Academic Catalog 2020-2021

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

The University’s academic year consists of two full-length semesters and a summer session. The Fall and Spring semesters are approximately fifteen weeks long, and each contains an eight-week minimester which begins midway through the semester. Minimesters are offered primarily through the Online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program and are usually populated with online courses. The summer session consists of two five-week terms which run consecutively, or for some courses, one ten-week term. An eight-week minimester is also offered during the summer session, again primarily for the Degree Completion Program. Evening classes are offered on the main campus and at various remote sites throughout the year. Internships, clinicals, and study abroad opportunities along with a number of other high-impact learning opportunities are offered throughout the year. Graduation ceremonies are scheduled in May and December of each year. The dates in the Academic Calendar are subject to change. Current dates can be verified on the live calendar found here.

Fall Semester 2020

August 8 Gardner-Webb Undergraduate Online (GWUO) Professional Learning Day
August 10 New Faculty Orientation
August 17

Physician Assistant (PA) Fall Classes Begin

Traditional Undergraduate (TUG) New First-year Student Move-in and New Student Orientation

Check-in for All Returning Students and Readmit Students Living in Residence Halls

August 18 Graduate Studies (GRAD) New Student Orientation
August 19

TUG Fall Classes Begin

GWUO Fall Classes Begin

August 21

GWUO Last Day for Late Registration or Schedule Modification (First Eight-week Term)

MBA 10 Last Day to Add a Class (Term 5)

August 23 MBA 10 Last Day of Classes (Term 4)
August 24

GRAD Fall Classes Begin 

MBA 10 Classes Begin (Term 5) 

August 25 TUG/GWUO (16-week) Last Day for Late Registration or Schedule Modification
August 27 School of Divinity (SOD) New Student Orientation
August 30 GRAD Last Day for Late Registration or Schedule Modification
August 31

SOD Fall Classes Begin

MBA 10 Last Day to Drop a Class (Term 5)

September 6 SOD Last Day for Late Registration or Schedule Modification
September 9 GWUO Last Day to Withdraw with Grade of "W" (First Eight-week Term)
September 14 SOD Convocation
September 21 MBA 10 Last Day to Withdraw with Grade of "W" (Term 5)
September 28 MBA 10 Last Day to Withdraw with Grade of "WP/WF" (Term 5)
September 29 GWUO Last Day to Withdraw with Grade of "WP/WF" (First Eight-week Term)
October 1 GWUO Early Registration Begins
October 2 TUG/GWUO (16-week) Last Day to Withdraw with Grade of “W”
October 5 GRAD Last Day to Withdraw with Grade of "W"
October 7 GRAD/SOD Early Registration Begins
October 9 SOD Last Day to Withdraw with Grade of "W"
October 12 All Programs Last Day for Graduation Applications for December (with Late Fee)
October 14

GWUO Last Day of Classes/Final Exams (First Eight-week Term)

TUG Advising/Early Registration Begins

All Programs Graduation Applications for May (without Late Fee)

October 16

GWUO Classes Begin (Second Eight-week Term) 

MBA 10 Last Day to Add a Class (Term 6) 

October 18

GWUO Last Day for Late Registration or Schedule Modification (Second Eight-week Term)

MBA 10 Last Day of Classes (Term 5)

October 19 MBA 10 Classes Begin (Term 6)
October 26 MBA 10 Last Day to Drop a Class (Term 6)
November 6 GWUO Last Day to Withdraw with Grade of “W” (Second Eight-week Term)
November 12 TUG/GWUO (16-week)/GRAD Last Day to Withdraw with Grade of "WP/WF"
November 14 SOD Last Day to Withdraw with Grade of "WP/WF"
November 16 MBA 10 Month Last Day to Withdraw with Grade of "W" (Term 6)
November 23 MBA 10 Month Last Day to Withdraw with Grade of "WP/WF" (Term 6)
November 23-27 SOD Thanksgiving Break
November 25 GWUO Last Day to Withdraw with Grade of “WP/WF” (Second Eight-week Term)
November 25-27 TUG/GWUO/GRAD Thanksgiving Break
November 29 All Programs Graduation Applications Due for May (without Late Fee)
November 30  All Programs Graduation Applications for May (with Late Fee)
December 2
TUG/PA Last Day of Classes
December 3-4
Reading Days
December 10 GRAD/GWUO/PA/SOD Last Day of Classes
December 12 Commencement
December 13 MBA 10 Last Day of Classes (Term 6)

