The academic calendar is based on semesters. Semester I (September through mid-December) and Semester II (January through mid-May) each contains 14 weeks of instruction plus one week of final exams. The standard class period is 55 minutes. Numerous workshops and special courses are offered throughout the year and may meet in an abbreviated time frame. Grades can be posted after a course has ended; however, official grade point averages are updated at the end of the term only.
There are two additional terms, winter intersession and summer. Winter intersession provides an intensive three-week term in January. The summer term consists of three four-week sessions, beginning in late May and ending in mid-August. The university provides many courses ranging from general education offerings to specialized courses for majors. There also are undergraduate and graduate level certification and update courses for school professionals and others. Undergraduate degree-seeking students are encouraged to use the summer session to work out irregularities in their programs, to add courses beyond minimum requirements and to make up deficiencies. Complete graduate programs are available for those who wish to attend in summers only. A select number of programs require year-round attendance.