Summer Session Frequently Asked Questions
- Why take Summer Session?
- When will the Summer Session course list be released?
- Who can register for Summer Session classes?
- Do prerequisites apply to Summer Session classes?
- When can I register for Summer Session classes?
- How long are Summer Session classes?
- How do I find an instructor’s contact information?
- When are Summer Session fees due?
- What happens if I am dropped from my Summer Session class for nonpayment?
- Is Financial Aid available during Summer Session?
- What happens when a Summer Session class is removed from the schedule?
- When and where will my Summer Session grades be posted?
- What is the difference between May-June Intersession and Summer Session?
- Will a Summer Session class count toward my degree?
- Where do I purchase my Summer Session books?
- Do I need a parking permit for Summer Session?
- How do I obtain support services for a disability?
- What campus and student services will be available during Summer Session?
- Can I take an online class if I do not plan to be in the Fresno area during Summer Session?
- I have additional questions/concerns
1. Why take Summer Session?
Summer Session allows you to concentrate on one or two classes at a time instead of a full course load. Taking Summer Session classes may also help you graduate sooner. You may also use the opportunity to explore new areas of study. If you are a non-Fresno State student, you are also eligible to enroll in Summer Session to earn academic credit or explore new interests (see #3 and #4 below).
2. When will the Summer Session course list be released?
The tentative course list will be released in March 2021.
3. Who may register for Summer Session classes?
Anyone who is at least 18 years of age may register as long as they meet the minimum course requirements. Students from Fresno State, other California State University campuses, other colleges, and even community members can register. Some classes have restricted enrollment and require permission from the instructor or a department office before registration. If you are a non-Fresno State student, you may call Continuing and Global Education at 559.278.0333 or visit the Registration page.
Non-Fresno State students: please note that registration in Summer Session does not constitute admission to California State University, Fresno; nor should it be interpreted as acceptance to any degree or credential program. If you are interested in formal admission to the University, you may contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 559.278.2261.
4. Do prerequisites apply to Summer Session classes?
YES, you must have met all applicable prerequisites to enroll in a Summer Session class. You may view prerequisite information in the University Catalog.
If you have not yet met a prerequisite, or are a non-Fresno State student and do not have academic information in our system, you may contact the instructor of the class or their department office and request a permission number to enroll. Be prepared to provide evidence that you are qualified to enroll, such as a transcript from the institution where you fulfilled the prerequisite.
5. When can I register for Summer Session classes?
Registration opens for all students on Monday, March 15th, 2021. There is no priority registration for Summer Session.
6. How long are Summer Session classes?
Class length is determined by the instructor or department office. Some classes are condensed into a few days, while others meet over a period of several weeks. Most Summer Session classes run for 3-6 weeks. The longest classes will be 9-weeks in length.
7. How do I find an instructor’s contact information?
Most faculty members are in the Campus Directory. If your instructor is not listed, you can email email@example.com for assistance.
8. When are Summer Session fees due?
View due dates.
9. What happens if I am dropped from my Summer Session class for nonpayment?
You may re-enroll in the same class or join the wait list, if seats are still available.
10. Is Financial Aid available during Summer Session?
Financial aid may be available for matriculated students enrolled in a minimum of 6 units during May-June Intersession and/or Summer Session. Students must have leftover aid from the prior academic year. Summer Interest Forms will be available in the Financial Aid Office in Spring 2021. You may also apply for the Provost Graduation Initiative Grant.
11. What happens if my Summer Session class is removed from the schedule?
If your class is removed from the schedule, you will receive a full refund and may enroll in a different class if you wish.
12. When and where will my Summer Session grades be posted?
Summer grades will be posted to transcripts in mid-August, regardless of the actual end date of your class(es). You may be able to view your grades sooner by logging into your MyFresnoState Student Center and clicking on "My Grades."
NOTE: Grades are not considered "official" by the University until they are posted to transcripts.
13. What is the difference between Spring (May-June) Intersession and Summer Session?
There is no difference in content or quality. Spring (formerly May-June) Intersession is a shorter program that begins after Commencement in May. Students who take Intersession classes will be finished within three weeks. Summer Session classes are scheduled after Intersession and may be longer (up to 9-weeks). The required fees are also different for each session.
14. Will a Summer Session class count toward my degree?
Yes, Summer Session classes fulfill residence credit requirements and are applicable toward Fresno State degree programs. Before enrolling, you may wish to meet with an advisor to ensure that you enroll in the best possible summer classes for your program. More information on advising services.
15. Where do I purchase my Summer Session books?
The Kennel Bookstore will offer Summer Session books (in physical and electronic formats). Some classes may offer course materials at no cost.
16. Do I need a parking permit for Summer Session?
Yes, you may purchase a summer parking permit for $44.
17. How do I obtain support services for a disability?
Services for Students with Disabilities is available to provide support services during Summer Session. You must request services in advance.
18. What campus and student services will be available during Summer Session?
The Kennel Bookstore, Student Union, Student Recreation Center, Student Health Center, and various other services will be available. Some services may have reduced hours or require an additional fee for summer access. View a listing of Campus and Student services.
NOTE: Availability of some services may be limited due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
19. May I take an online class if I do not plan to be in the Fresno area during Summer Session?
Possibly. Before registering, please contact the instructor to make sure there are no activities (e.g. orientations, meetings, field trips, exams, etc.) that require your physical presence. If there are, you may ask the instructor if they are willing to make exceptions. However, it is ultimately your responsibility to meet all class requirements as defined by the instructor.
20. I have additional questions/concerns.
Contact the Division of Continuing and Global Education during business hours (weekdays; 8AM-5PM) by calling 559-278-0333, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting room 130 in the Education Building.