Starting in Fall 2016, online courses will be 8 weeks in length.

This shortened format allows you to take classes more frequently while focusing on fewer subjects at a time. You are never too far away from starting your next online course.

Academic Calendar

Term Dates

2016-2017
Fall 1 (FA1)

Add/Drop

Aug. 8 – Oct. 2

Aug. 12

Break Week Oct. 3-9
Fall 2 (FA2)

Add/Drop

Oct. 10 – Dec. 4

Oct. 14

Winter (JA)

Add/Drop

Dec. 5 – Feb. 5 *with one week off for Christmas

Dec. 9

Spring 1 (SP1)

Add/Drop

Feb. 6 – Apr. 2

*Feb. 9*

 

Break Week Apr. 3 – 9
Spring 2 (SP2)

Add/Drop

Apr. 10 – June 4

Apr. 14

Summer (SU)

Add/Drop

June 5 – July 30

June 9

Break Week July 31 – Aug. 6

 

The last day to add/drop a course is the first Friday of the term

*SP1 will be an exception to the normal Add/Drop date. Add/Drop for SP1 will take place Thursday, February 9.

Fast Facts

        1. Online courses will be 8 weeks in length starting in Fall 2016.
        1. Online language courses will be the exception and span 16 weeks. Language courses will begin either FA 1 or SP 1 and end during the final week of FA 2 or SP 2.
        1. FA 1 courses will begin one week earlier than the Fall on-campus courses.
        1. The online Winter term (JA) will have 8 weeks of content, but span a total of 9 weeks due to a break week for Christmas.
        1. All student coursework must be completed within the 8-week term unless special circumstances have been discussed with professor.
        1. Students should plan for approximately 10 hours of coursework per week per 8-week course. The recommendation is to take two or three courses per 8-week term.
        1. Maximum course loads for fall, winter, spring, and summer remain the same. The maximum 19-hour course load for fall or spring can be divided between FA1 and FA2, or SP1 and SP2, which means students can take 3 courses in FA1/SP1 and 3 courses in FA2/SP2.
        1. Even though term lengths are shortened, each online course will count as 3 credit hours and will have typical tuition rates.
        1. The $250 internet fee is non-refundable after the first day of each semester. This fee is applied only once in the fall and spring, not for each fall or spring terms.
        1. Withdraw passing/failing date will be at the end of week 4 in each term.

FAQs

Q: Will language classes be 8 weeks?
A: No, language classes (Greek and Hebrew) are the only exception and will be 16 weeks in length.

Q: Do 8-week classes cost more?
A: No, normal tuition fees apply.

Q: Will 8-week classes be less work?
A: No, each course is still worth 3 credit hours and will require that amount of work.

Q: How much time should I allow for course work per week?
A: For each course, you should allot approximately 10 hours/week.

Q: Why is the winter semester (JA) different?
A: There will be one break week during this semester for Christmas.

Q: Will I be able to see course offerings for the whole academic year?
A: Yes, shortly! Check back soon.