The Lyon College academic calendar is divided into two 15-week semesters. The fall semester begins in late August and ends with the final examination period before the Christmas holidays. The spring semester begins in mid-January and concludes in early May. The College does not normally offer courses between semesters, 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.