Frequently Asked Questions
How is Summer Session different from the fall and spring semesters?
Like other sessions, Summer Session provides students an opportunity to take courses toward a major/minor, General Education Program, or electives. However, Summer Session is broken up into three short segments that allow students to focus on completing one or two classes in a condensed time frame: May Session, First Summer Session and Second Summer Session. Summer Session also offers a greater number and variety of online and hybrid courses. Finally, tuition and fees for classes taken during Summer Session are calculated based on the number of credits taken, with no full-time flat rate.
When will available Summer Session classes be listed in the WSU "Find Courses" search tool?
Starting in November you can search for classes and scope out your summer course options. Note that additional summer offerings may continue to be added. If you don't find what you are looking for, keep checking back or call the appropriate academic department(s) and ask what summer options they plan to offer.
Is there a way to search for online classes only?
Yes. When searching for classes, simply click the "Expand/Collapse for Advance Search" link. Then, select "Online (web only)" in the pull-down list under Delivery Method as shown below. The Delivery option also allows students to select classroom and hybrid course delivery types.
Can I get advising help from home over the summer?
Yes! Starting in summer 2016, the Warrior Success Center will offer online advising to students who aren't able to meet on campus. Give it a try! Phone in and in-person advising meetings are also available.
What do I need to do if I'm not an admitted WSU student?
What are the deadlines for dropping Summer Session courses?
The time frames for dropping Summer Session courses differ from those of fall and spring semesters. For details see the Summer Term refund policy.
Is summer registration time determined by the number of credits I have completed?
Yes. On the day registration opens juniors, seniors and graduate students can register starting at 8 am; freshmen and sophomores can register starting at 10 am; and visiting and guest students can register starting at 12 pm.
How many courses and credits can I take in the summer?
Although Summer Session is a great time for students to “catch up, keep up, and get ahead” in their academic coursework, students are strongly advised not to enroll in more than two (2) courses or six (6) credits in any one summer session.
Typically summer courses are offered during one of the following sessions:
- May Session – 3 weeks;
- Summer Session 1 (June) - 5 weeks;
- Summer Session 2 (July) - 5 weeks.
A student may register for up to 19 credits for the entire summer term; however, students are expected to dedicate the same amount of time to a summer session course as they would to a course offered during a 15-week semester. A summer session course is equivalent in its content and learning outcomes to the same course offered during the fall or spring semester.Should a student enroll in more than two (2) courses or six (6) credits for May Session, the University will contact the student to discuss if it is reasonable and appropriate.
When do I need to pay for summer classes?
For details on payment dates for the upcoming summer term, see the WSU Payment Procedures and Registration Cancellation Information web page.
Is financial aid available for summer?
Yes, financial aid is available for students taking summer courses. More information is available on the Financial Aid website.