Final Exams

Final Exams are scheduled for Undergraduate students at the end of each Fall and Spring term.

Exam Schedule Postings

The Office of the Registrar does our best to create final exam schedules as promptly as possible so that students can make travel arrangements for the end of the semester. While we cannot guarantee the exact date the exam schedule will be posted, we strive to meet the following deadlines:

  • Fall semester exam schedule posted by Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly Columbus Day)
  • Spring semester exam schedule posted by Spring Break

The final exam schedule can be subject to change as we receive feedback from faculty after the initial creation of the schedule, but the dates of the final exam period overall as listed on the Academic Calendar will not change except in extreme circumstances. We encourage students who must make travel arrangements earlier than the exam schedule is posted to schedule their departure after the last possible day of exams:

  • Fall 2016: December 14-17, plus Dec. 19 make-up day in the event of snow
  • Spring 2017: May 10-13

Final Exam Rules

Examinations scheduled by the Office of the Registrar during the regular examination period cannot be taken at any other time. Students should therefore plan their vacation schedules to begin after the semester's last scheduled examination. No comprehensive final examinations of any kind are given during the last week of classes, and no final examinations are given before the scheduled final examination period begins. Hourly exams may be given during the last week of classes if they have been scheduled on the syllabus from the beginning of the semester.

Absence from a final exam will be treated as any other "incomplete," and an instructor's (evaluation) grades must be submitted by the final date for submitting grades, unless an Incomplete Request has been approved by the Administrative Board beforehand.

Exams are held regardless of inclement weather. In the case that an examination is cancelled because of extremely severe weather, the examination will be held the day after the final date of scheduled testing or on the designated make-up date.

Exceptions

Students are expected to be at their scheduled final exams except in extreme circumstances. Please notify Sarah Hurd in the Office of the Registrar if you have:
  • More than two examinations in one day
  • Two or more examinations scheduled at the same time

Please notify the Office of the Dean for Student Life for:

  • Scheduling exceptions resulting from extreme personal hardship or religious observances

Any further exceptions or alternative arrangements must be made at the discretion of the instructor, and the Registrar's Office does not need to be notified.

For Faculty

Department and program faculty members will be contacted by Sarah Hurd in the Office of the Registrar for lists of courses that will have scheduled final examinations held during the final examination period. Final examinations can be held for two hour increments or three hour increments. No exam can be longer than three hours.

  • Two hour Exams: held at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, or 6pm
  • Three hour Exams: held at 9am, 1pm, or 6pm

Final exam schedules are due to Sarah Hurd no later than:

  • October 1st for Fall semester final exams
  • March 1st for Spring semester final exams