The academic year at Illinois Wesleyan consists of two regular semesters followed by an optional intensive term during the month of May.  The full semesters include fifteen weeks of instruction and a final examination week.  The fall semester begins in late August or early September depending on the calendar of the year.  The term ends in mid-December, prior to the holiday season.  The spring semester begins in early to mid-January and concludes in the first few days of May.  The May Term fills out most of the remaining days of the month of May.

August 29th
Monday
Classes begin
September 2nd
Friday
Last day to ADD a class, and/or add CR/NCr

Last day to drop a class and not have it appear on your transcript

September 19th
Monday
Last day to DROP a first seven weeks class
October 14th
Friday
Fall Break day
October 17th
Monday
Second seven weeks classes begin
October 21st
Friday
Last day to ADD a second seven weeks class
October 21st
Friday
Last day to DROP a class, and/or Cr/NCr
November 4th
Friday
Last day to DROP a second seven weeks class
December 9th
Friday
Last day of classes
December 12th
Monday
Reading Day (no classes)
December 13th
Tuesday
Final Examination through Friday, December 16th