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2020-2021 Academic Calendar

In order to help ensure the health and safety of our community, some important changes have been made to the academic calendar for the year ahead.

Changes to the academic calendar for fall and spring

Please note that the changes below exclude the entire IU Fort Wayne campus, professional programs in the School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, Maurer School of Law, Robert H. McKinney School of Law and the School of Optometry, and all quarter-based programs. More information on the academic calendar for these areas will be provided via the campus/program.

Fall 2020 semester

In-person or online classes

Aug. 24 - Nov. 20


online only classes

Nov. 30 - Dec. 20


  • Classes will be 16, 13, 8, or 3 weeks
  • 13-week classes end by Thanksgiving
  • 16-week classes go online-only after November 30
  • Option for 3-week intensive online classes at end of semester

Winter 2020 session

Online only classes

Dec. 21 - Feb. 7


  • scheduled for 7 calendar weeks but will include 6 weeks of instruction due to holidays
  • option for 6-week and 3-week intensive online classes
  • Winter session classes are part of Spring banded tuition

Spring 2021 semester

Online only classes

Jan. 19 - Feb. 7


In-person or online classes

Feb. 8 - May 9


  • Classes will be 16, 13, 8, or 3 weeks
  • Winter session overlaps with first 3 weeks of 16-week Spring classes
  • All classes online until February 8

What's new

  • 13-week session: each semester will have this option for courses (Aug. 24 - Nov. 22; Feb. 8 - May 9)
  • 3-week intensive session: each semester will have this option (Nov. 30 - Dec. 20; Jan. 19 - Feb. 7)
  • Winter session: Dec. 21 - Feb. 7 with online courses only. 

Holidays and school breaks

  • Labor Day: classes in session
  • Fall break: no fall break in 2020
  • Thanksgiving break: Nov. 22 - 29
  • Christmas Day: Dec. 25 
  • New Year's Day: Jan. 1
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Jan. 18, no classes in session
  • Spring break: no spring break in 2021