Frequently Asked Questions

Your search for answers is over (we hope). Take a look at some of the common questions people have about our adult undergraduate Weekend College programs. If you still have questions, we’re happy to help. Just fill out the short form on this page, and a representative will get back to you soon.

What is the Weekend College at Hiram College?

The Weekend College opened its doors in 1977 as the first program of its kind in Ohio. Our comprehensive schedule allows students to attend college on the weekends in pursuit of a bachelor's degree. The weekend college allows students with no transfer credits to obtain their degree in four years with a full-time schedule. Students who take courses over the summer or apply transfer credits to their studies can complete their degree in less time.

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How is the weekend format structured?

At Hiram, the typical 16-week semester is composed of two eight-week blended terms and two eight-week online terms. Courses meet on-campus every other weekend, giving the busy adult learner two weeks between class meetings to complete online assignments and balance work, family and schoolwork. Eight-week terms also give students six starting points throughout the year, making it easier to stay on track.

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Do you offer online and blended courses and programs?

Yes, we offer online and blended courses in 8 week terms - two per semester. We currently offer about 10-15 online courses per semester; all other Weekend College courses are delivered in a blended format.

We also offer two majors fully online: Accounting and Financial Management and Business Management.

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Can I transfer into the program and graduate sooner?

Yes. You may transfer up to 75 hours of eligible credit, and those who do so often graduate in as few as 18 months.

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What is the average course load?

Students typically take 12 credit hours per semester across two eight-week term in order to qualify for full-time financial aid. Students frequently take between 6-9 hours on a part time basis. Students must take at least 6 hours to qualify for financial aid. The average number of credit hours for students in the Weekend College is 10.5 per semester.

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What is the class schedule each semester?

Hiram College's program is a weekend-only program. Classes meet Friday evenings (6-10 p.m.), Saturday mornings (8 a.m.-noon) and Saturday afternoons (2-6 p.m.).

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What classes and what format do you offer in the summer?

Summer coursework is offered in two eight-week terms in blended and online formats.

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Who are the faculty?

They are educators and business professionals who are experts in their field. They bring real life experiences and global issues into the classroom in order to give students an in-depth perspective on how to solve real world problems. They also care about student learning and success, and are available to students in and outside of class.

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How does the Weekend College's cost compare with other public and private institutions?

Our cost of $455 per credit hour is lower than other private colleges in Northeast Ohio and is comparable to that of public universities; couple that with a low comprehensive fee of $125 per semester, housing for $20 per night, free parking and no hidden fees, and you see why more than 2,300 adult students have graduated from The Weekend College.

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Can I use tuition reimbursement from my employer to pay for college?

Yes. Many employers understand that obtaining a bachelor's degree will pay off for them in the long run as students develop into the leaders of tomorrow. Eligible students may defer their semester's tuition and fees for a nominal service charge.

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How does the Spousal Benefit work?

If both spouses are attending the same program and neither is receiving employer benefits, the student taking the fewest credit hours will receive 25 percent off the cost of tuition.

Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call them at 330-569-5161 for an application and to determine if you qualify for the Spousal Benefit.

Application for Spousal Financial Aid Benefit

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Is financial aid available?

All students are eligible to apply for state and federal financial aid. The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

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Is housing available?

Housing is provided as an optional service for all students taking classes on Hiram's Campus for a low cost. 

  • Room reservations for Friday and/or Saturday night(s) are made in advance for the term (or semester, if the student chooses to reserve a room for both eight-week terms). Requests are made in the Weekend College office during or after registration weekend (the sixth weekend of each term).
  • Students are housed on the third or fourth floor of Gray and Bancroft Halls (located next to the Kennedy Center). Please bring your own sheets, blankets, pillows and towels. Room fees are a reasonable $20 per night.
  • Students will have access to their rooms during Weekend College weekends only.
  • Students may leave their belongings in the room during the semester, but must be removed when the term ends.
  • Entry cards and keys are issued by the Office of Professional and Graduate Studies on the first weekend of the term. For convenience, students may keep their keys for the entire term (or the whole semester, if the student reserves a room for both terms).
  • Dorm Housing Form

Contact the Office of Professional and Graduate Studies for more details or to reserve a room by calling 330-569-5161.

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