Common Academic Calendar


All four colleges of Rush University have moved to a common academic calendar to begin the 2017-18 school year. All four colleges will have the same term start and end dates, the same degree conferral dates and the same registration dates.

The new calendar will benefit faculty, students and staff in several ways, including the following:

  • Simplified scheduling of rooms and events
  • Easier-to-administer financial aid packages
  • More intuitive climate for fostering interprofessional education
  • Streamlined reporting of student data to the National Student Clearinghouse 

Implementation timeline

Phase 1 - Planning (2012 - 2015)
  Higher Learning Commission conversion approval
  Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) approval to initiate move from quarters to semesters
  Common Calendar process kickoff
Phase 2 - Build Calendar (Jan 2016 - Oct 2016)
  Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) approval (M1 & M2 curriculum change process)
  Common Calendar for 2017-2018 & 2018-2019 approved
  Set commencement dates for 2018 and 2019
  RU Common Calendar webpage launched
  New class scheduling guidelines distributed
  New Rush Medical College year 1 & 2 curriculum designed
  Began generating degree audits for College of Health Sciences students
  College of Health Sciences Curriculum review process completed
Phase 3 - Validate Calendar (Nov 2016 - May 2017)
  IBHE Approval of College of Health Sciences curriculum conversions
  Curriculum changes complete for Fall 2017
  Master Course Schedule data collected and analyzed for conflicts 
  Degree audit testing completed
  Financial Aid 2017 – 2018 build out in Ellucian Colleague student information system completed