Spring Semester 2021

January 1

MBA 10 Month Term 1 Last Day for Add Classes

January 4

MBA 10 Month Term 1 Classes Begin

GWUO New Student Orientation

SOD J Term Classes Begin

January 5

Graduation Studies (GRAD) New Student Orientation

January 6

GWUO 1st. 8 Week Classes Begin

January 7

Physician Assistant (PA) New Student Orientation

January 9

GWUO 1st. 8 Week Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

January 10

GWUO 1st. 8 Week Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

Residential Students Return

January 11

New Student Orientation for TUG

GRAD Classes Begin

MBA 10 Month Term 1 Last Day for Drop Classes

January 12

MBA 10 Month Term 1 Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

January 13

PA Classes Begin

GWUO 16 week Classes Begin

TUG Classes Begin

January 18

All Programs - Martin Luther King Holiday

GRAD Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

PA Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

January 19

GRAD Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

January 21

All Program Graduation Application for May without Late Fee

DBA Residency

SOD New Student Orientation

TUG Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

GWUO 16 week Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

January 22

All Program Graduation Application for May with Late Fee

GWUO 16 week Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

TUG Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

January 23
Last Day of SOD J Term Classes
January 25

SOD Classes Begin

January 28

GWUO 1st. 8 Week Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

January 29

GWUO 1st. 8 Week Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

February 1

SOD Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

MBA 10 Month Term 1 Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

February 2

SOD Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

MBA 10 Month Term 1 Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

February 8

MBA 10 Month Term 1 Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

February 17

GWUO 1st. 8 Week Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

February 24

GRAD Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

SOD Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

February 25

GRAD Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

SOD Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

February 26

MBA 10 Month Term 2 Last Day for Add Classes

TUG Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

GWUO 16 week Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

February 27

TUG Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

GWUO 16 week Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

February 28

MBA 10 Month Term 1 Last Day of Classes

March 1

GWUO/GRAD/SOD Early Registration for Summer and Fall Begins

MBA 10 Month Term 2 Classes Begin

March 3

TUG Early Registration for Summer and Fall Begins

GWUO 1st. 8 Week Last Day of Classes/Final Exams

March 5

GWUO 1st. 8 Week Grades Due by Noon

March 8

GRAD Spring Break

MBA 10 Month Term 2 Last Day for Drop Classes

March 9

GRAD Spring Break

MBA 10 Month Term 2 Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

March 10

GRAD Spring Break

GWUO 2nd. 8 Week Classes Begin

March 11

GRAD Spring Break

All Program Last Day for Graduation Application for May with Late Fee

March 12
GRAD Spring Break
March 13 

GWUO 2nd. 8 Week Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

March 14

GWUO 2nd. 8 Week Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

March 17

All Program Graduation Application for August without Late Fee

March 29

MBA 10 Month Term 2 Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

March 30 

MBA 10 Month Term 2 Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

March 31

GWUO Easter Break

April 1

TUG/GWUO/GRAD/SOD Easter Break

GWUO 2nd. 8 Week Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

April 2

TUG/GWUO/GRAD/SOD/PA Easter Break

GWUO 2nd. 8 Week Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

MBA 10 Month Term 2 Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

 April 3

TUG/GRAD/SOD/PA Easter Break

 April 4

TUG/GRAD/SOD/PA Easter Break

April 5

TUG/GRAD/SOD Easter Break

April 6
GRAD/SOD Easter Break
April 7

GRAD/SOD Easter Break

TUG Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

GWUO 16 week Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

GRAD Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

SOD Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

April 22

GWUO 2nd. 8 Week Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

April 25

MBA 10 Month Term 2 Last Day of Classes

April 30

TUG Reading Day

May 3

TUG/PA First-Year/SOD Final Exams

May 5

All Programs Graduating Student Grades Due by Noon

May 6

TUG Last Day of Classes

GWUO 16 week Last Day of Classes/Final Exam

GWUO 2nd. 8 Week Last Day of Classes/Final Exams

GRAD/PA/SOD Last Day of Classes

May 8

Commencement

