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Academic Calendar Adapts for the Future

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AUSTIN, Texas —The University of Texas at Austin has modified its academic calendar starting with the 2022-2023 academic year to create more opportunities for innovation in the curriculum, better support students’ well-being and success, and help advance the academic mission while also ensuring compliance with university guidelines and federal and state regulations.

The modifications, which were determined and implemented after a thorough and collaborative process led by the Office of the Registrar and the Faculty Council, include changes to specific dates throughout the year and terminology.

The modifications include:

  • Fall break will be extended to a full week (Monday through Saturday of Thanksgiving week).
  • The final exam schedule will be reduced from six to four days.
  • Classes in the Fall Term will begin on a Monday in August, rather than a Wednesday.
  • What was formerly known as the Fall or Spring Long Semester will now be known as Fall or Spring Term. Two optional terms, called Winter Term and May Term, have also been included.
  • In most years, Spring Term will start on the Monday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Therefore, in the 2022-23 academic year, the first day of the Spring Term will be Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, and the term will end two weeks earlier than in past years.

It is important to note that the academic calendar is different from the UT Holiday Schedule.

The Academic Calendar Implementation Committee, which was created last fall and includes stakeholders from across campus, is actively working to ensure that the needs of the Longhorn community are heard and met, and that questions and concerns are addressed. Within the Implementation Committee, multiple workgroups have been established to find solutions and communicate timely updates to specific campus audiences. The new calendar, a list of frequently asked questions and future updates can be found on the Changes to the Academic Calendar webpage.