Semester Online offers SMU undergraduate students online undergraduate courses for SMU credit through a consortium of top-tier colleges and universities.
SMU is a Charter Affiliate Member of Semester Online, a consortium of member universities comprised of Baylor, Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Temple University, Northwestern University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, Wake Forest University and Washington University in St Louis.
These Semester Online schools offer undergraduate courses online for academic credit. Qualifying SMU undergraduate students have the opportunity to take a Semester Online course for SMU credit.
The Semester Online course platform connects students and professors using both “synchronous” and “asynchronous” modes of online instruction through a virtual classroom environment and interactive platform. Classes will have regular meeting times in the virtual classroom in addition to out of class requirements. Semester Online counselors are available to discuss how the courses will be taught and the expectations for enrolled students.
Semester Online courses feature the same faculty and curricula as their brick-and-mortar counterpart courses at the offering institutions adapted for instruction through new delivery methods. Students experience a state-of-the-art virtual classroom, including live class sessions that connect students from other top universities and renowned professors from the consortium member schools; compelling, richly produced, course materials; and a social network that allows students to collaborate and build relationships online.
By enrolling in a Semester Online course, SMU students have the chance to take advantage of unique course offerings from other prestigious institutions, courses they might not otherwise have access to. They may also be able to work, participate in off-campus research programs or manage personal commitments that in the past might have meant putting their studies on hold.