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2012-2013 Course Catalog 
2012-2013 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Calendar

College Semesters and Schedules

Each academic year at Columbia consists of two 15-week semesters (fall and spring), plus a summer semester. While the usual term of a class is a full 15 weeks, some subjects may be offered in shorter periods, ranging from one to eight weeks. Such intensive segments meet more frequently than traditional, 15-week courses. Courses are scheduled during the day and evening as well as on Saturdays to accommodate the schedules of working students, who compose a substantial percentage of the Columbia community. The January session (J-Session) is designed to offer concentrated learning experiences usually not available in the regular semester. Such courses are designed for both the matriculating and non-matriculating undergraduate student and may include, but are not limited to, immersion, intensive research, travel, certification, internships, master classes, community service, and workshops. For a list of courses offered by semester, go to Class Schedules.

Labor Day holiday Monday, September 3
Semester Begins Tuesday, September 4
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 22 - Sunday, November 25
Semester Ends Saturday, December 15
Session begins Monday, January 7
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday Monday, January 21
Session ends Saturday, January 26
Semester begins Monday, January 28
Spring break Monday, March 25 - Saturday, March 30
Semester ends Saturday, May 18
Commencement Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19
Memorial Day holiday Monday, May 27
Session begins Tuesday, May 28
5-week term ends Saturday, June 29
Independence Day holiday Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5
8-week term ends Saturday, July 20
10-week term ends Saturday, August 3
12-week term and session ends Saturday, August 18