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Why you should go to summer school

Why you should go to summer school

Summertime might usually mean a few months of relaxation and lazing around the house, but what if instead of total relaxation, you used your summer to get ahead?

Enter: summer classes. Unlike your heater, ASU does not shut down during the summer. There are three sessions that run between the spring and fall semesters, ranging from five to eight weeks in length.

What if I’m out of state for the summer?

No problem. Take advantage of the many courses offered online. You can bask in your own a/c while taking classes from your computer. Online courses are great if you need a more flexible schedule over the summer to work in a part-time job or internship.

When you’re looking for an online course, use the filter for Online: iCourse, not ASU online unless you are currently an online student (see example below).

Can I retake a class over summer?

Yes! Summer is a great time to retake a class you want to improve your grade in, or to focus on a class that you expect to be tough. Taking one class instead of multiple at one time allows you to focus your efforts better. This could help you increase your GPA or get a tough course out of the way for a smoother fall semester.

Five to eight weeks is pretty short, isn’t it?

Typical semesters are 12 weeks long, so summer courses are more compact. But don’t worry,  even when you’re taking a class online, you have access to an online advisor and online tutoring to help you succeed.

How do I know if I can afford a summer session?

You have options. Be sure to file your 2019–2020 FAFSA for summer 2020 aid considerations (even if you've already filed a 2020–2021 FAFSA) and reach out to the financial aid office to determine if your funding will cover summer courses. Some housing is available to students for the duration of summer courses as well, if being on campus works best for you.

Okay, I’m in. How do I get started?

Registration for the summer session is open, take a look at the schedule of classes. Pick a few that seem like a good fit for your college plan and reach out to your advisor. They can ensure you’re on track and work with you to prepare for the summer session.

Get more information about summer session classes, housing and finances here. And listen to this Inside ASU podcast episode that shares the need-to-know info about summer classes.  


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