Academic Calendar 2023-2024

Bowdoin's 222nd 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 2023

August 20-21, Sun.–Mon. New international student orientation
August 22, Tues. New student arrival day
August 23-26, Wed.–Sat. Orientation trips for new students
August 26-29, Sat.–Tues. Orientation for new students
August 27, Sun. College housing ready for occupancy for upperclass students, noon
August 28, Mon. New student advising and course registration
August 29, Tues. Opening of the College—Convocation, 3:30 p.m.
August 30, Wed. Fall semester classes begin, 8:00 a.m.
Sept. 7-9, Thurs.-Sat. Explore Bowdoin I
Sept. 21-23, Thurs.–Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors, and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
October 6, Fri. Fall vacation begins after last class
October 11, Wed. Fall vacation ends, 8:00 a.m.
October 12-14, Thurs.-Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
October 14, Sat. Inauguration of Bowdoin's 16th President
October 13-15, Fri.-Sun. Homecoming Weekend
October 19-21, Thurs.–Sat. Explore Bowdoin II
October 27, Fri. Sarah and James Bowdoin Day Ceremony
October 27-29, Fri.–Sun. Family Weekend
November 22, Wed. Thanksgiving vacation begins, 8:00 a.m.
November 27, Mon. Thanksgiving vacation ends, 8:00 a.m.
December 8, Fri. Last day of classes
December 9-12, Sat.–Tues. Reading period
December 13-18, Wed.–Mon. Fall semester examinations
December 19, Tues. College housing closes for winter break, noon
December 22 - January 7 College holidays, most offices closed

Spring 2024

January 16, Tues. College housing available for CXD's Sophomore Bootcamp, 8:00 a.m.
January 17-19, Wed.-Fri. Sophomore Bootcamp, Career Exploration and Development
January 20, Sat. College housing available for occupancy, 8:30 a.m.
January 22, Mon. Spring semester classes begin, 8:00 a.m.
February 8-10, Thurs.–Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
March 8, Fri. Spring vacation begins after last class
March 9, Sat. College housing closes for spring vacation, noon
March 23, Sat. College housing available for occupancy, 8:30 a.m.
March 25, Mon. Spring vacation ends, 8:00 a.m.
April 4-6, Thurs.–Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors, and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
April 18-20, Thurs.–Sat. Bearings in Brunswick for Admitted Students
May 3, Fri. Honors Day
May 8, Wed. Last day of classes
May 9-11, Thurs.–Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
May 9-12, Thurs.–Sun. Reading period
May 13-18, Mon.–Sat. Spring semester examinations
May 19, Sun. College housing closes for nongraduating students, noon
May 24, Fri. Baccalaureate
May 25, Sat. The 219th Commencement Exercises
May 25, Sat. College housing closes for graduating students, 6:00 p.m.
May 30-June 2, Thurs.–Sun. Reunion Weekend
June 10-14, Mon.-Fri. Virtual Pre-Orientation for Students Admitted for Fall 2024


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.