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  1. When is Cal Poly Pomona switching to semesters?
  2. What is the difference between the quarter system and the semester system?
  3. What are the benefits of switching to the semester system?
  4. How many units should I take to stay on track to graduate?
  5. Will students lose credits in the transition between systems?
  6. Will the requirements for my major change?
  7. How will semester conversion affect my time to degree?
  8. What is a course sequence?
  9. What information and resources are available to students before and after the transition?
  10. What are bridge and cap courses?
  11. How will semester conversion impact my tuition payments?
  12. How will semester conversion impact my financial aid package?
  13. How will semester conversion affect summer 2018 course offerings?
  14. If I'm applying to Cal Poly Pomona as a transfer student, how will semester conversion affect me?
  15. If I have already transferred to Cal Poly Pomona with semester credits, will I lose units in the conversion?
  16. How will students trying to transfer from Cal Poly Pomona be impacted?
  17. How will the semester calendar affect study abroad opportunities?
  18. How will the calendar change my ability to get a summer job, internship, or research opportunity?

1. When is Cal Poly Pomona switching to semesters?

Cal Poly Pomona is switching to semesters in fall 2018. The first day of fall 2018 will be August 23, 2018.

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2. What is the difference between the quarter system and the semester system?

The quarter based academic year has three 10-week quarters—fall, winter, and spring—and an optional summer quarter. The semester based academic year has 15-week semesters in fall and spring, and an optional summer session. 

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3. What are the benefits of switching to the semester system?

Semesters allow you to get to know your professors and classmates better, and you’ll have more time to learn and study class material. 

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4. How many units should I take to stay on track to graduate?

You should take at least 15 quarter or semester units every term to stay on track to graduate. Work with your academic advisor to create your academic plan, and use Student Success Center to access advising and academic resources. 

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5. Will students lose credits in the transition between systems?

Cal Poly Pomona’s Pledge to Students promises no loss of credits earned before conversion and no additional time to graduation as long as students remain in their chosen major after completing 45 major units, pass their classes, take full-time schedules, and meet with their advisor regularly. To read the entire pledge, visit the Semester Conversion website

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6. Will the requirements for my major change?

Your academic department may make substitutions for specific classes as a result of semester conversion. However, these classes should meet the same program outcomes and should not extend your time to degree.

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7. How will semester conversion affect my time to degree?

If you work with your advisor, the transition should have no impact on your anticipated graduation date. You should try to finish any sequence of classes you have already started and delay starting any new class sequences that you cannot complete before conversion. If you need a class before conversion that is not being offered or all the sections are full, you should talk to that academic department.

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8. What is a course sequence?

A course sequence is a series of related classes that you must take sequentially. If you complete only one or two quarters of a class sequence, you may have the option to take a bridge or cap course that would allow you to complete the sequence. The availability of these offerings will vary by department.

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9. What information and resources are available to students before and after the transition?

Your primary resource is your advisor, who can help you take the right courses to graduate on time or transition to semesters. Your MyPlanner in your BroncoDirect Student Center will help you map out your future courses. Additionally, updated curriculum sheets and road maps with semester curriculum information will be available to you in the fall.

There are also several places you can find information related to semester conversion. In addition to the Semester Conversion website, you can follow the Bronco Advising Center on social media for timely updates. You should also read your BroncoBytes student newsletter and quarterly semester conversion newsletter for updates. 

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10. What are bridge and cap courses?

If you are unable to complete a course sequence before conversion, some departments will be offering 10-week bridge and 5-week cap courses to help you finish. Stay tuned for more information about these courses, which will include the departments offering these options and when they will be offered.

For a visual of how this will work and more details, visit http://www.cpp.edu/~semester/documents/BridgeAndCap-v1-053017.pdf.

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11. How will semester conversion impact my tuition payments?

Overall annual tuition costs will not be affected. On the semester calendar, you will pay for annual tuition in two installments, not three.

For this reason, each installment amount will be higher than you are used to paying for a quarter term. Student Accounting & Cashiering Services will offer an installment payment plan. For more information about fee payment deadlines, visit the Student Success Central Academic Calendar.  

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12. How will semester conversion impact my financial aid package?

Your annual financial aid award will not be impacted by semester conversion. However, disbursement will happen twice a year instead of three times. For more information about disbursement dates, visit the Student Success Central Academic Calendar.  


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13. How will semester conversion affect summer 2018 course offerings?

Summer 2018 will consist of just one five-week session instead of the usual ten-week session and two five-week sessions. 

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14. If I'm applying to Cal Poly Pomona as a transfer student, how will semester conversion affect me?

Transferring to Cal Poly Pomona will be easier for most students, as the majority of our transfer students come from California Community Colleges on the semester system. Currently, transfer students that start winter quarter have already used a semester, or half, of their financial aid but will still need to pay for two quarters, or two-thirds of tuition, potentially leaving students short on funds. This will no longer occur after the transition.

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15. If I have already transferred to Cal Poly Pomona with semester credits, will I lose units in the conversion?

While students should not lose credits due to semester conversion, the answer to this question depends on your classes and major. For more information, visit your advisor or the Bronco Advising Center.

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16. How will students trying to transfer from Cal Poly Pomona be impacted?

Most other colleges are also on the semester system, so the transfer of units and financial aid will become easier, similar to students transferring into CPP. 

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17. How will the semester calendar affect study abroad opportunities?

The semester calendar will make it easier for you to pursue study abroad opportunities. Most international universities that the California State University partners with follow some version of a semester system. 

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18. How will the calendar change my ability to get a summer job, internship, or research opportunity?

The semester calendar will make it easier for you to pursue a summer job, internship or research opportunity. Employers often match their start dates with the end of spring semester. You will also have more time to pursue and work on undergraduate or graduate research projects.

It is possible that students will have a better chance getting chosen for summer employment, internships or research opportunities. 

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