The dates, holidays and events on the Academic Calendar apply to all Howard College campuses and the Southwest College for the Deaf unless otherwise noted.  Dates specific to one location only are marked as such.

PLEASE NOTE: The length of individual courses may vary within each semester in order to meet the required number of instructional hours and/or meet student needs. Please see the course schedule for specific course information.

Academic Calendar

SUMMER I SEMESTER – June 1 – June 30, 2020


April 15 – Registration begins


May 25 – Online registration closes


May 25 – No classes/Offices closed


May 26 – Last day for registered students to pay – Walk-in registration continues with payment due at time of registration – Financial aid applied


May 27 – Non-payment drop date – First day to use aid at bookstore


May 28 – Last day to drop classes at 100% refund – Last day to register


June 1- Classes begin – Last day to use loan funds at bookstore


June 4- Last day to use aid at bookstore


June 23 – Remaining financial aid released


June 24 – Last day to drop classes


June 30 – Summer I Session ends/final exams


SUMMER II SEMESTER – July 1 – July 30, 2020


April 15 – Registration begins


June 21- Online registration closes


June 23 – Walk-in registration continues with payment due at time of registration – Last day for registered students to pay – Financial aid applied


June 24 – Non-payment drop date


June 30 – Last day to register – Last day to drop at 100% refund – First day to use aid at bookstore


July 1- Classes begin


July 7- Last day to use aid at bookstore


July 23 – Last day to drop classes – Remaining financial aid released


July 30 – Summer II Session ends/final exams


Fall SEMESTER – August 24 – December 18, 2020

August 24 – Classes begin (16 week and first 8 week classes)


September 7 – Labor Day Holiday – no classes, offices closed 


October 15 – First 8 week classes end/final exams 


October 16 – Mid-semester break for students – no classes


October 19 – Second 8-week classes begin


November 23 through 27 – Thanksgiving break for students – no classes


November 25 through 27 – Thanksgiving Holiday for employees – offices closed


December 9 through 15 – Final exams (16-week classes)


December 15 – Second 8-week classes end/final exams


December 18 – Semester ends