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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.

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
Advance registration period for the spring term Monday, October 28 -
Sunday, November 10 (2019)
Classes begin (Monday class schedule on Wednesday)
Wednesday, January 15
(Monday classes)
Executive MPA on-site weekend Friday, January 17 -
Saturday, January 18
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (observed) Monday, January 20
(no classes)
Last day to add writing or language course Friday, January 24
Tuition Reduction Request Forms due Tuesday, January 28
Last day to add a course Tuesday, January 28
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.) Tuesday, January 28
Executive MPA on-site weekend Friday, February 21 -
Saturday, February 22
Last day to drop a course with 50% financial obligation and no notation on transcript. (LPS students must complete a Late Drop Form) Monday, February 24
Spring term break begins at close of classes (LPS classes on Saturday, March 7 will be held and there will be no classes on Saturday, March 14) Saturday, March 7
Spring term break ends; classes resume Monday, March 16
Last day to change grade type status in a course (E-mail: lps@sas.upenn.edu with your grade type change request.) Friday, March 20
Advance registration for Fall term and registration for Summer classes
Monday, March 23 -
Sunday, April 5
Last day to withdraw from a course. Full financial obligation applies. (LPS students must submit a Withdrawal Form) Monday, March 30
Executive MPA on-site weekend Friday, March 27 -
Saturday, March 28
Executive MPA on-site weekend Friday, April 24 -
Saturday, April 25
Spring term classes end Wednesday, April 29
Reading days Thursday, April 30 - 
Sunday, May 3
Final examinations Monday, May 4 - 
Tuesday, May 12
Spring term ends Tuesday, May 16
University Commencement Monday, May 18
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