Last Updated: May 14, 2021

Academic Calendar — BFA

BFA Fall Term 2020

MECA Fall 2020 Visual Academic Plan PDF

Month  Day Listing
July 22
BFA tuition payment for Fall 2020 is due.
August 17
DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the fall term.
August 20-23
Move-In period for First-Year Students Only. Students will be given a specific move-in day.
August 24
BFA CLASSES BEGIN FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS ONLY
August 28-31
Move-In period for Returning Students Only. Students will be given a specific move-in day.
August 23
100% BFA refund period ends.
September 1
BFA CLASSES BEGIN FOR ALL RETURNING STUDENTS
September 4 DEADLINE: Independent study and internship proposals due.
September 7 Labor Day: All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
September 15
DEADLINE: Last day to ADD or DROP classes, internships and independent studies for courses that started before Sept 2.
September 8
75% BFA refund period ends.
September 15
40% BFA refund period ends.
October 1
AICAD Exchange: Applications must be received by the host school no later than October 1 (Spring term) and March 15 (Fall Term).
October 1
DEADLINE: Last day to ADD or DROP classes, internships and independent studies for courses that started after Sept 14.
October 1
First chance to file 2021-22 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
October 9
Mid-term grades submitted by faculty, for all courses that started Aug 24 or Sept 1
October 12
Mid-term grades available to students online via MYMECA.
October 12 Indigenous Peoples' Day. All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
October 23
DEADLINE: Last day to withdraw from classes with a grade of "W."
November 6
Mid-term grades submitted by faculty, for all courses that started Sept 28
November 9
Mid-term grades available to students online via MYMECA.
November 11
Veterans Day. All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
November 25
FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS' LAST DAY ON CAMPUS
November 26 Oak and Shepley Residence Halls Close for First Year Students at 10:00am
November 26-27 BREAK: Thanksgiving. No BFA, MAT, MFA and Salt classes. Residence halls are open. No meal services.
December 2 DEADLINE: All student grades for courses that end on Nov 25 must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by 5:00pm.
December 11 BFA tuition payment for Spring 2021 is due.
December  18 BFA FALL SEMESTER ENDS.
December 19
Oak & Shepley Residence Halls Close for Upper Class Students for Winter Break at 12:00pm. Monument, Ambassador, and S&F remain open.
December 20
DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the upcoming term.
December 21
DEADLINE: All student grades must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by 5:00pm.
December 23
Grades available online for students via MYMECA.

BFA Spring Term 2021

Month  Day Listing
January 24 Residence halls open for NEW and RETURNING students.
January 26 100% BFA refund period ends.
January 26
New Student Orientation. Required of all new students.
January 27 BFA CLASSES BEGIN.
January 29 DEADLINE: Independent study and internship proposals due.
February 3 75% BFA refund period ends.
February 9 DEADLINE: Last day to ADD or DROP classes, internships and independent studies.
February 10 40% BFA refund period ends.
February 15 Presidents' Day: All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
March 3 Mid-term grades submitted by faculty.
March 5
Mid-term grades available to students online.
March 9 & 10
MARCH BREAK: No BFA Classes
March 15 AICAD Exchange: Applications must be received by the host school no later than: March 15 (Fall Term) and October 1 (Spring term).
March 19 DEADLINE: Last day to withdraw from classes with a grade of "W."
March 26 Course Registration Begins. Students make individual appointments with Academic Advisors.
March 29 to April 9 Junior Reviews.
April 1 & 2 APRIL BREAK: No BFA Classes
April 23 PREFERRED DEADLINE for summer internship proposals. Submit to Artists at Work office.
May 7 BFA SPRING SEMESTER ENDS FOR FIRST-YEAR AND SECOND-YEAR STUDENTS.
May 8 Residence halls close for First and Second Year students 5:00pm.
May 10 - 11 MAJORS CRITIQUE DAYS.
May 11 BFA SPRING SEMESTER ENDS FOR ALL THIRD- AND FOURTH-YEAR STUDENTS.
May 12 Residence halls close for Juniors/non-graduating Seniors by 5:00pm.
May 16
BFA, MFA and MAT Commencement at 10:00am.
May 16
Residence halls close for graduating students by 5:00pm.

BFA Fall Term 2021

July Fri 23 - BFA tuition payment for Fall 2021 is due.
         
