Prepare to excel in shortened summer terms
Summer courses are condensed into a shorter time frame than the 16-week fall and spring semesters. Students who participate in Summer Session, on average, complete 5.5 credits. This allows a deeper focus on fewer topics.
Condensed terms can make 3 credits feel like:
- 12 credits in a 4-week term,
- 6 credits in an 8-week term, and
- 4 credits in a 12-week term.
Additional information helpful for anticipating your academic workload is available in the CSU General Catalog: Credit Hour and Credit Load.
- Labs are intense in an 8-week term.
- If you’re choosing overlapping terms, the demand on your time increases. For example:
- Taking a class in each 8-week term will feel like 12 credits during the 4 weeks the terms overlap.
- A 3-credit class in a 4-week term in conjunction with a 3-credit class in an 8-week term will feel like 18 credits for the weeks the courses overlap.
- Plan to get ahead in your first class to ease pressure before your next class begins.
- If you’re working, consider how to balance work with studying, and how much work will be realistic during the time you’re taking classes.