Quarter Vs.Semester

  1. Hey guys, I was just wondering about your takes on the quarter vs. semester system because my school is thinking of switching to a semester system. I'm the college of nursing student rep and they want me to find out how students feel about it. As a nursing student, Do you like it? Do you feel like it gives you more time to study? Personally, I don't like it, the quarter system keeps me on my toes and goes by so much faster.

    I'd appreciate any feedback. Thanks in advance!
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  3. by   tookewlandy
    Can you explain how the quarter system works, i have often wondered cause i her so many students talk about quarters( my school goes by semesters)

  4. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    My school operates on a semester system. Three 4-month semesters a year. 3 months of class, then one month for exams. Personally, I really don't like it. Ya, I've got lots of time to study, but sometimes I feel like it's too much. Nursing school has just seemed to drag on forever. Six months of classes a year (b/c no classes offered during the summer). Six months! Personally, I think that's sad. If each semester could be compacted into a quarter, then it would have gone by that much quicker, and this student would have been much happier. Just my take on the subject......
  5. by   shock-me-sane
    I am on a quarter system. Before I got into my current school I was on semesters. I love the quarter system.

    We have 10 week +1 one week of finals per quarter.

    I feel like I have better retention in quarters and don't get "bored" like I did in 16 week classes. My BSN program is a total of 9 quarters and broken up strictly one subject (i.e., psych, med-surg, OB, peds, etc). I think it would be a lot harder to change to combining the subjects into a semester.

    So if I was at your school, I would fight changing to semesters tooth and nail!
  6. by   Anne_N
    well, our quarter system is weird but basically, each quarter is about ten weeks. Fall quarter from sept-november, winter is december-febuary and spring quarter is march-may. Something like that. And most people take around 9-13 hours per quarter. If you get into our nursing program, they only allow you to take 2 nursing classes + clinicals a quarter but you could take more electives, just no more nursing classes.