The academic year begins in May on the day specified in the School Calendar and continues into the following April or May. The year includes approximately thirty-two weeks of instruction, divided into two semesters. In addition, a summer session of approximately ten weeks is mandatory for students progressing into the Sophomore, Junior and Senior years. Accordingly, those students promoted into the summer session are considered to be automatically registered for the summer.

During the academic year, the School of Dentistry Adult and Pediatric Clinics are open from 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. They are open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. During the Summer Session the clinics are open from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

There is a fall recess, a short Thanksgiving vacation, a two-week Christmas-Midyear recess, a one-week vacation in the spring, a short recess between the second semester and the summer term, and a total of four weeks of vacation following the summer session.