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7-Week Classes

What is a seven-week class?

Seven-week classes cover the same amount of content and material in about half the time.

Because of that, seven-week classes may meet more often or for longer periods of time in order to get the class done in a shorter timespan than the typical 15 week semester class. 

Seven-week classes offer the same quality of teaching, support, and content, but in half the time as 15-week classes.

Which classes are offered in a seven-week format?

Many high priority classes will be offered in a seven-week format. Please check our tentative schedules.

Why is GRCC offering more seven-week classes?

Research has shown that students in seven-week classes:

  • have higher class success rates.
  • have higher completion rates.
  • progress more quickly to a degree.

It also offers more flexibility for working students! 

When are seven-week classes offered?

A seven-week class runs either the first or second half of the traditional 15-week semester. 

Can I still take a 15-week class if I am taking a seven-week class?

Yes, you can take a combination of seven- and 15-week classes. The overall GRCC class schedule will continue to have a large proportion of classes that run for 15 weeks (14 weeks of class with an exam week following). 

Note: classes that have a specific sequence may not be taken in the same semester as a mixture of seven- and 15 week formats. For example, a 15-week EN 101 class could not be taken at the same time as a seven-week EN 102 class. 

When can I start taking seven-week classes?

Classes are offered in a seven-week format now with an increase in offerings expected for fall 2020.

How many seven-week classes should I take?

It is recommended that a student take no more than (two) seven-week classes at the same time and no more than a  total of (four) seven-week classes over the class of a 15-week semester.  

How do I know if a seven-week class will work for me? 

  • Honestly assess the demands on your time outside of school including work and family. 
  • You should have excellent time management skills; be prepared to manage time very carefully as the content of the class will be the same as a 15-week class (it’s just delivered in half the time).
  • You should be able to devote daily time to their seven-week class. Waiting until the weekend is not an option with seven-week classes.
  • Excessive absences from classes that meet in-person will make it almost impossible to succeed. Students should not miss classes so that they can stay current and up to date with class requirements. These classes will likely meet more frequently and for longer periods of time than a 15-week class.
  • If you're considering a seven-week online class and have never taken an online class before, we strongly recommend starting with a 15-week online class first.
  • Make sure that they are only taking one or two seven-week classes at a time; it's important not to carry an excessive class load!
  • Part-time students who work a full-time job are strongly advised to take only (one) seven-week class at a time.

If you aren’t sure if a -week class is for you, speak with an advisor for help.

How can I prepare for a seven-week class?

Students should make sure that they are only taking one or two seven-week classes at a time.

Part-time students who work a full-time job are strongly advised to take only one seven-week class at a time, because seven-week classes are of the same rigor and equate to the same instructional and required study hours as 15-week classes.

Be prepared to manage time wisely, not miss classes and can stay current with the class requirements. Just as you would with any class, block off sufficient time outside of class to devote to studying.

Attendance and seven-week classes

Regular attendance is important for all classes, regardless of the class length. However, even one absence in a seven-week class can result in missing a lot of material. 

Students may be subject to attendance policies that could cause them to be dropped for lack of attendance, or if they have ceased attendance and made no communication with faculty regarding their absence. Attendance policies are in place to promote student success and reduce the likelihood of receiving a failing grade.

Online classes

If you are considering a seven-week online class and have never taken an online class before, we recommend starting with a 15-week online class first if possible. 

Logging in to seven-week classes should be done daily. However, federal regulations require that student attendance be established by activity MORE than just logging into the class. Attendance can be determined by participating in a discussion board, submitting an assignment, or other actions that are considered fulfilling a class requirement or contributing toward a grade as defined in the class syllabus.

What is a hybrid class?

A hybrid class is an online class that includes some scheduled face-to-face classroom instruction. This format works well for students who need more flexibility in their schedule but still like the opportunity to see their instructor and classmates in-person.

Will seven-week classes transfer?

Yes! Taking a class in a seven-week format will not impact the transferability of a class.

A student’s transcript will look identical whether they take a class in a seven-week format or a 15-week format. The name of the class and the number of credits assigned to that class will remain the same.

Do seven-week classes have a final exam week?

If you are enrolled in a seven-week class and the instructor decides to give a final exam, it will be administered on the last regularly scheduled meeting date. There is no formal “exam week” for seven-week classes.

How does financial aid work with seven-week classes?

In accelerated scheduling, a student’s credit hours for the semester are divided between two seven-week periods. The number of credit hours a student takes in the semester as a whole will determine their enrollment level and how much financial aid is disbursed to a student’s account.

Students who only enroll and attend one of the seven-week periods within the full length semester would be subject to a reduced Cost of Attendance (COA) budget, which could impact the amount of financial aid a student is eligible for. 

More information on financial aid

Connect with the financial aid office:
(616) 234-4030
Enrollment Center - Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall (formerly Main Building) First Floor