Academic Calendar

Academic Calender

Fall and Spring Semesters

Fall and spring semesters offer our most typical coursework at Manchester and bring Manchester to life! Expect activity and energy everywhere, with our residence halls packed with busy students. Courses are commonly offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, with some evening courses available, too. Twelve semester hours are required for full-time enrollment status in fall or spring semesters. Keep in mind you may enroll in up to 18 semester hours per term with no additional cost. Course loads beyond 18 semester hours per term require approval from the Office of Academic Affairs and do have additional costs.

January Session

It's a new year, and time for focus! January session is designed so students concentrate on one course. This allows participation in one of the many classes offered on and off campus in the United States and internationally. On-campus options include regular classes as well as specially designed classes. Off-campus courses take students to places like England, Hawaii, Italy and Disney World. The maximum January session student load is one academic and one physical education activity, applied communication studies, or music ensemble course, not to exceed 4.5 semester hours.

Manchester University does not transfer tuition for students who enroll at another institution during January session, although information about colleges with which Manchester has formal tuition exchange programs is available in the Office of the Registrar.

Summer Sessions

Not everybody heads home when summer comes. In fact, there's still a lot of learning going on at Manchester. Summer session classes are offered in two formats; a 15-day on-campus format and a six-week online format. The on-campus format can also include travel courses. The maximum student load for the 15-day on-campus format is one academic and one physical education course, not to exceed 4.5 semester hours. The maximum student load for the six-week online format is two academic courses, not to exceed eight semester hours.

Individualized Study


Instructors may consent to tutor a catalog course for a student who is unable to take the course in the usual manner. In such cases, an additional fee is charged to the student. When courses are taught as tutorials because of University-caused scheduling conflicts, no fee is charged.


A student who has demonstrated ability to work independently may propose a course with a qualified professor and second evaluator. The department chair and the associate dean for academic affairs also must approve the course. An additional fee is charged to the student.

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