When is spring break? Dates, destinations and details to help plan your trip

When is spring break? College break dates in 2017

 

For many college students, spring break, that American academic tradition and much anticipated vacation, is the first opportunity in the year to plan a memorable getaway.

Checking your spring break dates is the important first step in planning your own special trip, and we’ve included an extensive list of dates for universities and colleges across the United States at the end of this article. Scroll through to find your school, and start thinking about destinations.

 

Spring break month

 In general, spring break month is February, March or April, depending on where you are in the country, and the specific name your institution gives it may also vary. Most institutions, like the University of Texas and the University of Central Florida, opt for a spring break during March. Smaller numbers, including the likes of Miami Dade College, hold their spring recess in April, while for others, such as the University of Michigan, it’s February.

 

How long does spring break last?

 If you’re wondering how long college spring break is, it’s generally one week, though some schools may schedule a two-week vacation.

 

College spring break destinations

The best spring break getaway depends on what you’re looking for and what your budget is, so we’ve put together a range of spring break ideas to provide some inspiration. They include some of the most popular destinations, spring break road trips, unique locations and cheap ideas. See what appeals to you.

 

Top road trip destinations

South Padre Island, Texas

With long-lasting appeal, this is one of the most popular locations for spring break in the U.S., and easily accessible for southern colleges.

Panama City, Florida

A white-sand destination that’s a big hit with students looking to bask in Florida sunshine.

Daytona Beach, Florida

Perhaps the original beach party destination, it’s easy to get to from the East Coast and Midwest.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Besides Vegas’ famous appeal for partying, there are actually great things to do in the surrounding area, too.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

With miles of golden East Coast sand, Myrtle Beach is also an affordable option.

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Big Easy offers Bourbon Street and Uptown for nights out, plenty of shrimp gumbo and comfortable 70-degree springtime temperatures.

Manhattan Beach, California

A beautiful Southern Californian beach town with surfing, shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

For more information about these and other road trip destination ideas, check out our spring break cities and destinations articles.

 

What to pack: Don’t forget the essentials

It’s easy to forget the little things that make for a smooth trip – read “Packing the essentials for your road trip” for items to take for the journey. Not least of these is food: have a look at “Road trip: Food for thought when you’re traveling” if you like to snack.

 

5 Popular international destinations

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This city is firmly on the spring break map thanks to its beaches, all-inclusive hotels, private villas and entertainment.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is now a top destination for spring-breakers. Punta Cana offers a typically tropical setting with good value.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Mo-Bay, as it’s known to the locals, may not be quite as laid back as normal when spring break arrives. Besides the nightlife, there are great watersport opportunities.

Cancun, Mexico

A long-time spring break getaway, the Hotel Zone draws students from all over the world, not just America.

Acapulco, Mexico

Located between the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains and Acapulco Bay, you’ll find beaches, history and a high-energy atmosphere.

 

College spring break dates for 2017

 

Alabama

Auburn University, March 11-18

University of Alabama, March 11-18

University of Alabama at Birmingham, March 11-18

 

Arkansas

University of Arkansas, March 18-25

 

Arizona

Arizona State University, March 4-11

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott, March 11-18

The University of Arizona, March 11-18

 

California

University of California, Irvine, March 25-April 1

University of Southern California, March 11-18

 

Colorado

Colorado State University, March 11-18

Fort Lewis College, March 4-11

United States Air Force Academy, March 25-April 1

University of Colorado at Boulder, March 25-April 1

University of Colorado at Denver, March 18-25

University of Denver, March 18-25

University of Northern Colorado, March 11-18

University of Southern Colorado, March 18-25

 

Connecticut

Connecticut College, March 11-18

Eastern Connecticut State University, March 11-18

Fairfield University, March 11-18

Mitchell College, March 4-11

Quinnipiac University, March 11-18

Sacred Heart University, March 4-11

Southern Connecticut State University, March 11-18

Trinity College, March 11-18

University of Bridgeport, March 11-18

University of Connecticut – Hartford, March 11-18

University of Connecticut – Storrs, March 11-18

University of Hartford, March 18-25

University of New Haven, March 11-18

Wesleyan University, March 11-18

Western Connecticut State University, March 11-18

Yale University, March 11-18

 

Washington, DC

American University, March 11-18

Gallaudet University, March 11-18

Georgetown University, March 4-11

Howard University, March 11-18

The Catholic University of America, March 4-11

The George Washington University, March 11-18

 

