Updates from Aquinas College about COVID-19 are at aquinas.edu/coronavirus.  Updates on our plan for Fall 2020 are at aquinas.edu/saintstogether.

Academic Calendar

The dates for the adjusted fall 2020 and spring 2021 academic semesters are listed in the table below. The dates for the new winter 2020 semester are also listed. Please visit the Office of the Registrar website for the full academic calendars (including drop/add dates, beginning/end dates for quads, registration dates, etc.)

Fall 2020

New Student Orientation will be held Aug. 16-18.

In-class instruction will begin on Aug. 19, one week earlier than originally scheduled. Class offerings will closely reflect a teaching delivery model traditionally offered with considerations made for health and social-distancing protocols.

Classes will continue through Nov. 17, which will be the last day of face-to-face instruction per MDHHS epidemic order. Classes will transition to distance learning on Nov. 18. Students should consult their syllabi regarding classes or final exams during the last week of face-to-face instruction.

The traditional Fall Break in October will be shifted to the week of Thanksgiving. The combined Fall Break and Thanksgiving Break week will be held Nov. 23-27. Following the break, students will not return to campus and will engage in one week of distance learning from Nov. 30-Dec. 4. Students should consult their syllabi regarding classes or final exams during this week.

Office of the Registrar's full Fall 2020 Academic Calendar is now available.

Winter 2020

Students can now take advantage of a new winter semester. Classes are offered online from December 7, 2020 - January 8, 2021. Contact the Registrar's Office for more information and to see the full academic calendar.

Spring 2021

In-class instruction will begin with evening classes at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 18. Please note that daytime classes are canceled on that day in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

All daytime classes will begin on Tuesday, January 19.

The traditional spring break period has been eliminated to accommodate the later start to the spring semester. Easter vacation will begin on Thursday, April 1, with classes resuming at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 5.

Final exam week will be held Thursday, April 29, through Wednesday, May 5.

Office of the Registrar's full Spring 2021 Academic Calendar is now available.


Fall 2020

See the full Fall 2020 Academic Calendar on the Office of the Registrar web page.

Sunday, August 16-18 

New Student Orientation

Wednesday, August 19 

First day of on-campus classes

  • GE 100 First-Year Experience sections meet.
  • First quad and semester-long evening courses begin at 6 p.m.
  • All other classes begin Thursday, August 20.

Monday, September 7

Labor Day (College closed)

Tuesday, November 17

Last day of face-to-face instruction (per MDHHS epidemic order)

Wednesday, November 18

Distance learning begins

Monday, November 23 - Friday, November 27

Fall Break and Thanksgiving Recess

Monday, November 30 - Friday, December 4

Distance learning week

  • Students should consult their syllabi regarding classes/final exams during this week.

Winter 2021

Students can now take advantage of a new winter semester. Classes are offered online from December 7, 2020 - January 8, 2021. Contact the Registrar's Office for more information and to see the full academic calendar.

Spring 2021

See the full Spring 2021 Academic Calendar on the Office of the Registrar web page.

Monday, January 18, 6 p.m.

In-class instruction begins with evening classes

*Please note that daytime classes are canceled on this day in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tuesday, January 19 

All daytime classes begin

Thursday, April 1

Easter vacation begins

*Please note that the traditional spring break period has been eliminated.

Monday, April 5, 6 p.m.

Classes resume

Thursday, April 29 - Wednesday, May 5

Final exams