The Summer School at East Carolina University is an integral part of the academic year and is the equivalent of any one of the two semesters in respect to courses, their credit value, and the quality of instruction given. The university offers three schedules of summer classes: two five week terms and one eleven week session.
Students take summer session courses for many reasons. Some students take course work to get ahead in their programs while others take courses in the summer to make up deficiencies. Others tackle a course during the summer term that they believe will require greater attention than can be given during the regular term when academic loads are heavier. Still others take language courses or intensive courses. For all these reasons and others, thousands of East Carolina students, and visitors from other institutions, take one or more of over 1200 courses offered each summer.