The Academic Year
Mercer's courses are offered frequently enough to allow students to progress toward their degrees or certificates in a reasonable period of time. However, not every course can be offered every semester and session. For student convenience, day, evening, and weekend classes are available throughout the year. Classes are held on both MCCC campuses, at off-campus sites, and through MercerOnline.
Most classes in the regular Fall and Spring semesters meet for 15 weeks, while a variety of accelerated courses meet for five, seven, or 10 weeks. The Winter Session, beginning in early January, offers accelerated three-week courses. Summer sessions, beginning in late May and early July, range from six to 11 weeks. Classes in shorter sessions meet more hours per week in order to cover the material of a typical full semester.
A student is considered full time if he or she takes 12 or more course credits in a semester. A normal credit load for a full-time student can range from 12 to 18 credits. Students wishing to carry more than 18 credits must obtain approval from their advisor or academic division.
Full-time students have the opportunity to complete most associate degree programs in two academic years and some certificate programs in one academic year. Degree or certificate requirements may be fulfilled in less time by attending Summer sessions.
Part-time students take 11 or fewer course credits in a semester. A part-time student who is accepted in a program can choose to attend Mercer as a full-time student whenever he or she wishes by registering for 12 or more credits in a semester.
Part-time students enjoy the same facilities and services as full-time students and have access to the same faculty and most programs of study. They complete program requirements in varying periods of time, depending on the number of credits required by the program and the number of credits completed each semester.
Part-time students may take up to 10 years to complete the coursework for most programs. Some technical programs, however, require that coursework be completed within five years.
Advisement staff is available at both campuses during evening hours to assist part-time evening students with course and program selection as well as career planning.
For those students who cannot attend college during the day on Monday through Friday, MCCC offers alternatives with Flexible Learning (FL). Students across multiple disciplines can take evening, weekend, and MercerOnline (distance learning) courses in order to complete their degree requirements. These alternatives may also be offered in a compressed and/or accelerated format during eight- or ten-week sessions.
The weekend offerings have recently been expanded to include a wider variety of electives and other courses commonly required for various degrees. More than 30 different college-level courses are offered either on Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, or Sunday afternoon. College preparatory courses such as English as a Second Language, English, or Math prep can also be taken during these times.
Students can accelerate their degree completion by taking two eight-week courses instead of one 15-week course during a semester. Students attending weekend classes on an accelerated basis along with night and distance learning courses could, for example, finish their Business Administration A.S. degree within the same time frame as a full-time traditional student.