The Benefits of Taking Summer Classes

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With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start making plans. While it might be tempting to sleep until noon every day and spend countless hours binge watching the latest Netflix craze, there are ways to be productive—and you don’t even have to leave the couch! Taking summer classes may not sound fun at first, but here are a few benefits that are sure to change your mind:

Boost your GPA

For those who are looking for a way to get ahead of the competition, taking summer classes can be an excellent way to accelerate your academic career and bump your GPA up! Your GPA is calculated based on the quantity and value of your grades, which means that doing well in summer courses has the potential to increase your GPA and help you stand out on college applications.

Explore your passions

During the regular school year, your main focus is taking core classes, such as English, math, and science. Luckily, taking summer classes will give you the opportunity to explore fun electives that you’re passionate about! Courses like digital photography, game design, or guitar have the power to set you on track for a future career pathway while helping you earn some extra credits.

Graduate high school sooner

If you’re longing to begin your college career, enrolling in summer classes can help you get there faster. Using your summer to knock out additional courses not only gets you one step closer to high school graduation, but also shows prospective colleges you have drive and a great work ethic.

Earn College Credits

Not only can taking summer classes help you graduate sooner, it can also help you save time and money in college! Set yourself up for success by enrolling in concurrent courses, which allow you to earn high school and college credits simultaneously. And at ASU Prep Digital, you can take ASU courses with real ASU professors, giving you a taste of the college experience before stepping on campus.

Credit Recovery

If you struggled in a class during the regular school year, summer is a great time to recover those credits so you can graduate on time. Many schools allow students to retake courses, but some may not offer the subject you need. ASU Prep Digital works with schools to enroll students in the classes they need to stay on the path to graduation.


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Did you know that if you’re a full-time Arizona student at ASU Prep Digital, you can take high school summer courses for free? Check out the details here.
And if you’re a resident of Riverview, Orange, San Diego, or Imperial county in California, ASU Prep Digital and BEST Academy are partnering to provide tuition-free, online courses this summer. Learn more about it here.

ASU Launches Comprehensive Summer School 2020 Program for Learners at all Levels

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(Tempe, Ariz., April 27, 2020) – What does Summer School look like for students in 2020? In a period of economic uncertainty with shifting job markets and employment opportunities that are evaporating in some places and springing to life in others, higher education remains one of the best investments people can make. And for those who find themselves thrust into a new set of circumstances by changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, universities offer a dynamic place to explore options and quench the thirst for learning something new.

To meet the demand for Summer School 2020, beginning May 18 Arizona State University will be offering more than 5,000 courses at a reduced rate to people looking for new learning opportunities and for students at all levels – including students who are currently enrolled in good standing at any university in the United States. Application fees for college students enrolled at other universities will be waived, and scholarships are available for most admitted and currently enrolled ASU students.

Named by U.S. News & World Report as the most innovative university in America for five consecutive years, ASU is stepping up to meet the needs of learners who want to keep pace, get ahead or catch up in the distance learning environment that now defines education in America. Classes will be provided in both the traditional online format and in a fully interactive, digitally-enhanced format for:
  • Learners at all stages can learn through ASU for You, most of which is free, and can take a course in a subject matter of interest with ASU Open Scale, with the option to convert it to university credit if they later choose to do so.
  • Any university student in the U.S. in good standing at their home college or university may enroll in summer courses through a streamlined application process that takes 15 minutes with approval within 48 hours.
  • Admitted ASU students who wish to get started right now on their university education will receive a $500 Summer 2020 Award for every three credit hours enrolled.
  • High school sophomores and juniors who are on track for college and want to begin earning college credit through ASU Digital Prep as well as ASU Open Scale classes.
  • Continuing ASU students will continue to have access to all ASU summer courses. For Arizona residents, financial aid is available.
ASU has also transferred other services for students to a digital environment to ensure continuity of all aspects of the university experience during COVID-19 and during Summer School 2020. For example, ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services is fully virtual, offering drop-in career and internship advising. ASU Counseling Services have moved entirely online and a peer-led Zoom support group has been created, Devils 4 Devils Support Circles, for students to support and connect with each other while taking classes online and practicing social distancing. Many student events and programs have also transitioned to a virtual format, with a wide variety of activities and events still available.
For convenience and to meet varying schedules, ASU will be providing more than 20 of its most popular, sought-after classes in a rolling rotation of new summer semesters offered with multiple start dates, beginning May 18. For more information, please visit:


About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.