Maymester Pilot Program Takes Off This Summer
Maymester will offer students a new opportunity to make progress toward graduation in a short timeframe.
The Office of Undergraduate Education’s Summer Session Initiatives is launching a pilot program that will give Tech students new opportunities to make progress toward graduation in a short timeframe.
The three-week, 3-credit-hour Maymester courses will be offered starting in Summer 2020. They will not only assist students in fulfilling degree requirements but also allow more time for other academic and professional experiences during the summer, whether it’s internships, co-ops, studying or working abroad, or pursuing research opportunities.
“We are encouraging students to take charge of their summer experience,” said De Morris Walker, director of Summer Session Initiatives. “Maymester is a pilot initiative that holds great promise for students who want to take summer courses but whose schedules don’t work with our current summer sessions.”
Those sessions are Early Short (May 11 – June 12), Late Short (June 17 – July 21), and Full Summer (May 11 – July 21). This year’s inaugural Maymester will go from May 11 to 29, and a list of courses that will be offered can be found on the Summer Session website.
The number of Maymester courses in the pilot program is relatively small — 10 at most — and that’s by design. “We are aiming to offer courses that either fulfill a core graduation, major, or minor requirement,” Walker said. “We want to learn more about the experience for both students and faculty, and we will assess whether, and how, Maymester serves a population of students who would not participate in summer sessions otherwise.”
As with the regular summer semester courses, the cost of Maymester tuition will be a per-credit hour charge. To find out more about summer tuition and fee costs, visit the Bursar’s site. In addition, non-degree-seeking students who are interested in taking summer courses — including potential transfer students and those considering pursuing graduate studies at Tech — can learn more at the Office of Undergraduate Admission’s page.
Students who are interested in learning more about course offerings this summer can attend the Summer Session Fair on March 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by the Kessler Campanile.
Summer Session Initiatives works with faculty, staff, and students to develop programs that encourage summer session participation. This includes Summer Minors, the iGniTe Summer Launch Program for first-year students, and promoting a vibrant campus life during summer semester.