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NIU expands regional summer offerings to 200

May 23, 2013

Photo of a man using a laptop on a beachNIU has expanded its summer catalog with 60 undergraduate and 140 graduate courses offered across northern Illinois and online.

A wide variety of courses are available beginning Monday, June 17, including classes from five colleges: Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts.

Locations for NIU Summer School are spread across the region, from the university’s outreach centers in Hoffman Estates, Naperville and Rockford to six community colleges and other convenient sites, in addition to the main DeKalb campus. Many classes are also available online.

Some classes starting later in the summer. Schedules vary from a four-week, accelerated model to eight-week courses (which are still more compressed than versions offered during the fall and spring semesters).

NIU students can search for regional courses by location, delivery mode and/or subject.

Studies show that students who take summer classes experience multiple benefits. They are able to:

  • Focus on one course at a time and achieve greater success;
  • Fulfill general education requirements;
  • Meet pre-requisites or advance in courses for the major field of study;
  • Develop new interests by exploring elective courses;
  • Lighten course load during the regular school year; and
  • Make time for resume-building extracurricular and internship experiences in fall and spring semesters.
Meryl Sussman

Meryl Sussman

“Research shows that when students stay connected to their university, they make continual forward progress to reaching their goals,” said NIU Deputy Provost Earl “Gip” Seaver.

“A summer course or two is a great way to stay in touch with the NIU community while keeping academic skills sharp over the long break, and helping decrease the time to degree” Seaver added.

Meryl Sussman, director of NIU outreach programs, said that the variety of class formats being offered this year make summer study a convenient way to earn credits during a traditionally activity-laden season.

“NIU summer courses offer a variety of times, locations and delivery modes to fit summer schedules,” Sussman said.

“In addition to offering lots of classes in locations near home and work, our online courses literally go where you go during the summer – even if you are away on a business or vacation trip. And schedules are flexible enough that courses can be arranged around summer jobs. We encourage students to add books to their summer plans along with beaches, barbecues and boating.”

For more information, call (815) 753-5008 or email [email protected].