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Get answers to questions about summer 2012 at DU.


Frequently Asked Questions

Registration Guidelines

What requirements must I meet to take summer classes at DU?
If you're a current DU undergraduate, you can register for summer classes via webCentral. You may also be eligible to take summer courses if you're an undergraduate student at another college or university—see Visiting Students. Because of diverse degree requirements, we recommend that you work with your faculty advisor on your course selections.

How many courses may I take during summer quarter?
Students may take up to 18 credits during summer term. Students who want to take over 18 credits need permission from the Office of Academic Advising.

Please remember that we offer courses on the quarter system, and in the summer, our schedule is even more compressed. The fast pace and intense focus of classes benefits students who want to immerse themselves in academic study. Most students take between 2-3 courses (8-12 credits).

If I sign up for a course and do not pay or plan to attend the course, do I need to drop the course?
Not paying for and/or not attending a class does not drop you from your course. You must academically drop the course.

To receive a 100 percent refund on your tuition charges, we must receive course withdrawal forms before the first day of class.

Please consult the drop/add schedule for summer session and summer quarter refund schedule.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Is financial aid available during summer quarter?
Financial aid is available for summer quarter for DU degree-seeking students only. We determine aid eligibility by the information provided on your FAFSA and CSS PROFILE applications.

In addition to these documents, you must log in to PioneerWeb and complete the DU Summer Aid Application (available April 2nd). Click the "Student" tab, select the "Summer Aid Application" link, and indicate how many credit hours you intend to take during summer quarter.

How do I pay tuition and fees?
Students can pay their tuition bills with cash or checks at Cashiering Services (University Hall room G25), or by U.S. mail (University of Denver, Bursar's Office, 2197 S. University Blvd #223, Denver, CO 80208).

Tuition bills can also be paid online by initiating an ACH transaction

For more information about payment methods, visit the Bursar's Office.

When are tuition and fees due?
The Bursar's Office will email a bill detailing your tuition and fee charges. 

Withdrawals, Cancellations and Refunds

How do I withdraw from a course?
To withdraw, contact the Office of the Registrar at 303-871-4095.

What if my course is canceled?
We'll issue a full refund if a class is canceled. The University reserves the right to cancel any class in summer quarter that enrolls an insufficient number of students.

Grades and Transcripts

How do I request a transcript?
Visit the Office of the Registrar to request a transcript.

Online Courses

Are online courses easier than taking courses on campus?
Online courses are not easier than on-campus courses. This is a common misconception. In fact, many students find online courses to be more time consuming, because students have to actively log in, contribute and participate on a regular basis. Don't register for multiple online courses under the assumption that they are less work.

Do I take online courses at my own pace?
Online courses are not self-paced. The courses offered at DU are instructor-led, cohort-based courses where the students and instructor work through the material together. Most of the courses are offered asynchronously (everyone is online at different times during the day), but some courses may hold live online sessions.

What work is involved in taking a class online?
Online courses involve completing assigned readings, participating in online discussions, working with peers in group projects, contributing to blogs or wikis, taking quizzes or exams, writing papers, and other activities, depending on the subject matter. There are deadlines, but because there are no set times to attend class, you need to be responsible for getting your work done and keeping up in class.

Would online learning be a challenge for me?
If you have poor writing or technical skills, you may feel frustrated with online courses. Because most interaction in an online course occurs in writing, rather than verbally, students who are able to express themselves well in a written format tend to have a positive view of online courses. Similarly, online courses require a base level of technological competence to be successful.

How much time will I need to commit to an online class?
Most summer online courses are offered in a condensed format. Condensed online courses will be very intensive, often requiring several hours of daily work. For example, a 5-week, 4-credit-hour course might require you to spend 20 hours per week on the course.

Considering taking an online course?
The following links provide valuable resources to learn more about:

Online learning

Online course readiness assessment

Campus Resources

Where can I get my books?
You may purchase books at the DU Bookstore, in Driscoll Center.

Is housing available?
Please visit the summer housing page for information about housing options during summer quarter.

May I use the Ritchie Center if I've signed up for classes?
Undergraduate students who are enrolled for at least 12 credits during summer quarter may receive student membership to the Ritchie Center.

DU also offers a greatly discounted part-time student membership rate for students who don't meet the credit threshold.

Who should I contact if I need academic accommodations?
The Disability Services Program gives students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in the University's programs, courses and activities.

DSP provides accommodations at no cost to any student who has a documented disability, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Visiting Students

Can I register for summer classes at DU even if I'm enrolled at another university/college?
If you're an undergraduate student at another college or university, you're eligible to take summer classes at DU through our open enrollment program. This means you can register for summer classes without going through DU's regular application process.

How do students visiting DU for the summer obtain a DU ID for the summer quarter?
During the course registration process, visiting students are issued a DU ID number. You can get a photo DU ID card at the ID office in the Driscoll Student Center South (2050 E. Evans Avenue, underneath the campus bookstore).

Please note: You must provide current valid identification (driver’s license, passport, state ID, etc).

More Information

Whom may I contact for more information about summer quarter?
The Office of the Registrar will assist you with any questions you have about summer classes. Contact the Office of the Registrar at 303-871-4095.

You can also contact Dr. Jennifer Karas, associate provost for undergraduate academic programs.