Boston University Online Education – Important Dates

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Select a semester below to see a schedule of important dates applicable to you, including: first and last days of classes; registration deadline; last day for 100% tuition refund; and last day for withdrawal.

Compliance Requirements

Online students, with some exceptions, are required to complete Sexual Misconduct Prevention and AlcoholEdu trainings. Information on the trainings is available at BU Student Health Services Wellness & Prevention. Check the Personal tab in the Student Link to see your compliance status. You must complete the assigned trainings during your first semester at BU or you will be prevented from registration activity until the trainings are complete.

Online Session Dates

For online students enrolling at Boston University, there is a fall semester (September through December, comprising both Fall 1 and Fall 2 online sessions), a spring semester (January through May, comprising both Spring 1 and Spring 2 online sessions), and two summer sessions. “Summer Term” dates are different from summer online sessions. Please check the Summer Term website or contact a Faculty & Student Support Administrator for more information if you are unsure of the start and end dates of your summer courses.

Fall 1 2020

September 8 – October 26, 2020

Fall 2 2020

November 3 – December 21, 2020

Spring 1 2021

January 19 – March 8, 2021

Please note: For many courses the online session start date for Spring 2021 is not the same as the on-campus date.

Spring 2 2021

March 16 – May 3, 2021

Summer 1 2021

May 11 – June 28, 2021

Summer 2 2021

July 6 – August 23, 2021

Fall 1 2021

September 7 – October 25, 2021

Fall 2 2021

November 2 – December 20, 2021