Summer Session gives students a chance to catch up and get ahead
With summer around the corner, many students are dreaming about the hot sun, sandy beaches -- and getting ahead in classes at Western Washington University.
Summer Session at Western allows for students to to take extra classes that could help them graduate on time, catch up or get ahead. Approximately 3,400 students enroll in summer session.
“Summer Session is a great opportunity for students to catch up or jump ahead on credits, repeat classes to improve a grade, study abroad with other WWU students and faculty, or to complete classes only offered in the summer,” said Marlene Harlan, director of summer programs. “We see smaller class sizes in most courses, allowing more interaction between the student and the instructor and resulting in a richer classroom experience.”
Students take an average of eight credits during the summer which allows students to pursue other activities like jobs. .
Being on campus is not the only way students can get summer credit as several faculty members lead study abroad courses. This year, there will be more than 16 groups traveling to places such as Italy and the Himalayas. Deadlines are quickly approaching – or are already passed -- for many of this summer's faculty-led study abroad courses. But more courses are planned for later in the year, and it’s never too early to plan for next summer.
Another way Western students can earn credit off campus is through the increasingly popular option of online classes. Many students choose to enroll in online courses during summer session because they provide maximum flexibility with their schedules but still allow them to complete needed credits. This summer 75 online classes are being offered including GURs, pre-requisites for majors, and major courses.
Students can complete most summer session classes within the six week session (June 24-August 1). This gives students plenty of time to enjoy summer fun before heading back to school in the fall.
Summer Session's cost per credit is actually lower than tuition during the academic year. If students complete eight credits each summer while at Western, it's possible to graduate a quarter early.