Lancaster – When students register for spring semester classes, Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington advisors are asking them to "Gimme 5." That's because to be considered a full-time student and graduate in four years under the semester system, students must be taking five classes a term.
Ohio University made the switch from quarters to semesters in the fall.Many students were used to taking four classes a term under the quarter system and did not know if they could handle a full, five-course class load.
"I think the students were nervous because they did not know what to expect," said Pat Fox, Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington enrollment manager."But, after experiencing the first semester, they now realize it is several weeks longer and they have more time to get the work done.I think they'll be ready to take a fifth class now."
"Gimme 5" posters are hanging all around campus, encouraging students to talk to their advisors about possibly taking the fifth class and finding out what the right course load would be for them.If a student is taking 12 hours, they can take the extra class at no additional cost.
"While taking 12 credits per semester is considered full time, taking 15 credit hours per semester helps the student get out of college on-time," said Fox. "It also is a great cost savings to them and if they are taking out student loans, this would save them a great deal of money."
Fox said advisors realize that five classes is not for everyone. Many students at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington are part-time and do not have time available in their schedule to take that many classes. But, Fox wants to encourage those who can handle a full schedule to take advantage of the cost and time savings the fifth class would give them.
"This is really the final step for Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington to make the complete conversion to semesters," said Fox. "And I think the campus and our students are ready for it."