2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2020

Official Term Dates: August 31 to December 18

Due to the COVID-19 health event, the academic calendar has been adjusted. Please review the adjusted dates below, and the Restart SUNY Cortland page for any changes, additions or announcements.

Classes Begin Monday, Aug. 31
Labor Day (Classes Are in Session) Monday, Sep. 7
First-Quarter Classes end Friday, Oct. 16
Second-Quarter Classes Begin * Monday, Oct. 19
Thanksgiving Break Begins + Monday, Nov. 23 
Classes Resume Remotely Monday, Nov. 30
Last Day for In-Class Examinations  Friday, Dec. 4
Classes End Friday, Dec. 11
Study Days Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13
Final Examination Period Monday, Dec. 14 to Friday, Dec. 18

+ Residential Life check-out begins on the evening of November 20, and continues through November 23.

* Fall break has been canceled due to the adjusted Thanksgiving break dates.

Spring Semester 2021

Official Term Dates: January 25 to May 14

President’s State of the College Address and Faculty Meetings Thursday, Jan. 21
New Student Orientation and Registration Friday, Jan. 22
Classes Begin Monday, Jan. 25
Third-Quarter Classes end Friday, Mar. 12
Spring Break Monday, Mar. 15 to Friday, Mar. 19
Classes Resume (8 a.m.) Monday, Mar. 22
Fourth Quarter Classes Begin Monday, Mar. 22
Spring Open House Saturday, Apr. 10
Honors Convocation Saturday, Apr. 24
Last Day for In-Class Examinations  Friday, Apr. 30
Classes End Friday, May 7
Study Days Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9
Final Examination Period Monday, May 10 to Friday, May 14
Graduate Commencement Friday, May 14
Undergraduate Commencement Saturday, May 15

Semester start dates are generally guided by Labor Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day respectively. Please review the Summer and Winter Session website for Summer and Winter term dates.

Final Exam Policy: No examinations or quizzes may be given the five class days preceding the final exam period without the approval of the dean.

Religious Holidays: Students who miss classes, exams, or work requirements because of religious beliefs shall be excused and will be provided with opportunities to make up exams or work missed because of the absence. This does not prohibit faculty from giving assignments/exams on a given day. The purpose is to allow individual students alternatives based on religious practice when they make a request. Please refer to the religious holiday schedule for details and dates.

Office Information

Student Registration and Record Services

Miller Building, Room 223
Phone: 607-753-4702
Fax: 607-753-2959
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Office Hours

9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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