How early? August 11. Is that early? Oh yes, my friend. Oh yes. See the table below for a list of the previous academic years and their respective August starting dates.
As you the careful reader can tell, we've never started sooner than the 12th (2013-2014). But according to the proposal now working its way through the University Council, we'd begin on August 11, almost a week sooner than the last couple of years, and at least a few days earlier than the average since way back to the 2005-2006 academic year.
No. No. No.
In a perfect world, we wouldn't start until after Labor Day, but there's Fall Break (better known as a day for students to figure out how to find Jacksonville for the UGA-UF football game), and a week, a whole week, for Thanksgiving. There is discussion of cutting Thanksgiving back, and if they do so we may see the start date massaged as well. Again, this is for 2016-2017 ... not this coming Fall.