When Fall 2020 courses begin next week, all undergraduate courses will be offered on a semester calendar instead of a term calendar.
What does this mean? Instead of having four 11-week terms (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer), undergraduates will be taking courses over a traditional 16-week-long semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Each semester will be split into two sessions (for example, Fall I and Fall II). Students will have the opportunity to take a semester-long 16-week course, if they wish, in addition to their session coursework.
Johnson & Wales previously changed graduate courses over to semesters in the fall of 2018. The change of undergraduate courses in 2020 will complete the university’s transition to semesters, which aims to provide an enhanced educational experience for all JWU students.
We know this topic might be confusing to grasp—especially if you think it might affect your graduation date—which is why we hosted a webinar recently to answer your questions. If you missed that event, you can watch a recorded version here:
If you still have questions, please reach out to your academic advisor for more clarification, or you can browse our Online Student Semester Change FAQ. Here’s to a great semester!