How much time will you need to devote to a Winter Session Class?

Do you know how many hours you will need to devote to a Winter Session course?

Let’s start by looking at the time required for a 3.0 credit hour 15-week course.  Over the course of the semester a student would attend 45 hours of lecture.  Faculty typically expect that student will spend two hours outside of class per credit learning the material.  For a 15-week class this would mean 90 hours spent learning the material and preparing for test, projects, papers, and or final exam. Over the course of a semester a student is expected to devote 45 hour of classroom and 90 hours on out of class learning, for a total of 135 hours per 3.0 credit hour course.

Winter Session courses are typically three weeks in duration.

So if a student is supposed to devote at least 135.0 hours per 3.0 credit hour class, how many hours should a student plan on devoting to a winter session course? If we divide 135.0 by 3 (the number of weeks in a Winter Session course), a student should spend 45 hours per week on a 3-week winter session course.

Minimal hours required for Winter Session courses

  • 3.0 credit hour class:  45 hours of instruction + 90 hours outside of class = 135 hours in total, or an average of 45 hours per week
  • 4.0 credit hour class: 60 hours of instruction + 120 hours outside of class = 180 hours in total, or an average of 60 hours per week
  • 5.0 credit hour class: 75 hours of instruction + 150 hours outside of class = 225 hours in total, or an average of 73 hours per week



Once Semester Grades are Posted you will want to Review your Academic Plan and Goals

Building, Evaluating, and Adapting your Academic Plan

By now you should have met with an academic advisor to map out course selection for next semester and beyond, and hopefully registered for those classes.  Final Grades for this semester will be posted to your HUB Student Center by the first week or early second week of January 2020.

Evaluating your Academic Plan

Once your final grades have been posted, it is wise to review your results using your HUB Academic Advising Report (HUB Training Guide – Viewing your Academic Advisement Report) to see then how your are progressing with respect to completion of UB Curriculum areas, and with respect to progress in completion of Acceptance Criteria requirements for your major.  Each major has course completion and grade point average baselines that you must minimally meet.  If your are not meeting those baselines, then it is time to personally exam what you need to do differently and or think about a different major.  In either case you will want to discuss your thoughts and ideas with an academic advisor during the semester break. We advise not to wait until the beginning of the semester, as class availability may be much reduced.

If your are an Undecided student, do know how to run a What-if Report?

If you are not coded as the major you are working toward, you will want to run a HUB What-if Report for that major to see your courses applied to that major. If you do not know how to select a HUB What-if Report refer to the  HUB Training Guide – How to create a HUB What-if Report.

If your Semester or Overall GPA is below 2.00, you are not in Good Academic Standing

Your final grades are posted to your HUB Student Center at a specified time range after the conclusion of the Final Exam Period (refer to Registrar – Grades). If you do not understand UB’s Grading System refer to the Undergraduate Catalog – Explanation of Grades.

If your UB Semester GPA and or your UB Overall GPA is below a 2.00, then you are not in Good Academic Standing (Refer to Undergraduate Catalog – Academic Standards Review), you will want to speak with an academic advisor as soon as possible.  A student who is not in Good Academic Standing may not be eligible to participate in extra curricular activities.  Not being in being in Good Academic Standing may also impact a student’s eligibility  to receive financial aid.

Your Plan and Financial Aid and Scholarship Eligibility

If you receive financial aid and or a scholarship, you will want to ensure that you are minimally meeting the Financial Aid Eligibility requirements. If you are not meet this criteria you may not be eligible for next semester or future aid (depending on your Financial Aid Package),  you must speak with a financial aid advisor over winter break.


Last day to Resign a 15-week Standard Session Course

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Last day to Resign a 15-week Standard Session Course

The last day to Resign a 15-week Standard Session course is Friday, November 8, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. EDT, via HUB Student Center.

Before you Resign a Course, discuss implications with…

  • Academic Advisor
    • Course Repeat Policy
    • Increased semesters to graduate
    • Finding a new major
  • Financial Aid Advisor (Satisfactory Academic Progress [SAP], TAP Award, Excelsior Scholarship). Go to 1Capen.
  • International Student Advisor If course resign drops you below 12. 0 Credit Hours. Go to International Student Services, 210 Talbert Hall.

How to Resign a Class