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May 10, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU Summer School offers 200+ courses

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University's Summer School will offer more than 200 courses, including international study opportunities, liberal studies and a host of online courses.

"We have found that students enjoy summer courses, which are often smaller and more relaxed," said Eliott Baker, executive director of academic records and summer school.

The Summer School schedule includes:

Pre-session, May 22-June 7;

Summer Session I, June 10-July 9;

Summer Session II, July 10-Aug. 6;

Full Summer/Post Session, May 22-Aug. 6; and

Summer Term, an eight-week session, June 10-Aug. 6.

"With this schedule, students can earn a number of college credits and still have several weeks in August to relax before the start of fall semester," Baker said.

Undergraduate students can earn up to 18 credits and graduate students up to 15 credits by maximizing the summer schedule offerings.

"We have found that students make use of summer school if they have been closed out of a fall semester class, or to help raise their grade point average," Baker said. "Summer classes can also help students stay on track for a four-year graduation, complete requirements for graduation, or even to graduate early. Summer classes also let students take a reduced course load in fall or next spring, especially if they have to work or have other off-campus obligations."

Summer internships for college credit allow students to get hands-on training, he said.

"And, those who take summer classes pay current tuition rates. We anticipate that tuition will be increased for fall classes, so this is an opportunity to save money," he said.

"Because the summer online course offerings are substantial, students can work from home and earn credits, while also handling a summer job. All of our summer classes, including those online, are open to students enrolled at other colleges and universities, so students returning to the region may find our campus convenient for summer classes. The credits they earn at SRU can easily transfer to other universities," Baker said.

"I am always pleased at the variety of courses offered during our summer program. They range from 'Intercultural Communication,' 'Mass Media and Society,' 'Race and Ethnic Diversity,' 'The Political Film,' 'Personal Financial Planning' to courses in public speaking, chemistry, geography, beginning algebra, environmental issues, human diversity, college writing and a host of others," Baker said.

Registration is open until July 11.

For additional information call 724.738.2010.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.