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
- Second Summer Session
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 October 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.
When can I register for Summer classes?
Your Summer registration window will open at the same time as your Spring registration window during the first week of November.
Is financial aid available for summer?
Summer financial aid availability is determined by what a student has left over in aid from the previous fall and spring terms. Students must take 6 or more credits to be eligible for Summer financial aid. There is a special application for Summer aid that is usually accessible from the WSU Financial Aid office in March. More information is available on the Financial Aid website.
Can I get advising help from home over the summer?
Yes! The Warrior Success Center offers online advising to students who aren't able to meet on campus. Your major department might also have someone available to talk to virtually over the summer. Check with the department chair or office assistant from your program to inquire about summer advising options.
Is there a way to search for online classes only?
Yes. When searching for classes, simply click the button next to "Completely Online."
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.
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.
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.
What do I need to do if I'm not an admitted WSU student?
If you are Not a Current Student identify and familiarize yourself with the right process for you to register for your summer courses and have a successful summer term.
If you have any questions regarding your admission status, please contact the Warrior Hub at 507.457.2800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.