Academic Calendar 2024-2025

Bowdoin's 223rd Academic Year

All dates are tentative and subject to change. Last updated: July 2022
*Please see the bottom of this page for a list of federally recognized holidays, religious holidays, and Bowdoin's policy on the observance of religious holidays.

Fall 2024 (tentative)

August 25-26, Sun.–Mon. First-Year International Student Orientation
August 27, Tues. First-Year arrival day
August 28-31, Wed.–Sat. Orientation Trips
August 31- September 3, Sat.–Tues. Orientation
September 1, Sun. College housing ready for occupancy for upperclass students, noon
September 3, Tues. Opening of the College—Convocation, 3:30 p.m.
September 4, Wed. Fall semester classes begin, 8:00 a.m.
September 12-15, Thurs.-Sun. Explore Bowdoin I
September 19-21, Thurs.–Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors, and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
September 27-29, Fri.-Sun. Homecoming Weekend
October 4, Fri. Fall vacation begins after last class
October 9, Wed. Fall vacation ends, 8:00 a.m.
October 18, Fri. Sarah and James Bowdoin Day
October 18-20, Fri.–Sun. Family Weekend
October 24-27, Thurs.–Sun. Explore Bowdoin II
October 24-26, Thurs.-Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
November 5, Tues. Election Day
November 27, Wed. Thanksgiving vacation begins, 8:00 a.m.
December 2, Mon. Thanksgiving vacation ends, 8:00 a.m.
December 11, Wed. Last day of classes
December 12-15, Thurs.-Sun. Reading period
December 16-21, Mon.-Sat. Fall semester examinations
December 22, Sunday College housing closes for winter break, noon
December 24–January 1, Tues.-Wed. College holidays, most offices closed

Spring 2025 (tentative)

January TBD Sophomore Bootcamp, Career Exploration and Development
January 19, Sun. College housing available for occupancy, 8:30 a.m.
January 21, Tues. Spring semester classes begin, 8:00 a.m.
February 6-8, Thurs.–Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
March 7, Fri. Spring vacation begins after last class
March 8, Sat. College housing closes for spring vacation, noon
March 22, Sat. College housing available for occupancy, 8:30 a.m.
March 24, Mon. Spring vacation ends, 8:00 a.m.
April 3-5, Thurs.–Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors, and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
April 10-12, Thurs.–Sat. Admitted Student Open House
May 2, Fri. Honors Day
May 7, Wed. Last day of classes
May 8-10, Thurs.–Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
May 8-11, Thurs.–Sun. Reading period
May 12-17, Mon.–Sat. Spring semester examinations
May 18, Sun. College housing closes for nongraduating students, noon
May 23, Fri. Baccalaureate
May 24, Sat. The 220th Commencement Exercises
May 24, Sat. College housing closes for graduating students, 6:00 p.m.
May 29-June 1, Thurs.–Sun. Reunion Weekend
In recognition of Bowdoin’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive student body and the variety of religions observed and practiced by our students, faculty are encouraged to avoid conflicts between in class examinations and other significant academic work and major religious holidays. The calendar below was developed in collaboration with the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, and includes major observances of the officially recognized religious groups at Bowdoin. In addition, the multifaith calendar from the Harvard Divinity School is a valuable resource regarding many other religious observances that do not appear in the list below but that may be of significance to members of our community.
Students are expected to declare their intention to observe religious holidays at the beginning of the semester, and to work with an instructor when there is a conflict with a scheduled examination, paper, or project due date and a significant religious holiday observed by the student so that, when warranted, alternative arrangements for completing the work may be made. Students or faculty who have any questions regarding how best to balance the academic calendar alongside religious observances are encouraged to consult with the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life.

Religious Holidays

Not within 2024–2025 academic year Eid-al-Adha
October 2-4, Wed.-Fri. Rosh Hashanah, begins at sundown on Oct. 2 and concludes at sundown on Oct. 4
October 11-12, Fri.Sat. Yom Kippur, begins at sundown on Oct. 11 and concludes at sundown on Oct. 12
November 1, Fri. Diwali
February 28 - March 30, Fri.-Sun. Ramadan, begins at first light on February 28 and concludes at last light on March 30
March 30-31, Sun.-Mon. Eid-al-Fitr, begins at sundown on March 30
April 12-20, Sat.-Sun. Passover, begins at sundown on April 12 and concludes at sundown on April 20
April 18, Fri. Good Friday
April 20, Sun. Easter

Federally Recognized Holidays

September 2, Mon. Labor Day (College holiday, some offices closed)
October 14, Mon. Columbus Day* (Classes not in session - Fall Break, but offices are open)
November 11, Mon. Veterans Day (Classes in session, offices open)
November 28, Thurs. Thanksgiving (Nov 27-29 are College holidays, most offices closed)
December 25, Wed. Christmas Day (College holiday, most offices closed)
January 1, Wed. New Year's Day (College holiday, most offices closed)
January 20, Mon. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (College holiday, some offices closed)
February 17, Mon. Presidents' Day (Classes in session, College holiday, some offices closed)
May 26, Mon. Memorial Day (College holiday, many offices closed)
June 19, Thurs. Juneteenth (College holiday, most offices closed)
July 4, Fri. Fourth of July (College holiday, most offices closed)

*Recognized in Maine and 46 other states as Indigenous Peoples' Day