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Summer Plans? Register for Classes Now — and Other Tips To Stay Tuned In at Home

By Morgan Christian

Two more weeks until the end of the semester! Congratulations — and good luck on your final exams. We know how hard you’ve been working, especially to keep up with online learning this past month.

But when you’re on a roll, why stop? DCCCD is here to help you stay on track to achieve your goals, even though the process will look a little different than before. Registration is now open for May term and Summer I and Summer II classes, which will now be offered online through eCampus to make sure our community stays healthy and safe.

And while you’re at it, take some time to register for Fall classes, too. These may seem like uncertain times, but investing in your future is always a safe bet. Check out everything you need to know — plus a few extra tips — below.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, April 21 – Sunday, April 26: Priority registration (open to returning students) is open.
  • Monday, April 27: Regular registration (open to all students) starts. End dates for May term registration vary by college. End dates for Summer term registration vary by class. (You can register up until a class has met once.)
  • Monday, May 25: Memorial Day holiday
  • Thursday, June 4: Summer I classes begin.
  • Friday, July 3: Independence Day holiday
  • Monday, July 6: Summer II classes begin.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19: Last day to register for regular, semester-length (16-week) Fall credit classes
  • Monday, Aug. 24: Fall semester credit classes begin.

See other important dates, including final exam schedules and withdrawal deadlines, on the 2019-2020 academic calendar (for May term and Summer) and the 2020-2021 academic calendar (for Fall).

How To Register

Registration takes place online through eConnect.

Not sure if you’re eligible to register online? To be eligible, you must:

  • be in good academic standing
  • have no restrictions, blocks or holds on your student record
  • have met or passed TSI requirements
  • and have a valid email address

Make sure you also meet the prerequisite requirements for the courses you want to take.

Read more about registration requirements on eConnect and on the DCCCD website, and find contact information for academic advising, registration and financial aid.

Use the browsable class schedule to find courses, and use Plan My Schedule to make sure your days stay balanced.

What Are May Term Classes?

May term (often called “Maymester”) classes are condensed, fast-paced classes perfect for motivated students who want to quickly get ahead. Class schedules are different at each college but usually run from mid-May to early June. All 2020 Maymester course offerings are listed online. 

What Are Flex Term Classes?

Flex Term classes last for various lengths of time, as opposed to a regular 16-week semester, and registration for them runs throughout the year. They meet once a week, three times a week or daily. This flexibility can be a perfect way to work around your schedule and complete your degree faster.

You can view Flex Term class schedules in the browsable class schedule by selecting the semester you’re interested in and looking for “Flex Term” in the right column.

Important Notes

  • Tuition is $79 per credit hour (so, $237 for a three-credit-hour class) for Dallas County residents. Out-of-county residents pay $135 per credit hour, and out-of-state residents pay $200 per credit hour. Dallas County seniors who are at least 65 years old can enroll in up to six credit hours each semester or Summer session for free. Payment plans are available during the Fall semester.
  • Core classes always fill up quickly. Set a reminder for yourself to register early to make sure you don’t miss out!
  • Please familiarize yourself with the technology we recommend for students taking online classes. DCCCD students have free access to Microsoft Office software.

Bonus Tips!

Eating out, going to concerts or visiting museums may not be possible right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a fun summer. Here are just a few ways you can fit in some extracurricular activities in between your classes:

  • Virtual concerts from your favorite artists: Famous musicians and indie groups alike are streaming performances online right now, often for free. Services like Spotify and Bands in Town can keep you in the loop about upcoming events. Sign up and make sure you don’t miss the latest from Dallas’ own Erykah Badu and her Quarantine Concert Series.
  • Watch parties with your friends: You can still binge your favorite shows with your friends using browser extensions to set up virtual hangouts. For example, Netflix Party, which you can install in Google Chrome, lets you sync video playback between your Netflix accounts and chat at the same time. Check out this article for details so we can all talk about something other than “Tiger King.”
  • Online museum visits: If you’re missing the cultural fix you can get at all of Dallas’ fantastic museums, never fear.  The Perot, the Nasher and plenty of other places have begun offering virtual programming for their visitors. The Dallas Morning News has a complete list on its website. Nourish your soul.

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