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2017-18 calendar of important dates

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August 16, 2017                    Second-year wilderness leaders arrive

August 19                               Rest of second-years arrive

August 23                               First-years arrive, parent tours/reception, parents depart by 7pm

August 24 – September 3    Orientation

September 5                          Matriculation and Welcome Dinner

September 6                          First day of classes

September 11                        Ex-Eds begin

September 17                        Sundae Sunday to meet Get-Aways

September 21                        UWC Day

October 7 – 14                       First-years on Southwest Studies trips/Second-year college week

November 9 – 14                   Trimester exams

November 18 - 19                 First-year CEC Retreat

November 20                         Second trimester begins

November 23 - 26                 Thanksgiving break

December 8                           Ex-Eds end

December 10                         Winter Concert

December 14                         Last day of classes

December 15 – January 5    Winter break

January 5 – 6, 2018               Travel days

January 7                                Day of rest, no transportation

January 8                                Classes resume

January 15                              MLK Day

January 16                              Ex-Eds begin

February 2-3                          Annual Conference

February 9 - 16                     Trimester exams

February 19                           Third trimester begins

March 17-24                          Project Week (all students off campus)

March 30                                Good Friday, no classes

April 7-8                                  CEC Retreat

April 20                                   Ex-Eds for second-years end, second-year classes end

April 27 – tentative*             IB exams begin

May 4                                      Ex-Eds for first-years end, first-year classes end

May 7 – 10                              First-year exams

May 12 – 18                            First-year planning , dorm clean-up

May 19 – tentative*              Commencement, students depart

May 21 – June 2                     First-year leadership expedition

*Dates will be confirmed when the IB publishes the calendar of exams.


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UWC-USA students perform more than 18,700 hours of service every year through our association with 25 community partners. More than 2,500 people in Las Vegas, N.M. and the surrounding community have benefited from service projects led by UWC-USA students.


UWC-USA has 228 students representing more than 70 countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Eleven students come from countries identified as conflict regions. Representation within our student body includes: Africa 10%, Asia 28%, Europe 29%, North America 23%, South America 10%.


Students don’t apply directly to the school; they are selected by committees in their home countries based on academic achievement, leadership, and curiosity about and involvement with global events and cultures.


Philanthropist Shelby Davis has created a $40 million endowment that provides 50 U.S. students with full scholarships to attend a UWC every year.


Our more than 3,357 UWC-USA alumni are spread across the globe: North America 26%, Latin America and Caribbean 16%, Africa 10%, Middle East 6%, Asia 14%, Europe 21%, Pacific 2%


UWC-USA offers the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Students can choose from IB classes in 28 subjects – a remarkable number given the size of the school.

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