Sep 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [NOTE!!!! THIS IS AN ARCHIVED CATALOG. FOR THE CURRENT CATALOG, GO TO CATALOG.NIU.EDU]

Academic Calendar


Fall Semester 2020

April-August
New student and family orientation sessions
August 17-21, Monday-Friday
Department, college, and university faculty meetings
August 24, Monday
Classes begin
August 30, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to add or course drop a first-half-semester or full-semester course(s) via self-service in MyNIU.
August 31, Monday
Last day for undergraduates to add a first-half-semester course with approval from the offering department.
August 31, Monday
Last day for undergraduates to course drop a first-half-semester course through their college advising office, or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
September 1, Tuesday
Last day to apply for Fall 2020 graduation via self-service in MyNIU.
September 4, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to add a full-semester course with approval from the offering department.
September 4, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to course drop a full-semester course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
September 7, Monday
Labor Day (university closed)
September 11, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to change a full-semester course from credit to audit or from audit to credit.
September 11, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to change a first-half-semester course from credit to audit or from audit to credit.
September 18, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to process a course withdrawal from a first-half-semester course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
October 18, Sunday
End of the first-half of the semester.
October 19, Monday
Beginning of the second-half of the semester.                                                                    
October 25, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to add or course drop a second-half-semester course via self-service in MyNIU.
October 26, Monday
Last day for undergraduates to add a second-half-semester course with approval from the offering department.
October 26, Monday
Last day for undergraduates to course drop a second-half-semester course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
October 30, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to process a course withdrawal or semester withdrawal from a 16 week course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
Beginning Monday, November 2
A course withdrawal or semester withdrawal will be granted for undergraduates at the discretion and with the permission of their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation through December 5 (classes end).
November 6, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to change a second-half-semester course from credit to audit or from audit to credit.
November 13, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to course withdrawal from a second half-semester course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
November 13, Friday
Last day for undergraduates enrolled only in second-half semester courses to process a semester withdrawal through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
November 25-29, Wednesday-Sunday
Thanksgiving break
November 30, Monday
Classes resume
November 30, Monday
Last day to change or declare a major to be effective for the fall semester.
December 5, Saturday
Classes end
December 8, Tuesday
Last day for undergraduates to make up a grade of “I” (incomplete) from the Summer 2020 session.
December 7-12, Monday-Saturday
Final examinations
December 13, Sunday
End of fall semester
Undergraduate fall commencement
December 17, Thursday
Last day for undergraduates to make up a grade of “I” (incomplete) from the Fall 2019 semester.

Spring Semester 2021

October-January
New student and family orientation sessions
January 4-8, Monday-Friday
Department and college faculty meetings
January 11, Monday
Classes begin
January 17, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to add or course drop a first-half-semester or full-semester course(s) via self-service in MyNIU.
January 17, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to course drop a first-half-semester course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
January 18, Monday
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (university closed)
January 24, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to add a first-half-semester course with approval from the offering department.
January 24, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to add a full-semester course with approval from the offering department.
January 24, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to course drop a full-semester course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
January 29, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to change a full-semester course from credit to audit or from audit to credit.
January 29, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to change a first-half-semester course from credit to audit or from audit to credit.
February 1, Monday
Last day to apply for Spring 2021 graduation via self-service in MyNIU.
February 7, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to process a course withdrawal from a first-half-semester course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
March 6, Saturday
End of the first-half of the semester
March 8, Monday
Beginning of second-half of semester
March 14, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to add or course drop a second-half-semester course via self-service in MyNIU.
March 14, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to course drop a second-half-semester course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
March 19, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to process a course withdrawal or semester withdrawal from a 16 week course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
Beginning March 20, Saturday
A course withdrawal or semester withdrawal will be granted for undergraduates at the discretion and with the permission of their college advising office, or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation, through April 22.
March 21, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to add a second-half-semester course with approval of course department.
March 26, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to change a second-half-semester course from credit to audit or from audit to credit.
April 4, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to course withdrawal from a second-half-semester course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
April 4, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates enrolled only in second-half-semester courses to process a semester withdrawal through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
April 9, Friday
Last day to change or declare a major to be effective for the spring semester.
April 14, Wednesday
Last day for undergraduates to make up a mark of “I” (incomplete) from the Fall 2020 semester.
April 22, Thursday
Classes end
April 23, Friday
Reading Day
April 24, 26-30, Saturday, Monday - Friday
Final examinations
April 30, Friday
End of spring semester
May 13, Thursday
Last day for undergraduates to make up a mark of “I” (incomplete) from the Spring 2020 semester.
June 5, Saturday
Spring Undergraduate Commencement
June 6, Sunday
Spring Undergraduate Commencement

Summer Session 2021

June 14, Monday
Classes begin
June 15, Tuesday
Last day to apply for Summer 2021 graduation via self-service in MyNIU.
June 16, Wednesday
Last day for undergraduates to add or course drop a first-half-session course via self-service in MyNIU.
June 16, Wednesday
Last day for undergraduates to perform a session drop for first-half-session course(s) via self-service in MyNIU.
June 17, Thursday
Last day for undergraduates to change a first-half-session course from credit to audit or from audit to credit with major college approval.
June 20, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to add or course drop a full-session course via self-service in MyNIU.
June 20, Sunday
Last day for a student to perform a session drop for a full-session course(s) via self-service in MyNIU.
June 20, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to add a first-half-session course with approval from the offering department.
June 20, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to request a course drop for a first-half-session course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
June 21, Monday
Last day for undergraduates to change a full-session from credit to audit or from audit to credit.
June 25, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to request a course withdrawal from a first-half-session course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
June 25, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to request a session withdrawal from a first-half-session course(s) through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
June 25, Friday
Last day for students to add or drop a full-session course with permission from the offering department.
July 5, Monday
Independence Day observed (university closed)
July 11, Sunday
End of the first-half session
July 12, Monday
Beginning of second-half session
July 14, Wednesday
Last day for undergraduates to add or course drop a second-half-session course via self-service in MyNIU.
July 14, Wednesday
Last day for undergraduates to process a semester withdrawal for the second-half-session through MyNIU.
July 14, Wednesday
Last day for undergraduates to change a second-half-session course from credit to audit or from audit to credit.
July 16, Friday
Last day for undergraduates enrolled in full-session courses to process a course withdrawal through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
July 16, Friday
Last day for undergraduates enrolled in full-session courses to request a session withdrawal through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
July 16, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to declare a major effective for the summer 2021 session.
July 18, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to add a second-half-session course with approval from the course offering department.
July 18, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to request a course drop for a second-half-session course through their college advising office or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
July 23, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to course withdrawal from a second-half-session course through their college advising office, or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
July 23, Friday
Last day for undergraduates enrolled only in second-half-session courses to session withdrawal through their college advising office, or the Academic Advising Office for those students with no college affiliation.
August 8, Sunday
End of Summer Session