Summer School Policy

Summer courses at Saint Mary's:
Starting in March, course enrollment through PRISM will be available for the summer session at Saint Mary's.  You may view summer session information HERE.

Summer courses through the online consortium:
Saint Mary's is a member of a consortium of other 4-year liberal arts colleges who have similar missions as Saint Mary's.  Because we share mission and educational goals, we have elected to allow students to take a limited number of courses through the consortium to meet Sophia requirements.  Grades earned in these courses will be included in the Saint Mary's GPA.

Courses that are approved in the consortium will be released in March, once the list of SMC summer online classes is complete.  Courses are selected to be included in the consortium offerings based on perceived need and can be modified to meet specific student needs in consultation with the academic advising office, if necessary.

A student may not take a course at another university during the summer if the same course is offered as an online course at Saint Mary's.

Summer courses at another institution (transfer credit):
Saint Mary's accepts a maximum of 6 credits for a single summer session or 9 credits for two sessions under the following conditions:

  • The course must be approved in advance by an advisor in Student Academic Services (166 Le Mans Hall)
  • Credit will be granted only for a grade of C or higher. The grade will NOT be included in the Saint Mary's grade point average.
  • The course must be taken at a regionally accredited college.

To obtain approval for a summer course at another institution, you must provide the catalog description of the course you intend to take (the title is not sufficient). The application form for approval of summer school is available in Student Academic Services (166 Le Mans) or from the Portal . If your application is approved, you should pick up a copy for your records before you leave campus for the summer.

Courses taken in summer school at another institution usually count as elective credit toward the 128 hours required for graduation. Occasionally a student may take a major requirement at another institution in the summer, but she must have the approval of the department chair, and this is given only under special circumstances. Sophia program requirements must be taken at Saint Mary's College.  Exceptions are made by Student Academic Services and only for special circumstances.

If you have any questions about summer school credit, please contact Student Academic Services (