Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thinking About Taking a Summer Course? Some Things to Keep in Mind

Whether it's to catch up or get ahead, summer courses are a good option. If you think you may want to take a course over the summer, keep these things in mind:
  •  Here at UMass-Amherst or at a nearby community college at home? Taking a course at another school will count credit-wise but not grade wise, meaning your UMass GPA will not be affected by that grade. Taking a class at UMass via Continuing Ed will grant the grade as well as the credits. You should check availability and cost, since your tuition at UMass only covers academic school year courses (Fall and Spring).
  • Repeating a course? If you plan on repeating a course that you got a C- or below in, then that course MUST be taken through UMass-Amherst. Continuing Ed courses are fine. You cannot repeat a course to replace the grade anywhere else but here. 
  • How can I be sure that the course I'm taking will count and transfer back to UMass? You can seek pre-approval from the Transfer Credit Evaluator in the Registrar's Office in Whitmore 213 and as always if you have questions about a course or what course you can take over the summer, come talk to an advisor. We'd be happy to help!
  • What about a 3 credit course at my local community college--will it count as a Gen Ed if the same course next semester is 4 credits? Yes. As long as you seek pre-approval, the credits will not matter.

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