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The important dates below are scheduled by the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. Some deadlines and other dates may be different in other Penn Schools or Colleges.

Advance registration period Monday, October 29 -
Sunday, November 11 (2018)
Classes begin (Monday class schedule on Wednesday)
Wednesday, January 16
(Monday classes)
Executive MPA on-site weekend Friday, January 18 - Saturday, January 19
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (observed) Monday, January 21
(no classes)
Last day to add writing or language course Friday, January 25
Tuition Reduction Request Forms due Monday, February 4
Last day to add a course Monday, February 4
Last day to drop a course with no financial obligation and no notation on the transcript. (After this date LPS students must contact the LPS office to drop a course or change grade type: grade to pass/fail; pass/fail to grade; credit to audit; audit to credit.) Monday, February 4
Executive MPA on-site weekend Friday, February 15 - Saturday, February 16
Last day to drop a course with 50% financial obligation and no notation on transcript. (LPS students must complete a Late Drop Form) Friday, February 22
Spring term break begins at close of classes (LPS classes on Saturday, March 2 will be held and there will be no classes on Saturday, March 9) Saturday, March 2
Spring term break ends; classes resume Monday, March 11
Last day to change grade type status in a course (E-mail: lps@sas.upenn.edu with your grade type change request.) Friday, March 15
Executive MPA on-site weekend Friday, March 15 - Saturday, March 16
Advance registration for Fall term and registration for Summer classes
Monday, March 18 -
Sunday, March 31
Last day to withdraw from a course. Full financial obligation applies. (LPS students must submit a Withdrawal Form) Friday, April 5
Executive MPA on-site weekend Friday, April 26 - Saturday, April 27
Spring term classes end Wednesday, May 1
Reading days Thursday, May 2 -
Sunday, May 5
Final examinations Monday, May 6 -
Tuesday, May 14
Spring term ends Tuesday, May 14
LPS Graduation Sunday, May 19
University Commencement Monday, May 20
Course registration begins March 18
Executive MPA on-site weekend Friday, May 24 - Saturday, May 25
Classes begin May 28
No classes, University holiday July 4
Last day to add a course/drop a course with no financial obligation

Tuition Reduction Request Forms due
June 11
Executive MPA on-site weekend Friday, June 21 - Saturday, June 22

Last day to drop a course with 50% financial obligation and no notation on transcript (LPS students must submit a Late Drop Form)

June 25

Last day to change grade type status in a course (E-mail: lps@sas.upenn.edu with your grade type change request.)

June 25

Executive MPA on-site weekend

Friday, July 26 - Saturday, July 27
Last day to withdraw from a course. Full financial obligation applies (LPS students must complete a Withdrawal Form July 29
Classes end* August 9

**Summer Sessions do not have a set schedule for final exams. All exam dates are at the discretion of the course instructor. 

New student orientation See information on orientation dates
Advance registration period Monday, March 18 -
Sunday, March 31
Course selection opens Wednesday, April 10
Classes begin Tuesday, August 27
Labor Day Monday, September 2
(no classes)
Last day to add language courses and writing seminars Friday, September 6
Executive MPA on-site weekend Friday, September 6 - Saturday, September 7
Last day to add a course Tuesday, September 10
Last day to drop a course with no financial obligation and no notation on transcript Tuesday, September 10
Tuition Reduction Request Forms due  Tuesday, September 10
Executive MPA on-site weekend Friday, October 4 - Saturday, October 5
Last day to drop a course with 50% financial obligation and no notation on transcript. (LPS students must submit a Late Drop Form) Monday, October 7
Fall term break
Saturday classes will not meet
Thursday, October 10 -
Sunday, October 13
Fall term break ends; classes resume Monday, October 14
Last day to change grade type status in a course (E-mail: lps@sas.upenn.edu with your grade type change request.) Friday, October 25
Advance registration for spring term Monday, October 28 -
Sunday, November 10
Executive MPA on-site weekend Friday, November 1 - Saturday, November 2
Last day to withdraw from a course. Full financial obligation applies (LPS students must complete a Withdrawal Form Monday, November 4
Thu/Fri class schedule on Tue/Wed Tuesday, November 26 - Wednesday, November 27
Thanksgiving break begins at 4:30 p.m.
LPS evening classes will not meet.
Wednesday, November 27
Thanksgiving break ends; classes resume Monday, December 2
Executive MPA on-site weekend Friday, December 6 - Saturday, December 7
Fall term classes end Monday, December 9
Reading days Tuesday, December 10 -
Wednesday, December 11
Final examinations Thursday, December 12 -
Thursday, December 19
Fall term ends Thursday, December 19

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326
felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu

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