During SMU’s “J Term,” or January Term, students can complete one three-credit-hour course in just eight concentrated days at SMU-in-Plano or SMU-in-Taos. Set for January 6-15, 2014, J Term offers a choice of more than 50 courses at a reduced tuition rate. J Term applications are due by Friday, November 22.

J Term Director Kate Livingston says the program allows students to use the time between the fall and spring terms to focus on a course of interest or stay on track for graduation. Students also can fulfill General Education or University Curriculum requirements.

The courses offered during J Term are taught by SMU faculty members and adjunct professors from Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts and Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Courses include “Marketing Concepts” for non-business majors and business minors, “General Chemistry I and II,” “Introduction to SAS,” “Engineering Materials,” “Global Communication” and, for the first time during J Term, “Mountain Sports” at SMU-in-Taos, among other courses.

Most J Term classes meet weekdays January 6-15 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. A few classes meet from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Courses may require advance reading, assignments due before and during the two-week period, in-class or take-home exams, and final papers or projects due after the last class meeting.

J Term courses are not initially available for registration through Access.SMU. To enroll, students should meet with an adviser to select appropriate courses and then submit the online J Term application form before the deadline. After the Thanksgiving holiday, students will be notified of their final J Term course selection and given permission to officially enroll in Access.SMU.

J Term tuition is $1,154 per credit hour, with a total cost for one J Term course of $3,462. Payment is due by December 19. Most SMU merit scholarships are available in pro-rated amounts for J Term courses. Those receiving SMU need-based grant or opportunity awards may be eligible for grant funding of $150 per credit hour; however, federal and state funds are not available for J Term. Students must apply for J Term financial aid by November 22 by submitting an application to the Financial Aid Office.

Students participating in J Term at SMU-in-Plano will be responsible for their own housing. The SMU-in-Plano campus has no residence halls, and those at the University’s main campus are closed during that period. However, discounted hotel rooms are available at the Marriott TownPlace Suites, about a mile from the SMU-in-Plano campus. Shuttle service is also available. Learn more here.

Information about housing at SMU-in-Taos during J Term is available here.

For more information about J Term, email jterm@smu.edu or call 214-768-3657.