Colleges on Trimesters
Sometimes it seems like the more you learn about the college search, the less you actually know.
Not to arbitrarily add to that pile of “things to know about college”, but you should probably know what it means for a school to be on academic trimesters. There are different ways to break up the year, semesters, quarters, and trimesters! A trimester system divides the academic year into three terms, roughly 14 – 16 weeks each. Let it be known that these things vary greatly among schools, so always check with the schools you’re interested in to learn more about their academic calendar.
Often, colleges and universities that run on trimesters start around mid-September, which is considerably later than schools on semesters, and they often end later in the year towards the middle of June. Similar to the advantages of the quarter systems, many people believe trimesters give students more flexibility and diversity in their class choices. This means that you can take more of the classes you love, and the more frustrating classes are shorter in length–it’s kind of a perception thing.
Disadvantages of trimesters can be that your academic schedule might wind up conflicting with summer job or internship scheduling. Students also sometimes feel that finals rush up on them very quickly.