Undergraduate and graduate programs operate on a three-semester academic calendar beginning with summer then fall and spring. Summer semester is shorter with twelve weeks of instruction while fall and spring consist of eighteen week terms with a variety of course length options depending on student population.
For students in the traditional undergraduate programs, summer courses may be used to lighten the course load during the regular academic semesters, to enrich and broaden the education experience or to accelerate the student’s progress toward graduation.
For students in the accelerated undergraduate programs, summer courses are built into their program.
Graduate students typically use the summer term as an integral part of their program.
Professional development or continuing education students may begin and end their courses at various times, depending on the nature of the coursework taken.