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Winter Session

Take accelerated online courses over your winter break to catch up, get ahead or stay on track for graduation.

Winter Session 2023 will be Dec. 26, 2022-Jan. 15, 2023

Enjoy the convenience of self-paced online learning from home and earn three credit hours by taking an online accelerated Winter Session course. You can expect to spend about 35 hours per week on classwork.

Something missing? You can request a class be added for winter session.

I loved everything about this course. I liked that the pacing of it was set up so that as long as a student manages their time, they can succeed!

— Winter session 2021-2022 student

Register for Winter Session

You do not need to fill out any special forms to sign up for a winter class. Registration opens in the fall at the same time as spring classes and can be completed at the same time.

Ready to register?
  1. Log into your account on
  2. Choose the Student tab.
  3. Click on the Registration section.
  4. Select "Browse Classes."
  5. View Spring 2023 classes.
  6. Choose Advanced Search.
  7. Select Part of Term “Columbia Winter Session.”
  8. Pick your class and click on "Add" to add it to your schedule and summary.
  9. Click on Submit in the bottom right-hand corner to finalize your registration.

For more help with registration, contact your advisor or the On Your Time office or watch the Advising Center's video tutorial.


Succeed in Winter Session

Get the most out of your winter session course by following these tips.

1. Plan and organize

If you don’t have time to take an online course during the winter session or if a conflict arrives, drop the course as soon as possible. Let your friends and family know that you will be taking a course during the winter break to help with scheduling conflicts and distractions.

You will be earning three credit hours in a three-week time frame. Be prepared to spend at least 35 hours per week working on your course.

If you don’t have your textbook and course materials before the first day of class, you will fall behind. You will need to hit the ground running!

You are responsible for knowing the requirements for your course, as well as the expectations, assignments, and due dates for all assignments.

Set aside a block of time each day to work on your course. Keep a copy of your assignments in case they do not submit correctly. Take notes while reading or watching videos and refer to your notes when studying.

Have a consistent and quiet workplace where you can study and work on assignments. Get an early start on course assignments. Don’t procrastinate. Work ahead on your course assignments when you can.

Create a schedule with due dates and plan how you will manage your time. Use a calendar to stay on top of your coursework. Keep in mind that you may have assignments due on the first day of class.


2. Review technology and email requirements

Get comfortable in Blackboard before the university closes for winter break. If you have trouble accessing the course in Blackboard or if you have trouble finding course materials, contact your instructor as soon as you can.

Be sure that your technology is readily available and reliable. Create a technology back-up plan in case your computer or Internet connection stops working. The Thomas Cooper Library will be open most days during your course. Check the hours of operation for the library. If you are not located in Columbia, public libraries typically have computer and Internet access for use.

Be sure that you are familiar with the technical requirements and skills that you need to be successful in your course before the course starts. You want to focus your attention on your course materials and not technology issues during your course.

Read the announcements in your course to see if new information has been conveyed. If you are expected to participate in discussion boards, check to see who has replied to your posts. Be sure to check your email often. Blackboard uses your by default.


3. Engage and learn

You are expected to treat your instructor and peers with respect and communicate with your instructor and peers in a professional manner.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you don’t understand course content or if you have issues in your course, ask your instructor for assistance as soon as you need help.

If you have questions about the syllabus or course assignments, proactively ask your instructor for assistance prior to the due date of the assignment. Get to know your classmates at the beginning of the course. Interacting with your peers is critical to having an engaging experience in your course.

Academic integrity is very important to the Carolina Community. You may feel overwhelmed by the amount of work you need to complete in your three-week course. We expect you to approach your work with honesty, integrity and follow the values in the Carolinian Creed.


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