Summer Session FAQs

We invite you to contact us to learn more about Summer Session. Please complete the contact form below and one of our staff members will be in touch shortly.

You are also welcome to call us at (360) 650-3308. We look forward to hearing from you!

Questions about Summer Session? Join us for a drop-in question and answer information session on Zoom. Check the schedule for various available times.


See the Summer Session Cost page for Residents, Non-Residents, Graduate and Undergraduates.

Additional mandatory campus fees are detailed on Summer Session Cost page and include Services & Activities, Legislative Action and Sustainable Action Fund fees. Special course fees may also apply and are listed in the online Timetable or in ClassFinder.

Students enrolled in six or more credits in Bellingham will pay mandatory fees (health services, building, recreation, transportation, technology, and legislative action fees).

Students enrolled in less than six (6) credits will be charged a mandatory fees (technology and legislative action) of $18.50. 

Financial aid may be available to students formally admitted to Western in an approved degree or certificate program. There is limited financial aid funding available for summer quarter. Contact the Financial Aid Department or call (360) 650-3470 for more information. 

Yes! Learn more about applying for Summer Session scholarships

Course availability and format are flexible during summer (and generally throughout the year) at Western, so that you can plan around your busy work, class and social schedules.

Face-to-Face: Courses taught in-person. Refer to the Time and Location for meeting times and room information.

Hybrid: Courses taught with a hybrid of Face-to-Face and either Remote - Synchronous or Remote - Asynchronous delivery methods. Refer to the Time and Location for meeting times and room information.

Online: Online courses structured with no specific meeting day/time.

  • Synchronous: Online courses structured with designated meeting dates and times. Refer to the course Time information for arranged meeting times.
  • Asynchronous: Courses originally approved to be offered face-to-face, which will be offered remotely during the pandemic, which do not have a specific meeting day/time.
  • Blended: Online courses structured in a blend of Online – Synchronous, and Online - Asynchronous delivery methods. Refer to the course time information for arranged meeting days/times.
  • WesternOnline: Courses which have been approved and designed to be taught online.

Western’s 6-week session runs June 20 - July 28; the 9-week session runs June 20 - August 18. In addition, there are other courses with varying start and end dates throughout the quarter. Academic year quarters cover 11 weeks, so shortened versions of courses during summer quarter mean that many of them are offered in a concentrated form.

You are advised to take a lighter credit load during summer due to the concentrated nature of study. The maximum credit load is 18. Special permission from the Registrar is required to take additional credits. Full-time status is 12+ credits. Half-time status is 6+ credits.

No. Exams are scheduled at the instructor’s discretion. 

Grades will be posted to students’ records by August 24 and summer transcripts will be mailed out beginning August 28. Transcripts showing your degree are available shortly after that date.

Current students register May 2 - June 26 through Web4U.

Visiting students and community members can register starting May 8 - June 26. Visiting students and community members must have a completed Summer Session 2023 application in order to register. 

In-person only registration will start June 27. In-person registration can only be completed by submitting a Summer Session 2023 application to the Registrar’s Office (requires picture ID and overrides).

Complete the Summer Session 2023 Application

Tuition and fees are due the first day of the quarter. A $40 late payment fee is applied for charges not paid by July 15, and the 15 of every month thereafter. A 1% interest charge will be assessed monthly on all past due accounts

There are multiple payment methods. To see options, please refer to the making payments page.

To check availability of summer Housing, visit the On-Campus Housing website or call (360) 650-2950

Summer Session courses are open to continuing and new students, students returning to Western after some time away, visiting and international students, high school students and community members.

You do not have to be formally admitted to WWU to attend Summer Session. If you are not a currently-admitted student, simply review the Registration Checklist and complete the Summer Session Application to be given access to registration. If you plan to continue taking courses after summer quarter and want to be admitted, contact Western’s Office of Admissions or Graduate School for the academic application information.

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