Delaware

University of Delaware, March 25-April 1

Wesley College, March 4-11

 

Florida

Florida International University – University Park, March 11-18

Florida State University, March 11-18

Miami Dade College, April 14-16

Rollins College, March 11-18

The University of Tampa, March 4-11

University of Central Florida, March 11-18

University of Florida, March 4-11

University of Miami, March 11-18

University of South Florida – Tampa, March 11-18

 

Georgia

Athens Area Technical Institute, March 4-11

Clark Atlanta University, March 11-18

Emory University, March 4-11

Georgia Institute of Technology, March 18-25

Georgia Southern University, March 11-18

Georgia State University, March 11-18

Kennesaw State University, April 1-8

Mercer University, March 4-11

University of Georgia, March 4-11

Valdosta State University, March 4-11

 

Illinois

Augustana College, Feb. 17-March 5

Bradley University, March 11-18

Carl Sandburg College, March 11-18

College of DuPage, March 18-25

DePaul University, March 18-25

Eastern Illinois University, March 11-18

Harper College, March 18-25

Illinois Institute of Technology, March 11-18

Illinois State University, March 11-18

Lewis University, March 4-11

Loyola University Chicago, March 4-11

Millikin University, March 11-18

Monmouth College, March 4-11

Northeastern Illinois University, March 18-25

Northern Illinois University, March 11-18

Northwestern University, March 18-25

Rock Valley College, March 4-11

Roosevelt University, March 4-11

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, March 11-18

Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, March 4-11

Southwestern Illinois College, March 11-18

University of Illinois at Chicago, March 18-25

University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, March 18-25

Western Illinois University, March 11-18

Wheaton College – Illinois, March 4-11

 

Indiana

Anderson University, March 11-18

Ball State University, March 4-11

Butler University, March 4-11

DePauw University, March 25-April 1

Franklin College of Indiana, March 25-April 1

Indiana State University, March 11-18

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, March 11-18

Indiana University Bloomington, March 11-18

Indiana University Northwest, March 11-18

Indiana University Southeast, March 25-April 1

Purdue University Calumet, March 11-18

Purdue University, March 11-18

University of Indianapolis, March 11-18

University of Notre Dame, March 11-18

University of Southern Indiana, March 4-11

Valparaiso University, March 4-11

Vincennes University, March 4-11

 

Iowa

Drake University, March 11-18

Iowa State University, March 11-18

St. Ambrose University, March 11-18

The University of Iowa, March 11-18

University of Northern Iowa, March 11-18

Upper Iowa University, March 18-25

 

Kansas

Emporia State University, March 18-25

Fort Hays State University, March 18-25

Kansas State University, March 18-25

Pittsburg State University, March 18-25

University of Kansas, March 18-25

Washburn University, March 18-25

Wichita State University, March 18-25

 

Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky University, March 18-25

Murray State University, March 18-25

Thomas More College, March 4-11

University of Kentucky, March 11-18

University of Louisville, March 11-18

Western Kentucky University, March 11-18

 

Louisiana

Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, March 11-18

Loyola University New Orleans, Feb. 25-March 4

Tulane University, March 25-April 4

University of New Orleans, April 8-15

Xavier University of Louisiana, Feb. 25-March 4

 

Maine

Bowdoin College, March 11-18

Colby College, March 18-25

University of Maine, March 4-11

 

Maryland

Allegany College of Maryland, March 11-18

Anne Arundel Community College, March 11-18

College of Notre Dame of Maryland, March 18-25

Frostburg State University, March 18-25

Goucher College, March 11-18

Hood College, March 11-18

Loyola College, March 4-11

Mc Daniel College, March 11-18

Montgomery College – Germantown, March 11-18

Montgomery College – Rockville, March 11-18

Mount Saint Mary’s College, March 4-11

Prince George’s Community College, April 8-15

Salisbury University March 18-25

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, March 11-18

The Johns Hopkins University, March 18-25

Towson University, March 18-25

United States Naval Academy, March 11-18

University of Maryland – Baltimore County, March 18-25

University of Maryland – College Park, March 18-25

Washington College, March 11-18

 

