More and more, summer classes have become a great way to accelerate your college education or catch up from being behind. The summer terms often allow students to take scarcely offered and/or high-demand classes that keep them progressing towards their goal.
There are many reasons why students should take summer classes. However, if you’re having a hard time advising your students on why they should consider taking them, we’ve outlined the top three reasons below:
1). The Accelerated (and Frugal) Degree Track
Most students are typical working adults, and the idea of completing their degree faster can be very attractive. That said, students who opt to take summer classes often inch closer to earlier graduation dates by lightening the loads they tackle during the fall and spring semester.
Additionally, taking summer classes can provide a more cost-effective option for the penny-pinching students. According to U.S. News and World Report:
“…you could shave a term or even an entire year off your education. That not only equals savings in the form of tuition payments, but it also cuts down on room, board, and other living expenses, not to mention getting you into the workforce and earning a salary faster.”
2). Flexible Scheduling
Flexible scheduling is a huge benefit of summer classes. Summer sessions are typically 6-8 weeks and many schools offer 2 summer sessions. This enables working adults a lot of flexibility with their work and personal lives while continuing to work towards their degree.
Someone can take classes in one session and have plenty of time for a break, or if they are really focused on completing their degree they take classes during both sessions. Either way, summer classes flexibility is an attractive opportunity for most students.
2). Smaller Class Sizes
Smaller class sizes are also very common during summer and many times popular classes that are difficult to get into during fall and spring are much easier to register during the summer sessions. So, if students have opportunities to attend classes during the summer that are popular but do so in a smaller class size environment.
Campus Explorer, a university-list aggregator that provides traditional and non-traditional students information about colleges, attests that it’s often true that “colleges with low student-to-faculty ratios also tend to have a lower number of students enrolled.” However, summer classes can offer the best of both worlds — intimate class settings that give the feel of a small college campus, even if that’s not the case.
There are a variety of factors that can prevent students from taking summer courses, such as limited class offerings or room-and-board price differences. However, the advantages students have by enrolling in summer terms seem to far outweigh the disadvantages — and ultimately set students up for an unorthodox, by viable approach to obtaining their degrees.