Changes to the 2021-2022 academic calendar

March 24, 2021


Dear Iowa State Community,

As we look toward the summer and fall, we are pleased to announce  the 2021-2022 academic calendar. Notable components of the calendar include:

  • Offering an optional 4-week winter session.
  • Moving the start and end dates of spring semester 2022 back one week.
  • Resuming traditional week-long Thanksgiving and spring breaks.

2021-2022 Academic Calendar


Start Date

End Date

Summer Term 2021

Monday, May 17

Friday, Aug. 6

Fall Semester 2021

Monday, Aug. 23

Friday, Dec. 17 (Final exams: Dec. 13-16)

Optional Winter Session 2021

Monday, Dec. 20

Friday, Jan. 14

Spring Semester 2022

Tuesday, Jan. 18

Friday, May 13 (Final exams: May 9-12)

Summer Term 2022

Monday, May 16

Friday, Aug. 5

University Holidays and Breaks

Fall 2021 and Spring and Summer 2022

University Holiday

Monday, Sept. 6

Thanksgiving Break, Classes Recessed

Monday – Friday, Nov. 22-26

University Holidays

Thursday, Nov 25, Friday, Nov. 26

University Holidays

Friday, Dec. 24, Monday, Dec. 27

University Holiday

Friday, Dec. 31

University Holiday

Monday, Jan. 17

Spring Break, Classes Recessed

Monday – Friday, March 14-18

University Holiday

Monday, May 30

University Holiday

Monday, July 4

In addition to the university’s normal 16-week fall and spring semesters, this calendar provides the opportunity for students to enroll in a 4-week winter session to catch-up or work ahead in meeting their graduation requirements. Students will register for winter and spring courses at the same time. More information will be posted on the Winter Session website as it becomes available.

Our deep thanks to Associate Provost Ann Marie VanDerZanden, University Registrar Jennifer Suchan, and the Academic Continuity Working Group for their leadership and collaboration with faculty and staff leaders on the revisions to the academic calendar.

As previously announced, we are moving forward to having in-person classes and activities at pre-pandemic levels this fall. Online and hybrid classes will continue to be available for many courses, as they were before the pandemic, to meet students’ scheduling needs and preferred learning styles, but we will return to in-person instruction as the default for our beautiful residential campus.

Our planning and decisions continue to be based on appropriate health practices, an assumption that vaccinations will be widely available, and our unwavering commitment to the highest quality of teaching, learning, and student success. Updates are posted on the COVID-19 Response page. Thank you for your support and your efforts to maintain excellence at Iowa State University.

Wendy Wintersteen


Jonathan Wickert

Senior Vice President and Provost

Toyia Younger

Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

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