Academic
Calendar

The College will follow its standard academic calendar (two 16-week semesters) and daily class schedule for the 2021-2022 academic year. Classes will begin as scheduled—for both undergraduate and graduate students—on Wednesday, August 25. Welcome Week for new students will take place in person, August 20-24. The academic calendar will include standard breaks and final exam schedules, including fall break (October 18-19), Thanksgiving break (November 24-26), final exams (December 13-16), and winter break beginning December 17. The full 2021-2022 academic calendar is available here.

Fall 2021 Semester:
Key Academic Dates

Undergraduate Calendar

  • Wednesday, August 25: Classes begin
  • Monday, September 6: Labor Day (College closed)
  • Friday, October 15: Last day of session I classes
  • Monday, October 18 – Tuesday, October 19: Fall Break; no classes (College offices open)
  • Wednesday, October 20: First day of session II classes
  • Wednesday, November 24 – Friday, November 26: Thanksgiving Break; no classes (College offices close at noon Wednesday)
  • Friday, December 10: Classes end
  • Monday, December 13 – Thursday, December 16: Final Exams
  • Friday, December 17: Holiday Break begins

Graduate Calendar

  • Wednesday, August 25: Classes begin
  • Monday, September 6: Labor Day (College closed)
  • Friday, October 15: Last day of session I classes
  • Monday, October 18 – Tuesday, October 19: Fall Break; no classes (College offices open)
  • Wednesday, October 20: First day of session II classes
  • Wednesday, November 24 – Friday, November 26: Thanksgiving Break; no classes (College offices close at noon Wednesday)
  • Friday, December 10: Classes end

Class Schedule

Standard Monday/Wednesday/Friday (MWF) courses will meet for the normal 65 minutes, and all standard Tuesday/Thursday (TTH) courses will meet for the normal 95 minutes. Standard Monday/Wednesday (MW) courses will meet for 95 minutes. Course time blocks appear in the top right image. Exceptions to standard course schedules include the following:

Blended Courses

Blended courses should meet in person at least 50% of their scheduled course time. MW and TTH courses are expected to meet in person at least one of two days per week in standard meeting times, while MWF classes are expected to meet in person MW in standard meeting times.

2‐Credit Courses

Two‐credit courses scheduled for first or second half of the semester will meet in standard time blocks. Two‐credit courses scheduled for the entire semester will meet a minimum of 95 minutes, and no more than 130 minutes, per week. These courses may be offered in an in‐person or a blended format.

Laboratory Courses (2‐, 3‐, 4‐hour labs paired with a separate lecture)

Laboratory courses paired with a separate lecture time may use a 2‐, 3‐, or 4‐hour lab format. Laboratory time slots are outlined in the bottom right image.

Laboratory Courses (1‐hour lab paired with a contiguous lecture)

A one‐hour laboratory course may be paired with a MWF lecture section, with the lab being offered in the time block immediately before or after the lecture.

Integrated Lecture/Laboratory Courses

Integrated lecture/laboratory courses (with no separate lab) may use standard MWF or TTH time blocks.

The course schedule for North Central College in 2021-2022.The lab schedule for North Central College in 2021-2022.

Academic Instruction

The College’s primary teaching and learning modalities will be in-person. Classroom and lab capacities and configurations will return to normal. Faculty will be expected to teach course sections as they are listed in the published class schedule, and students will be expected to attend in-person classes in person.

Education Abroad

The College has made the difficult decision to continue the suspension of Education Abroad programs through the end of the Fall 2021 semester. It is important that we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, partners, and host communities abroad, as well as recognize health disparities in countries with limited access to the COVID-19 vaccine and the extensive, continued, closure of international borders. We will continue to actively monitor the developing circumstances of the global pandemic, including vaccination efforts, government health advisories, and the procurement of student visas around the world, and we look forward to reinstating our education abroad opportunities as soon as it is prudent to do so.

Contact Information

Students with questions about their course schedule should contact their academic advisor, or the Office of the Registrar at 630-637-5252 or registrar@noctrl.edu.

Faculty with questions about their course schedule should contact their department chair or academic dean.