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Taking Summer School Makes a Difference

March 15, 2016

As students approach the halfway point this semester it is time to start thinking about how they intend to spend their summer. Many students opt to take summer courses to either get ahead or get caught up in their field of study

During the summer there are two summer sessions available; Summer I and Summer II.  Students are able to take a maximum of six credit hours each summer session; this translates into the opportunity to complete 12 credit hours over the summer break, almost a full semester worth of classes.  For example, a student who is on track with their hours for a 4 year plan and then elects to take two full summers of courses essentially eliminates a year of schooling which makes graduating a year early a very achievable goal as can be visualized in the chart below.  

From an academic standpoint, students often times find it much easier to retain information during the 4 week summer course compared to a normal 16 week fall or spring course due to the more intense focus in the courses offered.  Summer I sessions begin June 6th and end on July 7th; Summer II courses begin July 11th and end August 10th , this leaves summer course students a few well deserved weeks by the pool before regular classes resume.

In addition, Angelo State offers FREE summer housing for students meet eligibility requirements. Financially, this is very beneficial for any student as it helps extend any college fund, scholarship, or financial aid that a student may be receiving and can eliminate an entire year of costs.  For more information on free summer housing eligibility and how to take advantage of free summer housing contact the Housing and Residential Programs Office online or by calling 325-942-2035, and speak to your advisor about which classes are offered during the summer for your degree plan.