Massachusetts

Amherst College, March 11-18

Assumption College, March 4-11

Babson College, March 18-25

Bentley College, March 4-11

Boston College, March 4-11

Boston University, March 4-11

Brandeis University, April 8-15

Bridgewater State College, March 4-11

Clark University, March 4-11

College of the Holy Cross, March 4-11

Curry College, March 11-18

Dean College, March 11-18

Emerson College, March 4-11

Fitchburg State College, March 11-18

Framingham State College, March 11-18

Gordon College, March 11-18

Hampshire College, March 11-18

Harvard University, March 11-18

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, March 11-18

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, March 25-April 1

Merrimack College, March 11-18

Mount Holyoke College, March 11-18

Newbury College, March 4-11

Northeastern University, March 4-11

Pine Manor College, March 4-11

Salem State College, March 11-18

Simmons College, March 4-11

Smith College, March 11-18

Springfield College, March 11-18

Stonehill College, March 4-11

Suffolk University, March 11-18

University of Massachusetts Boston, March 11-18

University of Massachusetts Amherst, March 11-18

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, March 11-18

University of Massachusetts Lowell, March 11-18

Wellesley College, Machr 25-April 1

Wentworth Institute of Technology, March 4-11

Western New England College, March 11-18

Westfield State College, March 11-18

Wheaton College, March 11-18

Williams College, March 18-25

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, March 4-11

Worcester State College, March 18-25

 

Michigan

Albion College, March 4-11

Calvin College, March 18-25

Central Michigan University, March 4-11

Eastern Michigan University, Feb. 18-25

Ferris State University, March 4-11

Grand Valley State University, March 4-11

Lansing Community College, March 4-11

Marygrove College, March 4-11

Michigan State University, March 4-11

Northwood University, March 4-11

Oakland University, Feb. 18-25

Saginaw Valley State University, March 4-11

University of Michigan – Flint, Feb. 25-March 4

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Feb. 25-March 4

University of Michigan – Dearborn, Feb. 25-March 4

Wayne State University, March 11-18

Western Michigan University, March 4-11

 

Minnesota

Minnesota State University Moorhead, March 4-11

St. Cloud State University, March 4-11

St. Olaf College, March 18-25

University of Minnesota – Duluth, March 4-11

Winona State University, March 4-11

 

Mississippi

Mississippi State University, March 11-18

University of Mississippi, March 11-18

University of Southern Mississippi, March 11-18

 

Missouri

Missouri State University, March 11-18

Missouri Western State College, March 11-18

Northwest Missouri State University, March 18-25

Saint Louis University, March 11-18

Southeast Missouri State University, March 11-18

Truman State University, March 11-18

University of Central Missouri, March 18-25

University of Missouri – Columbia, March 25- April 1

University of Missouri – St. Louis, March 25-April 1

 

North Carolina

Appalachian State University, March 11-18

Davidson College, March 4-11

Duke University, March 11-18

East Carolina University, March 4-11

Elon College, March 18-25

High Point University, March 4-11

Meredith College, March 4-11

Methodist College, March 4-11

North Carolina A&T State University, March 4-11

North Carolina State University, March 4-11

University of North Carolina at Asheville, March 11-18

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 11-18

University of North Carolina at Greensboro, March 11-18

University of North Carolina at Wilmington, March 4-11

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, March 4-11

Wake Forest University, March 4-11

Western Carolina University, March 4-11

 

North Dakota

North Dakota State University, March 11-18

University of North Dakota, March 11-18

 

Nebraska

Creighton University, March 4-11

University of Nebraska at Kearney, March 18-25

University of Nebraska at Omaha, March 18-25

University of Nebraska – Lincoln, March 18-25

 

New Hampshire

Dartmouth College, March 18-25

Keene State College, March 11-18

New England College, March 4-11

Plymouth State University, March 18-25

Saint Anselm College, March 4-11

University of New Hampshire, March 11-18

 

New Jersey

Berkeley College, April 15-22

Brookdale Community College, March 11-18

Fairleigh Dickinson University – Madison, March 11-18

Fairleigh Dickinson University – Teaneck/Hackensack, March 11-18

Monmouth University, March 11-18

Montclair State University, March 4-11

New Jersey Institute of Technology, March 11-18

Princeton University, March 18-25

Ramapo College of New Jersey, March 11-18

Rider University, March 11-18

Rowan University, March 11-18

Rutgers University – Camden, March 11-18

Rutgers University – New Brunswick, March 11-18

Rutgers University – Newark, March 11-18

Seton Hall University, March 4-11

The College of New Jersey, March 11-18

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, March 11-18

Union County College, March 11-18

William Paterson University, March 11-18

 

