2020-2021 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Nov 27, 2020  
2020-2021 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Calendar and Critical Deadlines


Students are expected to know regulations and policies found in this catalog and the Student Handbook. Keeping abreast of the school calendar, critical deadlines, as well as all University communication is also the student’s responsibility.


Undergraduate Day Calendar | Professional Studies Calendar


Undergraduate Day and Evening Students*

Semester System

Samford University operates on the semester (4-1-4) system, consisting of two four-month semesters (fall and spring), and a three-week term in January (Jan Term). The fall semester begins in late August and ends in mid-December. The spring semester begins in late January and ends in mid-May. For undergraduate students, a maximum of 18 credits may be taken during the semester without additional approval of an academic dean.

Jan Term

Samford University offers a short term consisting of three weeks in the month of January called Jan Term. The major intent of this interterm is to give the student a wider world view, a richer experience in integrating knowledge from a variety of specialties, and a deeper consciousness of the relevance of the student’s studies to one’s life and career. Some courses emphasize interdisciplinary cooperation, using teaching faculty, guest lecturers, and student research and participation. Others are intended to give the student an opportunity for intensive study and observation in a setting involving a potential career. Interterm opportunities include research in libraries or laboratories, contacts with visiting scholars, internships, externships, field trips, and other useful activities. A number of courses are offered at the Daniel House, Samford’s London Study Centre. Regular courses are offered for those who wish to accelerate progress toward graduation or to make up for underload in earlier semesters. The maximum class load allowed in the Jan Term is two courses, not to exceed a total of six credits.

Summer Terms

Summer term classes are split into two five-week terms, one 10-week summer term, and one 14-week summer term. A maximum of 16 credits can be taken during the summer terms, with a maximum of eight in each five-week term.

Undergraduate Evening Students

Classes for undergraduate evening students meet for two eight-week terms in the fall and spring (A/B Terms), a three-week Jan Term, and two five-week summer terms. All programs offered through Professional Studies follow this format.

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 * Not all programs offer Jan Term courses.

Inclement Weather Statement

Inclement weather or other events beyond the control of the University that might cause risk or danger to students, faculty, and staff may occasionally result in changes to normal University operations, including cancellation of classes or events; the calendar schedule may be adjusted.

 


Calendar for Academic Year 2020-2021 for
Undergraduate Day Programs

Calendar dates/deadlines are subject to change.

 Fall Semester 2020

August 24 Classes Begin (Monday)
August 25 Virtual University Convocation
August 28 Last day to add or drop a Fall course(s)
August 28 Deadline to submit Course Repeat form in semester repeated course is taken
September 7 Labor Day Holiday; The University is open as usual and classes meet
October 5-12 Midterm grade entry for all undergraduates
October 7 Registration begins for Spring semester and Summer terms
  (Note: Registration continues until the last day to add/drop for each term)
October 20 Deadline for undergraduate Graduation Application for Spring 2021
November 11 Last day to withdraw from a Fall course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Fall courses without academic penalty
November 11 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current semester
November 24 All classes and final exams CONCLUDE for undergraduates (Tuesday)
November 25-27 Thanksgiving Holidays (no classes meet)
December 12 Fall 2020 Degree Conferral Date (no in-person ceremony)
December 15 Final Grades Due

NOTE: The end of semester exam requirement for courses is suspended for Fall 2020 only. In addition, no university-wide study day or exam week will be scheduled. Faculty should plan their concluding exam or assignment within the regularly scheduled course meeting times prior to end of in-person instruction for undergraduates on November 24. Final academic assessments for graduate programs will be organized on a program by program basis. 

