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.
|Fall 1 (FA1)
|Aug. 8 – Oct. 2
|Break Week||Oct. 3-9|
|Fall 2 (FA2)
|Oct. 10 – Dec. 4
|Dec. 5 – Feb. 5 *with one week off for Christmas
|Spring 1 (SP1)
|Feb. 6 – Apr. 2
|Break Week||Apr. 3 – 9|
|Spring 2 (SP2)
|Apr. 10 – June 4
|June 5 – July 30
|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.
- Online courses will be 8 weeks in length starting in Fall 2016.
- 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.
- FA 1 courses will begin one week earlier than the Fall on-campus courses.
- 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.
- All student coursework must be completed within the 8-week term unless special circumstances have been discussed with professor.
- 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.
- 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.
- Even though term lengths are shortened, each online course will count as 3 credit hours and will have typical tuition rates.
- 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.
- Withdraw passing/failing date will be at the end of week 4 in each term.
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.