University Academic Calendar Project

The Academic Calendar Project enhances the existing academic calendar to represent all Emory program offerings including non-traditional programs.

The Academic Calendar is foundational to the academic work of the University and misalignment between the calendar and academic programs has posed a number of significant risks to the institution. At the top of that list is having an academic program calendar which indicates a student is enrolled even when he or she is not yet on campus or conversely attending classes when the term hasn’t officially started. Law enforcement, whether it be Homeland Security or state/local police, would likely find this problematic. One might assume the same risk would also create substantial liability risks.

As a result, the Office of the University Registrar, in consultation with Sierra-Cedar, Inc., have been working to align academic calendars with program needs. We are excited to report that the first round of new calendar session dates has been added in OPUS.

Academic Calendar Project Frequently Asked Questions

From a school perspective, aligning our academic calendar with program start/end dates provides students with calendars that are “accurate and reliable” across schools—preventing individual schools from maintaining separate calendars for their students. Additionally, adding pre-term sessions (in this case) provides an “add/drop” schedule- - allowing students to drop courses within a “session”.

New calendar models for schools were designed based on direct feedback received from school representatives during the requirements gathering process for the Academic Calendar Project. This information, coupled with alignment of university wide compliance/accreditation standards, resulted in new calendar options and boundaries.

To better manage the changes to the Academic Calendar that will be a part of the project outcomes, we are
releasing new Calendar structures in OPUS on a gradual rollout based on term. Below is the rollout plan for Phase
I; we will provide more information on Phases II, and III in the coming months.

Academic Calendar Project Rollout: PHASE I

Effective Term: Fall 2020

New SessionSession DatesSchools
Pre-Term8/10/2020 - 8/25/2020Graduate Business Laney Graduate School Public Health Theology
Eight (8) Week Session I8/17/2020 - 10/11/2020Undergraduate Nursing DABSN Program
Eight (8) Week Session 210/12/2020 - 12/6/2020Undergraduate Nursing DABSN Program
Twelve (12) Week Session9/14/20-12/8/20Graduate Business Programs
Ten (10) Week Session 8/10/20-10/23/20Graduate Business Programs
Eight (8) Week Session 1 8/26/20-10/20/20Graduate Business Programs
Eight (8) Week Session 2 9/23/20-11/17/20Graduate Business Programs
Eight (8) Week Session 3 10/21/20-12/15/20Graduate Business Programs
Six (6) Week Session 8/10/20-9/22/20Graduate Business Programs
Four (4) Week Session 18/26/20-9/22/20Graduate Business Programs
Four (4) Week Session 29/23/20-10/20/20Graduate Business Programs
Four (4) Week Session 310/21/20-11/17/20Graduate Business Programs
Four (4) Week Session 411/18/20-12/15/20Graduate Business Programs
Post-Term12/20/20-12/23/20Graduate Business Programs

Schools with no calendar changes for fall 2020: Allied Health, Undergraduate Business, Emory College, Oxford College, Law, Medicine

Published calendars reflecting new start and end dates and other key calendar items will be posted on our website once final review and approval of calendar models occurs with the University Calendar Committee later this month.

All new calendar models will have applicable changes to key business processes and dates reflected in OPUS.

  • Drop/Add Deadlines
  • Grading Deadlines
  • Grade Roster Opening and Posting Periods

No tuition charges are based on programs and/or courses for an entire term and not session based.

Yes all classes taken during a given term count toward a student's enrollment status (Full Time/Part Time) regardless of what session(s) they are enrolled in

Yes the Pre-Term session will have it's own Add/Drop deadline. In general that is the same day as the beginning of the session.

Session boundaries should be honored for classes assigned to a given session.

Current date boundaries are based on a combination of direct feedback from schools balanced with financial aid and institutional compliance standards. Any requested changes to new calendar models will need to be formally reviewed and approved by the University Calendar Committee. More information on a request and review process will be forthcoming.

We will provide more information on Phases II, and III in the coming months.

No. Please use the comments section in CLSS to send session change requests for a class. If you are unable to
access a class via CLSS, you may submit your session change requests to

Sessions are independent of course subject codes so classes assigned to those sessions would be same designations as in any regular session.

Yes, Maymester has its own session. Effective Summer 2020, the Maymester session code is MIN in OPUS. Beginning Summer 2021, the Maymester session code will change to MAY in OPUS.

To locate the current list of Maymester classes in the Atlas, click the Any Sessions dropdown menu and selecting Mini Session for summer 2020. For summer 2021, students will see the Maymester Session option appear in the Any Sessions dropdown menu.

For questions on the Academic Calendar Project and new calendar model rollout please contact our dedicated project email address –