Academic Calendar 2025-2026

Bowdoin's 224th Academic Year


Current Academic Year (2023-2024)

Upcoming Academic Year (2024-2025)

Looking Ahead (2025-2026)


PDF versions available for 2023-2024, 2024-2025 and 2025-2026

Bowdoin's policies surrounding religious holidays and college holidays are below

Fall 2025 (proposed)

August 24-25, Sun.-Mon. New international student orientation
August 26, Tues. New student arrival day
August 27-30, Wed.-Sat. Orientation trips for new students
Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Sat.-Tues. Orientation for new students
August 31, Sun. College housing ready for occupancy for returning students, noon
September 1, Mon. New student advising and course registration
September 2, Tues. Opening of the College—Convocation, 3:30 pm
September 3, Wed. Fall semester classes begin, 8:00 am
Sept. 11-13, Thurs.-Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
Sept. 18-20, Thurs.-Sat. Explore Bowdoin I
October 3-5, Fri.-Sun. Homecoming Weekend
October 10, Fri. Fall vacation begins after last class
October 15, Wed. Fall vacation ends, 8:00 am
October 16-18, Thurs.-Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
October 16-18, Thurs.-Sat. Explore Bowdoin II
October 24, Fri. Sarah and James Bowdoin Day Ceremony
October 24-26, Fri.-Sun. Family Weekend
November 26, Wed. Thanksgiving vacation begins, 8:00 am 
December 1, Mon. Thanksgiving vacation ends, 8:00 am
December 11, Thurs. Last day of classes
Dec. 12-15, Fri.-Mon. Reading period
Dec. 16-21, Tues.-Sun. Fall semester examinations
December 22, Mon. College housing closes for winter break, noon
December 24 - January 4 College holidays, most offices closed

Spring 2026 (proposed)

January TBD College housing available for CXD's Sophomore Bootcamp, 8:00 a.m.
January TBD Sophomore Bootcamp, Career Exploration and Development
January 18, Sun. College housing available for occupancy, 8:30 am
January 20, Tues. Spring semester classes begin, 8:00 am
Feb. 12-14, Thurs.-Sat.  Meetings of the Board of Trustees
March 6, Fri. Spring vacation begins after last class
March 7, Sat. College housing closes for spring vacation, noon
March 21, Sat. College housing available for occupancy, 8:30 am
March 23, Mon. Spring vacation ends, 8:00 am
March 26-28, Thurs.-Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
April 9-11, Thurs.-Sat. Bearings in Brunswick for Admitted Students
May 1, Fri. Honors Day
May 6, Wed. Last day of classes
May 7-9, Thurs.-Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
May 7-10, Thurs.-Sun. Reading period
May 11-16, Mon.-Sat. Spring semester examinations
May 17, Sun. College housing closes for non-graduating students, noon
May 22, Fri. Baccalaureate
May 23, Sat. The 221st Commencement Exercises
May 23, Sat. College housing closes for graduating students, 6:00 pm
May 29-31, Fri.-Sun. Reunion Weekend
June TBD Virtual Pre-Orientation for Students Admitted for Fall 2026


Religious Holidays and Observances: 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 academic coursework and major religious holidays. The Rachel Lord Center for Religious and Spiritual Life maintains a calendar of major religious 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 may be of significance to members of the Bowdoin community. 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.

College Holidays and Observances: Human Resources maintains the calendar of College holidays and special days off and can provide guidance on the interpretation and recording of work around these events. HR encourages staff, students, and faculty to reference the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's calendar of federal holidays as the official source for those dates and observances.