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Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

Fall 2020 at a Glance

  • Convocation: August 21, 2020
  • Classes Begin: August 24, 2020
  • Labor Day (no classes): September 7, 2020
  • Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes): November 23-29, 2020
  • Classes End: December 11, 2020
  • Finals Week: December 14-18, 2020
  • Commencement: December 19, 2020

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

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Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

SessionTuition and Fee Payment DeadlineStart Date*Last Date to Register or Waitlist Without Permission NumberDrop Fee BeginsLast Date to Register or Drop w/o a W (Refund)**Last Date to Drop or Completely Withdraw with a W (No Refund)Last Date of Course InstructionGrades Due***
RegularAug 22Aug 24Aug 28Aug 30Sep 4Oct 30Dec 11
(Final Exams Dec 14-18)
Dec 22
1st 5-weekAug 22Aug 24Aug 25Aug 28Aug 26Sep 15Sep 25Sep 29
2nd 5-weekSep 26Sep 28Sep 29Oct 2Sep 30Oct 20Oct 30Nov 3
3rd 5-weekOct 31Nov 2Nov 3Nov 6Nov 4Nov 30Dec 11Dec 22
1st 7-weekAug 22Aug 24Aug 26Aug 28Aug 27Sep 23Oct 9Oct 13
2nd 7-weekOct 17Oct 19Oct 21Oct 23Oct 22Nov 18Dec 11Dec 22
1st 10-weekAug 22Aug 24Aug 26Aug 29Sep 1Oct 8Oct 30Nov 3
2nd 10-weekSep 26Sep 28Sep 30Oct 3Oct 6Nov 12Dec 11Dec 22
*Complete withdrawals on or after this date are subject to a nonrefundable $40.00 processing fee.
**Last date to add with permission number, last date to drop or completely withdraw without a W and receive a refund (less a nonrefundable $40.00 processing fee), last date to change from credit-to-audit or audit-to-credit.
***Grades will not be considered official until the end-of-term processing has been completed.

*Complete withdrawals on or after this date are subject to a nonrefundable $40.00 processing fee.
**Last date to add with permission number, last date to drop or completely withdraw without a W and receive a refund (less a nonrefundable $40.00 processing fee), last date to change from credit-to-audit or audit-to-credit.
***Grades will not be considered official until the end-of-term processing has been completed.

