Importance of Summer Courses

By Allyson Haefke, Elizabeth Cichowski, & Jaclyn DeMeuse


The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UWGB) offers a wide range of summer courses for students.

UWGB’s website advertising their summer courses. Photo credit: Allyson Haefke

Summer classes are offered in four- or six-week sessions at UWGB. Many students take advantage of summer classes to expedite their education. Summer classes help students catch up on credits or even get ahead with credits and graduate early. Jaclyn DeMeuse, a graduating student, says that “Offering summer classes allowed me to graduate on time since I was two classes short, now I can take them in the summer and still graduate in May.”

Danielle Bina,  a senior lecturer in the Communication department, explains, “some students need to fast-track their education due to life or financial situations.” Students don’t have to wait out an entire four-year collegiate experience. They can utilize the education provided to them while many other students are out of class. Bina says, “Summer classes can speed up the graduation timeline.” In addition, she clarifies, “some courses are a great fit for students who may struggle a bit in certain areas…it is better than trying to take it with a full course load during a semester.”

Bina says, “Summer courses are short and intense. You are expected to digest 14 weeks of material in four or six weeks.” Summer courses are not always the best choice for all students, as every student learns differently. Danielle Bina says that “some students do well with the compressed format, while other students prefer a bit longer time class frame.”

Screenshot of UWGB’s SIS showcasing available summer Communication classes. Photo credit: Allyson Haefke

Lilly Harkins, a graduating English student, has taken a summer class in the past. Harkins says, “My experience while taking summer courses was amazing! Professors were organized and available to help.” She was also impressed with her educational experiences while not being disappointed by her summer. Harkins says, “I still had an eventful summer. Being in a class just made it easier to transition into school in the fall.” As for the benefits of summer courses compared to a full fall or spring term course, Harkins explains, “Even though they were at her own pace and were easy to attend with her busy schedule, they were not the same as having a full semester to finish the work.”

Summer classes will begin at the end of May, though different dates are available to start and finish. The course time frames are optional, between 4 and 6 weeks. This gives students the ability to decide how condensed their coursework will be. Danielle Bina says, “Students need to be motivated to learn and work quickly during the summer.”

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