Periods of Instruction Terms

Periods of Instruction Terms [rev. 4/19/2007]

Academic Year – the period of time ranging from the beginning of the Fall Semester of a given calendar year through the end of the summer of the subsequent calendar year.

Regular Session – denotes the Fall and Spring semesters of an academic year, but excludes summer.

Semester – one of two periods of time (Fall and Spring) into which the academic year is divided.  A typical semester consists of 14 weeks of actual instruction, one week of vacation break, and one week devoted to final exams, for a total of 16 weeks.

Summer Session – a period of time consisting of one or more multi-week terms during which courses for credit are offered.

Term – a period of time in which courses for credit are taught.  A term can be offered within a Semester or Summer Session.

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