Summer: when you only want to think about warm sunshine, cold ice cream and how to fill those long sunny days.
Turns out squeezing in a class or two is actually a great way to spend some of your summer time. Here are 5 ½ reasons why you should consider enrolling in summer classes:
1) It’s cheaper
For regular fee-paying students, summer per-credit rates are less than fall and spring per-credit rates. Credits for less. Who can argue with that? And keep in mind summer financial aid may be available.
2) It’s flexible
Want to keep your summer job AND knock out some credits? Doable. Want to play all day and squeeze in an online class on the side? Also doable. Summer classes are offered in 3, 5, 7, 10 and 14-week sessions PLUS 2 or 3-day workshops and online options, so there are countless ways to take classes and still make your summer everything you want it to be.
3) It’s a more laid-back atmosphere
Even though classes are more condensed, it’s pretty common for summer classes to feel more laid back, and you can get lots of one-on-one time with your professors. The whole vibe is more relaxed and personal, so if that’s how you learn best, summer classes are the way to go.
4) It offers so many options
Collect some credits by doing an internship. Or, work through courses anywhere with 900+ online options. Some summer classes are all about hands-on research. Always wanted to add a minor, but can’t find the time? Complete a minor or certificate over a few summers. Find a course option that works best for you!
5) And, obviously, it can help you GET. THAT. DIPLOMA.
We like to say “Think 30,” which means taking 30 credits each year will give you the best chance to graduate in four years. Use summer classes to help fill out your credits for the year or get ahead to lighten your load in the years to come.