The quarter system divides the academic year into 10-week periods. The semester system divides the year into fall and spring semesters, each with about 14 weeks of instruction in addition to a summer session with about 14 weeks of instruction.
Fall semester will begin in late August and end in mid-December. Spring semester will begin in early January and end in late April. Summer session will begin in early May and end in early August.
One semester credit hour will be awarded for a minimum of 750 minutes of formalized instruction that typically requires students to work at out-of-class assignments an average of two hours for every hour of formalized instruction. The instructor bears the primary responsibility for formalized instruction.
Credit hours may be awarded on a different basis for other types of instructional activities (e.g., labs, clinical, studio and independent study).
While the annual amount of tuition will not increase due to semester conversion, the amount will generally be divided into two semester payments rather than three quarter payments.
Currently, tuition payments are due 10 days before the start of each quarter term. Under the semester system, tuition payments will be due 10 days before the start of the semester term.
Financial aid will work in a similar manner. While the annual amount of eligible federal, state and institutional aid will not change due to semester conversion, the amounts will generally be divided into two semester payments rather than three quarter payments. Furthermore, Federal direct student loans will be distributed 10 days before the start of the semester term, just as they are currently distributed for quarter terms.
The deadline will not change due to semester conversion.
For more information on the Cincinnatus scholarship, go to financialaid.uc.edu/sfao/cincinnatus.html.
Fall semester deadline: Dates may vary by college and program. Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions Application Deadlines page for more information.
Spring semester deadline: Apply by Nov. 1; confirm by Dec. 1.
Example: For freshmen admission in Spring 2013, apply by Nov. 1, 2012.
Summer semester: Apply by March 1; confirm by April 1.
Example: For freshmen admission in Summer 2013, apply by March 1, 2013.
Fall semester deadline, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP): Priority application deadline of March 1, 2012.
Example: For transfer admission to DAAP in Fall 2012, apply by March 1, 2012.
Fall semester deadline, all other uptown colleges: Apply by July 1; confirm by Aug. 1.
Example: For transfer admission to the College of Business in Fall 2012, apply by July 1, 2012.
Spring semester deadline: Apply by Nov. 1; confirm by Dec. 1.
Example: For transfer admission in Spring 2013, apply by Nov. 1, 2012.
Summer semester deadline: Apply by March1; confirm by April 1.
Example: For transfer admission in Summer 2013, apply by March 1, 2013.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes will be 55 minutes long, while Tuesday/Thursday classes will be 80 minutes long. Classes will begin 8 a.m. every day.
Since there will continue to be a 10 minute gap between class periods, most classes will not start on the hour. For example, as the first MWF 55-minute class of the day will run from 8-8:55 a.m., the next 55-minute class will run 9:05-10:00 a.m. The following 55-minute class will run from 10:10 a.m.-11:05 p.m. To see the hour-by-hour scheduling of classes, visit the Semester-Schedule Class Blocks page.
This schedule meets the Ohio Board of Regents requirements for minimum instructional minutes per credit hour.
The summer session preceding the conversion to semesters in Fall 2012 will be an accelerated quarter of about seven weeks. This accelerated quarter will begin Monday, June 18, and end Saturday, August 4. To see all dates for Summer Quarter 2012, visit the Academic Calendar.
In general, under the semester system, summer terms will begin in early May and end in early August.
Most undergraduate programs currently admit students to start during any quarter. In a few undergraduate majors with very structured and sequenced programs, this is not possible in order to serve the best interests of students.
For undergraduate admissions, this practice will continue under the semester system. Most undergraduate programs will admit students to begin studies during any semester. A few with very structured and sequenced programs will not do so in order to serve the best interests of students.
Graduate programs that currently accept students to begin any quarter will generally accept students to begin in fall, spring or summer semester. However, the decision for admissions timing on the graduate level is ultimately made by the specific graduate program. So, if you have a question about a specific program, contact that program directly. If you need assistance in finding a contact for a specific program, use our Ask a Question option.
If, in Fall 2010, it will take you longer than two years to graduate, then you will likely be impacted. The typical full-time undergraduate, baccalaureate student completes 45 quarter hours per year. If you are more than 90 quarter hours from degree completion, then you are likely to be impacted.
An easy way for you (an undergraduate student) to check this is to run your individual degree audit at OneStop. Or you may consult the college advising offices at www.uc.edu/registrar/advising/adv_directory.html.
If you are close to graduation, make every reasonable attempt to complete your degree prior to the conversion to the semester system. If you cannot finish under the quarter system, make every attempt to complete all sequences of courses on the quarter system or delay beginning sequences until the conversion has taken place. Finally, consult with your academic advisor regarding questions you might have.
See UC’s Pledge to Students.
To prevent a lapse in summer coverage, the university divides the annual premium into payments according to terms (three terms under quarters or two terms under semesters). The spring term payment and coverage extends through summer, with no additional premium required. See more.
The main academic advantage of the semester system is that it provides greater opportunities for collaborative research and for in-depth teaching and classroom projects.
A semester calendar facilitates study-abroad options, student teaching and other forms of experiential learning.
Conversion will ease the transfer of students into and out of UC programs from other national institutions, most of which (90 percent) already follow the semester system. This is especially true for minority students since 94 percent of historically black colleges and universities follow the semester system.
Because most of our national peers already follow the semester system and because most Ohio institutions – and all the state’s four-year, public universities – will be on semesters adherence to a common academic calendar based on semesters will improve program articulation as well as enable cross-institution courses and materials along with comprehensive student interfaces.
A semester calendar will help UC to “capture” more summer-school students returning home for the summer months from other institutions and wanting to enroll in courses (and in a time frame) compatible with their academic careers. (A temporary transfer, if you will.)
Conversion will provide graduating students a “first-mover” advantage when entering the job market. Most large employers schedule recruitment of new hires according to the semester calendar. Currently, UC grads enter the post-graduation job market much later than graduates from most other schools because of the university’s late graduation date.
Employers involved in UC’s cooperative education (co-op) program, an important differentiator of education at UC, often prefer the semester system (already in place at most other co-op schools) because it allows for a longer work cycle, enabling employers to benefit by entrusting students with projects of greater longevity and responsibility. In addition, employers often team co-op students from differing schools on important projects. When these students are on incompatible academic calendars, co-op students from quarter-based schools “arrive late” and “leave early” and thus miss out on work-based opportunities.