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August 19 Start Date

Weeks of Instruction 2020-2021

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 about parts of term, please visit the University Registrar's website.


Fall 2020 Weeks of Instruction

  • Monday, August 17 – General Registration
  • First Week of Instruction (Aug 19 – Aug 25)
    • Wednesday, August 19 – On Campus First Day of Classes
  • Second Week of Instruction (Aug 26 – Sept 1)

    • Tuesday, September 1 - Last day to Register, Add New Courses, Make Section Changes, Change Pass/Fail and Audit
  • Third Week of Instruction (Sept 2 – Sept 8)
    • Monday, September 7 – Labor Day Recess: University Closed
  • Fourth Week of Instruction (Sept 9 – Sept 15)

  • Fifth Week of Instruction (Sept 16 – Sept 22)

  • Sixth Week of Instruction (Sept 23 – Sept 29)

  • Seventh Week of Instruction (Sept 30 – Oct 6)
    • Friday, October 2 – Mid-Check Grades Due by Noon
  • Eighth Week of Instruction (Oct 7 – Oct 13)

  • Ninth Week of Instruction (Oct 14 – Oct 20)

  • Tenth Week of Instruction (Oct 21 – Oct 27)

  • Eleventh Week of Instruction (Oct 28 – Nov 3)

    • Tuesday, November 3 – General Election Day: University Closed
  • Twelfth Week of Instruction (Nov 4 – Nov 10)

  • Thirteenth Week of Instruction (Nov 11 – Nov 17)

  • Fourteenth Week of Instruction (Nov 18 – Nov 24)
    • 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
  • Fifteenth Week of Instruction (Nov 25 – Dec 4)
    • 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
  • Final Exam Week (Dec 7 – Dec 11)
  • Saturday, December 19 – Virtual Commencement Ceremony
  • Saturday, December 19 – Winter Recess Begins

Spring 2021 Weeks of Instruction

  • Friday, January 15 – General Registration
  • Monday, January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Recess: University Closed
  • First Week of Instruction (Jan 19 – Jan 25)
    • 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
  • Second Week of Instruction (Jan 26 – Feb 1)

  • Third Week of Instruction (Feb 2 – Feb 8)
  • Fourth Week of Instruction (Feb 9 – Feb 15)

    • Thursday, February 11 – No Classes – Non-Instructional Day
  • Fifth Week of Instruction (Feb 16 – Feb 22)

  • Sixth Week of Instruction (Feb 23 – Mar 1)

  • Seventh Week of Instruction (Mar 2 – Mar 8)
    • Wednesday, March 3 – No Classes - Non-Instructional Day
  • Eighth Week of Instruction (Mar 9 – Mar 15)

    • Friday, March 12 – Mid-Check Grades Due by Noon
  • Ninth Week of Instruction (Mar 16 – Mar 22)

  • Tenth Week of Instruction (Mar 23 – Mar 29)

  • Eleventh Week of Instruction (Mar 30 – Apr 5)

    • Friday, April 2 – Spring Holiday: University Closed
  • Twelfth Week of Instruction (Apr 6 – Apr 12)

  • Thirteenth Week of Instruction (Apr 13 – Apr 19)

    • Friday, April 16 – Last Day to Drop a Class and Last Day to Withdraw from the University
  • Fourteenth Week of Instruction (Apr 20 – Apr 26)
  • Fifteenth Week of Instruction (Apr 27 – Apr 30)
    • Friday, April 30 – Last Day of Classes
  • Final Exam Week (May 3 – May 7)
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 14, May 15 and May 16 – Commencement
  • Saturday, May 15 – Alumni Day