Higher education institutions see more students enrolling in summer courses

Many students say the possibility of early graduation, lower costs and a more relaxed fall schedule are enough to make them take summer classes.
Many students say the possibility of early graduation, lower costs and a more relaxed fall schedule are enough to make them take summer classes.

While many colleges have reported an increase in the number of students who want to study at their institutions during the normal academic school year, some of these facilities are also showing growths in the number of people who want to take summer courses.

For example, last year, enrollment in summer classes increased by approximately 24 percent at Texas' Houston Community College, the Chronicle reports. The state also saw increases in students who were taking summer courses at its four-year institutions. The number of people taking one of these classes increased by 33 percent between 2009 and 2010 at Lone Star College, while Texas Southern University saw a 35 percent growth.

This year, Illinois' William Rainey Harper College has also seen more students opt to ditch the beach and head to class during summer months, according to the Roosevelt Torch. The school offers students a wide variety of general education classes and major specific courses.

People who study at Harper told the news source that it has many advantages. Taking classes over the summer can give them a more relaxed fall schedule, allow them to graduate early and can save them some of the high costs of taking classes during the school year.

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