New York

Adelphi University, March 11-18

Alfred State College, March 11-18

Alfred University, March 4-11

Barnard College, March 11-18

Berkeley College – Lower Manhattan Campus, March 18-25

Berkeley College – Midtown Campus, April 15-22

Berkeley College – White Plains, April 15-22

Binghamton University, April 8-15

Canisius College, March 11-18

Cazenovia College, March 4-11

Clarkson University, March 18-25

Colgate University, March 11-18

Columbia University, March 11-18

Cornell University, April 1-8

Elmira College, April 15-22

Fashion Institute of Technology, April 8-15

Finger Lakes Community College, March 18-25

Fordham University-Rose Hill, March 11-18

Hamilton College, March 11-18

Hartwick College, March 25-April 1

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, March 11-18

Hofstra University, March 18-25

Hudson Valley Community College, March 18-25

Ithaca College, March 11-18

LeMoyne College, March 4-11

Long Island University – CW Post Campus, March 11-18

Marist College, March 11-18

Medaille College, March 4-11

Mercy College, March 25-April 1

Mohawk Valley Community College, March 11-18

Morrisville State College, March 4-11

Nazareth College, March 11-18

New York University, March 11-18

Niagara University, March 4-11

Onondaga Community College, March 11-18

Orange County Community College, March 18-25

State University of New York at Plattsburgh, March 25-April 1

State University of New York ar Purchase, April 8-15

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, March 11-18

Rochester Institute of Technology, March 11-18

Russell Sage College, March 4-11

Sarah Lawrence College, March 11-18

Siena College, Feb. 18-25

Skidmore College, March 11-18

St. Francis College, March 13-19

St. John Fisher College, March 4-11

St. John’s University – Queens, Feb. 25-March 4

St. Lawrence University, March 18-25

State University of New York – Farmingdale State College, March 11-18

State University of New York – New Paltz, March 18-25

State University of New York – Oswego, March 11-18

State University of New York – Cobleskill, March 18-25

State University of New York – Delhi, April 8-15

State University of New York – Brockport, March 11-18

State University of New York – Cortland, March 11-18

State University of New York – Fredonia, March 11-18

State University of New York – Geneseo, March 11-18

State University of New York – Oneonta, March 4-11

State University of New York – Potsdam, March 25-April 1

State University of New York – Canton, March 11-18

Stony Brook University, March 11-18

Syracuse University, March 11-18

The City College of New York, April 8-15

University at Albany, March 11-18

University at Buffalo, March 18-25

University of Rochester, March 18-25

Utica College of Syracuse University, March 11-18

Vassar College, March 11-18

Wagner College, March 11-18

 

Ohio

Bowling Green State University, March 4-11

Case Western Reserve University, March 11-18

Cleveland State University, March 11-18

Denison University, March 11-18

John Carroll University, March 4-11

Kent State University, March 25-April 1

Kenyon College, March 4-11

Miami University – Oxford, March 18-25

Mount Union College, March 4-11

Muskingum College, March 4-11

Oberlin College, March 18-25

Ohio Northern University, March 4-11

Ohio University, March 4-11

Ohio Wesleyan University, March 11-18

Shawnee State University, March 4-11

The College of Wooster, March 11-18

The Ohio State University, March 11-18

The University of Akron, March 25-April 1

The University of Findlay, March 4-11

University of Cincinnati, March 11-18

University of Dayton, March 4-11

Wittenberg University, March 4-11

Wright State University, Feb. 25-March 4

Xavier University, March 4-11

Youngstown State University, March 4-11

Oklahoma State University – Stillwater, March 11-18

University of Oklahoma, March 11-18

University of Tulsa, March 11-18

 

