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University of Southern California, USC Academic Calendar – 2021 Term Dates

The University of Southern California, USC has released its academic calendar for 2021/2022, 2020/2021 & 2019/2020 term dates, newly admitted and returning students are to take note.

University of Southern California, USC Academic Calendar – 2021 Term Dates
University of Southern California, USC Academic Calendar – 2021 Term Dates

The academic calendar hints about University of Southern California, USC resumption date for new and returning students 2019, examination date and other academic activities for the year. See below, the academic calendar for sessional dates in 2020/2021 & 2019/2020 academic year.

USC SESSIONAL DATES FOR 2020/2021 & 2019/2020 TERM DATES

The academic calendar for 2020/2021 & 2019/2020 academic session as approved by senate of the University of Southern California, USC.
Academic Calendar 2019-2020
Fall Semester 2019 69 instructional days
Open RegistrationMon-FriAugust 19-23
Move-InWedAugust 21
Classes BeginMonAugust 26
Labor DayMonSeptember 2
Fall RecessThu-FriOctober 17-18
Thanksgiving HolidayWed-SunNovember 27 – December 1
Classes EndFriDecember 6
Study DaysSat-TueDecember 7-10
ExamsWed-WedDecember 11-18
Winter RecessThu-SunDecember 19 – January 12
Spring Semester 2020 73 instructional days
Open RegistrationThu-FriJanuary 9-10
Classes BeginMonJanuary 13
Martin Luther King’s BirthdayMonJanuary 20
President’s DayMonFebruary 17
Spring RecessSun-SunMarch 15-22
Classes EndFriMay 1
Study DaysSat-TueMay 2-5
ExamsWed-WedMay 6-13
CommencementFriMay 15
Summer Session 2020 58 instructional days
RegistrationMon-TueMay 18-19
Classes BeginWedMay 20
Memorial DayMonMay 25
Independence DayFriJuly 3
Classes EndTueAugust 11
Academic Calendar 2020-2021
Fall Semester 2020 69 instructional days
Open RegistrationMon-FriAugust 17-21
Move-InWedAugust 19
Classes BeginMonAugust 24
Labor DayMonSeptember 7
Fall RecessThu-FriOctober 15-16
Thanksgiving HolidayWed-SunNovember 25 – November 29
Classes EndFriDecember 4
Study DaysSat-TueDecember 5-8
ExamsWed-WedDecember 9-16
Winter RecessThu-SunDecember 17 – January 10
Spring Semester 2021 73 instructional days
Open RegistrationThu-FriJanuary 7-8
Classes BeginMonJanuary 11
Martin Luther King’s BirthdayMonJanuary 18
President’s DayMonFebruary 15
Spring RecessSun-SunMarch 14-21
Classes EndFriApril 30
Study DaysSat-TueMay 1-4
ExamsWed-WedMay 5-12
CommencementFriMay 14
Summer Session 2021 58 instructional days
RegistrationMon-TueMay 17-18
Classes BeginWedMay 19
Memorial DayMonMay 31
Independence DayMonJuly 5
Classes EndTueAugust 10


University of Southern California is on a semester system. Semester systems are typically around 14-16 weeks long. They consist of 3 terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Learn more about semesters vs quarters here.


After nearly a year and a half, USC begins in-person academic instruction on Monday, August 23 with most students, staff, and… August 17, 2021 Dear Colleagues, Welcome to Fall 2021. … USC Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Health & Safety webinar

A recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County has prompted the University of Southern California to announce all classes for the Spring 2021 semester will be online or remote, the same way classes were held during the Fall 2020 semester

The schedules adopted vary widely. In most countries, the academic year begins in late summer or early autumn and ends during the following spring or summer.

The academic year is divided into 3 terms as follows:

  • Term 1: Early January – Late March.
  • Term 2: Early May – Late July.
  • Term 3: Early September – Early/Mid November.

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