Lighten course load in other semesters
- Summer Session can help in balancing work and scholastic commitments and distributing more demanding courses across semesters.
Graduate in a timely manner
When students take the recommended 15 credits in both fall and spring semesters, Summer Session courses can contribute to graduating in four years or less. (Note: credit requirements vary by major).
- Nearly 48% of CSU undergraduates who participate in Summer Session are seniors.
- Participate in Summer Session earlier in your program of study to help avoid needing credits after your intended graduation term.
- A delayed graduation may also delay professional employment options and earnings.
Reach the next class level
- Sophomore (completion of 30 credits by end of freshman year)
- Junior (completion of 60 credits by end of sophomore year)
- Senior (completion of 90 credits by end of junior year)
- Completion of degree (120 credits or more depending on program of study)
Catch up on credits if you have changed your major
Switching majors before sophomore year can add on one month (on average) to time-to-degree. Nationally, 35% of students change majors after their sophomore year, which can add a full term to their graduation plan. If you’ve made or are considering a major change, include Summer Session in your plan to promote timely graduation.
Earn credits before freshman year
High school students may take classes before their first semester of college. This can help to ease the transition to college life, while earning credits in advance. These students may:
- Take classes through CSU Online if taking online classes only
- Enroll as a “Summer-Only” student and take face-to-face classes, with or without online classes.
Please note: If admitted as a degree-seeking student beginning with the summer term, students must attend Summer Session in order to remain admitted for fall semester.