The Academic Calendar
The academic year at Western Kentucky University is divided into four terms: Fall Semester, Winter Term, Spring Semester, and Summer Sessions. The opening and closing dates, as well as drop/add dates and university holidays are provided in the university calendar, which is available on through the Registrar's Office at https://www.wku.edu/registrar/academic_calendars/. Classes listed as "web" in the Schedule of Classes follow the main academic calendar. Please select the specific term from the left menu for detailed information.
- Fall semester at WKU is approximately 16 weeks long from late August through early December.
- Winter term is an abbreviated 3-week session that takes place within the month of January.
- Spring term is approximately 16 weeks long from late January through early May.
- Summer term varies depending on which session you choose, but is usually between 3 to 5 weeks in May, June, or July.
Additional options through WKU On Demand: There are also non-semester based classes available through WKU On Demand. These classes may be finished in as little as 7 weeks or you may take as long as 9 months. Visit www.wku.edu/ondemand to learn more.
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