Upper level students jump on winter session opportunity


While many of us look forward to powering down for a week or two during the winter semester break, there's a small but mighty group set to power up. More than 1,600 undergraduates registered for Iowa State's third winter session and, consistent with the first two winter sessions, about 70% of them are juniors or seniors. They'll be led by more than 50 faculty members from five colleges.

This year's four-week winter session begins Monday, Dec. 19, and concludes Friday, Jan. 13. Now a regular part of the academic year, it's designed as an opportunity for Iowa State undergraduates to earn up to three credits, with 90% of the courses offering just that. For some students, it's the chance to work ahead and advance one course closer to graduation day. For others, it might be a chance to catch up, retrieve credits dropped during an earlier semester or free up space this spring for a popular course. All courses are offered online, and some will include synchronous components. Dec. 9 is the final day any low-enrollment courses could be canceled in order to give enrolled students time to select other options.

Winter session students will be able to access support services online. For example, the Academic Success Center's online services will include academic coaching, consultations for writing and communications, on-demand workshops that focus on the shorter winter term and a winter session workbook of tips and best practices.


Winter session participants as of Dec. 6

Class level



183 (11%)


307 (19%)


520 (32%)


603 (38%)


1,613* (100%)

*Degree-seeking students. A handful of non-degree seeking undergraduates also enrolled.