2019-2020 Academic Calendar Summary

Application Due*

Classes
Begin

Classes
End

Holidays
(no class)

Grades
Available

Autumn 2019

JULY 1
(early review
May 15)
SEPT. 25

Arrive Tuesday,
Sept. 24
after 3 pm

DEC. 6

Depart
no later than Saturday,
Dec. 7
after breakfast
NOV. 11 &
NOV. 28 – DEC. 1
DEC. 18

Spring 2020

DEC. 15

MARCH 30

Arrive Sunday,
Mar. 29
after 3 pm

JUNE 5

Depart
no later than
Saturday,
June 6
after breakfast
MAY 25 JUNE 17

Summer A 2020

MARCH 1

JUNE 15

Arrive Sunday,
June 14
after 3 pm

JULY 17

Morning classes only Friday, July 17, depart after lunch
JULY 3 AUGUST 26

Summer B 2020

MARCH 1

JULY 20

Arrive Sunday,
July 19
after 3 pm

AUGUST 21

Morning classes only Friday, Aug. 21, depart after lunch
None AUGUST 26

Academic Calendar Details:

* Applications

Applications will be accepted beyond the Application Due date if space is available. To inquire about spring and autumn quarters, please email Bernadette Holthuis.  To inquire about summer classes, please email Stacy Markman.

Applications for Spring, Summer A, Summer B and Autumn classes will be accepted beginning in November. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Arrival

STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ARRIVE AT FHL THE DAY BEFORE CLASSES BEGIN.  CHECK-IN IS AT 3:00 P.M. OR LATER.

We encourage students to attend the first meal served, normally dinner (6:00 – 6:30 p.m.) the evening before classes begin. If you prefer, you may choose to arrive later, after dinnertime, but please be prepared to begin classes the next day at 8:30 a.m. The remote location of FHL makes it nearly impossible to make it to your early morning class without spending the prior night here.

There are no other activities scheduled after dinner the evening before classes start; this evening is set aside for you to unpack and settle into your room.

If you need to arrive on campus earlier than 3:00 p.m. the day before classes start, you may store your belongings at FHL until dorm rooms are available. If you need to arrive a day or more earlier, please contact FHL to ask if housing will be available and, if not, you may need to stay in a hotel in Seattle, in Friday Harbor or in Anacortes (from where the ferry departs on the mainland).  For information about FHL housing availability and costs, please email FHL Housing Coordinator, Stephanie Zamora.

Departure

  • SPRING and AUTUMN QUARTER students may depart after classes end at 5:00 p.m. on Friday but may spend the night and depart the next day, Saturday, no later than 11 a.m. (breakfast is included).
  • SUMMER CLASSES students may depart after morning classes end on Friday or stay for lunch (included) and depart at 1 p.m. on Friday. Students will be asked to move belongings out of their dorm room or hut by 11 a.m., luggage may be stored in the FHL Dining Hall until departure after lunch.

Travel Planning

It may take up to half a day to travel between Seattle and Friday; if you are flying into Seattle from another city in the U.S. or internationally, you may need to spend the night near the Seattle airport in either or both travel directions.  Learn more about How to Get Here

Class Times

FHL courses and research apprenticeships require a full-time commitment, normally all day Monday-Friday in Spring and Autumn Quarters, Monday-Friday plus Saturday mornings for summer courses. It is not possible to commute daily from Seattle, and traveling to Seattle for the weekend can be very time consuming (and expensive) and we do not encourage travel during the quarter, although an occasional weekend away may be possible.

November Holiday (Thanksgiving)

Thanksgiving Day is always celebrated in the U.S. on the fourth Thursday of November. Over the Thanksgiving holiday week, classes will not be held Thursday or Friday. The FHL Dining Hall will be closed beginning after lunch on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning, reopening for dinner on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. You can decide to stay on the FHL campus over the four-day Thanksgiving holiday and we will give you access to cooking facilities during these days.  Most students choose to spend this time elsewhere.

Grades/Transcripts

Grades are available to students on the dates listed in the chart at the top of this page.  (Please note that Summer Term A grades will not be released by UW until after Summer Term B.)

To receive transcripts for courses completed at FHL, follow these instructions (links to an external site) provided by University of Washington (UW) Registrar’s Office.  You will need your UW Student ID Number and your UW NetID to order the transcripts.  (For non-UW students, UW IDs are established at the time of FHL course registration.)  If you wish to order UW transcripts and you’ve forgotten your UW Student ID or your UW NetID, please contact Stacy Markman.

Please note that your transcripts from University of Washington may list a course title that does not exactly match the title of the course you completed at Friday Harbor Laboratories. The course title on the transcript will list the UW “umbrella” course title under which the FHL course is offered.  Some FHL students choose to print the FHL course description with title, or provide a link to the appropriate FHL webpage, to give to their department or advisor at their home college/university. This information may be helpful if you plan to transfer the FHL course credits to your home institution.

Students should speak with their advisors about transferring credits to their home institution prior to enrolling for a course at FHL.

 

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