While many universities run on a semester schedule, most of Drexel University’s programs are based on a quarter system. Though this might be a bit of an adjustment at first, there are some real benefits to the quarter system, namely the ability to take more classes per year. Academic quarters move at a quick, real-world pace, and having an extra term to take courses means you can finish your degree sooner. In some cases, it also means you have more opportunities throughout the year to begin your program.
If this is your first time working on a quarter schedule, the following information can help you adjust to your new workload and plan your academic schedule according to your needs.
How long is a quarter in college?
At Drexel, each quarter term is 10 weeks long. Once you've completed your 10-week quarter, you'll have a week of exams, followed by a short break in between terms.
What are semester hours and quarter hours?
A semester or quarter hour translates to a set number of hours of class per week. So, if a course is worth three credits, that translates to three hours of class per week. Many Drexel courses are worth three or four credits, translating to three or four hours per week.
How many semester/credit hours are earned in a quarter?
One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits. You can transfer semester credits to many undergraduate and graduate programs.