Academic Calendars

We do a lot of things differently at WPI, and that includes our academic schedule. Use the guide below to learn more about how our academic calendar is structured. The information on this page and all subsequent calendar pages is accurate as of the date of publication. However, all future academic calendars are reviewed annually, published for planning purposes, and are subject to change.

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WPI Important Dates Guide

Term vs. Semester

There are four 7-week academic terms (A, B, C, and D) in the regular academic year, as well as two optional summer terms (E1 and E2). Some courses, such as most graduate courses, are 14 week semesters (i.e. Fall Semester). 

Alternate Schedule Days

To make up for repeated missed classes due to the holiday schedule, alternate schedule days are incorporated into the academic calendar. On these days, students will follow their class schedule of a different weekday. See the academic calendar to learn which days of the term may follow the schedule of a different weekday. 

Wellness Days

Wellness Days are built into the academic calendar once a term as days to reflect, relax, reconnect, and reenergize as individuals and as a campus community. There will no classes, no due dates, no non-critical lab work, and no meetings held on these days. 


The academic calendar reflects the university observed holiday schedule. 

In an effort to foster a community of inclusion and belonging at WPI, we encourage you to be mindful of religious holidays, interfaith and holy days, and other commemorative events which may impact student and employee participation in campus programs, events, and activities.