Board of Regents Clarifies Semester Length Requirements for State Universities

Oct 12, 2017

The Georgia Board of Regents has instructed all state universities to align their semester calendars.

On Wednesday, the Board of Regents revised the policy on university semester length. According to federal regulations, semesters must have 15 weeks of instruction time. However, the Regents clarified this cannot include registration days or final exams.

UGA does not count final exams as part of the 15 weeks. But other state universities, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University do. Now, the two institutions will have to lengthen their semesters to match UGA’s, per instructions from the board.

Last year, UGA semesters included 74 days of instruction.