Summer School: Is it worth it for out of state students?

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 With the close of another school year, comes another summer vacation; and while the thought of summer school might be the last thing on your mind, there are still some reasons why you should consider it.

  As a Dixie State University student from Southern California, the thought of staying in St. George over the summer and getting ahead versus going home and relaxing has amassed my thoughts. 

   Consequently, with midterms right around the corner, the decision of whether to attend summer school or not is a decision students like myself will have to make quickly. 

   From graduating early to impressing employers, attending summer school provides students with an advantage both in the workplace and in the classroom.

   Classroom sizes during the summer are incomparable to the sizes of them in the fall or spring. Smaller class sizes means greater success in them and more one-on-one help from your professors.

   Summer classes are also a fourth of the duration of traditional classes. This meaning you can get classes checked off faster and straight to enjoying the rest of your summer vacation.

   Using summer school as a way to advance is also a great way to attract employers. It demonstrates that you are determined to complete what you started as well as, your ambition and focus.

   Though there are a number of benefits of attending summer school, there are also a number of drawbacks.

   If you are an out-of-state student the decision of staying in St. George to get ahead can mean a number of things.

   Going to summer school will mean having to find a place to stay. The amount of housing facilities accessible to students who are only looking to rent for the summer are limited. Most offices rent out by semester or annually so if you plan on renting out an apartment, you should plan on staying there until the end of the year.

   According to the Dixie State University


the cost of attending summer school at DSU starts at $286 for non-residents. Although DSU now offers financial aid for summer terms, the cost of classes add up and could be a burden on some students.

   While it could be a good thing that summer school classes run for about month, it could also be a bad thing. Shorter classes mean if you miss a day, you miss out on days of lessons, making it harder to stay on track. 

   For more information about summer classes and how you can register. Visit catalog.dixie.edu/tuitionfees/