The Trimester System
Designed for You
Union's academic year is divided into three 10-week terms, with three classes each term.
I love the trimester system here at Union since it allows me to focus intently on each of my three courses. Because it is so flexible, I can also devote greater time to my research practicums, personal projects like building mobile apps, and extracurricular activities such as the Go Club, Discussion Around Diversity, attending talks and seminars, and my fraternity AEPi.
The trimester system is great. With courses changing more often than during a semester schedule, I can take even more classes with professors that I love. In addition, the long summer and winter breaks are perfect for working at my job at an event planning and creative design business, and taking three courses at a time allows me to arrange my schedule so I can work during the school year, as well.
Shauntai Quinlon '17
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Minor: French and Francophone Studies
I like the trimester system because it gives me the chance to explore every class that interests me. It allows me figure out what I enjoy doing the most, what doesn't appeal to me and, most importantly, what I want to do next.
Caelan Lapointe '15
Hometown: Hallowell, Maine
Major: Mechanical Engineering and Japanese, Interdepartmental
As an engineer with a minor in the humanities, I did a lot of schedule juggling. Having trimesters gave me flexibility, allowing me to complete requirements for engineering and also take Japanese courses. I was able to study in Japan my junior year without falling behind in engineering. Although we get out later in June than some schools, I also really appreciated our extended winter break. One winter, I used it to go on the mini-term to New Zealand.