We’re Talking About Summer School in October? YES

I got the information below yesterday from Dr. Christa Colyer, Associate Dean of Academic Planning, Professor of Chemistry, and Robert & Debra Lee Faculty Fellow.  It’s about Summer School.

I know, I know.  It is *October* and this seems crazy, but bear with me.  There are a lot of good reasons to think about Summer Session, and as with so many things in life, advanced planning is a good thing.

As an academic adviser, I have always been a huge advocate for summer school.  It’s a wonderful way to take a class (or two) that you really need to focus on and do very well in – things like prerequisites for the business school (Accounting 111, anyone?) or for pre-health requirements (I’m looking at you, Organic Chem!)  Or maybe it is for a class you took once but in which you had a bad grade and need to retake it.

Summer school means that the normal distractions of the semester (all your friends, your significant other, your extracurriculars) are probably not there, and you can really focus with laser-like intention.  It can be a wonderful boost to your academic success.

So take a look at the information below from Dr. Colyer, and you and your student can think about this as an option if it is appropriate.


“Although your student may not even have considered their Spring 2017 course schedule yet, we are already deep into planning for Summer 2017 here at Wake Forest. Summer courses can be taken during one or both of two summer sessions spanning approximately five weeks each, and there will also be some opportunities to take 10-week classes spanning both summer sessions.

The first session will run from May 23 – June 29 while the second session will run from July 6 – August 11, 2017. Summer session classes taught by our Wake Forest faculty cover the same content that your students would encounter during their regular 15-week semesters, but in a shorter and more intensive fashion.

There are many reasons to consider summer classes. Planning to take a summer course can give a student a little more breathing room during the regular semester so they can acclimate to campus life, or achieve a greater balance between academic studies and extracurricular activities. Summer coursework can provide students a chance to get ahead so they can more easily plan for study-abroad experiences or have a more flexible schedule to accommodate multiple majors or minors if they so desire.  Summer is also a prime time to receive academic credit and work experience by completing an internship here in Winston Salem or anywhere around the world. Whatever your student’s goals, the undergraduate Summer Sessions at Wake Forest will likely have something that meets his or her needs.

Specific information about the Summer 2017 schedule and course listing will be posted on the Summer Session website  in the days prior to Thanksgiving Break. Your student can contact the Summer Session office by emailing summer@nullwfu.edu, calling (336) 758-2330, or stopping by Reynolda Hall 126.”

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