Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thinking About Summer Courses?

Are you thinking of catching up, getting ahead, or retaking a class this summer?  Here's what you need to know:

You can earn CREDIT for courses taken at another institution--such as a community college near home--but these courses WILL NOT affect your UMass Amherst GPA.  Want to be sure the class you take will actually transfer to UMass before you spend your beach-time doing homework? Complete a Prior Approval Form before enrolling in the class.

You may also consider taking a class through UMass Amherst, either in-person or online.  Only courses taken through UMass Amherst will grant you a grade as well as credit.  You can check availability and cost and even register for such courses through UMass Continuing & Professional Education.  If you plan on repeating a course that you got a C- or below in over the summer, this is the way to do it!  Remember, you cannot repeat a course to replace a grade anywhere else but here.  Before going this route though, you may want to speak to an advisor.  The grade you get the second time is the one that counts toward your GPA, even if it's lower than your original grade, and summer courses can move at a very different pace than regular session courses, especially if they are taught online.  Check in with your advisor to assess which summer course options are best for you! 

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