Academic Year Definition

Wichita State University's Academic Year consists of a 16 week Fall and a 16 week Spring semester with an 8 week Summer semester acting as a trailer to the Academic Year.  The full academic year is 24 credit hours and 32 weeks long.* The Fall and the Spring semesters each contain a "pre-session" mini-semester the begins before the regular semester. Pre-session courses are, for financial aid purposes, attached to the full-length semester that comes after them. For example, the August pre-session courses are considered to be a part of the Fall Semester. 

Fall semester courses typically run from mid-August through early-December and Spring semester courses typically run from mid-January through early-May. Summer courses typically run from early-June through late-July. 

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020-2021 Academic Year, some temporary changes have been made to the academic year. The Fall semester will still last 16 weeks. The Spring semester will begin later and will last 14 weeks. The full academic year will remain 24 credit hours but will temporarily change to 30 weeks long.