August Fri 13 - DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the fall term. Consult your program chair if circumstances require a different submission date.
August Thurs - Sun 26-29 WK 0 Orientation for All New First-Year and Transfer Students.
August Thurs 26   Residence Halls open for NEW & TRANSFER students.
August Thurs 26   New Student Orientation and Final Registration.
August Thurs 26   CONVOCATION held at the Portland Museum of Art, Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium
August Sat 28   Residence halls open for RETURNING students.
August Sun 29 - 100% BFA refund period ends.
August Mon 30 WK 1 BFA CLASSES BEGIN.
         
September Thurs 2 WK 1 Sophomore Major Meetings at 1:00pm.
September Mon 6 WK 2 HOLIDAY: Labor Day. No BFA, MAT, MFA or Salt classes. Administrative offices closed.
September Tues 7 WK 2 75% BFA refund period ends.
September Mon 13 WK 2 DEADLINE: Last day to ADD or DROP classes, internships and independent studies.
September Tues 14 WK 3 40% BFA refund period ends.
         
October Fri 1 WK 5 First chance to file 2022-23 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
October Fri 1 WK 5 AICAD Exchange: Applications must be received by the host school no later than October 1 (Spring term) and March 15 (Fall Term).
October Mon 11 WK 7 HOLIDAY. Indigenous Peoples' Day. No BFA, MAT, MFA or Salt classes. Administrative offices closed.
October Wed 13 WK 6 Mid-term grades submitted by faculty.
October Fri 15 WK 6 Mid-term grades available to students online via MYMECA.
October Fri 22 WK 8 DEADLINE: Last day to withdraw from classes with a grade of "W."
         
November Fri-Sat 5-6 WK 10 Homecoming Weekend.
November Thurs 11 WK 11 Veterans Day. All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
November Mon-Fri 22-26 - Thanksgiving Holiday: All BFA, MAT, MFA and Salt classes cancelled. Residence halls are open. No meal services.
         
December Fri 3 WK 13 BFA tuition payment for Spring 2023 is due.
December Fri 10 WK 14 BFA classes end. Students prepare for Academic Finals and Review Week.
December Mon - Fri 13 - 17 WK 15 TBD: Academic Finals, Foundation Reviews, and Majors Critiques
December Fri 17 WK 15 BFA FALL SEMESTER ENDS.
December Sat 18 WK 15 Oak & Shepley Residence Halls Close for Winter Break at 12:00pm. Monument, Ambassador, and S&F Remain Open.
December Sun 19   DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the upcoming term.
December Mon 20   DEADLINE: All student grades must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by 5:00pm.
December Wed 22   Grades available online for students via MYMECA.

BFA Spring Term 2022

January Sun 16 WK 0 Residence halls open for NEW and RETURNING students.
January Mon 17 WK 2 HOLIDAY. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: All BFA, MAT, MFA and Salt classes cancelled. Administrative offices closed.
January Mon 18 WK 0 100% BFA refund period ends.
January Tues 18 WK 1 New Student Orientation and Final Registration
January Wed 19 WK 1 BFA CLASSES BEGIN.
January Tues 25 WK 2 75% BFA refund period ends.
January Mon 31 WK 3 DEADLINE: Last day to ADD or DROP classes, internships and independent studies.
         
February Tues 1 WK 3 40% BFA refund period ends.
February Wed 23 WK 6 Mid-term grades submitted by faculty.
February Fri 25 WK 6 Mid-term grades available to students online.
February Mon 28 WK 7 Presidents' Day: All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
         
March Fri 11 WK 8 DEADLINE: Last day to withdraw from classes with a grade of "W."
March Mon-Fri 14 - 18 - Spring break: No BFA classes. Residence halls are open. No meal services.
March Tues 22 WK 9 AICAD Exchange: Applications must be received by the host school no later than: March 15 (Fall Term) and October 1 (Spring term).
March Thurs 24 WK 9 Curriculum Fair: AY 2022-23 course schedule is released. Students plan course schedule and meet with Program Chairs, Faculty Mentors and Academic Advisors.
March Fri 25 WK 9 Course Registration Begins. Students make individual appointments with Academic Advisors.
March- April Mon-Fri Mar 28-Apr 8 WK 10-11 Junior Reviews.
         
April Fri 22 WK 13 PREFERRED DEADLINE for summer internship proposals. Submit to Artists at Work's office.
April Fri 29 WK 14 BFA classes end. Students prepare for Academic Finals and Review Week.
         
