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J Term classes help students

Published December 6th, 2012

Fall semester at UW-River Falls ends on Dec. 20.
J Term starts on Dec. 22 and ends Jan. 26.
Classes will be not be held Dec. 25, Dec. 26, 2012, or Jan. 1, 2013.

There is no time lapse between the end of J Term and the beginning of the spring semester, since J Term ends Jan. 26 and the spring semester starts Jan. 28, 2013.

There are some advantages for students who take courses during J Term.
Students may plan to take courses during J Term, to have a lighter credit load in spring semester, according to Janie Huot, who works at the registrar’s office.

Physical education classes are offered during J Term, along with many others.
J Term classes are currently filling up, but students can pick add cards for professors to fill out if a certain class is closed.

If students take classes during J Term, they can complete their requirements and graduate in fall semester.

“If they were planning to graduate in the spring, they wouldn’t need to take many credits.” Huot said.
However, this is not a definite a scenario due to not all classes being offered during J Term.

J Term can be difficult because not all classes are offered and class time is more condensed than during the fall or spring semester.

“The classes are very condensed. One day in J Term is equal to one normal week,”  Huot said.

For students planning to take courses during J Term, it is important to sign up for classes as soon as possible.

It is helpful to take a break from classes, but taking a class during a break can help students stay on top of their studies and get ready for the spring semester.
Taking classes during J Term can lower credit load in spring, help students gain credits towards their degree and possibly early graduation from college.

For more information on how to register for J Term classes, visit your advisor or look to the UWRF website under your eSIS account for courses that will be offered during J Term.

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