Academic Calendar

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Lyon College academic calendar has been adjusted to adapt to COVID-pandemic conditions. This year we offer two semesters and an additional four-week January term. The fall semester begins in late August and ends with the final examination period before Thanksgiving. The January term begins in early January and ends at the end of the month. The spring semester begins in early February and concludes in mid- May with Commencement. The College does not normally offer courses between terms, except approved Nichols International Studies courses and directed/independent studies. The College also offers summer school separate from the regular academic year.

Academic Credit Hour Policy

The institutional process for assigning credit hours to courses, in accordance with federal regulations, is based on minimum academic activity for students to achieve intended learning outcomes as verified by evidence of student achievement.

Each credit hour of instruction consists of approximately one hour of classroom or directed faculty instruction. In addition, students are expected to complete a minimum of two hours of “out of class” academic activity each week for each credit hour of instruction, for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or the equivalent amount of academic activity over a different amount of time for semesters of other durations.

For classes offered in other formats leading to the award of academic credit, an equivalent amount of academic activity is required.