For the first time, Saint Mary's is offering a summer session, aiming to support students to graduate on time.

Each year, about 70 students, many with heavy activity loads or double majors, don't graduate with their class, often because they miss only one upper-division class or credit.

"Many students want to accelerate their coursework toward graduation; others will benefit from a summer session to help them graduate on time," said Vice Provost Frances Sweeney. "Given the economic stresses facing students and families, this is another way to help students with access to courses. Most of the courses are upper division, so they are not available at community colleges."

The inaugural summer session will be from June 1 to 26. Classes will be held from Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon.
Sweeney said that faculty and staff worked together to identify courses and develop a program that would meet students' needs, including housing and tutorial services.

The upper-division offerings this year include courses in biology, business administration, communication January Term, kinesiology, psychology and theology and religious studies. See schedule for more details.

Lower-divisions courses include a biology class and its lab, a composition class, kinesiology, Spanish and theology and religious studies.
The tuition is $2,465 per course, which is based on the College's open enrollment fee. Up to 40 beds will be provided on campus.

Frequently asked questions

1. When is Summer Session?

Summer Session runs June 1-26. Most courses meet Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon.

2. How do I know which courses are being offered?

The Registrar's Office has a full list of courses which you can see on the Registrar's webpage or in person at the Registrar's Office. The weekly SMC Bulletin also has a list of courses, and it is on the electronic monitors around campus.

3. When and how do I register for summer session?

Initial registration is March 1 until March 15. After that, registration will remain open through the spring for courses still available.

To register, you first make a $250 deposit to the Business Office. Then you can register for a course online through GaelXpress, or in person at the Registrar's Office.

4. Do I need the approval of my academic advisor to register?

No. It is always good to consult with your academic advisor to check which courses you need, but you do not need advisor approval to register for Summer Session.

5. What is the cost of Summer Session and is financial aid available?

Each course in Summer Session is $2,465. Saint Mary's financial aid is not available, but officers in the Financial Aid Office are available to help you review your financial aid profile to seek a personal loan if you are interested.

6. Are housing and meals available and how do I apply?

Housing is available for a fee of $325 for the month. A meal plan is also available for a fee of $240 for the month. To apply, go to the Residence Life office and complete an application.

7. When can I make a deposit for Summer Session?

Right away. You do not have to wait until March 1 to deposit, so you can go to the Business Office and make a deposit any time, then register for a course starting Sunday, March 1, on GaelXpress.

8. When will I know if I got into a course?

When you register on GaelXpress, it will tell you if the course is still open. Like all terms, there is a possibility that a course could be cancelled, but most likely you are in the course once you register.

9. How do I know if I am in the right course?

You should meet with your advisor to review your entire list of courses taken, requirements for graduation, and which Summer Session course is right for you.

10. What if I have other questions?

Contact the Registrar's Office if you have questions about the Summer Session. Contact Residence Life about summer housing and meal plans. You can also contact Academic Vice Provost Frances Sweeney in Dante 110 or at fsweeney@stmarys-ca.edu for other information about Summer Session.

-- Erin Hallissy

Office of College Communications

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