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Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2016

August 8 – Early Start (Special Programs) Classes Begin
August 28 – Residency Determination Date
August 29 – Regular Classes Begin (16-Week and 8-Week Classes)
September 5
– Labor Day (Campus Closed)
October 24 – Second 8-Week Classes Begin
November 1 – Filing Deadline for Fall Graduation
November 11 – Veterans Day (Campus Closed)
November 24 – November 27 – Thanksgiving Break (Campus Closed)
December 18 – Last Day of Fall Semester
December 20 – January 2 – Winter Break (Campus Closed)

Intersession 2017

January 3 – First Day of Instruction
January 16
– Martin Luther King Day (Campus Closed)
January 27 – Last Day of Intersession

Spring Semester 2017

January 9 – Early Start (Special Programs) Classes Begin
January 29 – Residency Determination Date
January 30 – Regular Classes Begin (16 and 8-Week Classes)
February 17
– Lincoln’s Day (Campus Closed)
February 20 – Washington’s Day (Campus Closed)
March 27 – April 2 – Spring Recess (Campus Closed)
April 1 – Filing Deadline for Spring Graduation
April 3 – Second Eight-Week Classes Begin
May 2 – Scholarships and Awards Night
May 25 – Commencement
May 28 – Last Day of Spring Semester
May 29 – Memorial Day (Campus Closed)

All dates and hours of operation are subject to change without notice.

Deadlines for refunds, fee cancellations, registration, and withdrawals are different for each course.

For specific course deadlines, please refer to one of the following:

Student Class Program/Web Schedule Bill (Available via MyGWC)

Academic Calendar – Available online at www.goldenwestcollege.edu/admissions/academic_calendar.html

If a holiday falls on Friday, Saturday and Sunday classes will not meet. If a holiday falls on Monday, Saturday and Sunday classes will meet. Final examinations are held during regular class meeting times during the last week of the semester.

Short term classes (any course other than 16wk which would include Winter Intersession Courses and Summer Courses)

  • 10% of the course – Last day to drop for a refund
  • 20% of the course – Last day to drop and not receive a “W”
  • 75% of the course – Last day to drop a course and receive a “W”

Students must officially withdraw from classes either online or in person by the specific deadline for each class. Refer to the Student Class Program/Web Schedule Bill on the Student tab of the MyGWC portal page as drop dates may vary from class to class. It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from classes and to verify all withdrawals by printing the Student Class Program.

For all sessions

  • If a holiday falls on Friday, then Saturday and Sunday classes will not meet.
  • If a holiday falls on Monday, then Saturday and Sunday classes will meet.
  • If a holiday falls on Monday and Friday, Saturday and Sunday classes will not meet.
  • Final exams are held during regular class meeting time during the last week of the semester.
Class Cancellation

College reserves the right to cancel classes. All classes offered are based upon sufficient enrollment to economically warrant them. Classes may be cancelled as a result of low enrollment, State legislation, and financial considerations. When classes are cancelled due to low enrollment, every attempt will be made to help students adjust their academic schedules.

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