The Hiram Plan
Hiram’s academic semester is organized by the Hiram Plan. Sometimes called the 12–3 plan, it’s as unique and as special as our students.
Image: Student learning in class
What is the Hiram Plan?
The Hiram Plan consists of 12 weeks of traditional coursework, a one-week break, followed by a three-week intensive study in a single class. According to alumni and students alike, this structure is a near perfect one for fostering student learning and engagement.
During the first twelve weeks of the semester, most students enroll in three four-credit classes. At the conclusion of that semester, students get a weeklong break to recharge and refresh. Following the break, students immerse in a single class that usually meets four times a week for the next three weeks. Many 3-Week courses take the shape of a research project, a service-learning experience, an internship or a study-away opportunity. The 3-Week is also a good time to focus on a unique topic of interest or a subject you struggle with.
Can you think of a better way to organize your classes, keep you motivated, and allow you to recoup in-between?
Ways You could spend 3-week
Over the course of four years, you’ll complete eight 3-week sessions, so the possibilities are endless. Here are a few ways you may spend you 3-week: