The 12-week summer session is designed to provide coursework within various time intervals. Classes typically are offered in either the full 12-week session, the standard four-week session begins in May, or the standard eight-week session that begins in June. There are many other short or variable length courses throughout the summer. While the time interval of the individual sessions is different than that of the standard semester, each course carries full credit because classes meet the same number of contact hours as in the standard semester.
Each college or department determines its summer offerings, based upon previous enrollments, programmatic needs, and special requests. Special effort is made to offer courses approved for fulfilling general education requirements. The summer session course offerings schedule is available online. For information on summer school, please call 231-8492 or 231-6133.
Undergraduate Admission Requirements
The course offerings of the summer school are open to all qualified students. Students may enroll as degree candidates by meeting general university requirements as described elsewhere in this bulletin or may enroll for summer classes in a non-degree status by submitting an Application for Admission to the Office of Admission, a $35 non-refundable application fee, and official transcripts from their home institution (if coursework was attempted within one year prior to application). Students who previously attended NDSU, but who have had a leave of absence of at least one full semester (fall or spring) must submit a Reactivation Form, and supply any necessary documentation.
A range of opportunities is available for graduate work during the summer session as evidenced by the traditionally high enrollment of graduate students. A considerable number of graduate courses are offered, but generally the summer serves as an important term for students to work on their research requirements, especially if field work is involved. Work on disquisitions and individual study arrangements frequently are facilitated during summers. Courses scheduled to begin at different times and for varying periods provide a high level of flexibility. Thus, those who may have only a portion of a given summer available are likely to find courses that meet their scheduling limitations. In addition, workshops, internships, and other special programs are offered. Teachers generally find the summer school designed to offer attractive selections as components of a degree program, as well as courses directed toward improvement of professional skills. Persons interested in graduate programs of study are encouraged to contact the Graduate School for further information.