Students may accelerate their progress by taking required and elective courses during Columbia's Summer Term, which runs from late May through mid-August. Given the intensive nature of these courses, as well as the fact that the Summer Term includes courses that do not count toward the GS degree, GS students are cautioned to choose their Summer Term classes in careful consultation with their GS academic advisors, who must provide advance approval of all summer courses.
GS students may take a maximum of 15 credits for an entire summer, with no more than nine credits in either of the six-week sessions or in overlapping sessions. Students should consult with their departments when taking courses to be applied toward their major.
With the exception of a small number of courses approved by the Premedical Committee, undergraduate premedical students are strongly advised against taking their required science courses in the summer. Premedical students should make sure they have the approval of their premed advisors prior to enrolling in Summer Term science courses.