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Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

September 15, 2020

After careful planning and review, I am pleased to share with you today the Seaver College academic calendar for the remainder of the 2020–2021 academic year, including the January session, spring semester, and both summer sessions.

January Session

Similar to a summer session, the January session will begin on Monday, January 4, be four weeks in duration; and conclude on Friday, January 29. Enrollment will be limited to a maximum of four (4) credit hours per student in this special session. At this time, our plan is to offer only online courses during the January session, but if conditions permit, we hope to offer some in-person classes, as well as undergraduate research, internship, and other similar special academic programs. We will update students on January session offerings as our plans progress, likely in early to mid-October. The registration period for the January session will be announced later this month.

In order to support all students and their families, a special pricing structure of $250 per credit hour has been implemented for the January session. To receive this modified rate, Seaver students must currently be enrolled as a full-time student (undergraduate students, 12 or more credit hours per semester; graduate students, 8 or more credit hours per semester) in the fall semester or register as a full-time student for the spring semester before December 18, 2020. This pricing for Seaver College reflects a savings of $6,240—or 86 percent—for a four credit hour class relative to the college's current $1,810 per credit hour tuition rate.

In the January session, students who qualify are eligible to use federal financial assistance. To support students and families during this unprecedented time, the University has an appeal process for those experiencing extreme financial hardship and have documented special circumstances. For more information or to submit an appeal for additional financial assistance for the January session, please review the Special Circumstances page or email finaid2@pepperdine.edu. Students wishing to submit an appeal for additional financial assistance for the January session must complete the appeal process by November 15, 2020.

The college is hopeful that students use the January session to advance their academic success and accelerate their progress toward degree completion.

Spring 2021 Semester

The spring 2021 semester will begin on February 8. The semester will proceed without a spring break with classes concluding on Friday, May 14. Final exams will begin on Monday, May 17 and conclude on Thursday, May 20. You may review the complete spring 2021 academic calendar for details regarding housing move-in dates, add/drop and withdrawal deadlines, and more. The final exam schedule for the spring semester is posted on the final exams website.

The Class of 2021 will close the spring 2021 semester with their commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 22. Further details regarding commencement will be provided in spring 2021 on the Seaver College graduation information website. At this time, the ceremony is tentatively slated to begin at 4 PM. Given the uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend that students and families delay booking non-refundable travel arrangements for the commencement ceremony until further updates are provided in early spring.

We are hoping and planning to resume in-person classes on all University campuses—Malibu and international programs—in the spring semester. At the same time, future uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic requires that we plan for multiple course delivery scenarios. As our plans evolve, we will provide updates to the Seaver community throughout the fall.

Summer Sessions

Due to the modified academic calendar for the 2020–2021 academic year, Seaver College will offer two summer sessions. The first session begins June 7 and concludes on July 2. The second session starts July 5 and ends July 30.

Pepperdine University continues to remain in close contact with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials to monitor the changing COVID-19 conditions and their effects on Seaver College's plans for spring and summer 2021. The health, safety, and well-being of the Pepperdine community remain our highest priority, and it will continue to be the primary factor that guides our planning for the remainder of the academic year.

I hope your fall semester is off to a great beginning and wish you the very best.