From 18 October through 22 October, all students may register for Winter Study via PeopleSoft. The Winter Study Period will be from Wednesday, January 3rd through Friday, January 26th.

All students must pass a Winter Study Project in each of their four years. Departments and Programs offering a major may require that junior and senior majors take one (but no more than one) designated Winter Study Project in the major as part of the requirements for graduation. Upperclass students should check major requirements in the Bulletin or with the chairs of their majors.

For many beginning language courses, you are required to take the Winter Study “Sustaining Program” IN ADDITION to your regular project. You will be enrolled automatically in the Sustaining Program once the regular Winter Study registration process is complete.

Notification of WSP assignments will be announced before the end of Fall Semester. All students are required to attend the first meeting of their projects on Wednesday, January 3rd. Anyone who fails to attend the first meeting may be dropped from the project by the instructor. Students who are registered for projects listed as “TBA” must contact the instructor before leaving for recess for instructions regarding their projects.

The rules for making course changes during WSP are different from those of the regular semester. All students must take the original project to which they are assigned; however, during the first two days of classes, 3 and 4 January, students may add a second project if the instructor agrees. The original project may not be dropped. Add forms are available online.

All work associated with the WSP must be completed by 3:50 p.m., Friday, January 26, 2018. Failure to meet this deadline will result in a grade of “Fail.” Only the Office of the Dean of the College may grant extensions of this deadline.

  • First Round, First Choice

    Your WSP registration must be entered on Peoplesoft no later than Sunday, October 22 (8 a.m. October 23). If you do not register for WSP by this deadline, you will not be included in the first-choice phase of the selection process.

    You will sign up for only your first choice during this initial phase of the registration. If you do not get into your first choice, we will recontact you via email, providing you with a list of courses that still have openings. You will pick another selection from that list. If you do not get into a course during choice 2 picks, we will again contact you and provide a new list of courses that still have openings. This process will be repeated until you get into a course.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS are required to participate in Winter Study Projects that take place mostly on campus; in addition, they are not allowed to do 99's. (Some courses with off-campus field trips are open to first-year students.)

    Seniors who are enrolled in a thesis or project will automatically be registered for the Winter Study that correlates to that thesis or project.

    If you submitted a 99, we will automatically register you for that 99. If your 99 is not approved, we will notify you via email no later than Friday, 20 October so you can register for another Winter Study course before the 22nd of October.

  • Grades

    There are three grades for all Winter Study Projects: Pass (P), Perfunctory Pass (PP), and Fail (F). A grade of Pass means the student has performed satisfactorily. A grade of Perfunctory Pass indicates that a student's work has been significantly lacking but is just adequate to deserve a pass. Fail means that the student does not receive credit toward graduation and has a course deficiency. A second Perfunctory Pass will also result in a deficiency which must be made up.

  • Costs and Aid

    In the Winter Study Program section of the Bulletin courses are listed with a "cost to student." This figure normally includes any costs for materials, course packets and required field trips but does not include the cost of books.

    All students whose Winter Study Projects require them to be off campus for 10 days or more are entitled to a rebate for that period on their board bills. (The amount rebated is that part of the board bill which covers food costs only, since overhead costs continue in January.) More information about requesting a board rebate can be found here.

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid students are eligible for grant assistance to help defray the expense of some Winter Study costs. Financial aid students who are registered in a regular winter study course with defined costs as outlined in the course description need not apply for this winter study grant. Students will receive a grant deposited directly in their student account. Book grants for Winter Study courses are handled the same way as for regular semester courses.

    Financial aid students who apply for 99 projects will need to submit a cost estimate form which can be found here. Once registration is completed, students doing approved 99 projects will be notified of the amount of winter study grant they can receive by email from the Financial Aid Office. Students will receive a winter study grant of between 10% - 100% of their approved costs, up to a maximum of $500. If completed prior to November 10th, 99 reimbursements will be processed before the final exam period in December.