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Last Updated: 2018.Aug.08     Views: 330

One of the big differences between high school and college is the way classes are scheduled.  In college you may only be in classes 2 to 3 hours a day with your class periods spaced throughout the day.   The amount of time you spend in class will be determined by the credit hours for the course and how many days a week it meets.  

  • 3-credit courses meet 3 hours a week.  
  • 4-credit courses meet 4 hours each week.

When you look at the schedule of courses, you will note: 

  • Most courses meet on MWF or TR.
  • M = Monday; T = Tuesday; W = Wednesday; R = Thursday; F = Friday
  • MWF classes are 50 minutes long with 10 minute breaks between them.
  • TR are 75 minutes long with 15 minute breaks between them .
  • MW classes starting at 2 pm are 75 minutes long.
  • Evening classes may meet one evening a week for 2 ½ hours.

Source: Office of the Registrar. Contact: 717-477-1381,

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