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Georgia Southern University’s Summer Classes Help College Students Get Ahead; University to Offer More than 900 Classes This Summer

03-31 campusSummer used to be a time when college students went home, worked a full-time summer job or took a break from classes for a semester. Not any more. Georgia Southern University will be offering more than 900 classes this summer designed to help students get ahead in their chosen degree program.

“In college, summer classes have become about getting ahead, earning your degree early and potentially positioning yourself to get a jump on the job market,” said Gary Means, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Georgia Southern University. “We continue to see an increase in interest in summer classes from not only current Georgia Southern students, but from students from other colleges and universities due to the number of courses we offer in the summer.”

Students from a variety of universities are also choosing to take summer classes at Georgia Southern University because of the amount of classes that are available. Students are also discovering that summer is a great time to take several of their required core courses because they benefit from the shorter summer terms. Georgia Southern offers classes in three separate summer terms. In the summer, a typical 15-week semester is condensed into four weeks (though some sessions are longer). Classes meet every weekday during each summer session.

Georgia Southern University Summer Class Schedule

Term A: May 15 – June 17

Term B: June 21 – July 22

Long Term: May 17 – July 13

The increased interest has translated into increased enrollment which has also served as a boost to the local economy. During Summer 2009, a record 9,892 students took classes at Georgia Southern, an increase of more than 1,000 students from the summer of 2008.

“We are finding that students are not only using the summer to get ahead, but to also add a second major or a minor,” says Means. “We are also seeing an increase in interest from graduate students who are choosing to start their degree during the summer, when their children are out of school.”

While it is only spring, when walking around Georgia Southern’s campus the focus on summer is clear. The University has launched a major campaign to promote the benefits of summer classes appropriately titled Summer@Georgia Southern. The campaign is utilizing traditional methods of communication as well as social media including Facebook and Twitter to attract interest.

If students are interested in taking a summer class at Georgia Southern, please visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu/summer for more information. Students from other colleges and universities interested in taking a summer class as a transient student may contact the Office of Admissions at: http://admissions.georgiasouthern.edu or by calling: 912-478-5391.

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