May Mon 2 - 6 WK 15 TBD: Academic Finals, Foundation Reviews, and Majors Critiques
May Fri 6 WK 15 BFA SPRING SEMESTER ENDS.
May Sat 7   Residence halls close 24 hours after last review or at noon for non-graduating students.
May Mon 9   DEADLINE: All student grades must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by 5:00pm.
May Wed 11   Grades available for students via MYMECA.
May Sat 14   BFA, MFA and MAT Commencement at 10:00am.
May Sat 14   Residence halls close at 5:00pm for students participating in Commencement.

Academic Calendar — MFA

MFA Summer Term 2020
June 19
MFA tuition payment for Summer 2020 is due.
June 22 Residence halls open for MFA students. ~Quarantine~
July 3 July 4th HOLIDAY: Independence Day. No MFA classes. Administrative offices closed.
July 5
100% MFA refund period ends.
July 5
~Quarantine ends~
July TBA
MFA Orientation.
July 6
MFA SUMMER INTENSIVE BEGINS (8 weeks).
July 13 75% MFA refund period ends.
July 20
40% MFA refund period ends.
August 28
MFA tuition payment for Fall 2020 is due.
August 28 MFA SUMMER INTENSIVE ENDS.
August 29
Residence halls close at 12 noon for MFA students. NOTE: Students remaining in housing for the full-year must meet with Student Life for details prior to this deadline.

MFA Fall Term 2020

August 24
DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the fall term.
September 7
Labor Day: Administrative offices open.
September 7
100% MFA refund period ends.
September 8
MFA CLASSES BEGIN.
September 15
75% MFA refund period ends.
September 22
40% MFA refund period ends.
October 1
First chance to file 2021-22 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
October 12
Indigenous Peoples' Day. All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
October 23
MFA mid-term.
November 11
Veterans Day. All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
November 26-27
BREAK: Thanksgiving. No BFA, MAT, MFA and Salt classes. Residence halls are open. No meal services.
December 11
MFA tuition payment for Spring 2021 is due.
December 12-18
MFA WINTER INTENSIVE for 2nd year students.
December 18
MFA FALL SEMESTER ENDS.
December 20
DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the upcoming term.

MFA Spring Term 2021

January 26 100% MFA refund period ends.
January 27 MFA CLASSES BEGIN.
January 27-29 MFA Winter Intensive for 1st-year students.
February 3 75% MFA refund period ends.
February 10 40% MFA refund period ends.
February 15 Presidents' Day: All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
March 12 MFA mid-term.
May 9-14 MFA Residency for graduating students.
May 14 MFA SPRING SEMESTER ENDS.
May 14
MFA Hooding Ceremony - Osher Hall
May 16 BFA, MFA, and MAT Commencement at 10:00.
May 17 Residence halls close at 12:00pm for students participating in Commencement.

MFA Summer Term 2021

May Fri 14   MFA tuition payment for Summer 2021 is due.
         
June Thurs 10 - Residence halls open for MFA students.
June Fri 11   MFA Orientation.
June Sun 13 - 100% MFA refund period ends.
June Mon 14 WK 1 MFA SUMMER INTENSIVE BEGINS (8 weeks).
June Mon 21 WK 2 75% MFA refund period ends.
June Mon 28 WK 3 40% MFA refund period ends.
         
July Sun 4 WK 4 HOLIDAY: Independence Day. No MFA classes. Administrative offices closed.
July Fri 23 WK 6 MFA tuition payment for Fall 2021 is due.
         
August Fri 6 WK 8 MFA SUMMER INTENSIVE ENDS.
August Sat 7 WK 8 Residence halls close at 12 noon for MFA students. NOTE: Students remaining in housing for the full-year must meet with Student Life for details prior to this deadline.
         
         

MFA Fall Term 2021

August Fri 20 - DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the fall term.
August Sun 29 WK 1 100% MFA refund period ends.
August Mon 30 WK 1 MFA CLASSES BEGIN.
         
September Mon 6 WK 2 HOLIDAY: Labor Day. No BFA, MAT, MFA or Salt classes. Administrative offices closed.
September Tues 7 WK 2 75% MFA refund period ends.
September Tues 14 WK 3 40% MFA refund period ends.
         
October Fri 1 WK 5 First chance to file 2022-22 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
October Mon 11 WK 7 HOLIDAY. Indigenous Peoples' Day. No BFA, MAT, MFA or Salt classes. Administrative offices closed.
October Fri 15 WK 7 MFA mid-term.
         