Pennsylvania

Albright College, March 11-18

Allegheny College, March 18-25

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, March 11-18

Bryn Mawr College, March 4-11

Bucknell University, March 11-18

Cabrini College, Feb. 25-March 4

Carnegie Mellon University, March 11-18

Cedar Crest College, March 4-11

Chestnut Hill College, March 4-11

Clarion University of Pennsylvania, March 11-18

Delaware County Community College, March 11-18

Delaware Valley College, March 4-11

Dickinson College, March 11-18

Drexel University, March 18-25

Duquesne University, March 4-11

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, March 11-18

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, March 11-18

Elizabethtown College, March 4-11

Franklin and Marshall College, March 11-18

Gannon University, Feb. 25-March 4

Gettysburg College, March 11-18

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, March 11-18

Juniata College, March 4-11

King’s College, March 4-11

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, March 11-18

La Salle University, March 4-11

Lafayette College, March 11-18

Lebanon Valley College, March 4-11

Lehigh University, March 11-18

Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, March 11-18

Lycoming College, March 11-18

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, March 11-18

Mercyhurst College, March 4-11

Millersville University of Pennsylvania, March 11-18

Muhlenberg College, March 4-11

Penn State University – Harrisburg, March 4-11

Penn State University – Altoona, March 4-11

Penn State University – University Park, March 4-11

Penn State University – York, March 4-11

Saint Francis College, Feb. 25-March 4

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, March 11-18

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, March 11-18

St. Joseph’s University, March 4-11

Susquehanna University, March 11-18

Swarthmore College, March 4-11

Temple University – Ambler, March 11-18

Temple University – Main Campus, March 11-18

University of Pennsylvania, March 4-11

University of Pittsburgh, March 4-11

University of Scranton, March 11-18

Ursinus College, March 4-11

Villanova University, March 4-11

Washington and Jefferson College, March 18-25

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, March 11-18

Widener University, March 4-11

Wilkes University, March 4-11

 

Rhode Island

Brown University, March 25-April 1

Bryant University, March 11-18

Johnson & Wales University, Feb. 25-March 4

Providence College, March 4-11

Rhode Island College, March 4-11

Roger Williams University, March 11-18

University of Rhode Island, March 11-18

 

South Carolina

Clemson University, March 18-25

College of Charleston, March 4-11

Furman University, March 4-11

University of South Carolina Upstate, March 4-11

University of South Carolina, March 4-11

Winthrop University, March 11-18

 

South Dakota

South Dakota State University, March 4-11

University of South Dakota, March 4-11

 

Tennessee

East Tennessee State University, March 4-11

Middle Tennessee State University, March 4-11

The University of Memphis, March 4-11

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, March 11-18

University of Tennessee – Knoxville, March 11-18

Vanderbilt University, March 4-11

 

Texas

Baylor University, March 4-11

Rice University, March 11-18

Sam Houston State University, March 11-18

SMU, March 11-18

Texas A&M University, March 11-18

Texas Tech University, March 11-18

The University of Texas at Arlington, March 11-18

The University of Texas at Austin, March 11-18

University of North Texas, March 11-18

 

Virginia

Bridgewater College, March 4-11

Christopher Newport University, March 4-11

Ferrum College, Feb. 25- March 4

George Mason University, March 11-18

Hampton University, March 4-11

Hollins University, March 18-25

James Madison University, March 4-11

Longwood University, March 4-11

Lynchburg College, March 11-18

Mary Baldwin College, March 4-11

Mary Washington College, March 4-11

Old Dominion University, March 4-11

Radford University, March 4-11

Randolph-Macon College, March 25-April 1

Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, March 4-11

Roanoke College, March 4-11

Sweet Briar College, March 4-11

University of Richmond, March 4-11

University of Virginia, March 4-11

Virginia Commonwealth University, March 4-11

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, March 4-11

 

Vermont

Castleton State College, April 1-8

Green Mountain College, March 4-11

Middlebury College, March 25-April 1

Saint Michael’s College, March 11-18

University of Vermont, March 11-18

 

Wisconsin

Marquette University, March 11-18

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, March 18-25

University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, March 11-18

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, March 11-18

University of Wisconsin – Madison, March 18-25

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, March 18-25

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, March 18-25

University of Wisconsin – Parkside, March 18-25

University of Wisconsin – Platteville, March 25-April 1

University of Wisconsin – River Falls, March 11-18

University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, March 18-25

University of Wisconsin – Stout, March 11-18

University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, March 18-25

 

West Virginia

Bethany College, March 11-18

Fairmont State College, March 11-18

Marshall University, March 18-25

Shepherd University, March 11-18

West Virginia University at Parkersburg, March 18-25

West Virginia University, March 4-11

Wheeling Jesuit University, Feb. 25-March 4

 

Wyoming

University of Wyoming, March 11-18

 

Source: STS Travel
 

 

 

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