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Academic Schedule

(Last updated June 20, 2020)

Clark’s Modified Academic Calendar

Clark University will modify its academic calendar to reduce exposure during flu season when health experts anticipate cases of COVID-19 to increase again.

View full 2020-21 academic calendar on Registrar’s Office website

Off-campus leases: Students who live off campus may need to provide a provide a letter to their landlord from Clark University to request a change in their off-campus leases from May 31, 2021, to a later date in June 2021. Jack Foley, vice president for government and community affairs, has written a letter that students may provide to landlords.

Download landlord letter

Fall Semester (13 weeks of instruction)

(Last updated June 10, 2020)

  • Fall classes will begin August 24, 2020.
  • All “pre-semester programming” (e.g., orientation, PM training, ACE) will be done online.
  • Move-in: By appointment between August 14-21, 2020
  • Testing protocols and phased-arrival for testing take precedence over other scheduling of early arrival.
  • We will not have an October fall break.
  • Face-to-face instruction will end ahead of the Thanksgiving Break (Friday, November 20, 2020). Students will move home at that time.
  • A “course completion week,” replacing final exams, will take place Monday, November 30, to Friday, December 4.

Winter Intersession

(Last updated June 10, 2020)

  • Some courses will be offered online during a winter intersession.

Spring (14 weeks of instruction)

(Last updated June 20, 2020)

  • The start of spring semester will be delayed to Monday, February 22, 2021.
  • Spring break will be eliminated.
  • The last day of exams will be Friday, June 4, 2021 (Commencement will be Sunday, June 20, 2021).


Online offerings

(Last updated June 10, 2020)

For some Clark University students, returning to campus for in-person courses is not an option, including students whose health profiles place them at higher risk for infection, students facing travel restrictions, students not able to obtain visas, and students who conclude they are not ready to return to campus at this time. Where possible, the University seeks to offer opportunities for these students to continue their education online. Clark is developing an inventory of undergraduate courses that faculty will offer in online format:

  • Online course pathways for new first-year undergraduates, focused on completing Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) requirements and introductory survey courses.
  • Options for PLS courses for each perspective.
  • A minimum of two upper-level courses within each major.

These courses can be supplemented by Consortium courses and directed studies courses offered online. We anticipate that the majority of master’s degree courses will be available online.