Academic Calendar

The academic calendar of Lake Forest College is based on two 15-week semesters (14 weeks of classes plus a 5-day final exam period), from late August through mid-December and from mid-January to early May. Students normally take four course credits per semester (the equivalent of 16 semester hours). All courses run for 15 weeks.

Three summer sessions offer a number of courses, the great majority being taught by regular members of the College’s faculty. Each session is four weeks in length, during which a student may enroll in a single course.

Fall Semester 2020

August 16
First Connection

August 17
First Connection

August 18
Virtual New Student Orientation

August 19
Virtual New Student Orientation

August 20
Virtual New Student Orientation

August 21
Virtual New Student Orientation

August 22
Virtual New Student Orientation

August 24
First Day of Classes

September 4
Last day for permissible change of registration

September 21
Early Academic Alerts Due

November 23-27
Thanksgiving Break

December 4
Last day for approved withdrawal from a course with an automatic “W” and last day to register for Pass-Fail option

December 4
Last day of classes

December 7
Final Exams

December 8
Final Exams

December 9
Final Exams

December 10
Final Exams

December 11
Final Exams

December 11
Residence Halls Close

Spring Semester 2021

Spring 2021 residential opening/closing dates are not included. These decisions will be forthcoming.

February 1
First Day of Classes

February 8
Last day for permissible change of registtration

March 1
Early Academic Alerts Due

April 2
Last day for approved withdrawal from a course with an automatic “W” and last day to register for Pass-Fail option

April 6
Student Symposium - Held Remotley - Date TBD

May 7
Last Day of Classes

May 10
Final Exams

May 11
Final Exams

May 12
Final Exams

May 13
Final Exams

May 14
Final Exams

May 22
Commencement - Date TBD - No Later than May 22-23

J-Term and Summer 2021

Summer 2021 terms and dates are not included.  These details will be forthcoming. 
Learn more about the Summer Session at Lake Forest College.