Finding the right college is not always an easy process, especially for non-traditional students and adult learners. What you are looking for is a college that can accommodate your life, the way it is now. Because you can’t put your life on hold while you earn your degree. (You also know that you can’t put your degree on hold while life, and opportunities, pass you by.)
At Hiram College we have been graduating adult students with lives just like yours since 1977. We’ve been in the business of helping students earn their degrees while maintaining their careers and honoring their family family commitments for a long time now, and we owe a lot of that success to our flexible weekend format.
What is the weekend format, you ask? Well, it’s the combination of a handful of distinctive opportunities for our students, that make it easier for you to keep your life and career on track while earning your degree.
1. Distinctive semester calendar
We are not like every other college, right down to the way we schedule classes. At Hiram College, our semester calendar is divided into 4 distinct parts. For classes that meet face-to-face the 12-week session allows you to attend classes every other weekend. You only meet on campus 7 times. During the 3-week session, class meet on-campus 3 consecutive Saturdays. That’s it!
Online classes meet weekly for 8 consecutive weeks. Sure, there is work to be done, but you decide when you want to log onto your course and complete your assignments. With 24/7 technical assistance, someone is always available to answer your questions.
Plus, you can pair your on-campus courses with online courses, maintain a full course load each semester, and never take more than two classes at a time.
2. Flexible enrollment options
On-campus course format – Attend classes on-campus every other weekend during the 12-week session or 3 Saturdays during the 3-week session.
During the summer semester you can take advantage of the longer days by taking classes in the evening to keep your weekends free for barbecues. Of course, weekend classes will continue to be offered if you prefer.
Online course format – Compete on-line classes during 2 different 8-week sessions each semester. Log into your class when it is convenient for you.
Do you work the midnight shift or have unpredictable hours? That’s ok with us. Our online classes will be ready when you are.
Blended format – Get the best of both worlds. Blended courses meet on-campus and on-line.
If you have never tried online learning, blended courses are a great place to start. You will have the benefit of meeting with your class and instructor on-campus for part of the course and have the flexibility of completing part of the course online at your convenience.
3. Multiple start dates
With 10 different start dates throughout the year (including summer), you’re able to start at a time that’s right for you, take breaks as your life demands, and hop right back into classes to stay on track and finish your degree.
Are you a tax preparer? If your work schedule is going to be hectic in January and February, consider attending classes part-time with an online class starting in March and a 3-week class starting mid-March.
Family vacation in June? Relax and enjoy yourself. Take a vacation from classes during the first summer session, then jump back into the second summer session and stay on track.
4. Convenient locations – Take classes at Hiram College, Lorain County Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, or Lakeland Community College. If you live in northeast Ohio, then there is a campus near you.
All of these unique program features were developed with YOU, the student, in mind. With Hiram’s flexible enrollment options, semester calendar that fits your busy life, multiple start dates, and four convenient locations, we know we’ll be able to remove at least a few of the obstacles that may have been standing in your way.
Want to learn more or ready to get started? Click here to contact one of our program counselors who will show you the way.