Summer at PSC is perfect for guest students

2014-06-02T00:00:00Z Summer at PSC is perfect for guest studentsJennifer E. Stoner Times Columnist nwitimes.com
June 02, 2014 12:00 am  • 

When you think of summer, you don’t always think about college. But, maybe you should. Taking a college course in the summer can lighten your load in the fall and make your next academic year a bit more manageable.

Prairie State College offers a wide variety of summer courses. The summer session offers students from other colleges who are home for the summer a chance to take a class at PSC. Guest students, as those attending for only the summer are called, are the most typical student on the PSC campus during the summer. They may attend a four-year college or university and take advantage of the chance to take a course in the summer. The great news is that classes are still available for the second summer session starting June 9 and ending Aug. 1.

The courses are filling up fast, so interested students should enroll soon. Time is running out to enroll for the second summer session so if you are interested, visit prairiestate.edu/summeronly. College transcripts, placement testing, or adviser signatures are not required for guest students.

The reasons vary on why students choose to take a summer course at PSC. One of the best reasons is cost savings. PSC’s tuition costs are a fraction of public (state) universities and private colleges. Other reasons include a desire to lighten their course load at their home school for the fall, or to get a general education course out of the way. It makes sense to take a course in the summer and head back to your home school ahead of the game in credits.

Summer classes available include English, speech, biology, chemistry, history and math. Classes are offered days, evenings, and online — which means you still get to enjoy your summer while gaining credits to take back to your home college or university.

Guest students are encouraged to contact their home college or university to ensure the transferability of their summer courses. Only the adviser or registrar at the home school can guarantee the transfer of credit as it applies to a particular degree or major.

Once a summer course is completed, the transcripts may be ordered from PSC and transferred to the home college to make sure the credits transfer back to the institution. Transfer students also can access course articulation tables for Illinois colleges/universities from the iTransfer website at https://www.itransfer.org. Additional course articulation information is available from u.select. Visit itransfer.org/uselect.

This summer, enjoy the beach, enjoy your friends, and enjoy taking a college course at PSC. Hope to see you on campus.

The opinions are solely the writer's. Jennifer E. Stoner is the executive director of communications and marketing at Prairie State College. She can be reached at jstoner@prairiestate.edu.

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