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Spring 2016 Academic Calendar

Iowa Lakes operates on the semester system. The academic year for liberal arts programs consists of two semesters, 16 weeks each. The first semester begins in August/September and the second semester begins in January. There is also an eight week summer session. The academic year for vocational and technical students normally consists of two semesters plus a summer term. 

Offices re-open after winter break Jan 4
Official Registration days, for those not already registered for Spring Jan. 7, 8, 11, 12
Day and evening classes begin Jan 13
Initial tuition and fee payment due Wed, Jan 13
Last day students can add/drop a course online via Web Advisor (after this date must come to Records office) Wed, Jan 20
Holiday, no classes, offices closed Mon, Jan 18
ICCOC on-line courses begin Tues, Jan 19
Financial Aid Census Date, 4 p.m. Fri, Jan 22
Last day to register or change registration (Full Term Course) Tues, Jan 26
Last day to apply for spring graduation Fri, Feb 5
No Classes, Employee In-service Fri, Feb 12
ICCOC Midterm grades due Mon, Mar 7
Spring break, offices open Mon-Fri, Mar 14-18
Midterm grades turned in by faculty Tues, Mar 15
Last day to add an Ind Study Course delivered through the Success Center Fri, Mar 18
Holiday, no classes, offices closed Fri, Mar 25
No Classes, offices open Mon, Mar 28
Advising, Registration and Assessment Day (Mandatory Attendance) Tues, Apr 5
Last day to initiate a complete withdrawal from college Fri, May 6
ICCOC online courses end Fri, May 6
ICCOC Final grades due Mon, May 09
Final exams begin - see exam schedule Mon, May 9
Last day of term/COMMENCEMENT, Estherville, 7 p.m. Fri, May 13
Grades due from faculty, noon Mon, May 16
Grades available online Tues, May 17
Summer term classes begin--full-term Mon, May 23


  Full Term
Iowa Lakes Courses
ICCOC Online Courses
Winterim 16 week
online courses
12 week
online courses
Session I
Session II
Start - End Date: Jan 13-
May 13
Dec 19, 2015-
Jan 16, 2016
Jan 19-
May 6
Feb 15-
May 6
Jan 19-
Mar 11
Mar 14-
May 16
Last day to add Jan 27 Dec 14 Jan 22 Feb 16 Jan 20 Mar 15
Last day to drop Apr 20 Jan 7 Apr 12 Apr 2 Feb 22 Apr 18
Last day full refund Jan 27 Dec 20 Feb 1 Feb 23 Jan 25 Mar 18
Last day to initiate a  Complete Withdrawal : May 6

 Note:  Courses dropped after the  refund period will be assigned a “W” withdrawal grade on the official transcript.

This calendar is subject to change.  Fast Track, Ed to Go and other special course schedules differ; beginning dates and refund dates vary. Some exceptions are noted above under Calendar.  Fast Track course drops are cancelled with refund only before second class meeting starts. A student who registers but later is unable to attend must notify the college before the last date to cancel the course(s) or program to avoid charges and/or grades.
CENSUS DATE:  Students who receive financial aid need to lock in their status as either full or part-time on this date: Jan. 22, 2016
Questions or comments? Please email us at or call 712-362-2604 or 800-521-5054.
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