November Thurs 11 WK 11 Veterans Day. All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
November Mon-Fri 22-26 - Thanksgiving Holiday: All BFA, MAT, MFA and Salt classes cancelled. Residence halls are open. No meal services.
         
December Fri 3 WK 13 MFA tuition payment for Spring 2022 is due.
December Mon-Fri 11-17 WK 15 MFA WINTER INTENSIVE for 2nd year students.
December Fri 17 WK 15 MFA FALL SEMESTER ENDS.
December Sun 19 - DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the upcoming term.

MFA Spring Term 2022

January Mon 17 WK 0 HOLIDAY. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: All BFA, MAT, MFA and Salt classes cancelled. Administrative offices closed.
January Tues 18 WK 0 100% MFA refund period ends.
January Wed 19 WK 1 MFA CLASSES BEGIN.
January Tues 25 WK 2 75% MFA refund period ends.
         
February Tues 1 WK 3 40% MFA refund period ends.
February Mon 28 WK 7 Presidents' Day: All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
         
March Fri 4 WK 7 MFA mid-term.
March Wed-Sat 9 - 12 WK 8 MFA Winter Intensive for 1st year students.
March Mon-Fri 14 - 18 WK 9 Spring break: No BFA/MFA classes. Residence halls are open. No meal services.
         
         
May Fri 6 WK 15 MFA SPRING CLASSES END
May Sun-Fri 8 - 13   MFA Residency for graduating students.
May Fri 13   MFA Hooding Ceremony - Osher Hall
May Fri 13   MFA SPRING SEMESTER ENDS
May Sat 14   BFA, MFA and MAT Commencement at 10:00am.
May Sun 15 - Residence halls close at 12:00pm for students participating in Commencement.

Academic Calendar — MAT

MAT Fall Term 2020
Month Date Listing
June 26 MAT tuition payment for Fall 2020 is due.
July 20 DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the fall term.
July 31 Residence halls open for MAT students.
July 31 MAT Student Orientation.
August 1 100% MAT refund period ends.
August 2 MAT FALL CLASSES BEGIN.
August 10 75% MAT refund period ends.
August 17 40% MAT refund period ends.
September 7 Labor Day: All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
October 12 Indigenous Peoples' Day. All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
November 11 Veterans Day. All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
November 13 MAT tuition payment for Spring 2021 is due.
November 26-27 BREAK: Thanksgiving. No BFA, MAT, MFA and Salt classes. Residence halls are open. No meal services.
December 4 DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the spring term.
December 4 MAT FALL SEMESTER ENDS.

MAT Spring Term 2021

December 8 100% MAT refund period ends.
December 9 MAT SPRING CLASSES BEGIN.
December 9
Readiness Reviews for Student Teaching.
December 16 75% MAT refund period ends.
December 19
Holiday Break. Residence halls close at 12:00pm for MAT students housed for summer/fall term 2020.
January 1
Holiday: New Years Day.
January 4 Classes resume.
January 6 40% MAT refund period ends.
January 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
February TBD
February Break. (Contingent on individual school calendars.)
February 15
President's Day: All MECA classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
April TBD
April Vacation. (Contingent on individual school calendars.)
April 30
MAT SPRING SEMESTER ENDS
April  30
MAT Hooding Ceremony - Joanne Waxman Library
April  30
MAT SPRING SEMESTER ENDS.
May 16
BFA, MFA and MAT Commencement at 10:00am.
May 17
Residence halls close at 12:00pm for students participating in Commencement.

MAT Fall Term 2021

July 1 MAT tuition payment for Fall 2021 is due.
July 19 DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the fall term.
July 30 Residence halls open for MAT students.
July 30 MAT Student Orientation.
     
Juy 31 100% MAT refund period ends.
August 1 MAT FALL CLASSES BEGIN.
August 9 75% MAT refund period ends.
August 16 40% MAT refund period ends.
     
September 6 HOLIDAY: Labor Day. No BFA, MAT, MFA or Salt classes. Administrative offices closed.
     
October 11 HOLIDAY. Indigenous Peoples' Day. No BFA, MAT, MFA or Salt classes. Administrative offices closed.
     
November 11 Veterans Day. All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
November 12 MAT tuition payment for Spring 2022 is due.
November 22-26 Thanksgiving Holiday: All BFA, MAT, MFA and Salt classes cancelled. Residence halls are open. No meal services.
     