 Jan Term 2021

January 4 Classes Begin (Monday)
January 6 Last day to add or drop a Jan Term course(s)
January 6 Deadline to submit Course Repeat form in term repeated course is taken
January 11 Last day to withdraw from a Jan Term course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Jan Term courses without academic penalty
January 11 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes meet)
January 21 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
January 22 Final Exams (Friday)
January 26 Final Grades Due

 Spring Semester 2021

January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes meet)
January 25 Classes Begin (Monday)
January 26 University Convocation
January 29 Last day to add or drop a Spring course(s)
January 29 Deadline to submit Course Repeat form in semester repeated course is taken
February 17 Deadline for undergraduate Graduation Application for Summer 2021
March 1-15 Midterm grade entry for all undergraduates
Mid/Late March Registration begins for Fall semester (exact TBA)
  (Note: Registration continues until the last day to add/drop for each term)
April 2 Deadline for undergraduate Graduation Application for Fall 2021
April 2 Last day to withdraw from a Spring course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Spring courses without academic penalty
April 2 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current semester
April 5 Easter Holiday (no classes meet)
April 29 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
April 30 Study Day (Friday)
May 3-6 Final Exams
May 7-8 Tentative Spring Commencement (Friday and Saturday)
May 11 Final Grades Due

 Summer I Term 2021 (5 Weeks)

June 1 Classes Begin (Tuesday)
June 4 Last day to add or drop a Summer I course(s)
June 4 Deadline to submit Course Repeat form in term repeated course is taken
June 17 Last day to withdraw from a Summer I course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Summer I courses without academic penalty
June 17 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
July 1 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
July 2 Final Exams (Friday)
July 5 Independence Day Holiday (no classes meet)
July 6 Final Grades Due

 Summer II Term 2021 (5 Weeks)

July 6 Classes Begin (Tuesday)
July 9 Last day to add or drop a Summer II course(s)
July 9 Deadline to submit Course Repeat form in term repeated course is taken
July 22 Last day to withdraw from a Summer II course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Summer II courses without academic penalty
July 22 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
August 5 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
August 6 Final Exams (Friday)
August 9 Final Grades Due

 Summer III Term 2021 (10 Weeks)

June 1 Classes Begin (Tuesday)
June 4 Last day to add or drop a Summer III (10-Week) course(s)
June 4 Deadline to submit Course Repeat form in term repeated course is taken
July 5 Independence Day Holiday (no classes meet)
July 22 Last day to withdraw from a Summer III (10-Week) course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Summer III (10-Week) courses without academic penalty
July 22 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
August 4 Last Day of Classes (Wednesday)
August 5-6 Final Exams (Thursday-Friday)
August 9 Final Grades Due

Note about Graduation Application Deadlines: All students must complete the Application for Graduation to assure timely assessment of their graduation requirements. The form is accessible online through the Samford Portal.

Important Note: See the Financial Information  section for payment due dates for each semester/term. Students who register AFTER the payment due date MUST make their payments IMMEDIATELY upon registration.

Inclement weather or other events beyond the control of the University that might cause risk or danger to students, faculty, and staff may occasionally result in changes to normal University operations, including cancellation of classes or events; the calendar schedule may be adjusted.

For the Beeson School of Divinity Academic Calendar, use the following link: http://www.beesondivinity.com/academiccalendar

For the Cumberland School of Law Academic Calendar, use the following link: https://www.samford.edu/departments/registrar/academic-calendar-law

For a calendar with dates specific to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, use the following link: http://www.samford.edu/pharmacy/student-services/


Calendar for Academic Year 2020-2021 for
Professional Studies (Undergraduate Evening)

Some dates for Professional Studies are still being verified

 Fall Term A 2020

August 24 Classes Begin for Fall Term A (Monday)
August 28 Last day to add or drop a Fall Term A course(s)
August 28 Deadline to submit Course Repeat form in term repeated course is taken
September 7 Labor Day Holiday; The University is open as usual and classes meet
September 11 Last day to withdraw from a Fall Term A course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Fall Term A courses without academic penalty
September 11 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
September 16 Registration re-opens for Fall Term B
October 6 Deadline for undergraduate Graduation Application for Spring 2021
October 7 Registration begins for Spring Terms A & B and Summer Terms
  (Note: Registration continues until the last day to add/drop for each term)
October 16 Last Day of Classes for Fall Term A
October 19 Final Grades Due

 Fall Term B 2020

October 19 Classes Begin for Fall Term B (Monday)
October 23 (est) Last day to add or drop a Fall Term B course(s)
October 23 (est) Deadline to submit Course Repeat form in term repeated course is taken
November 11 Last day to withdraw from a Fall Term B course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Fall Term B courses without academic penalty
November 11 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
November 25-27 Thanksgiving Holidays (no classes meet)
December 3 Last Day of Classes for Fall Term B (Thursday)
December 12 Fall 2020 Degree Conferral Date (no in-person ceremony)
December 15 Final Grades Due

NOTE: The end of semester exam requirement for courses is suspended for Fall 2020 only. In addition, no university-wide study day or exam week will be scheduled. Faculty should plan their concluding exam or assignment within the regularly scheduled course meeting times prior to end of in-person instruction for undergraduates on November 24. Final academic assessments for graduate programs will be organized on a program by program basis. 

