Summer Sessions

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. University Park offers three summer sessions. Immediately following spring semester, two overlapping sessions are offered: the 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. 

Course Offerings

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 at the University Park campus.

Credit Load

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.

Enrollment at Another Penn State Campus

(see Summer Registration at Alternate Penn State Campuses)

Enrollment at Another Institution

(see Transfer Credit)

Visit the Summer Sessions home page for more information.

Last Update: April 2014