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April 18, 2019

Classes to begin before Labor Day in 2020

May 17, 2018

Classes to begin before Labor Day in 2020

Classes at the University of Michigan will begin before Labor Day for the 2020-21 academic year.

The academic year, approved by the Board of Regents during its meeting Thursday, will start Aug. 31 and end with Spring Commencement May 2.

The calendar was developed following the university’s well-established academic calendar guidelines. The fall term has 68 days and will end Dec. 21. The winter term has 69 days and will start Jan. 6.

A pre-Labor Day start allows for a one-week break between the end of the summer term and the start of the fall term. It also provides two full weeks between fall and winter.

Fall break will remain at the mid-semester mark and runs from Oct. 19-20, and there will be no classes on the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 25.

Spring break will begin Feb. 27 with classes resuming March 8.

University officials have not yet determined the start dates for the 2021-22 academic year.


Lee Ridley
on 5/18/18 at 9:44 am

I assume the regents thought about the fact that most off-campus leases don't start until September 1 and MANY students will have to deal with figuring out where to stay and moving and beginning of classes all at once? I would be interested in their solution.

Bett Weston
on 5/23/18 at 10:00 am

Lee Ridley has very good point. Also add the month of May as an issue since the students will no longer be done by the end of April. This schedule might work for elementary school children but poses real difficulties for those who rent housing. I am staff and take my vacation the last week of August including Labor Day ready to start Fall Term in September.

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