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: 2017-2018

Class of 2021

  • Columbia-Bassett Pre-Orientation: 8/6/17-8/11/17
  • Orientation Begins: 8/14/17
  • Fall Term Begins: 8/16/17
  • Labor Day: 9/4/17
  • No Classes: 11/22/17
  • Thanksgiving Day: 11/23/17
  • University Designated Holiday: 11/24/17
  • Fall Term Ends: 12/21/17
  • Spring Term Begins: 1/2/18
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 1/15/18
  • President's Day: 2/19/18
  • Spring Break: 3/12/18-3/16/18
  • Memorial Day: 5/28/18
  • Spring Term Ends: 6/9/18

Class of 2020

  • Fall Term Begins: 8/28/17
  • Labor Day: 9/4/17
  • No Classes: 11/22/17
  • Thanksgiving Day: 11/23/17
  • University Designated Holiday: 11/24/17
  • Fall Term Ends: 12/21/17
  • Spring Term Begins: 1/2/18
  • Spring Term Ends: 6/30/18

Class of 2019

  • Fall Term Begins: 7/1/17
  • Thanksgiving Day: 11/23/17
  • University Designated Holiday: 11/24/17
  • Fall Term Ends: 12/21/17
  • Spring Term Begins: 1/1/18
  • Spring Term Ends: 6/30/18

Class of 2018

  • Fall Term Begins: 7/1/17
  • Thanksgiving Day: 11/23/17
  • University Designated Holiday: 11/24/17
  • Fall Term Ends: 12/31/17
  • Spring Term Begins: 1/1/18
  • Spring Term Ends: 5/16/18

NOTE: As per P&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.

Academic Calendar 2018-19 (Fall Term)

Class of 2022

  • Columbia-Bassett Pre-Orientation: TBA
  • Orientation Begins: 8/13/18
  • Fall Term Begins: 8/15/18
  • Labor Day: 9/3/18
  • Thanksgiving Day: 11/22/18
  • University Designated Holiday: 11/23/18
  • Fall Term Ends: 12/21/18

Class of 2021

  • Fall Term Begins: 8/27/18
  • Labor Day: 9/3/18
  • Thanksgiving Day: 11/22/18
  • University Designated Holiday: 11/23/18
  • Fall Term Ends: 12/21/18

Class of 2020

  • Fall Term Begins: 7/1/18
  • Labor Day: 9/3/18
  • Thanksgiving Day: 11/22/18
  • University Designated Holiday: 11/23/18
  • Fall Term Ends: 12/21/18

Class of 2019

  • Fall Term Begins: 7/1/18
  • Labor Day: 9/3/18
  • Thanksgiving Day: 11/22/18
  • University Designated Holiday: 11/23/18
  • Fall Term Ends: 12/31/218

USMLE Test Dates 2017-18

Class of 2021

  • USMLE Step 1 Taken: 2/28/20
  • USMLE Step 1 Taken (Columbia-Bassett students): 3/31/20
  • USMLE Step 1 Retaken (as applicable): 4/30/20
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Taken: 11/30/20
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Taken (MD-PhD students): 12/31/20
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Taken (OMFS students): 1/31/21
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Retaken (as applicable): 2/28/21
  • USMLE Step 2 CS Taken: 12/31/20

Class of 2020

  • USMLE Step 1 Taken: 2/28/19
  • USMLE Step 1 Taken (Columbia-Bassett students): 3/31/19
  • USMLE Step 1 Retaken (as applicable): 4/30/19
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Taken: 11/30/19
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Taken (MD-PhD students): 12/31/19
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Taken (OMFS students): 1/31/20
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Retaken (as applicable): 2/28/20
  • USMLE Step 2 CS Taken: 12/31/19

Class of 2019

  • USMLE Step 1 Taken: 2/28/18
  • USMLE Step 1 Taken (Columbia-Bassett students): 3/31/18
  • USMLE Step 1 Retaken (as applicable): 4/30/18
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Taken: 11/30/18
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Taken (MD-PhD students): 12/31/18
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Taken (OMFS students): 1/31/19
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Retaken (as applicable): 2/28/19
  • USMLE Step 2 CS Taken: 12/31/18

Class of 2018

  • USMLE Step 1 Taken: 2/28/17
  • USMLE Step 1 Taken (Columbia-Bassett students): 3/31/17
  • USMLE Step 1 Retaken (as applicable): 4/30/17
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Taken: 11/30/17
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Taken (MD-PhD students): 12/31/17
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Taken (OMFS students): 1/31/18
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Retaken (as applicable): 2/28/18
  • USMLE Step 2 CS Taken: 12/31/17

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.

Ceremonies and Events 2017-18

Class of 2021

  • White Coat Ceremony: 8/14/17
  • Match Day: 3/19/21
  • P&S Student Research Day: 3/28/18
  • P&S Class Day: 5/18/21 *
  • University Commencement: 5/19/21
  • P&S Graduation Ceremony: 5/10/21 *

Class of 2020

  • Steven Z. Miller Student Clinician Ceremony: 1/5/18
  • Match Day: 3/20/20
  • P&S Student Research Day: 3/28/18
  • P&S Class Day: 5/19/20 *
  • University Commencement: 5/20/20
  • P&S Graduation Ceremony: 5/20/20 *

Class of 2019

  • Match Day: 3/15/19
  • P&S Student Research Day: 3/28/18
  • P&S Class Day: 5/14/19 *
  • University Commencement: 5/15/19
  • P&S Graduation Ceremony: 5/15/19 *

Class of 2018

  • Match Day: 3/16/18
  • P&S Student Research Day: 3/28/18
  • P&S Class Day: 5/15/18
  • University Commencement: 5/16/18
  • P&S Graduation Ceremony: 5/16/18

* NOTE: Starred items are tentative dates.