All Programs Final Grades Due

Summer Term 2021

April 23

MBA 10 Month Term 3 Last Day for Add Classes

April 26

MBA 10 Month Term 3 Classes Begin

May 3

MBA 10 Month Term 3 Last Day for Drop Classes

May 4

MBA 10 Month Term 3 Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

May 17

PA Classes Begin

May 19

GRAD Classes Begin

GRAD 1st 5 weeks Classes Begin

May 20

TUG Classes Begin

May 20 TUG 1st 5 weeks Classes Begin

May 20 PA Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

May 21

GRAD 1st 5 weeks Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

May 22

TUG 1st 5 weeks Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

GRAD 1st 5 weeks Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

May 23

TUG 1st 5 weeks Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

May 23 GRAD Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

May 24

TUG Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

GRAD Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

MBA 10 Month Term 3 Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

May 25

TUG Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

GWUO 8 week Classes Begin

MBA 10 Month Term 3 Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

May 27

SOD 8 week Classes Begin

May 29

GWUO 8 week Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

SOD 8 week Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

May 30

GWUO 8 week Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

SOD 8 week Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

MBA 10 Month Term 3 Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

May 31
 
June 1

TUG Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

GRAD 1st 5 weeks Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

June 2

TUG 1st 5 weeks Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

GRAD 1st 5 weeks Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

June 3

TUG 1st 5 weeks Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

June 14

All Programs Last Day for Graduation Application for August with Late Fee

TUG 1st 5 weeks Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF

GRAD 1st 5 weeks Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

June 15

GRAD Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

June 16

All Program Graduation Application for December without Late Fee

TUG Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

GRAD Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

June 18

GWUO 8 week Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

MBA 10 Month Term 4 Last Day for Add Classes

June 19

GWUO 8 week Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

June 20

MBA 10 Month Term 3 Last Day of Classes

June 21

MBA 10 Month Term 4 Classes Begin

SOD 8 week Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

June 22

TUG 1st 5 weeks Last Day of Classes

GRAD 1st 5 weeks Last Day of Classes

SOD 8 week Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

June 23

GRAD 2nd 5 weeks Classes Begin

June 24

1st 5 weeks Grades Due

TUG 2nd 5 weeks Classes Begin

June 25

GRAD 2nd 5 weeks Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

June 26

TUG 2nd 5 weeks Last Day for Drop/Add Classes

GRAD 2nd 5 weeks Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

June 27

TUG 2nd 5 weeks Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

June 28

MBA 10 Month Term 4. Last Day for Drop Classes

June 29

MBA 10 Month Term 4 Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

July 1

MBA 10 Month Term 4 Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

July 5

GWUO July 4th Break Begins

SOD July 4th Break

July 6

GRAD 2nd 5 weeks Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

July 7

TUG 2nd 5 weeks Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

GRAD 2nd 5 weeks Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

July 8

TUG 2nd 5 weeks Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

July 9

GWUO July 4th Break Ends

TUG Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

GRAD Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

July 12

GWUO 8 week Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

July 13

SOD 8 week Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

July 19

TUG 2nd 5 weeks Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

GRAD 2nd 5 weeks Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

MBA 10 Month Term 4 Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "W"

July 23

PA Last Day of Classes

July 26

GWUO 8 week Last Day of Classes/Final Exams

GRAD Last Day of Classes

MBA 10 Month Term 4 Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of "WP/WF"

PA Final Exams Begin

July 27

TUG Last Day of Classes

TUG 2nd 5 weeks Last Day of Classes

GRAD 2nd 5 weeks Last Day of Classes

SOD 8 week Last Day of Classes

July 28

All Programs Graduating Student Grades Due by Noon

July 30

PA Last Day of Final Exams

July 31

Commencement

All Programs Grades Due

 August 15

MBA 10 Month Term 4 Last Day of Classes