Bobcat 4x4: An intensive new summer school format

The 16-day summer course schedule will be intensive – classes will meet four times a week for four weeks, with each class day covering a week's worth of material

    • 1 credit = 10 hours/week of class time and studying
    • 6-credit maximum per 4-week session

Given the intensive schedule, students should plan to take no more than one class in a Bobcat 4x4 session without advisor approval.

There are 4 sessions offered this summer:

May start (May 14-June 7)
June start (June 11-July 6)
July start (July 9-August 2)
Late Summer start (July 23-August 16)

Term Dates
Term Session Start Last Day to
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May 14

May 13

May 14

May 14 May 16 May 31 June 7 June 7
June 11 June 10 June 11 June 11 June 13 June 27 July 6 July 6
July 9 July 8 July 9 July 9 July 11 July 25 August 2 August 2
Late Summer July 23 July 22 July 23 July 23 July 25 August 8 August 16 August 16

Note: Bobcat 4x4 classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday (M,T,W,R). During Memorial Day and Independence Day holiday weeks, classes will meet on Friday to make up for the day off.

May 28 make-up: Friday, June 1

July 4 make-up: Friday, July 6

Prerequisite Courses

Banner organizes summer as one semester. Therefore, when students are hoping to take several courses in the summer, if one course is a prerequisite for another course the student will only be able to register for the prerequisite course.

Students should register themselves for the prerequisite course and then connect with the department offering the remaining courses to be registered. For example, if a student hopes to complete both M121Q and M161Q in the summer the student will only be able to register for M121Q themselves.

If students do not pass or complete a prerequisite course, they are responsible for dropping the sequential course themselves as soon as they know they are not going to be eligible. For example, if a student does not successfully complete M 121Q, they must drop any subsequent course for which M 121Q is a prerequisite.

If students are registering for summer courses that serve as the prerequisite for a fall course, the student must register for their summer course(s) first.

Academic Standing, GPA, Grade Requirements

Students on any form of academic probation or in need of a high grade in a critical course should fully consider their ability to succeed. Bobcat 4x4 courses will have demanding schedules and intense workloads within short timespans.

Resources to Help Design Bobcat 4x4 Classes - Courtesy of Center for Faculty Excellence

Workshop Materials

Video: Best Practices for Teaching Accelerated Courses (Dr. Mike Siddoway, Colorado College)

Handout: Best Practices for Teaching Accelerated Courses

Video: Implementing Bobcat 4x4 (Marilyn Lockhart, Ken Silvestri, David Single)
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Scholarly Articles

Best Practices: Teaching in Summer Session

To Concentrate, to intensify or to shorten?

Attributes of High-Quality Intensive Courses

Faculty Speak on the Impact of Time in Accelerated Courses

Example Syllabi

Available Syllabi Examples

6-Week/12-Week Sessions

Many online classes and a few face-to-face summer classes will follow MSU's previous summer format of six-week sessions.

First 6-Week Session: May 14-June 22
Second 6-Week Session: June 25-August 3

Some classes with unique needs might span longer time frames, as indicated in the Schedule of Classes found through MyInfo.