 Jan Term 2021

January 4 Classes Begin (Monday)
January 6 Last day to add or drop a Jan Term course(s)
January 6 Deadline to submit Course Repeat form in term repeated course is taken
January 11 Last day to withdraw from a Jan Term course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Jan Term courses without academic penalty
January 11 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current semester
January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes meet)
January 21 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
January 22 Final Exams (Friday)
January 26 Final Grades Due

 Spring Term A 2021

January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes meet)
January 25 Classes Begin for Spring Term A (Monday)
January 29 Last day to add or drop a Spring Term A course(s)
January 29 Deadline to submit Course Repeat form in term repeated course is taken
February 15 Last day to withdraw from a Spring Term A course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Spring Term A courses without academic penalty
February 15 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
February 17 Registration re-opens for Spring Term B (est)
February 17 Deadline for undergraduate Graduation Application for Summer 2021
March 12 Last Day of Classes/Finals for Spring Term A (Friday)
March 15 Final Grades Due

 Spring Term B 2021

March 15 Classes Begin for Spring Term B (Monday)
March 19 Last day to add or drop a Spring Term B course(s)
March 19 Deadline to submit Course Repeat form in term repeated course is taken
Mid/Late March Registration begins for Fall Terms A & B (exact date TBA)
  (Note: Registration continues until the last day to add/drop for each term)
April 2 Deadline for undergraduate Graduation Application for Fall 2021
April 2 Last day to withdraw from a Spring Term B course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Spring Term B courses without academic penalty
April 2 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
April 5 Easter Holiday (no classes meet)
April 29 Last Day of Classes for Spring Term B (Thursday)
May 3-6 Final Exams (est)
May 7-8 Tentative Spring Commencement (Friday and Saturday)
May 11 Final Grades Due

 Summer I Term 2021 (5 Weeks)

June 1 Classes Begin (Tuesday)
June 4 Last day to add or drop a Summer I course(s)
June 4 Deadline to submit Course Repeat form in term repeated course is taken
June 17 Last day to withdraw from a Summer I course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Summer I courses without academic penalty
June 17 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
July 1 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
July 2 Final Exams (Friday)
July 5 Independence Day Holiday (no classes meet)
July 6 Final Grades Due

 Summer II Term 2021 (5 Weeks)

July 6 Classes Begin (Tuesday)
July 9 Last day to add or drop a Summer II course(s)
July 9 Deadline to submit Course Repeat form in term repeated course is taken
July 22 Last day to withdraw from a Summer II course OR to completely withdraw from ALL Summer II courses without academic penalty
July 22 Deadline to submit Pass/Fail form for a course being taken in the current term
August 5 Last Day of Classes (Thursday)
August 6 Final Exams (Friday)
August 9 Final Grades Due

Note about Graduation Application Deadlines: All students must complete the Application for Graduation to assure timely assessment of their graduation requirements. The form is accessible online through the Samford Portal.

Important Note: See the Financial Information  section for payment due dates for each semester/term. Students who register AFTER the payment due date MUST make their payments IMMEDIATELY upon registration.

Inclement weather or other events beyond the control of the University that might cause risk or danger to students, faculty, and staff may occasionally result in changes to normal University operations, including cancellation of classes or events; the calendar schedule may be adjusted.

For the Beeson School of Divinity Academic Calendar, use the following link: http://www.beesondivinity.com/academiccalendar

For the Cumberland School of Law Academic Calendar, use the following link: https://www.samford.edu/departments/registrar/academic-calendar-law

For a calendar with dates specific to the McWhorter School of Pharmacy, use the following link: http://www.samford.edu/pharmacy/student-services/