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The Academic Calendar

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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 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 On Demand These classes may be finished in as little as 7 weeks or you may take as long as 9 months. Visit wku.edu/ondemand to learn more. 


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 Last Modified 3/20/18