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: 2023 - 2024

Class of 2027

  • Orientation begins: 8/7/23
  • Fall Term begins: 8/10/23
  • Labor Day Holiday: 9/4/23
  • Fall vacation: 10/5 and 10/6
  • Thanksgiving Day Holiday: 11/23/23
  • University Designated Holiday: 11/24/23
  • Fall Term ends: 12/22/23
  • Spring Term begins: 1/3/24
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday: 1/15/24
  • Spring break: 3/11/24-3/15/24
  • Memorial Day Holiday: 5/27/24
  • Spring Term ends: 6/4/24

Class of 2026

  • Fall Term begins: 8/28/23
  • Labor Day Holiday: 9/4/23
  • Thanksgiving Day Holiday: 11/23/23
  • University Designated Holiday: 11/24/23
  • Fall Term ends: 12/22/23
  • Spring Term begins: 1/3/24
  • Spring Term ends: 6/30/24
  • Fall Term Begins: 7/1/24

Class of 2025

  • Thanksgiving Day Holiday: 11/23/23
  • University Designated Holiday: 11/24/23
  • Fall Term Ends: 12/31/23
  • Spring Term Begins: 1/3/23
  • Spring Term Ends: 6/30/23
  • Fall Term Begins: 7/1/23

Class of 2024

  • Fall Term begins: 7/1/23
  • Fall Term ends: 12/31/23
  • Spring term begins: 1/3/24
  • Spring term ends: 5/14/24

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

* NOTE: Starred items are tentative dates.

Ceremonies and Events 2023-2024

Class of 2027

  • White Coat Ceremony: 8/11/2023
  • Match Day: TBA
  • VP&S Student Research Day: TBA
  • VP&S Class Day: TBA
  • University Commencement: TBA
  • VP&S Graduation Ceremony: TBA

Class of 2026

  • Match Day: 3/17/26*Not confirmed 
  • VP&S Student Research Day: TBA
  • VP&S Class Day: TBA
  • University Commencement: TBA
  • VP&S Graduation Ceremony: TBA

Class of 2025

  • White Coat Ceremony: 8/20/2021
  • Match Day: TBA
  • VP&S Student Research Day: TBA
  • VP&S Class Day: TBA 
  • University Commencement: TBA
  • VP&S Graduation Ceremony: TBA

Class of 2024

  • White Coat Ceremony: 8/13/2020
  • Match Day: 3/15/24*
  • VP&S Student Research Day: TBA
  • VP&S Class Day: 5/14/24 *Not confirmed 
  • University Commencement: 5/15/24 
  • VP&S Graduation Ceremony: 5/15/24  

* NOTE: Starred items are tentative dates.