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Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

This is the calendar for all on-ground programs as well as the online MPH in Community Health Sciences programs.


Program/Term Start Date End Date 100% Refund /
Add Online
75% Refund
50% Refund
25% Refund /
Drop w/out Record
Public Health
Full Semester
T 1/19/21 M 5/11/21  F 1/29/21 F 2/5/21 F 2/12/21 F 2/19/21
Public Health Period I T 1/19/21 W 3/10/21 W 1/27/21 W 2/3/21 W 2/10/21 W 2/17/21
Public Health Period II R 3/11/21 M 5/11/21  F  3/19/21 F 3/26/21 F 4/2/21 F 4/9/21
Public Health
Dietetic Internship
M 1/4/21 F 5/28/21 F 1/29/21 F 2/5/21 F 2/12/21 F 2/19/21
Public Health Spring Intercession M 1/4/21 F 1/15/21 T 1/5/21 W 1/6/21 R 1/7/21 F 1/8/21

Key Dates

  • Jan 15 F: Orientation
  • Jan 18 M: Martin L. King Jr Holiday (University closed)
  • Jan 19 T: First day of classes
  • Jan 25 M: Last to Day to Confirm Enrollment – REQUIRED ONCE – can still adjust schedule after; no action will drop classes
  • Feb 16 T: Lagniappe Day - Mardi Gras Holiday (University Closed)
  • Feb 24 W: Last day to change grading rules for Audit
  • Mar 10 W: Lagniappe Day - NO CLASSES 
  • Mar 22 M: Lagniappe Day––NO CLASSES (or designated make-up day–only used in the event of university closure)
  • Mar 24 W: Last day to drop for full semester classes and receive a "W"; drops after this date receive a letter grade or a "WF." ALSO Last day to change grading rules other than Audit.
  • April 5 M: Priority registration begins for Summer/Fall 2021. Watch for your designated  date and time thru Gibson.
  • April 8 R: Lagniappe Day - NO CLASSES 
  • April 30 F: Lagniappe Day – NO CLASSES (or designated make-up day–only used in the event of university closure)
  • May 3 M: Last day of classes
  • May 4 T to May 5 W: Study Period
  • May 6 R–May 11 T: Exam Period
  • May 22 Sat: Commencement, Spring degrees conferred, posted to transcripts

Key Dates for Dissertation / Practicum (APE) / Culminating Experience (ILE)

  • Mar 16 T: Last day to submit notice of dissertation defense to Dean’s Office for Spring 2021 graduation
  • Mar 30 T: Last day to defend dissertation for Spring 2021 graduation
  • Apr 16 F: Last day to submit final dissertation to Dean's Office for Spring 2021 graduation
  • May 3 M: Last day to submit Practicum Form E  (APE) and Culmination Completion Form (ILE) to the Office of Student Experience if graduating May 2021. Check with your department for earlier deadlines. 

Religious Observance Policy

Both Tulane’s policy of non-discrimination on the basis of religion and our core values of diversity and inclusion require instructors to make reasonable accommodations to help students avoid negative academic consequences when their religious obligations conflict with academic requirements. Every reasonable effort should be made to allow members of the university community to observe their religious holidays without jeopardizing the fulfillment of their academic obligations. It is never acceptable for an instructor to compel a student to choose between religious observance and academic work. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence. It is the obligation of the student to provide faculty within the first two weeks of each semester their intent to observe the holiday so that alternative arrangements convenient to both students and faculty can be made at the earliest opportunity. Students who make such arrangements will not be required to attend classes or take examinations on the designated days, and faculty must provide reasonable opportunities for such students to make up missed work and examinations. Exceptions to the requirement of a make-up examination must be approved in advance by the dean of the school in which the course is offered.