Academic Calendar 2022-2023

Bowdoin's 221st Academic Year


Current Academic Year (2022-2023)

Upcoming Academic Year (2023-2024)

Looking Ahead (2024-2025; 2025-2026)


PDF versions available for 2022-2023, 2023-2024, 2024-2025 and 2025-2026

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

Fall 2022

August 21-22, Sun.-Mon. New international student orientation
August 23, Tuesday New student arrival day
August 24-27, Wed.-Sat. Orientation trips for new students
August 27-30, Sat.-Tues. Orientation for new students
August 28, Sunday College housing ready for occupancy for returning students, noon
August 29, Monday New student advising and course registration
August 30, Tuesday Opening of the College—Convocation, 3:30 pm
August 31, Wednesday Fall semester classes begin, 8:00 am
Sept. 15-18, Thurs.-Sun. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
Sept. 22-25, Thurs.-Sun. Explore Bowdoin I
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Fri.-Sun. Homecoming Weekend
October 7, Friday Fall vacation begins after last class
October 12, Wednesday Fall vacation ends, 8:00 am
October 13-15, Thurs.-Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
October 13-16, Thurs.-Sun. Explore Bowdoin II
October 21, Friday Sarah and James Bowdoin Day Ceremony
October 21-23, Fri.-Sun. Family Weekend
November 23, Wednesday Thanksgiving vacation begins, 8:00 am 
November 28, Monday Thanksgiving vacation ends, 8:00 am
December 9, Friday Last day of classes
December 10-13, Sat.-Tues. Reading period
Dec. 14-19, Wed.-Mon. Fall semester examinations
December 20, Tuesday College housing closes for winter break, noon
December 23 - January 8 College Holidays, most offices closed

Spring 2023 

January 17, Tuesday College housing available for CXD's Sophomore Bootcamp, 8:00 a.m.
January 18-20, Wed.-Fri. Sophomore Bootcamp, Career Exploration and Development
January 21, Saturday College housing available for occupancy, 8:30 am
January 23, Monday Spring semester classes begin, 8:00 am
February 9-11, Thurs.-Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
March 10, Friday Spring vacation begins after last class
March 11, Saturday College housing closes for spring vacation, noon
March 25, Saturday College housing available for occupancy, 8:30 am
March 27, Monday Spring vacation ends, 8:00 am
March 30-April 1, Thurs.-Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors and BRAVO National Advisory Board meetings
April 13-15, Thurs.-Sat. Bearings in Brunswick for Admitted Students
May 5, Friday Honors Day
May 10, Wednesday Last day of classes
May 11-13, Thurs.-Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees
May 11-14, Thurs.-Sun. Reading period
May 15-20, Mon.-Sat. Spring semester examinations
May 21, Sunday College housing closes for non-graduating students, noon
May 26, Friday Baccalaureate
May 27, Saturday The 221st Commencement Exercises
May 27, Saturday College housing closes for graduating students, 6:00 pm
June 1-4, Thurs.-Sun. Reunion Weekend
June 12-16, Mon.-Fri. Virtual Pre-Orientation for Students Admitted for Fall 2023


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.