Academic dates

Select an academic year:

Academic dates run from September 1 to August 31 and vary by program.

As of June 3, 2020

Fall term - 2020

EventDate
Fall Orientation
August 31 - September 4
Labour Day (no classes, Conestoga is closed)September 7
Classes start
(May not apply to apprenticeship programs; First-year degree programs in the School of Engineering begin on August 24)
September 8
Last day to add a course 
(for most programs)
September 16
Program withdrawal with refund 
(for most programs)
September 21
Thanksgiving Day (no classes, Conestoga is closed)October 12
Student Success Week
(Some apprenticeship and workforce development courses and programs, as well as programs with irregular start dates, may have classes during this time.)
October 26-30
ConvocationTBC
Last week of session
(Apprenticeship programs may have alternate end dates.)
December 14 - 19
Intersession (no classes)
(Apprenticeship programs may have alternate end dates.)
December 21 - January 8, 2021

Conestoga is closed December 25, 26, 31 and January 1.

Winter term - 2021

EventDate
Winter OrientationBegins January 11
Classes start
(Apprenticeship programs may start Jan. 4)
January 18
Last day to add a course 
(for most programs)
January 26
Program withdrawal with refund 
(for most programs)
January 29
Family Day (no classes, Conestoga is closed)February 15
Student Success Week
(Some apprenticeship and workforce development courses and programs, as well as programs with irregular start dates, may have classes during this time.)
March 8 - 12
Good Friday (no classes, Conestoga is closed)
April 2
​Convocation
​TBC
Last week of session
(Apprenticeship programs may have alternate end dates.)
April 26 - May 1
Intersession (no classes)
(Apprenticeship programs may have alternate end dates.)
May 3 - 14

Spring term - 2021

EventDate
Spring OrientationBegins May 6
​Classes start
​May 17
Victoria Day (no classes, Conestoga is closed)
May 24
Last day to add a course
(for most programs)
May 25
Program withdrawal with refund 
(for most programs)
May 28
Convocation
June 14 - 17 (TBC)
Student Success Week
Note: The spring Student Success Week is scheduled for June 29 to July 3. Given the logistical considerations for the spring term as a result of COVID-19, the dates for Student Success Week will be reviewed and confirmed as we get closer to spring term start-up.

(Some apprenticeship and workforce development courses and programs, as well as programs with irregular start dates, may have classes during this time.)
June 28 - July 2
Canada Day (no classes, Conestoga is closed)July 1
Civic Holiday (no classes, Conestoga is closed)August 2
Last week of session
(Apprenticeship programs may have alternate end dates.)
August 16 - 21
Intersession (no classes)
(Apprenticeship programs may have alternate end dates.)
August 23 - September 3

Closed means no entry permitted, including after hours.

BScN and diploma Registered Practical Nurse to BScN programs: See McMaster dates and deadlines.