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 24th
Monday
Classes begin
August 28th
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 18th
Friday
Last day to DROP a first seven weeks class
October 12th
Monday
Second seven weeks classes begin
October 16th
Friday
Fall Break day
October 16th
Friday
Last day to ADD a second seven weeks class
October 19th
Monday
Last day to DROP a class, and/or Cr/NCr
November 6th
Friday
Last day to DROP a second seven weeks class
December 4th
Friday
Last day of classes
December 7th
Monday
Reading Day (no classes)
December 8th
Tuesday
Final Examination through Friday, December 11th