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Students on campusThe 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 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 to learn more. 

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