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Taking 12 credits during fall & winter and then taking a class in winter and summer

DCHurricaneDCHurricane - Posts: 2,976 Senior Member
edited November 2010 in College Life
Has anyone here tried that? In theory it should keep you on track for graduating in four years while also keeping a lighter workload during the big semesters. I'm considering doing that, thoughts?
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Replies to: Taking 12 credits during fall & winter and then taking a class in winter and summer

  • October47October47 Registered User Posts: 1,021 Senior Member
    Usually in in-between semester like winter and summer colleges won't let you take a full load...

    Just take the normal 12-15 hours during the semester with an additional class or two in the summers. It shouldn't be a problem to graduate in 4 years.
  • DCHurricaneDCHurricane - Posts: 2,976 Senior Member
    I know October. I'm saying... let's say you take 12 credits in the Fall and 3 in the Winter. That's 15. Then 12 in the Spring and 3 in the summer. That's another 15, which adds up to 30 just as if you took 15 in Fall and Spring each.
  • umcp11umcp11 Registered User Posts: 1,321 Senior Member
    There's no problem at all with doing that, if you can handle the cost. It's going to cost significantly more, obviously, than if you just took the classes during the semester (since there is no difference in cost between 12-15 credits during a semester, but summer and winter classes WILL cost additional money, about $800 each I believe).

    Additionally, most students don't work as much during semester and take on 40 hr/week jobs during the summer. So, I don't know if working 9-5 and then going to class 6-whatever poses any issues/problems for you. Or, if there might be scheduling issues with that. Generally summer classes are doable around work though.

    I would be uneasy about is the winter class. It's very condensed, usually every day, multiple hours a day. Winter is a good time for travel/unwinding in my opinion. Maybe I would take 2 classes in teh summer and none in teh winter. But that's just up to you. It's personal preferance.

    And finally, course pickings are extremely slim during the winter and less so but still slim during the summer. If you like having tons of classes to choose from its also better to do more during the semester.

    Again I think the main reason people don't do what you're saying more often is the cost. And, sometimes people like to take extremely demanding internships or out of state internships during the summer.
  • DCHurricaneDCHurricane - Posts: 2,976 Senior Member
    Thanks for the info; I had forgotten that the summer classes have their own cost. I probably wouldn't be working full-time though, not unless I can get an office job. I did some full-time stuff at a grocery store this summer and I wanted to kill myself by the end of it!
  • boysx3boysx3 Registered User Posts: 5,164 Senior Member
    Do you have a reason for wanting to take a less-than-average class load? In theory your idea would work, but it might be hard to get the classes you need when you need them.
  • October47October47 Registered User Posts: 1,021 Senior Member
    I think I'd rather just add on the additional class during the semester unless I had a really ridiculously hard 12 credit hour course load. Imo it wouldn't be worth it to go back just for one class that you could have taken earlier.

    I'd only take a course in the winter or summer in addition to the normal 15-16 hours during fall/spring to get me ahead.

    And umcp11 is right, most of the summer/winter courses I've seen are M-Friday classes, all at least an hour and a half a day. No thank you...
  • Emaheevul07Emaheevul07 Registered User Posts: 5,966 Senior Member
    Around here taking 12 in the spring, if you were even allowed to do it, would be a really bad idea. I think that would take away from the benefit of having the lower course load the rest of the year.

    I could never take as low as 15 anyway, I've needed 16-17 every semester.
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