring term (after this date students will be financially responsible for all attempted hours, regardless of individual class withdrawals made)
FriJan. 23Third attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
Sun-SatFeb 1 - Feb 28Black History Month; credit by examination administered (other times by permission of Provost)
FriFeb. 13Last day to drop courses with “WD” (Withdrawn) mark
Mon – FriFeb 16 - 20Mid-semester evaluations
TueFeb. 24Last day for faculty to submit mid-term grades via Banner Web, grades due 12:00 noon Attendance verification in Banner We, due 12:00 noon
ThuFeb. 26Pierson Lecture 7:00 p.m. Appleton of Jubilee Hall
Fri-FriFeb 27 - Mar 27Junior Audits: Faculty Advisors to meet with students to conduct Junior Audits for all juniors
Sun-TueMar 1- Mar 31Women's Month
Mon-FriMar 2 - 6Spring Recess; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
MonMar. 9Classes resume
Mon-FriMar 16 - Apr 24Registration for Fall term
ThuMar. 26Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
MonMar. 30Last day to submit Junior Audits to the University Registrar; Deadline for application for study abroad for Fall semester.
FriApr. 3Good Friday; University closed for students, faculty, staff, and administrators*
Sun-SunApr 5 - 12Spring Arts Festival
Wed-ThuApr 8 - 9Fisk Research Symposium
ThuApr. 9Research and Honors Convocation 1:00 p.m.
Thu - SatApr 9 - 11Spring Scholars’ Weekend
TueApr. 14Last day to drop course with a grade of WP (Withdrawn Passing) or WF (Withdrawn Failing)
WedApr. 22Spring term classes end; and last day to submit work for completion of “I” (Incomplete) mark from previous semester; Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon
ThuApr. 23Final examination preparation day
Fri -TuesApr 24 - Apr 28Final examination period for all registered students ( Seniors, April 23-25)
MonApr. 27Last day for faculty to submit graduating senior grades via Banner Web; Grades due 12 noon
FriApr. 30Last day for students to file for degree for August graduation date; residence halls close 12:00 noon
SatMay. 2Last day for faculty to submit final grades for non-seniors via Banner Web; Grades due 12:00 noon Attendance verification in Banner Web, due 12:00 noon; end of Spring term
MonMay. 4COMMENCEMENT
FriMay. 8Last official day for faculty
Tue-FriMay 5 - May 29MAYMESTER

All dates are subject to change.


*Essential personnel, to include Facilities & Grounds and Public Safety personnel may be required, if business operations warrant working on any of these designated holidays. When this occurs, the supervisor schedules time off as holiday time for the staff member within the next ninety (90) days.  For hourly-paid staff, if the department cannot provide holiday time off within ninety (90) days, the staff member will be paid for that holiday.