Fall 2020 Session Deadlines

Fall 2020 Session Deadlines

DateDeadline
Tuesday, October 1 (2019)The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be submitted beginning today.
Sunday, December 15 (2019)Nonresident Application and Scholarship Deadline. In order to be considered for automatic scholarships, all admission materials for nonresident new and transfer students must be received in Admissions.
Wednesday, January 15Recommended fall priority application deadline for graduate degree-seeking applicants to have all admission materials received by the Graduate College. In order to receive full consideration for fall admission, all applications must be complete and submitted to the Graduate College prior to the fall application deadline established by the individual graduate program.
Saturday, February 152020-2021 FAFSA filing priority date for continuing students, new freshmen, and transfer students. Eligible students must apply by this date to maximize the amount of aid you receive. The priority filing date is not a deadline, so you may still submit the FAFSA even if the priority filing date has passed.
Saturday, February 15Idaho Resident Application and Scholarship Deadline. In order to be considered for automatic scholarships for the 2020-21 school year, all admission materials for Idaho resident new and transfer students must be received in Admissions. Last day for the Boise State Scholarship Application (online) to be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. The Boise State Scholarship website contains a list of additional scholarships that require a separate application.
Monday, March 162020-2021 academic year on-campus housing application available at noon for residence halls.
Monday, March 30Registration for continuing students begins for Fall 2020 (by appointment).
Friday, May 1Deadline for first-time, degree-seeking, domestic undergraduate students who plan to enroll to submit online Intent to Enroll form and accompanying $100.00 enrollment confirmation.
Friday, May 1Standard application deadline for undergraduate, degree-seeking applicants to have all admission materials received by Admissions. Applicants who miss this application deadline will be considered for degree-seeking status on a space-available basis. Students who are not eligible for degree-seeking admission may be considered for nondegree-seeking status and are ineligible for financial aid.
Monday, May 4Last day to submit Application for Admission to Candidacy form to the Graduate College for graduate degrees and certificates to be awarded in December 2020.
Friday, May 15Priority date for international student application materials to be received by International Admissions for fall semester consideration.
Monday, June 1Priority date to submit all requested financial aid documents to be eligible for 2020-21 work-study funding and supplemental federal grants (SEOG). Funding for these programs is limited and available only to priority aid applicants.
Wednesday, July 1First day students can begin using 2020-2021 work-study awards.
Saturday, July 25First installment of payment plan due for residence halls (on-campus housing only).
Monday, August 3Recommended last day to submit a Graduate Admission Application to the Graduate College for Fall 2020 admission consideration.
Friday, August 7Recommended date to finalize student course schedules for Fall 2020 for financial aid purposes.
Friday, August 7Registration for Non-Degree and Open Enrollment begins for Fall 2020
Monday, August 17University, college, and department activities for faculty begin this week.
Friday, August 21Convocation
Monday, August 24Course instruction begins.
Friday, August 28Weekend courses begin.
Friday, August 28Last day faculty may submit drops for nonattendance during the first week of the semester to the Registrar’s Office.
Friday, August 28Deadline to apply for graduation for graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates to be awarded in December 2020. Students apply for graduation on myBoiseState. Late applications will be accepted but a late fee will be assessed.
Friday, September 4Last day to submit Idaho Residency Determination Worksheet with documentation to Registrar’s Office to declare Idaho residency for Fall 2020 consideration.
Friday, September 4First financial aid pell recalculation date. Pell Grant eligibility for financial aid determined by number of credits registered on this date.
Friday, September 4Last day for students living on campus to change residential meal plans.
Friday, September 4Last day to add graduate dissertation, thesis, project, or portfolio credit.
Monday, September 7Labor Day (No classes. University offices closed.)
Wednesday, September 30Last day to add undergraduate internship and independent study.
Wednesday, September 30Last day to add graduate assessment (master's preliminary examination, doctoral preliminary examination, thesis proposal, dissertation proposal, master's comprehensive examination, doctoral comprehensive examination), directed research, independent study, internship/practicum, or reading and conference.
Monday, October 12Columbus Day. Boise State celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day! (Classes in session. University offices open.)
Friday, October 23Recommended last day for final oral dissertation, thesis, or project defense for graduate degrees to be awarded in December 2020.
Wednesday, November 4Second financial aid pell recalculation date. Students enrolled in sessions starting after September 4, 2020, Pell Grant eligibility is determined by the number of credits registered in on this date.
Friday, November 6Last day to submit advisor-approved version of dissertation or thesis with signed Final Reading Approval, Access Agreement for a Thesis or Dissertation or Embargo Request for a Thesis or Dissertation, and Thesis/Dissertation Checklist to the Graduate College for graduate degrees to be awarded in December 2020.
Friday, November 6Last day for students who received a thesis or dissertation enrollment waiver to submit final version of thesis or dissertation to the Graduate College.
Monday, November 9Veterans Day Observed (Classes in session. University offices open. Official holiday November 11)
Monday–Sunday, November 23–29Thanksgiving holiday (No classes. University offices closed November 26-27.)
Friday, December 11Last day to submit final version of dissertation or thesis to the Graduate College for graduate degrees to be awarded in December 2020.
Friday, December 11Course instruction ends.
Sunday, December 13Weekend courses end.
Monday–Friday, December 14–18Final semester examinations for the Regular session. Exam schedule listed on Registrar’s Office website.
Friday, December 18Last day to submit an advisor-approved copy of thesis or dissertation, along with signed Final Reading Approval, Access Agreement for a Thesis or Dissertation or Embargo Request for a Thesis or Dissertation, and Thesis/Dissertation Checklist forms, to the Graduate College to receive a thesis or dissertation enrollment waiver for the subsequent semester.
Saturday, December 19Commencement
Saturday, December 19Winter break on-campus housing begins for residents with current housing assignment.
Tuesday, December 22Grade reports due on myBoiseState.
Thursday-Wednesday, December 24–30Holiday Break (University offices closed.)
Thursday, December 31New Year’s Eve (University offices closed.)
Friday, January 1New Year’s Day (University offices closed.)