Apply Now for January Term 2012 at SMU-in-Plano

During SMU’s “J Term,” or January Term, students can complete one three-credit-hour course in just eight concentrated days. Set for January 3-12, 2012, at the SMU-in-Plano campus, J Term offers a choice of 34 courses at a reduced tuition rate. J Term applications are due by 4 p.m. November 23.

“J Term allows students to use the ‘down time’ between the fall and spring terms to focus intensively on a course of interest,” says Kate Livingston, SMU-in-Plano campus director and director of the J Term program. She adds that the courses can help students fulfill their general education or degree requirements or earn a second major or minor.

The 34 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 and Meadows School of the Arts. Courses include “Marketing Concepts” for non-business majors and business minors, “General Chemistry II,” “Spanish Conversation,” “Ethics in Engineering” and “Mass Media and Technology.”

The J Term schedule provides six hours of instruction per day over an eight-day period, January 3-6 (Tuesday-Friday) and January 9-12 (Monday-Thursday). Most classes meet 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 complete the J-Term application form.

The completed application must be turned in to the University Registrar Service Center on the first floor of the Blanton building or at the Taos/J Term office in Room 338, Blanton by 4 p.m. November 23. Students also may fax the completed form to 972-473-3433 or email it to 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 $1,040 per credit hour, and payment is due by December 19. Most SMU merit scholarships are available in pro-rated amounts for J Term courses; however, need-based grants, federal and state funds are not available for J Term. Students must apply for J Term financial aid by Wednesday, November 23 by submitting an application to the Financial Aid Office.

Students participating in J-Term 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.

For more information, contact Kate Livingston, J-Term program director, at or 972-473-3401.