Academic Calendar

Following are schedules by class year noting holidays and academic dates, United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) deadline dates for clinical knowledge (CK) and clinical skills (CS), and Columbia's ceremonies and events for medical students, including those in the MD, Columbia-Bassett, MD/PhD, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) programs.

Academic Calendar: 2021-2022

Class of 2025

(Columbia University and VP&S are actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. We will post any updates to this page as soon as they are available)

  • Columbia-Bassett Pre-Orientation: 8/8 - 8/13 (tentative as of 6/3/21)
  • Orientation begins: 8/16/21
  • Fall Term begins: 8/18/21
  • Labor Day Holiday: 9/6/21
  • Thanksgiving Day Holiday: 11/25/21
  • University Designated Holiday: 11/26/21
  • Fall Term ends: 12/23/21
  • Spring Term begins: 1/4/22
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday: 1/17/22
  • Spring break: 3/14/22-3/18/22
  • Memorial Day Holiday: 5/30/22
  • Spring Term ends: TBD June 2022

Class of 2024

(Columbia University and VP&S are actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. We will post any updates to this page as soon as they are available)

  • Spring Term begins: 1/4/21
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday: 1/18/21
  • President's Day Holiday: 2/15/21
  • Spring Break: 3/15/21-3/19/21
  • Memorial Day Holiday: 5/31/21
  • Spring Term ends: 6/11/21
  • Juneteeth: 6/18/21 - 6/19/21
  • Fall Term begins: 8/30/21
  • Labor Day Holiday: 9/6/21
  • Thanksgiving Day Holiday: 11/25/21
  • University Designated Holiday: 11/26/21
  • Fall Term Ends: 12/23/21
  • Spring term Begins: 1/4/22

Class of 2023

(Columbia University and VP&S are actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. We will post any updates to this page as soon as they are available)

  • Spring Term begins: 1/4/21
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday: 1/18/21
  • Presidents Day Holiday: 2/15/21
  • Memorial Day Holiday: 5/31/21
  • Juneteenth: 6/18/21 - 6/19/21
  • Spring Term ends: 6/30/21
  • Independence Day - Observed: 7/5/21

Class of 2022

(Columbia University and VP&S are actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. We will post any updates to this page as soon as they are available)

  • Spring Term begins: 1/4/21
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday: 1/18/21
  • Presidents Day Holiday: 2/15/21
  • Memorial Day Holiday: 5/31/21
  • Juneteenth: 6/18/21 - 6/19/21
  • Spring Term ends: 6/30/21

NOTE: As per VP&S Attendance and Absence Policies, students on clerkships or electives should check with their clerkship/elective director before assuming they have off for holidays outside of Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving.

USMLE Test Dates 2019-20

NOTE: Taking USMLE Step 2 CS is a requirement for graduation. The exam deadline for students taking a year off is Dec. 31 after their Major Clinical Year. The exam deadline for MD-PhD students is Dec. 31 prior to their graduation year.

* NOTE: Starred items are tentative dates.

Ceremonies and Events 2021-22

Class of 2025

  • White Coat Ceremony: 8/20/2021
  • Match Day: 3/15/25*
  • VP&S Student Research Day: 3/31/25
  • VP&S Class Day: 5/21/25 *
  • University Commencement: 5/22/25 *
  • VP&S Graduation Ceremony: 5/12/25*

Class of 2024

  • White Coat Ceremony: 8/13/2020
  • Match Day: 3/15/24*
  • VP&S Student Research Day: 3/30/22
  • VP&S Class Day: 5/21/24 *
  • University Commencement: 5/22/24 *
  • VP&S Graduation Ceremony: 5/12/24 *

Class of 2023

  • Match Day: 3/17/23*
  • VP&S Student Research Day: 3/30/22
  • VP&S Class Day: 5/16/23 *
  • University Commencement: 5/17/23*
  • VP&S Graduation Ceremony: 5/17/23 *

Class of 2022

  • Match Day: 3/18/22
  • VP&S Student Research Day: 3/30/22
  • VP&S Class Day: 5/17/22 * Not confirmed 
  • University Commencement: 5/18/22* Not confirmed 
  • VP&S Graduation Ceremony: 5/18/22 * Not confirmed 

* NOTE: Starred items are tentative dates.