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Summer Sessions registration under way; variety of courses, options offered

It is easier than ever for students to get more out of their summer. WKU Summer Sessions courses are conveniently offered online, on the Bowling Green campuses, and at the WKU regional campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox/Radcliff.

Students wishing to enroll in summer classes at WKU can choose from a variety of course options. More than 1,100 courses are being offered this summer, with more courses than ever being offered online. Students will be especially interested to learn that Summer Sessions will have more than 200 classes that fit into general education categories this year.

This summer, WKU has worked harder than ever to add to the convenience of taking a course. Summer classes now have five start dates: May 17, June 7, June 14, July 6 and July 12. These classes range from three to eight weeks in length and are offered in a variety of formats. Students can earn up to 15 credit hours toward their degree during the summer. For many students this is an ideal way to catch up on classes they may have dropped or missed and to stay on track for their target graduation date.

Financial aid, on-campus housing, meal plans, computer labs and other student services are also available to assist students with various needs during summer. The Office of WKU Student Financial Assistance is doing its part to make summer registration simpler by reducing the number of forms students have to fill out when applying for aid. Students will no longer have to complete a separate summer application.

Beth Laves, Director of Summer Sessions, is excited about this year’s potential. “Summer enrollments have started off strong,” she said, “We are up over 9 percent from this time last year with several new course offerings.” The online portion of summer continues to grow as well. To date, more than 50 percent of course enrollments are in online sections.

The Office of Summer Sessions also continues to work closely with the Community College to offer Summer Early Entry.  The program is designed for incoming freshmen who need to take developmental English, Reading and Math courses. The Council on Postsecondary Education requires all incoming freshmen to begin taking necessary developmental course work within their first year of attendance.

Students are encouraged to register and pay tuition as soon as possible, as low-enrolled classes will be cancelled. The first tuition deadline is May 10, the deadline to add meal plans to a university bill is April 9, and the deadline to apply to WKU as a visiting student is May 1.

Registration for 2010 Summer Sessions is under way. For information visit the Summer Sessions website.  Summer Sessions is administered through the Division of Extended Learning & Outreach (DELO).

Contact: Jennifer Perry, (270) 745-1926.

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