Establishment of the academic calendar for the University of Wisconsin-Madison falls within the authority of the faculty as set forth in Faculty Policies and Procedures. Construction of the academic calendar is subject to various rules and guidelines prescribed by the Board of Regents, the Faculty Senate and State of Wisconsin legislation. Approximately every five years, the Faculty Senate approves a new academic calendar which spans a future five-year period. The current calendar was adopted by the Faculty Senate in December 2012, and amended October 2015.

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2015-2016 to 2020-2021 Calendars

Print versions of academic calendar

Academic calendar 2016-2021 (revised October 2015)

Contact Information

Jane Richard
Office of the Secretary of the Faculty
University of Wisconsin - Madison
129 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI  53706-1380
Phone: (608) 262-3958