Bobcat 4x4: An intensive format to help you advance to your degree
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 and time commitment, you should plan to take no more than one class in a Bobcat 4x4 session. To help you make the best of the summer session, many of the courses are offered across multiple sessions.
There are four Bobcat 4x4 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||Session Start||Last Day to
|Last Day to
|Last Day to
Drop Without a W
|Last Day to Drop
With a W Grade
|Last Day of Term|
|May Start||May 14||
|May 14||May 16||May 31||June 7|
|June Start||June 11||June 10||June 11||June 11||June 13||June 27||July 6|
|July Start||July 9||July 8||July 9||July 9||July 11||July 25||August 2|
|Late Summer||July 23||July 22||July 23||July 23||July 25||August 8||August 16|
For a complete list of Summer course deadlines, please see the Office of the Registrar's website.
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
Talk with your academic advisor prior to summer course registration. Advisors can help you consider your goals and determine which classes would best help you meet them while considering your prior coursework, progress towards your degree and commitments outside of the classroom.
Advising for summer begins Monday, March 19 and registration begins the following Monday, March 26.
Tutoring & Success Resources
Having a plan in place at the start of your summer session will help you manage your time and address potential challenges early. You will have access to academic advising and student success resources including the Academic Advising Center, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success, the Math Learning Center, SmartyCats Tutors, Renne Library, the Biology Learning Center and chemistry and physics learning sessions.
Attendance & Engagement
Plan for 30 hours of work per week for a 3-credit class.
Missing one class will be equivalent to missing a week's worth of course material. Demanding work or family commitments as well as travel/vacation plans that limit your attendance will greatly hinder your ability to succeed.
Continuing MSU students may register for summer courses when they register for fall courses.
New, transfer and summer-only students cannot register until they have been accepted to MSU and completed an advising appointment. Advising for those students is available starting Thursday, April 12. New and transfer students should meet with an advisor in their department, summer-only students should work with the University Studies Academic Advising Center.
Academic Standing, GPA, Grade Requirements
If you are on any form of academic probation or in need of a high grade in a critical course, you should fully consider your ability to succeed with the Bobcat 4x4 format. Courses will have demanding schedules and intense workloads within short timespans.
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.