December 3 DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the spring term.
December 3 MAT FALL SEMESTER ENDS.

MAT Spring Term 2022

December 7 100% MAT refund period ends.
December 8 MAT SPRING CLASSES BEGIN.
December 8 Readiness Reviews for Student Teaching.
December 15 75% MAT refund period ends.
December 18 Holiday Break. Residence halls close at 12:00pm for MAT students housed for summer/fall term.
     
January 3 Classes resume.
January 5 40% MAT refund period ends.
January 17 HOLIDAY. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: All BFA, MAT, MFA and Salt classes cancelled. Administrative offices closed.
     
February TBD February Break. (Contingent on individual school calendars.)
     
April TBD April Vacation. (Contingent on individual school calendars.)
May 6 MAT SPRING SEMESTER ENDS.
     
May 6 MAT Hooding Ceremony - Joanne Waxman Library
May 7 BFA, MFA and MAT Commencement at 10:00am.
May 8 Residence halls close at 5:00pm for students participating in Commencement.

Academic Calendar — Salt Graduate Certificate

Salt Fall Term 2020
Month Date Listing
August 24
DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the fall term.
August 28
Salt tuition payment for Fall 2020 is due.
September 7
Labor Day: Administrative offices open.
September 7
New Student Orientation.
September 7
100% Salt refund period ends.
September 8
SALT CLASSES BEGIN.
September 15
75% Salt refund period ends.
September 22 40% Salt refund period ends.
October 12
HOLIDAY: Indigenous Peoples' Day. No BFA, MAT, MFA and Salt classes. Administrative offices closed.
November 11
Veterans Day. All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
November 26-27
BREAK: Thanksgiving. No BFA, MAT, MFA and Salt classes. Residence halls are open. No meal services.
December 17 Salt Final Exhibition.
December 18 Salt Graduation Ceremony.
December 18
Salt FALL SEMESTER ENDS.

Salt Spring Term 2021

December 11
Salt tuition payment for Spring 2021 is due.
December 20
DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the spring term.
January 22
New Student Orientation.
January 24
Residence halls open for NEW students.
January 25
100% Salt refund period ends.
January 26
Salt CLASSES BEGIN 
February 2 75% Salt refund period ends.
February 9
40% Salt refund period ends.
February 15
Presidents' Day: All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
May 13
Salt Final Exhibition.
May 13
Salt SPRING SEMESTER ENDS.
May 14
Salt Graduation Ceremony.
May 15
Residence halls close for Salt students at 5:00pm.
     
     

Salt Fall Term 2021

July 23 Salt tuition payment for Fall 2021 is due.
     
August 13 DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the fall term.
     
August 27 New Student Orientation and Final Registration.
August 29 100% Salt refund period ends.
August 30 SALT CLASSES BEGIN.
September 6 HOLIDAY: Labor Day. No BFA, MAT, MFA or Salt classes. Administrative offices closed.
September 7 75% Salt refund period ends.
September 14 40% Salt refund period ends.
     
October 11 HOLIDAY. Indigenous Peoples' Day. No BFA, MAT, MFA or Salt classes. Administrative offices closed.
     
November 11 Veterans Day.
November 22-26 Thanksgiving Holiday: All BFA, MAT, MFA and Salt classes cancelled. Residence halls are open. No meal services.
     
December 16 Salt Final Exhibition.
December 17 Salt Graduation Ceremony.
December 17 SALT FALL SEMESTER ENDS.
December 18 Residence halls close at 12:00 pm for Winter Break.

Salt Spring Term 2022

December 10 Salt tuition payment for Spring 2022 is due.
December 26 DEADLINE: Faculty submit syllabi for the spring term.
     
January 16 Residence halls open for NEW students.
January 17 HOLIDAY. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: All BFA, MAT, MFA and Salt classes cancelled. Administrative offices closed.
January 17 100% Salt refund period ends.
January 18 New Student Orientation and Final Registration
January 19 SALT CLASSES BEGIN.
January 25 75% Salt refund period ends.
     
February 1 40% Salt refund period ends.
February 28 Presidents' Day: All classes run as scheduled. Administrative offices open.
     
March 14-18 Spring break: No Salt classes. Residence halls are open. No meal services.
     
May 5 Salt Final Exhibition.
May 6 Salt Graduation Ceremony.
May 6 SALT SPRING SEMESTER ENDS.
     
April 30 Residence halls close for Salt students at 5:00pm.