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August 19 Start Date 

WVU 2020-2021 Academic Calendar 

Incorporating Common Key Dates

The following programs will follow the August 19 start-date schedule and weeks of instruction for 2020-2021:

  • All Professional Programs (MD, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, PharmD, Law) 
  • Online Graduate Programs 
  • Graduate Programs (Only - Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Pathology Assistant) 
  • Beckley and Keyser campuses
For details regarding parts of term, please visit the University Registrar's website.


Monday, August 17 - General Registration
Wednesday, August 19 - On Campus First Day of Classes 

Tuesday, September 1 - Last day to Register, Add New Courses, Make Section Changes, Change Pass/Fail and Audit

Monday, September 7 - Labor Day Recess: University Closed
Friday, October 2 by noon - Mid-Check Grades Due
Tuesday, November 3 - General Election Day: University Closed
Friday, November 20 - Last Day to Drop a Class and Last Day to Withdraw from the University

Tuesday, November 24 - Last Day Face to Face Instruction 

Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29 -  Fall Recess:  Students Leave Campus Until Spring 2021 Semester;  Fall 2020 Semester Resumes Monday, November 30  

Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4 - Week of Online Instruction
Friday, December 4 - Last day of Classes
Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11- Final Exam Week
Saturday, December 19 - Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, December 19 - Winter Recess Begins


Friday, January 15 - New Student Orientation 

Friday, January 15 -  General Registration
Monday, January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Recess: University Closed
Tuesday, January 19 - On Campus First day of Classes
Monday, January 25 - Last day to Register, Add New Courses, Make Section Changes, Change Pass/Fail and Audit 

Thursday, February 11 - No Classes – Non-Instructional Day 

Wednesday, March 3 - No Classes – Non-Instructional Day
Friday, March 12 by noon - Mid-Check Grades Due

Friday, April 2 - Spring Holiday: University Closed 

Friday, April 16 - Last Day to Drop a Class and Last Day to Withdraw from the University 

Friday, April 30 - Last day of Classes 

Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7 - Final Exam Week
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 14, May 15 and 16 - Commencement


Monday, May 17 - Registration
Monday, May 17 - On-Campus First Day of Classes
Monday, May 31 - Memorial Day Recess: University Closed 

Friday, June 25 - Final Exam for First Six-Week Session 

Monday, July 5 - Independence Day Recess: University Closed 

Friday, August 6 - Final Exam for Second Six-Week Session and 12-Week Session 

Friday, August 13 - Degree Conferring Date (No Ceremonies)

Download the PDF version of the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar Aug. 19 Start-Date Schedule.