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5 1/2 Things About Summer Classes

Summer: when you only want to think about warm sunshine, cold ice cream and how to fill those long sunny days.

We know it’s not everyone’s first choice of summer activity, but squeezing in a class or two during the summer is actually a great way to spend some of your summer time. Here are 5 ½ reasons why:

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 very flexible

Want to keep your summer job AND knock out some credits? Doable. Want to play all day and squeeze in a class in the evenings? 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) More laid-back atmosphere

Even though classes are more condensed, it’s pretty common for summer classes to be 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) So many options

Collect some credits by doing an internship. Or, work through courses anywhere with 800+ online options. Some summer classes are all about hands-on research. 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 really just means taking 30 credits each year will give you the best chance to graduate in four years. So use summer classes to help fill out your credits for the year or get ahead to lighten your load in the years to come.


5 ½) The study time views could not be better!


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