Baker College is preparing to move to a semester-based academic calendar from a quarter-based academic calendar effective Fall 2017. We are committed to working with our students for a successful transition. Students completing their degrees and graduating prior to Fall 2017 will not be affected by this change.
Baker College ensures that the transition from quarters to semesters will not cause a loss in academic progress. The transition will be cost and time neutral. Students who work with a designated advisor to form an advising plan—and then follow that plan—will not lose earned credit as a result of the conversion.
The primary purpose of a semester system is that it provides greater opportunities for:
More in-depth teaching and research projects.
Enhanced internships. Employers involved in Baker College internships often prefer the semester calendar because the extended work cycle provides more time to engage students in projects and deepen their responsibilities.
Ease of transfer in and out of Baker College programs to and from other institutions. Approximately 90% of higher educational institutions currently follow the semester system.
Graduate entrance into the job market. Most large employers align recruitment schedules to the semester calendar.
Fall Semester 2017
Online and On-ground Classes Begin: August 28
Labor Day Holiday/Campuses Closed: September 4
Online First Session Classes End: October 22
Online Second Session Classes Begin: October 23
Thanksgiving Holiday/Campuses Closed: November 23-24
Online and On-ground Semester Ends: December 17
Christmas Holiday/Campuses Closed: December 25-26
Spring Semester 2018
New Year’s Day Holiday/Campuses Closed: January 1-2
Classes Begin: January 8
Martin Luther King Day Holiday/Campuses Closed: January 15
Online First Session Classes End: March 4
Spring Break/No Classes: March 5 – 11
Online Second Session Classes Begin: March 12
Semester Ends: May 6
Summer Semester 2018
Classes Begin: May 21
Memorial Day Holiday/Campuses Closed: May 28
On-ground and Online Second Session Classes Begin: June 18
Independence Day Holiday/Campuses Closed: July 4
On-ground and Online First Session Classes End: July 15
Semester Ends: August 12
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