Enrollment in summer sessions is available to all students at University Park and other Penn State campuses. Courses are offered in a variety of time frames. Students may elect to enroll in one summer session or a combination of sessions at any Penn State campus or at a combination of campuses.
Maymester and six-week summer sessions. Effective summer 2012, University Park summer session consists of three sessions. Immediately following spring semester, two overlapping sessions are offered: the new four-week Maymester and a six-week session. Following the end of the first six-week session, a second six-week session is offered. The dates of these sessions are on the Registrar's Academic Calendar.
To identify courses offered during Maymester, open the Schedule of Courses and scroll down to Additional Search Criteria. In the "Starts On or After" field, enter the first day of Maymester classes listed on the Academic Calendar. In the "Ends On or Before" field, enter the last day of classes for Maymester.
Summer course schedule information for all Penn State campuses is available in the Schedule of Courses. To find out when the Schedule will be available, contact the Registrar's office at the campus of interest. Check Past Course Offerings in the Schedule of Courses or contact the department offering the course to determine availability.
Special LEAP course offerings are available for students newly admitted for the summer session.
The pace of a summer session course is rapid and demanding. Generally, 1 credit per week of instruction is considered to be a reasonable load (i.e., 6 credits in the six-week session). However, each student's circumstances should be considered carefully. For example, the student who has other demands on his/her time or who is taking a very difficult course may want to schedule a lighter credit load. Students on internships or involved in independent study might be able to carry a heavier credit load.
International students beginning in the summer must maintain full-time academic status.
Tuition and Financial Aid
On the Penn State Tuition site, tuition and fees can be calculated.
If student financial aid eligibility is a consideration, the student aid representative at his/her Penn State campus should be consulted when plans are made for summer enrollment. Students can also access information about summer aid availability on the Office of Student Aid website.
(see Transfer Credit)
Visit the Summer Sessions home page for more information.
Reviewed: May 2013
Last Update: January 2012